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Who do you sing for?

“New Hope Church and the Latino ministries. I play the (keyboard) and sometimes I do the guitar, which I am still learning.”

How did you get into singing?

“Ever since I was a little kid, I always sang with my sisters. I have two twin sisters, (who) are older than me, and we would always try to harmonize.”

When did you start writing your own music?

“I started writing music around sixth grade. I have about 60 songs, but there (are) only about 10 that I am going to try and put in an album. I met up with this producer and they are with the company Inverted Arts and they will help you record the album you want.”

What inspired you to start writing your own music?

“Seeing other musicians and how talented they are and how anyone can really do it, but you just have to put your whole heart into (making music) and put a lot of effort in.”

Do you think the church environment changes when there is music?

“I think the environment changes a lot. When I sing it (puts) everyone in a more worshipful mood. It depends on what song I sing, if it makes people more cheerful, but I think music really opens people up and brings them together.”

Do you feel a spiritual or religious connection when you sing?

“Yes, definitely, and I try to give the praise back to God because he is the one who gave me this voice.”

What are specific songs or genres you like to sing?

“I really like Indie Pop, but in church I sing artists like Hillsong United and more pop there, and a bunch of worship songs. I also like singing at different coffee shops and I have sung at The Depot in Hopkins.”

How often do you sing?

“I sing every week for the worship on Sunday. Here and there I have different concerts at family member’s or friend’s weddings receptions, different parties and other events.”

What has been your most successful singing experience?

“I think the most successful thing has been meeting up with the producer, but also with one of my good friends- we made a song together. He raps, and I sing. We performed it at this one gathering at my church.”

What instruments do you play?

“I play the clarinet, the keys, and the guitar. The guitar is my newest instrument. I have been playing it for two years. I have been playing the piano since I was eight, and the clarinet I have (played) through school, in the band, since sixth grade.”

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