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Daily Inspiration: Meet Precious Perez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Precious Perez.

Hi Precious, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I’ve been singing since I was six years old. A family friend gave me a pink Barbie karaoke machine, and I used to record myself singing along to the radio on cassette tapes. I participated in school choruses starting in elementary school, and I started writing songs and performing solo in middle school and high school. In high school, I took four years of private lessons at the New England Conservatory and participated in an ensemble all through the Handel and Haydn Society. I always knew I wanted to be an artist, but I never would have imagined back then that I’d be where I am today, finishing up a double bachelors in music ed and performance at Berklee College of Music and paving my own way as a classically trained pop R&B and Latin singer/songwriter.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I represent multiple minorities as a blind Puerto Rican woman, first-generation college student, low-income, and a person with anxiety. I’ve experienced the most around the difference that people see first, my blindness. I’ve been underestimated, and I’ve had to navigate a lot of obstacles, but that only made me stronger. I fight to give back to my family, my communities and to use my platform to educate, help others and glorifying God with what I do.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a classically trained pop/R&B and Latin singer/songwriter. The name of my 2016 album is Hummingbird, the title of my 2019 EP is called Agua de Valencia, and the title of my childrens music EP is Chummers Across The River. All of my releases are available on all platforms, and I have a collaboration single coming very soon. I have my own website, and I’m building myself up from the ground up. As a blind female Latin artist trying to break into the industry, I am paving a road that has not been traveled before. I’m currently working on a community initiative to get my song Agua de Valencia to be re-released as a remix featuring a major Latin artist like Bad Bunny, Ivy Queen, or Daddy Yankee with all proceeds going to Covid relief and black lives matter efforts in my hometown of Chelsea, MA. Chelsea is a predominantly Latino community that was at one point the epicenter of the pandemic, and I want to use my art to create positive change and give back. I’ve been reaching out to agents, organizations, and everything else I can think of for months, but I have no leads so far.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I’ve always been super emotional and sensitive as a person. As a child, I was painfully shy and had a hard time speaking up. I’ve had to learn to advocate for myself and to use my voice, and music gave me that outlet to express what I couldn’t say.

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