Encanto:  Art Songs of Spain and Latin America

Encanto translates to enchantment, delight, and in some uses, magic. Within this lovely word is the word "canto" which means song or singing. Delight is what I hope to bring each of you as you listen. Enchantment is what I have felt while immersed in this passionate song literature. Magic speaks to the transformative power of music.

At age 6, I began my musical life as a pianist. Little did I know that music would transform my life into that of a singer. In many of the art songs on this recording, the piano is as much a solo instrument as the voice. That I chose to record repertoire with strong interplay between the voice and piano should come as no surprise! I am happy that the music on this recording honors my primary musical roots, as well as my ethnic heritage.

My gratitude to Lurray Myers, Matt DeSear, Mike Badalamenti, Julia Guthrie, Vanessa Targino, LouAnn Gregory and the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota for their direct involvement in the completion of this project. Much gratitude to my teachers, musical and otherwise, friends and family and official project backers, for their love, friendship and support. The joy and depth you all bring to my life fuels my singing.  Thank you.