Hi, My name is Ermelinda Cuellar. I am a jazz singer in Houston Texas. I do jazz standards from the Great American Song Book that would be swing, ballads, bossa nova, latin tunes and some pop tunes thrown in for the mix. I have been singing jazz for almost seven years. My voice has been described as smooth, playful and heartfelt. Singers that I have been compared too Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day and Diana Krall.
I began singing with the focus in classical singing. What made me choose Jazz? I love the fact that one can create one's own voice and that each time you sing a song it can change depending on how the performer feels.That for me gave me the freedom to express and explore new ways of interpreting songs. In the Houston jazz community what sets me apart is I do vocal improvisation "scatting" as well as singing in different languages aside from English I also sing in Portuguese, Spanish and some French, The start of a new year I had the honor of singing at The Trinity Jazz Festival for the second consecutive year.in 2019 was with the Jewels of Jazz where. I got to sing with some of the best jazz singers in town and we opened the jazz festival for the international renowned jazz pianist Helen Sung. Sang. This year in 2020 I got perform again at Trinity Jazz Festival but with a new three part harmony group called The Bluebonnet Blossoms where we opened for the wonderful Jazz singer Roseanne Vitro.. Upcoming projects later this year a new CD project of some of my favorite latin songs and few of my own originals goal to be in the studio in July and later this year in a project with Mrs. Roseanne Vitro helping me in a CD project where we go beyond my comfort zone. So excited about that one in particular because how it will help me grow as a musician. It's going to be an awesome year.
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"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." Plato