Q. At what age
or what was the defining moment in your life that you said;
“This is what I want to do be a singer”?
A. I was 12 when I first got up on stage in front of a big crowd. I was very excited, I remember I didn't want to come down, the feeling of the people screaming after you perform is the best feeling in the world. That's when I realized this was all I wanted to do.
Q. What do you use as inspiration for your songs? Do you write your own
songs or do you collaborate with any song writer or writers?
A. My inspiration will always be Love, when I write I tried to put myself in different situations to figure out how I would feel if something like that would happen to me and I also write depending how I'm feeling at the moment. I'm currently collaborating with other artists as well. I write my own songs but they write their parts as well. I also have a team, when we sit down we collaborate with each other and help each other out.
Q. The song Dime was it a personal experience in your life?
A. "Dime" is actually a cover song. That song was previously recorded by a great singer and songwriter that I admired when I was growing up. Her name is Yaire. I decided to do a cover song video with that song because it touches me every time I hear it and sing it, it's such a powerful song.
Q. Most people get to listen to the final product of a song but few are
aware of the work and dedication that goes into a song or album, when
you go to the studio, do you write down what type of song, music or
concept you want ahead of time first or do you go with an open mind and
just listen to music and then create the song?
A. That's true, the dedication and time you put in only one song is out of this world but the satisfaction at the end makes it worth it. I'm currently working with a very talented team. My producer "Illa Noize" usually starts with an idea of a song, he shows is to me and if I like it and I feel it fits me we start working on it; then we think about different melodies that would fit the song and after that is done we start brain storming and writing. It's a long process and we don't finish the song until we feel is perfect, we work very well together because we are on the same page when creating music.
Q. Where were you born?
A. I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico but I was raised in Caguas and I am currently living in Orlando, Florida.
Q. How was your child hood while growing up? Were any of your parents
Q. My childhood was pretty normal. I was raised by a wonderful mother and even though my parents divorced when I was 5, they didn't divorce from me. My dad was always around and he managed my career till he died few years ago when I was 17. My dad played the violin when he was little but never pursued it and my mom was a singer but she never pursued it either. I'm the one in my family that decided to take it to the next level but they are both a big influence in my career and my life.
Q. We saw you
at the last Cotto match, how did it go? Did you meet him?
Everyone says he has a great personality?
A. It's been by far the best experience I've ever had. I had the opportunity to sing the USA Anthem in front of a sold out Arena. It was a dream come true. I met Cotto at the press conference they had days before the fight and after he won I got to be in the ring with him for few minutes celebrating his victory. He is very nice and polite, I didn't get to talk to him much because of the media but it's funny because he is from the same place I grew up at and my mom was his English teacher in 8th grade. So, it was kind of a cool coincidence.
Q. Any new projects in the horizon?
A. Yes, I just released my new single "Ven a mi", it's available on ITunes, Amazon, Iheart radio, Spotify and most popular online stores. I also will be filming the music video in few weeks but I don't have the release day date yet; I’ll keep you guys posted.
Q. I'm also an actress and I'm currently filming a Spanish mini series that will release next year in different Latin-American countries.
A. So I'm very excited, there is a lot of things happening right now and few projects coming up. So, stay tuned...
Q. What advice would you give young people that are interested pursuing a
A. To never give up, and to work as hard as possible. It's not an easy road but if you stay focus and have faith that God will open doors for you, everything will come at the right time.