Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Interview with Latin, R&B Soul Singer & X Factor Finalist @Victoria_Blue on #TheSashaMarinaShow

Miami based singer Victoria Blue brings the sultry sounds of R&B Soul with a blend of Latin Flavor. Born and raised in Miami Florida to Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican parents, Victoria regards her Latin and diverse upbringing as her primary influence towards her musical career.
Growing up in a Christian household, Victoria spent a lot of time in the church as her father is a Minister. At the age of 6, she began singing at the church along side her brothers who were also trained musicians under the supervision of their father. “On Saturdays, my dad would wake us up early in the morning to practice in the garage,” Victoria says. “We were young and most of the time we wanted to sleep in, but my dad insisted that one day we would thank him for it. And now, I thank God everyday that he did.” By the time Victoria and her brothers were in High school, they had already formed a family band called “Vicky Son” which played gigs all over South Florida. The musical group covered the Latin genre of Salsa hits with a blend R&B oldies. A family band much like “Selena Y los Dinos” that looked similar to that of “The Jackson Five”. “It was like having 2 different parts of me, where on one side, there was this passion for rumba's and ballads and salsa music” she explains. “I listened mainly to Celia Cruz, La India, Olga Tanon, Marc Anthony and even Jose Feliciano to name a few. But then I remember seeing Whitney Houston for the first time on TV and thinking 'I want to sing like her.'”With her influences stemming from both American and Latin roots, its no wonder her unique blend transfers into a Soulful Latin Pop sound.
One day while out on their regular Sunday gig at “Sundays On The Bay” Victoria was approached by a local Latin radio host Julio Jr. from Zol. 95. He was very impressed by her talent and singing ability at such a young age and it was then that she began to do jingles for the radio station while recording her own music and performing at local music festivals.

While finishing her high school degree, Victoria Blue was also involved in the P.A.P Club. A Performing Arts Productions program that was dedicated to nurturing and developing young talent at her school. In 2006, after being entered to compete alongside the program at “The All American Music Festival”, the group finished first place nationally and Victoria received the award for “Best Outstanding Vocal Performance” for her rendition of Celia Cruz' “Quimbara”.
Because education was so important to her, Victoria went on to finish her studies and complete her bachelors degree. Her love of music never ceased and in 2013 she auditioned for the singing hit show the “X Factor USA”. Making it far on impressions, she received all 4 yeses from judges Simon Cowell, Paulina Rubio, Demi Lovato and Kelly Rowland and went on to compete in Los Angeles. During boot camp she was eliminated, finishing 25th within her category.

 Victoria came back to her hometown and continued to pursue her music career singing jingles at WMAJ studios while recording her EP. Towards the end of 2013 after performing at a local gig, Victoria fell ill only to discover hemorrhaging upon her vocal chords and had to undergo extraneous throat surgery. After intense months of not being able to speak and receiving vocal therapy, Victoria Blue is driven to make her dreams a reality.
With her sultry tones and electrifying vocal range, Victoria Blue is the artist to watch in 2014. Now more than ever, this power house songbird with mutant lungs is ready to shine and show the world what she can do.

Twitter: @Victoria_Blue

Tune into Victoria's Interview on "The Sasha Marina Show Radio" Tuesday, March 18th at 11:30am EST!