Independent Artist Sara Ontaneda Releases Hey Maria
Sara Ontaneda, award-winning singer-songwriter based in New York City has released new music. Her music is a colorful blend of Pop, R&B and Folk sounds with heart-felt lyrics in both Spanish and English.
Hey Maria by Sara Ontaneda is a beautiful and melodic masterpiece, with a romantic swing that is tempered by soft spoken lyrics and harmonies in verse. This song is, I feel something we all need in our lives. She waxes a sympathetic and loving tone that makes the track very alluring.
Sara discovered her passion for music at a young age. At age 7 she started piano lessons and at age 9 she joined her school’s choir in Miami, Florida. Throughout her childhood, splitting time between Guayaquil, Ecuador and Miami, she studied classical music. The love for music placed her in Berklee College of Music where she majored in Contemporary Writing and Production. She graduated with honors and received scholarship awards for her efforts.
After a year of hard work, Sara finished her first EP, “Marte y Júpiter” where she took the roles of writer, recording engineer, and producer. The EP was released on July 14th, 2015 and received numerous positive reviews from journals in Latin America and Spain. This led Sara to tour in Ecuador as well as many cities of the US, including festivals like South By Southwest (SXSW 2017), MUSIKFEST, South Florida Folk Festival, and others.
On March 2017, Sara released her debut album, “Entre Espacios y Colores” which includes 4 songs in English and 5 in Spanish. Sonically, the album blends South-American, R&B, and Alternative elements and is often described as Nu-Latin. The album has been reviewed positively in many journals of the US and Latin-America. The Huffington Post rates ‘Entre Espacios y Colores’ as “an excellent album overall, with mainstream appeal… there’s no fluff, just great Nu-Latin jazz music. And Sara’s voice is not to be missed.” With this album, Sara toured internationally with notable performances in SXSW, the NAMM Show, LIFA Music Festival (Mexico City), among others.
On April 2019 Sara won the award for “Best World Music” at the Richmond Film and Music Festival. Recently, Sara won the “Artist Revelation of the Year” award at the Premios Unidad in NYC (Ecuadorian Music Awards). Sara continues to tour internationally, playing music from the heart.
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