I am a popvocalist with a deep love of Jazz. Though I sing many different styles of music, my connection to a more intimate and improvisational way of singing has been my focus.
I was born in Puerto Rico in 1992 to a family that has always loved music and art. My parents always encouraged my sisters and I to find our own passions and pursue them. They taught us the value of doing something that you love.
Music immediately clicked for me, and even more so, the voice. I began singing in a my school choir when we moved to New Jersey. When I relocated to California at thirteen, I found the Berkeley Jazzschool. There, I was taught by the talented and passionate jazz vocalist Gail Dobson, and later was mentored by the skilled and dedicated Trelawny Rose. The beautiful, creative, liberal, and academic Bay Area was the perfect place to begin my exploration of Jazz.
Attending the Stanford Jazz Workshop in 2008 and 2009 cemented my decision to pursue music and voice as a career. It also introduced me to instrumental Jazz - Among the faculty were pianist Taylor Eigsti, guitarist Julian Lage, and saxophonist Tia Fuller, all of whom I listened to extensively after that first year. I am grateful for having worked with Wendy McCain and Dena DeRose, and having learned from an inspiring group of musicians what it means to be a part of a community in jazz.
Currently a student at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, I am concentrating on Jazz Composition and Vocal Studies. My music is influenced by Jazz Artists such as Gretchen Parlato, Esperanza Spalding, Taylor Eigsti, Aaron Parks, and Melody Gardot, as well as by Pop Artists such as the Becca Stevens Band, Bon Iver, Coldplay, Imogen Heap, Norah Jones, and Regina Spektor.
My wish and goal is to create music informed by jazz- to expose the beauties of this genre in an accessible way, and to offer listeners of more popular styles a gateway into jazz music. Norah Jones was this person for me, and I could not be more thankful for that introduction.
I am incredibly excited to begin sharing my music with the world! A good friend and wonderful musician once told me, "What would be the point of music if it cannot be shared?"
That you take a listen and enjoy the music I share is all I ask :)
Raquel A. Quinones-Rivera