Joined Mar 2 2010
I was born and raised in New York City by two very loving & humble Puerto Rican parents. I grew up in a home filled with tons of love, great food and a deep love for music. My parents loved Salsa music, so I grew up listening to all the big band greats like Hector Lavoe, Ismael Rivera and Frankie Ruiz. My parents also loved listening to the rythmic sounds of Bomba & Plena which is the heart & soul of Puerto Rican folk culture. These two great musical genres influenced my interest in music at a very early age. I have vivid memories of my parents dancing, laughing and singing in our living room celebrating their passion for love, family and music. As a result I inherited their love for life and music.
My singing career started when I was about 13 years old. My best friend Hector Torres, a young poet then, turned his poems into songs. We both were inspired by the Freestyle boom of the 1980's so Hector & I formed our first group called "Words in Motion". In 1987 we started performing throughout New York City in local clubs and private parties singing "Tell Me" and "Trying Not To Cry" both written by Hector Torres. Some of my performances included venues like the "Nuyorican Poets Cafe" and various benefit concerts in the Freestyle circle.
In 1996 I recorded "Trying Not To Cry" at Unique Recording under Malcraio/Easy Street Records. I was blessed to work with several talented individuals who helped create what is now a treasured part of my personal history as a recording artist.
After I recorded "Trying Not To Cry" my career as a recording artist was put on hold because my father passed away shortly after my record was released. My father's passing away effected me in a profound way since he was my only living parent at that time. I lost my mother when I was only 13 years old so I was already struggling with a greiving heart. I decided to take a break from music to pursue other goals and interests while I healed.
I eventually found new paths to explore and in 2002 I met my current management partner, who has slowly but surely helped me get back involved with music.
So here I am picking up where I left off. I will start by sending a very big thank you to my GOD, my family, friends and all my special fans who have patiently waited for me. Thank you for your love, geniuine words of encouragement and for being the gift & inspiration I need in my life. I look forward to sharing my voice and experiences with you, so please stay tuned.
A very special thank you to my friends Hector D. Torres, Fareed of Spirit Matter & Lil' Man Steve Sanchez for their belief in me as an artist. Its because of them that in 2009 I have the privilege & honor of working alongside Carlos Berrios and Sammy Zone. I feel truly blessed and deeply grateful to them all for the opportunity to create awesome music together.