Ermelinda Cuellar

Jazz Vocalist

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New Music Release: What A Difference A Day Made

What a Difference a Day Made marks American vocalist Ermelinda Cuellar’s first widely-distributed release. Born to Peruvian parents in Texas, Cuellar is well-known to Houston audiences playing both jazz and Latin music in the region. Her background, bandstand experience, and training in opera result in vocals with clear intonation, rhythmically precise improvisations, and passionate story-telling in both English and Spanish. Listeners remark that her vocal quality is reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald. The authentic Latin grooves provided by some of Texas’ top musicians provide a heartbeat for this album that she hopes will “lighten your soul”.

The project was conceived at the height of the pandemic. With venues closed, Cuellar wanted to create work for her underemployed bandmates. They began recording in December 2020, but Covid hit close to home. Percussionist Anibal Ambert came to the recording session with what he thought was a cold after a negative Covid test. A few days later, he was re-tested and found to have Covid. His condition worsened rapidly, and five days later he died. Heart-broken, Cuellar found it difficult to even listen to the project, or to find the strength to finish it. However, she and the band knew Anibal would have wanted them to push on, and put their collective work out into the world.

Ermelinda learned resilience and how to make the best of situations from a young age. Her Peruvians parents secured work as live-in servants for a rich woman. It was here that she first heard live bands and beautiful recordings at the events in the Houston mansion. Due to racism and attitudes toward immigrants, the way the family was treated worsened, and the family had to leave from their living situation. However, the music she heard inspired her to pursue a career as a vocalist. Largely self-taught at jazz, she holds a degree from Opera Performance from the prestigious Moores School of Music at University of Houston.

 

"The lush and penetrative vocal textures of Ermelinda Cuellar are entrancing displaying an elegance that's unparalleled to others. Her vocals caress the melodies, imprinting gentle cascades, sleek glides, and flickering embers along the melodic progression with an ease that is bewitching." Susan Frances- Jazz2Love

 

"It's a celebration of life and love through Latin music and straight ahead jazz. This acutely beautiful, masterfully created, and heartfelt at every turn new album of pure, unadulterated decadence"          Anne Carlini- Exclusive Magazine- CD Reviews

 

"All she has to do is sing a few bars of the first song on What a Difference a Day Made and you'll be captivated by the dolorous and seductive- mezzo of Ermelinda Cuellar… she sings with expressive poignancy, digging into the meaning of words and phrases with particular feeling to make emotions live and breathe in the music." Raul Da Gama- That Canadian Magazine

 

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Please contact the artist directly for interviews or questions. CDs are available.

My album is available and streaming now on all platforms! What A Difference A Day Made

For those who would like a physical copy (CD). I am selling those CD for $20 plus shipping and handling. Let me know if you would like to be able to download songs individually on my website. More than happy to make that available.

 

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." Plato 

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up coming shows

Previous events

Date Event Location
 —  — Ermelinda Cuellar Jazz Duo Kin Dee Thai Cuisine, Houston, TX 77008 Kin Dee Thai Cuisine, Houston, TX 77008
 —  — Ermelinda Cuellar Jazz Duo Artisans Restaurant, Houston Artisans Restaurant, Houston
 —  — Ermelinda Cuellar Jazz Quartet NYE Private event  
 —  — Ermelinda Cuellar Jazz Trio Houston Methodist Sugarland Houston Methodist Sugarland
 —  — Lone Star Lyric Christmas Special Ovations Night Club, Houston TX Ovations Night Club, Houston TX
 —  — Ermelinda Cuellar Jazz Duo Artisans Restaurant, Houston Artisans Restaurant, Houston
 —  — Ermelinda Cuellar Jazz Trio Houston Methodist Willowbrook Houston Methodist Willowbrook
 —  — A Bayou City Picnic TBA TBA
 —  — Ermelinda Cuellar Jazz Trio Houston Methodist Outpatient Center , Houston TX 77030 Houston Methodist Outpatient Center , Houston TX 77030
 —  — Ermelinda Cuellar Jazz Duo Artisans Restaurant, Houston Artisans Restaurant, Houston
 —  — Ermelinda Cuellar Jazz Trio Como Social Club, Woodlands TX Como Social Club, Woodlands TX
 —  — Ermelinda Cuellar Jazz Trio Artisans Restaurant, Houston Artisans Restaurant, Houston
 —  — Cultural of Safety Awards/Houston Methodist  
 —  — Ermelinda Cuellar Jazz Trio MECA, Houston TX 77007 MECA, Houston TX 77007
 —  — Private event  
 —  — Ermelinda Cuellar Jazz Trio Houston Methodist Hospital Crain Garden music series, Houston TX Houston Methodist Hospital Crain Garden music series, Houston TX
 —  — Ermelinda Cuellar Jazz Trio Houston Oasis Houston Oasis
 —  — Ermelinda Cuellar Jazz trio Houston Botanic Garden, Houston, Tx 77017 Houston Botanic Garden, Houston, Tx 77017
 —  — Jazz Duo Plane and Level, Spring TX 77373 Plane and Level, Spring TX 77373
 —  — Bayou City Arts Festival (Downtown) at Sam Houston Park Sam Houston Park, Houston Sam Houston Park, Houston