Patsy Torres

Patsy Torres

Patsy Torres is one of the most important and influential Tejano entertainers of our time. She has performed for live audiences of more than 100,000 people, appeared on national television for millions of viewers, and traveled all over the world winning countless awards for her musical talents and community works. She has graced the covers of national and international publications. Billboard Magazine proclaimed Patsy Torres as one of the “Top Female Tejano Stars” while Vista Magazine selected her to represent “What’s Hot in Texas”. Latin Style Magazine describes Patsy as “El Sonida del Futuro”, the sound of the future.

While still in high school, Patsy found music as a creative way to finance her college education. While performing in a local band she was “discovered” and given a recording contract. While still in college, her first Tejano album yielded a #1 hit that later garnered her the Texas Talent Music Association’s “Female Entertainer of the Year”. She also became the first Tejano artist to film a music video. When she performed one of her hit songs, “Abrazame”, on the CBS television special “Sea World’s Lone Star Celebration”, she made history as the first artist to expose Tejano music on national television. She repeated the honor when she performed Abrazame again on “International Star Search” televised in Los Angeles. She again made history when she was the first to perform a bilingual song on TNN’s “Nashville Now Show”.

The national recognition she received caught the attention of overseas promoters, which led to tours in Hawaii, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Okinawa, Guam, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, and Mexico. The university allowed Patsy to take her studies with her as she blazed trails as the first female to ever perform Tejano music overseas.

This international attention made her a champion in her hometown of San Antonio. Her time and talents were in big demand as a speaker and role model for schools, charitable and civic organizations. The city honored her with a river barge christened with her name on the famous San Antonio Riverwalk.

This versatile musical artist showcased her talents when she performed with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra as its solo guest performer during the summer Pop Series. Her performances were sold out for the two night engagement and she again, received the singular honor of being the only female Tejano star to perform with a symphony orchestra.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas contracted Patsy as their featured Hispanic star due to her popularity and unique talent of bridging the gap between cultures and sharing the Hispanic heritage that she and San Antonio so proudly represent to thousands of visitors to the city each year. Patsy entertained multitudes from around the world there for 10 years.

Despite her stringent and demanding schedule that requires her unmistakable drive and energy, Patsy makes it a high priority to give back to her community. With a Master’s of Education from the University of the Incarnate Word, and currently working on her PHD, Patsy is a strong advocate for ‘Stay in School” partnerships, anti-drug campaigns, and student issues.

Early on, Patsy discovered that her celebrity status gave her a privileged credibility with young people. At her many speaking engagements, she would tell the wide-eyed students that she felt her greatest accomplishment was getting a college education while flourishing in a career of show business with her morals intact. They listened. She became aware that her rapport with kids was a rare gift. The city and local businesses were already aware of her distinctive talent. They, in turn, supported her when she created a specialized musical program targeting teen problems and issues. HEB was the key sponsor.

The show was named “The Positive Force Tour”. This “musical drama” consists of a 17 member cast incorporating singing, dancing, skits, interactive dialogue, and testimonials along with state of the art sound system, special effects, lighting, and costuming. Emphasizing the importance of education, self esteem, and setting personal goals; the show has been an extraordinary success as it tours all over the country performing for over a million school children. After viewing the show, kids have quit gangs, given up drugs, stayed in school and become more involved with their own families and communities. Many of these students still call and write to Patsy testifying to the positive progress of their lives.

In recognition for her work, Patsy was awarded San Antonio’s coveted “Hidalgo Humanitarian Award”. Her labor of love with today’s youth further earned her the Texas War on Drugs Outstanding Leadership Award , The LULAC National Presidential Citation of Community Service, La Prensa Latin Women in Action, the South Texas Wesly “Inspirational” Award, and was inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame of San Antonio. In addition, S.A. Life readers voted Patsy as one of the Most Influential San Antonians of the year in Creative Arts. She has continued her community work serving as honorary board member for the Cancer Society, Latin Girl Scouts of America, and San Antonio College to name a few.

On the musical front, Patsy continues to be a leading artist in her professional career of recording and touring. She wrote a hit song “Te Juro” (I swear) which became BMI’s Most Played Latin Song of the Year. The Texas Music Association awarded Patsy the Single of the Year and the Album of the Year. Her latest music video “Chiqitita” won her TTMA’s Best Female Performance in a Video. Patsy’s latest CD “Trenzas” (Braids) continues to burn the Latin airwaves as she appears on National Latin TV shows all over the U.S. and Mexico. Mexico embraced Patsy and nicknamed her “La Nueva Reyna de la Musica Tejana” (The New Queen of Tejano Music). Hailed for her ability to sing and perform all styles of music, Patsy and her versatile group also do special presentations for corporate conventions all over the country performing popular music from past to present. Patsy is now preparing to release her first “English” album, a “live” recording of The Positive Force Tour in Concert, by the fall of 2006 and a new Spanish album by Christmas of 2006.

With the beginning of the New Year, Patsy kicked off her new “Positive Force Tour 2006” sponsored by Communities in Schools for schools in the San Antonio area. In addition, she has developed a new 1 hour musical program for Hispanic parents called “La Fuerza Positiva en Concierto” that addresses family issues of communication, support, and understanding. Patsy has also tested out her acting abilities by filming a pilot for a new bilingual soap opera being shot in San Antonio called, “Alamo Heights S.A.”. Touring, recording, and speaking engagements indicates there is no slowing down as Patsy continues to take her music and the human spirit to new heights.

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Vilma Diaz y La Sonora

BIOGRAPHY OF VILMA DIAZ (by Mauricio Pinzon)

Biography

VILMA DIAZ “CUMBIA DIVA”

Is a very talented singer internationally recognized for her mastery of tropical style. She was born in Medellin-Colombia, a city that prepared her to be one of the main vocalists of the most famous tropical bands. At the age of 20 a well known record label company discovered her talent and she was offered a recording contract. The quality and power of her voice permitted her to be the lead voice of “La Sonora Dinamita” which is a favorite worldwide tropical band.

In 1989 and already being part of “La Sonora Dinamita” had numerous hits such as “Ya Para Que”, “EL Desamor”, etc. In 1993 she recorded “ESCANDALO”, and as a result of the success of this tropical classic hit, Vilma became recognized as “CUMBIA DIVA”. In 2008 Vilma Diaz released the single “Mirada Latina” which is now played in most popular tropical music worldwide radio stations.

Vilma has performed for the King of Spain, The President of El Salvador (Alfredo Cristiani) during the signing of an historical Peace Treaty, and she has received the keys and has been named honorary citizen of several cities.

Vilma has been called to appear on the line up of very many high profile Latin music shows like “Despierta America”, “Sabado Gigante”, “Jerry Lewis Show”, “Cotorreando”, “La Movida”, “Siempre En Domingo”, “El Show de Johnny Canales”. “12 Corazones”, “Adelante Hispanos”, “El Show de Cristina”, as well as live performances in “Fiesta Broadway”(Los Angeles), “Festival De La Calle 8″(Miami), “Viva Chicago Festival”, Macro Plaza”(Monterey-Mexico), “Madison Square Garden” NYC, “Calgary Festival” (Canada), “Sunset Junction Festival” and top of the major Central and South America, and Europe Concerts and Festivals. Her life and hit songs have been covered in all top publications, TV an radio stations.

Vilma continues singing with her implacable voice and she maintains some of the original Colombian musicians that also played and recorded in 90’s with “La Sonora Dinamita”.

When the atmosphere pulsates with impassioned vocals, vibrating and explosive percussion, fiery horns and deeply sensual rhythms, then “Vilma Diaz” must be playing.

Best than ever! You have to get it!

Instrumentation
Vilma Diaz – Lead Singer
Jaime Caicedo – Vocals
Richard Ramirez – Vocals

Walter Valencia – Percussion
Jose de Leon – Percussion
Carlos Arias – Percussion
Samuel Rodriguez – Bass
Enzo Villaparedes – Trumpet
Arnulfo Vasquez – Trumpet
Omar Hernandez – Trumpet

Mauricio Pinzon – Manager

Discography
Protagonistas de La cumbia
16 super exitos
Sonoramix
Pasion de Cumbias
Siempre Adelante
El Mundo de los NiƱos
Cumbias Inolvidables
Se Puede
Mirada Latina
Escandalo