Latin recording artist, Veronica Lopez, is affectionately called “Chaparita” for her diminutive stature, charismatic personality and colossal voice. Since the age of 7, when Lopez began singing Mariachi style music at her family’s restaurant in the San Fernando Valley, CA she has performed around the world at cultural events, fairs, festivals, rallies, corporate functions and private parties.
Lopez’s extensive range, style and passion for her craft have been compared to that of popular vocalist Edie Gorme and the late Tejano singing sensation, Selena. Her ability to touch the hearts of both English and Spanish speaking fans has drawn attention to Lopez as a talented cross-over singer/songwriter in both markets. In fact, a recent article written about her life and work was entitled, “A Full Heart.”
By 1999 Lopez had moved to Las Vegas, NV where she teamed up with Joel Osborne, nephew of the great Jeffrey Osborne for a project involving compositions in the R & B genre, leading to her recognition as a multi-faceted performer.
In 2003, Lopez’s release of her first CD of primarily original music, “Corazon de Oro” in the style of traditional Spanish music, complete with live accordion, brought this dynamic singer her first success with a promotional tour of the Southwest United States as well as appearances on TV Azteca, TeveAmerica, Univision, Telemundo and other television stations in the United States and Mexico, plus airplay on well over 100 radio stations in the United States and Mexico, Italy, Canada, Australia and Asia.
By 2004, Lopez was touring, as well as writing and recording for her second CD, “Chisme” (translated “Gossip”) which was released later that same year. This CD has been described as diverse with a sensational mix of Spanish cover music and original tunes, including Mexican Cumbias (dance music), Nortena, Rancheras, Banda, Baladas, and Mariachi. The title song of the same name is a departure from Lopez’s traditional music, and instead is her own unique combination of regional Mexican and Reggaeton, which she terms Regge-Tex. By early 2005, the title cut “Chisme” had received airplay on well over 100 radio stations worldwide, and it is currently available for download on over 50 websites.
Lopez’s signature song, “Mujeres Sexys,” also on the “Chisme” CD, encourages women of all shapes and sizes to be proud of their own unique beauty. Since its international release, this song has struck a chord with women of diverse cultures and nationalities.
The most widely requested song during Lopez’s live performances, also on the “Chisme” CD is “Gloria de America” (translated “America’s Glory”). Performed for national audiences, even prior to its CD release, this song is recognized as the “Immigrant’s Anthem.” Written as a tribute to her father, Lopez pays homage to immigrants of all nationalities who come to America, struggle but maintain hope and determination, and ultimately pave the way for their children and grandchildren to pursue their dreams. Lopez’s performance of this ballad received wide acclaim before thousands at the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride in Washington, D.C. and most recently during an immigrant rally for an audience of over 700,000 in Los Angeles, CA.
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