ABOUT THE ARTIST
Beverly Figueroa, is an aspiring artist, singer and songwriter, hoping to break her way into the music world with her soulful single debut.
For as long as I can remember, I always loved to sing, especially in public. I was such a show off as a kid. In fact, in grade school I used to ask my teachers to excuse me to use the bathroom; but instead I would go around from class to class to sing a song for them. I would just knock on the door of a classroom at random and ask to sing a song for the class; and the teachers would let me too. I became pretty popular around the school for this; although it was probably more due to my quirkiness than anything. Hopefully, they liked my singing too.
Anyway, with classroom singing under my belt, I felt I was ready for the big time once I got to High School. So I would perform any chance I got. Whether it was in the school cafeteria or in the auditorium at shows and events, I was always so happy belting out a song. I was spontaneous and I had no fear of the crowd and plus, they actually like me.
My fellow class mates expected me to carry on a career in the performing arts and I always thought that should be the case too. But then life took me on a different path and I am very happy with its direction. But also I lost track of my dream after awhile. It was quite subtle and sort of happened over a long period of time. At some point I stopped thinking it was even possible and I think I convinced myself that I didn't really want it after all. Seeing other people singing or performing live on TV or at concerts always made me melancholy; heck it made me downright sad and sometimes even a little jealous. I always walked away when it was too much for me to deal with. And then one day, I don’t know what day it was because it just happened; I just let it go, along with my nerve and all that confidence, and I went back to singing in the shower and writing my thoughts and dreams on paper instead. And that is when I started writing poetry and songs in my little book---ok, well, it’s a pretty big book.
First and foremost, I would like to thank my soul mate, life partner and love of my life, the man I call my Lion King, Leon. Your love and support throughout the years have kept me grounded. No matter what endeavor or project I partake in, you have been there for me, always telling me that you are behind me 100%. I consider myself very lucky to have this kind of love. I know that if I wanted to climb to heaven, you would build me the staircase to get there. If I needed to lasso in the moon, somehow you would find a way to help me do that. You are the intriguing, silent-type, never saying much; but you and I speak a special love language from the heart that no one else can possibly understand. We have been through thick and thin together and we have been there for each other. And I thank you for all that you do from the bottom of my heart.
To my beautiful daughter, Jennifer, Dancer, Entrepreneur, Mommy-Extraordinaire, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your belief in me and for spreading the word about your mom’s gazillion projects, especially including this one. Your faith in me keeps me strong and makes me want to do great things. I love you with every fiber of my being.
To Martin, Concert Pianist, I thank you for helping me to transpose my chicken-scratch music into real and legible music that artists can actually read and play. I appreciate the time you spent with me all those years ago and I don’t think either of us expected this to go beyond that. I am so glad it did and I am happy to have worked with you on this project when it was in its infancy.
I give special thanks to a very dear artist friend, songwriter and producer of the album "FREAKY MON”, 2ND, and my Personal Trainer. You are the one that literally embarked me on this journey. You listened to my song and told me that I must do something with this. Your continued positive outlook (and strenuous and torturous physical training, I might add) took me out of my comfort zone and helped me to gain the self confidence I needed to pursue this endeavor. Your belief in me as an artist spiritually uplifted me and your musical accomplishments served as an inspiration to me. If I had not met you, this song would have remained tucked away with all the others, never to be heard by the world.
Thank you, Margaret-Pianist, for playing my piece and recording it the way I wanted it to be. I knew that your experience as a classical pianist would be the perfect match for this project and so it was. And also I would like to thank you for referring me to Sound Engineer, Noe B. He put this together like nobody’s business and I am so glad to have partnered up with him.
And to you, Noe B-Sound Director, I thank you so much for the countless hours you spent in your studio, mixing, tweaking, balancing, and doing your thing; not to mention putting up with me, the artist with O.C.D. (self proclaimed, that is). You reminded me of a maestro directing his orchestra as you worked your magic. You put in more time than you were obligated to and for that I am so grateful. Because you helped me create that special sound; the sound I heard in my head; and because of your expertise and technical ear, and extreme patience, it turned out exactly as I envisioned. I know that there are many more projects to come and I look forward to working with you again very soon.
To Filip, you reached into my soul with your beautiful music on that day we met in the subway station. I had just come back from rehearsing with Noe B. We were discussing how there was something missing from the song; something beautiful to fill the void; we just couldn’t decide what at that time. We tinkled with the notion of guitar music or flutes but I knew in my heart that it had to be more of a spiritual, flowing sound.
That night, on the way home, I decided to get off at a different subway station than I normally did. I have no idea why, to this day; but that is the station in which you were playing that night. And had I not made that last minute decision, we never would have met. I so believe in fate. The moment your soothing violin music filled my airspace, I knew in that instant that you were the one that would help bring this project to its final close; because you were the missing link. You are an amazing talent and I hope to work with you again one day.
To Yolande, Entrepreneur, free spirit, and dear friend, thank you for believing in me while this project was in work. Your continued support and assurances that everything would fall into place kept me calm and as patient as feasibly possible. I so appreciate the time you took to listen to the demo versions and giving me your feedback. Your patience and understanding gave me strength and helped me to believe in myself as an artist.
To Hector, Photographer and Artist – Thank you for your amazing photography and digital artwork for this single. You are incredibly talented at what you do and I hope that we can work together again on future projects.
And finally, to all of my family, friends and acquaintances that are cheering me on; following me on Twitter and Facebook and just telling me, “You go girl!”, I thank you all. This makes me feel like a rising star! And I am so happy to share my song with all of you.
Beverly Figueroa - "The Soulful Singer"
Original Music transposed, played and recorded by Concert Pianist - Martin Soderberg
Pianist - Margaret Germosen
Sound Engineer - Angelo Rodriguez, AKA "Noe B"
Violinist - Filip Pogady
Photography and Digital Artwork by -Hector Lopez