Maria Celina Gutierrez – Celina, as she is commonly known, has many credits to her name. At the young age of seven she had already participated in the Little Miss America pageant and was in a Carnation print ad in Costa Rican publications. By the age of twelve she was singing on Mexican television and radio.
Her father was a laborer at the Claretville Seminary Ranch in Malibu Canyon, and when she wasn’t busy practicing her singing, she could often be found riding her Appoloosa bareback through the Calabasas hills.
As a member of the the comedy troupe “More Salsa Please”, she spent 3 months at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles and appeared on the national TV show “Comedy Compadres” filmed at Universal Studios.
Professional boxer Oscar De La Hoya joined Celina in singing the Mexican National Anthem at Our Lady Queen of Angels in Los Angeles and fans at the Angels Stadium in Los Angeles were three times treated to her rendition of the National Anthem, as well as at the LA Sports Arena for the Clippers game the night the First Gulf War began.
Los Camperos, the award winning mariachi band who appeared on Linda Ronstadt’s 1987 milestone album, Canciones de Mi Padre, invited Celina to sing with them at the Biltmore Hotel and she has performed solo at the Anaheim Convention Center.
She now calls Santa Cruz, California her home and there she and her Island styled band, Uke is Good has played at the Attic, The Santa Cruz Ukulele Club, and a variety of public and private parties.
She has also joined local entertainer Vince Tuzzi at the Catalyst and the Kuumbwa Jazz Center.
She is currently a key member of the "Altared Christmas - LIVE" production, and performs with her band, "The C Monkeys."