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Carmen Guadalupe Gonzalez
San Francisco, CA (Mission District)
July 14, 1964 - (no comments from the peanut gallery, please!)
Black (with a few grays here and there)
Height and Weight
5'1" and are you kidding me?
Willing to sing anywhere, anytime...Oh, you mean marital status?
Singer and Lyricist
Poet and Writer
Print Model and Voiceovers
LiVE from Petaluma (TV and Webcast) 12-/2002 - Petaluma, CA
Broadway Studios Songwriter's Showcase (Live and Webcast) 10-/2002 - SF, CA
Acajutla with Amaretto 2-/2002 - El Salvador, Central America
Dulce Maria and Rigoberto Sanches 7/-2001 - Havana, Cuba
Fin de Semana National Television Show 11-2000 - El Salvador, Central America
AARBF Benefit w/Spur of the Moment 7/-99 - Belmont, CA
Boys & Girls Club Fundraiser 7/-98 and 10-/98 - SSF, CA
What have you been doing for the past two years?
Working on my CD
The "Not Bad for a Gringa" Project - Scheduled release 2nd Qtr 2004
Back up vocals for Conjunto Herrera Rosales - 2003
Back up vocals for Mestizo - 2003
Co-Founder of AMP3 (Association of Music Professionals)
The "Masks and Miracles" Project - Self-released CD in fall of 2002
The "Tropic of Cancer Project" Project- Backup Vocals and Co-Founder
Personal and Professional Aspirations:
I am starting a clothing line called TATTEESâ¢ (Sexy-soft tee shirts with cut-outs to display your favorite temporary tattoo, no matter what your mood! I hope to continue to write, sing, record and produce my music and create videos. I plan to build my own recording studio and production company. One day in the near future, I'll move into my own multi-office complex complete with a full-service childcare facility and music school for our company's children. I'd also like to continue to write or co-write for other artist's websites and such. (Check out www.santana.com under current players: Myron Dove).
In the very near future I intend to create and event entitled WOMEN WHO REALLY ROCK!
I also plan to continue to travel and create a full-scale global music concert experience called KINDNESS, MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY, to raise monies for children all over the planet. In the mean time, I am searching for the "perfect" band mates. I make time to garden as well as write my books (Birthday Cake for Breakfast), and have completed my first children's book "Talulah the Mystical". Hopefully, I'll continue to be published as a poet ("Amelia" was published in a book of poetry called "After the Storm" and "Cardboard Butterflies and Tin Can Stars" in one entitled "Best Poetry and Poets of 2001").
It would be a blessing to my watch all my nephews, niece, godchildren and all of my close friends' children graduate from college. I'd like to think that perhaps I can inspire the dreamy teenager who wants to create beautiful paintings, a woman trying to find her life's passion (it is never too late), a Latin kid who beats the odds stacked against her or even a seventy-year-old man who decides to write a book for his grandchildren. I look forward to having or adopting my own children and to continue to love, laugh, nurture and create!
Some heartfelt advice:
I believe if you work hard, live smart and reach for your dreams with perseverance and delight you can be successful! This is what I have learned (the hard way I might add!) - You must follow your instincts and believe in yourself, period! Even when people closest to you, the ones that matter the most, don't agree with your vision, even when they scoff at you, or worse yet, never acknowledge you, believe in yourself. I don't care where you find it, who inspires you or how deep you have to dig, believe in yourself. Surround yourself with others that dream too! Some people can become unlikely allies if you allow them to do so. Forge your own future and always believe in yourself. As you journey to your destination, that is the time to turn around and share it with those who still matter in your life with no regrets, no remorse and certainly no rancor...because the bottom line is really this - WITH or WITHOUT them, it all depends on YOU anyway!
Thoughts and Reflections
My very first lyrics (Soul in the Mirror) came while observing life's injustices around me, and from situations in life that are not always easy or lined in silver. I've no doubt that people have triumphed over many adverse conditions because there were others that had faith in them, provided encouragement and support. They were simply LOVED. I strive to pass this legacy of faith, love, hope and passion on through my music, poetry and my writing. I believe that in order to be respected by others, I must show respect. To be loved, I must show love.
I treasure my heritage, many traditions and some old-fashioned beliefs. The most important roles I play are those of teacher, aunt, sister, friend, godmother, singer, writer, business partner and visionary. I believe it is the responsibility of every adult to care for and raise every child collectively. In my opinion, the most profound, intelligent and articulate comment I have EVER heard a politician say was "IT TAKES A VILLAGE" (Of course, it was a woman). Unfortunately, our media only ran it for about 5 seconds and our society's attention span runs for 2 seconds, but it made a life-long impression on me. I believe in the small everyday miracles. One reason for my chosen stage name, the soul and inspiration formy life as CARMEN MILAGRO is the fact that "Milagro" means "miracle". Perhaps one day, a miracle will happen and I will receive a Grammy for Soul in the Mirror or Absolution. This would confirm that there are others on the planet that believe as I do.
"Wishing you love and peace in abundance"