My love of music has been natured from my family. I recall being exposed to Oldies (Motown) from my sisters and Elvis, Juan Gabriel, Camilo Sesto, Mariachi music from my parents. In the ’80s, I was into British musicians, Duran Duran, Kate Bush, Bronski Beat, Depeche Mode, Culture Club, Billy Idol, and others. I was also into Nina Hagen! I later discovered The Doors whom I connected with. I was fortunate to be in the choir in grade and middle school. My middle school choir professor encouraged me to audition for The Music Man and Oklahoma, but at that time, I was hanging out with the cool kids, and I sabotaged my audition something that I have regretted.
There’s that moment in life that something sparks, recognizing that special something in a song which I’ve heard in Madonna and Lana Del Rey. Madonna has been a marketing genius; time and technology change and opens doors for others to flourish. Time ticks and new artists arise, Lana Del Rey is one of those artists. Her voice is full of soul. She awakens my desire to sing, to create music. Her new album, Norman Fucking Rockwell, resonates with living in Los Angeles and makes my commutes calm and enjoyable. I see commonalities in both artists, and I can relate to their religious backgrounds. Driving on Lincoln Boulevard, I pass an image of Jim Morrison, and I know it is my time. Thank you both for giving me joy and inspiring me to write music and to sing.

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