To help people discover their calling is one of the most extraordinary gifts you can give, and Vanessa Verduga is the kind of artist who has dedicated her talent to doing just that. She represents what hasn't been represented, bringing a much needed feminine gravitas to the often male-dominated urban Latino genre. It would seem almost serendipitous for a woman whose last name means ‘executioner’, to be the one cutting through.
Having originally been a musical theatre and Broadway show tunes fan, it was Vanessa's mother who got her hooked on urban Latino. Her own talent as a songwriter came to her as a surprise outpouring of lyrics in the form of spoken poetry and rap, which of course shouldn't have astonished any Bronx girl who grew up with hip-hop in her heart.
Destined for a multi-faceted life and career from her earliest days, Vanessa started acting, singing and dancing at age four, encouraged by her mother, a trained dancer in Spanish dance whose own mother (Vanessa’s grandmother) would take her every weekend to sing live at the local radio station in her native Ecuador. Coming from a family that valued the performing arts – but also stressed the importance of a strong education and practical career path – it’s logical that Vanessa would eventually find
her way back to performing after a lengthy
college and law school hiatus.
A graduate of both the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Seton Hall University School of Law, Vanessa returned to acting during law school when she joined the theater student group there. With a knack for developing strong yet vulnerable characters, she has appeared in numerous theater productions and films since graduating from AADA.
These days she's all about finding a groove and making you dance, with a sound that's a fusion of reggaeton, Latin and bachatas - think somewhere between Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Nicky Jam and Gente de Zona.
She is creating a space with her sound and sending a message with her lyrics that helps awaken our inner warriors. Vanessa's message is of empowerment, of women in control of their own lives and their own bodies. She is committed to creating bold statements, and is standing for the ladies as a powerful and passionate individual, changing our reality by setting us free from stereotypes.
Her debut single Owner Of My Heart is due out in August, and will be the first release from her forthcoming bilingual album Soy Mujer (I Am Woman). With a production team including the likes of Grammy and Billboard award-winning producers Kenny O’Brien and DJ Napoles, we can expect big things from this captivating lady very soon.