My story is long and exciting but I feel Im just getting started.
I was born in Asturias the north of Spain in my mothers little village.Soon after I was born my family moved to Africa.
We didnt have cable TV, videogames or candy stores. Electricity went off all the time . We didnt have a lot of material things but we enjoyed other basic things and I would not change my childhood for anything even though it wasnt the most confortable place in the world. My parents tried their best to give us a happy childhood.Those years keep me grounded today and help me apreciatte little things like having electricity 24/7...Things that most people take for granted cause it always been there for them.
My hobbie was listening to casettes,my father vynils and later on CDs.Thats how I learned english,singing. My father taught me to play piano at 5 years old, mostly blues and he also introduced me to all the jazz greats,from Herbie Hancock to John Coltrane.He strictly listened to instrumental jazz so I only had 2 options hate it or love it,lol and at the end the second option won even though at the time I was mad cause I wanted to listen to R&B.
I did my first performance at 11 years old playing Disney songs at a Christmas special on TV.
When I was 12 years old I moved to Spain and I took 3 years of classical piano and solpheo. Around that time I had never thought of a music career nor my parents,it was all for the love of it. They had other plans for me and still today they think I waist my time with music. I think my father insisted on us taking piano class so we stayed home not out in the streets and so he could play guitar solos over piano.He always had that what if? feeling about not becoming a jazz musician.But he never thought I would choose to become one. I never had a word of encouragement towards my music career .. So my music career has been an uphill battle with not much support. Nobody at home ever told me,"keep working hard you will make it" but the advice of giving up was always present.Ive had to motivate myself all the way to compensate the negativity in my entourage. Ive had support from my best friend Tony,my fans and my faith in God. In the last years my sister got involved running my website and suported me more but for the most part my love for music has been my driving force.
Back to highschool my mother told me to focus on studyng and stop taking piano classes.I didnt like classical music much so I agreed.
Years went by, I would listen to radio 24/7 and learn to play songs by ear when I had free time.In 2000 I moved to Madrid and I started a modeling career in commercial and fashion modeling. I walked the Madrid Fashion week and worked with top clients like Hugo BOSS,and a long etc.I got cast for TV Commercials for US and Europe,fashion magazines...
At some point in my early 20s I joined a boy band styled like NSYNC or Backstreetboys. I had never thought of music as nothing more than a hobbie I loved it but I didnt see myself as an artist but they convinced me to attend a rehearsal.They thought that just because I looked a bit like Craigh David I surely could sing. Those were the times when He was the biggest R&B star in Europe. I gave it a try.
I took the lead singer role and took care of the vocal musical side ,Ive never been a awesome dancer. The project didnt took off with some lazy members but I started writing songs for the group and realized there was a lot of music inside of me waiting to be released. The experience was so frustrating that I decided to write my own songs.I wrote some but kept my focus on the modeling thing and a lot of partying.Those were years of soulsearching for me I really didnt know what to do with my life yet. It wasnt until 2007 when I decided to take music seriously and start a solo career. Around that time I discovered El Debarge,his solo albums.I just knew "Rythm of the night" from when I was a kid...But I didnt know he was an amazing pianist.I wasnt able to sing and play keys at the same time so after watching him in youtube I knew I wanted to do that
I learned a bit of music editing by myself ,after working on some demos I wrote composed and produced an independent album in 2009 Funk Temple released online thru songcast. It had good reviews in independent soul radios in the UK ,I gave some interviews and I booked some gigs in the NYC area.I spent the summer of 2009 in the open mic circuit in NYC and I learned a lot from it. The talent I saw there performing made me realize I had a lot of work to do.
When I was back to Spain I started working on my second independent album Jazzylicious released in 2011. Again it got great reviews in the independent field.It was meant as a travel in time showing jazz influence in other music genres,it included from jazz standard ballads to hiphop or soulfulhouse.
At first I was disapointed with the albums not being commercially successful after so much work from the first note to the cover..Now reflecting back on my 2 albums,I do think there are great songs but I dont think my vocals were up there at the same level. And the albums were not very mainstream they were too mature. I think I wanted to run too fast. I saw Prince at the O2 in London and he inspired me to write compose and produce my own material. So theres a lot of magic and inspiration in those albums but there are also many mistakes. I think those albums were part of my learning process.I have reworked some of the songs since then and I hope to release some of those songs in my first major album.
Since my last album Jazzylicious I havent released any material.I have been improving my piano skills and vocals, working on hundreds of covers,specially jazz standards,Stevie wonders..and I have been writing producing original music non stop R&B funky jazz and everything in between . My favourite artists are Stevie Wonder ,MJ,Prince,Nat king cole,Babyface,David Foster,Diana ross,George Michael,El Debarge,Burt Bacharah,Phil collins,Billie holiday...Patrice rushen..the list is endless.
I didnt want to release another album without the right team behind,I started to explore the hotel gig circuit as singer pianist cause I wasnt confident about a music career.So I learned to play different styles to fit that job.From jazz standards to Britney spears,hundreds of songs. At the same time a lot of original songs kept coming and I just recorded a basic demo of them and stored them in the hard drive. Even though I didnt want to admit it myself I still had that hope for a music career and those songs reaching the world one day.I used to say to myself,God why you keep sending me all these beautiful soongs only for them to end in this hard drive...I wasnt passionate about recording them cause I didnt have a release in mind,I had the drive for producing the music but not for singing them wiith all my heart.I would just record a basic vocal ,melody and lyrics and stored them
I believe my best skill is composing arranging.But its not something I can do on demand,songs just come its a spiritual thing. I dont know how to write a song and I dont know how Ive written my songs.I dont think of notes chords or scales to me music is sound and thats the way I aproach composing.I play by ear I was 15 last time I read a music sheet. I like to go for a walk late night and feel all the energy coming onto me.Then I wake up in the morning and songs flow through me. . Another thing that Ive been doing is remaking songs. I like to take an acapella of a hit song that I dont like and build a whole new song around it to my taste with different chords .Its very challenging and fun I ve done one with Miley Cyruss "we cant stop" and Justin Biebers "as long as you love me". Id like to get a finished album,only acapellas and create an alternative take.
Im very excited to take my career to major status,releasing the original R&B songs that Ive been keepin ,or placing them with major artists and having great producers working on them . I want to improve my vocal ability I think I have a lot of work to do in that department too.
Ive been arranging jazz standards and I would like to release an album with jazz standards and jazzy covers of songs some time in the future.
Im passionate about creating timeless art,songs that make the world feel good or songs they can relate to and bring something positive thru my music.I have also produced my music videos and I love photo retouching,so with me its all about being creative in any field,specially music.
The main reason why Im registering to Isina is because working with Babyface is one of my dreams. I would love to learn from him and him producing some of my songs for myself or other artists. work
Its been long time I want to experience the LA music scene and most talent shows at US are only for US residents. As for me, writing in english and R&B soul there are not many chances in Spain so this seems like a wonderful oportunity to keep growing as a musician and take the step to major.
Im very excited Ive never liked talent shows at all but I feel Isina has a different aproach and I cant wait to join this experience.
Im VERY EXCITED !