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Life & Work with Cerise Caicedo Valdez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cerise Caicedo Valdez.

Hi Cerise, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I started singing at the age of six. My mom put my older sister in choir and of course monkey sees monkey do. I remember not to enjoy choir so instead, I would write my own song’s in my purple fluffy journal. I would write and create melody’s over what I wanted or what I was feeling that day. From there, I started singing at church and experienced an intense amount of stage fright. I would shake and stutter on stage but for some reason, I knew that the stage was exactly where I was supposed to be. I even experienced a lot of discouragement from close friends and family. I was told my voice and songs were horrible. Unfortunately, I got stuck in that negative mentality and struggled to release music out of fear. So I moved to LA with my husband with $50 to our name and enrolled in music school. There, I gained the confidence that I needed to move forward and released my first single “disco baby”. I’m where I’m at today because I finally broke free from the negative voices who said I couldn’t do it. I look at my mom who is recovering from cancer. Her strength and faith reminds me that it’s possible to break free from what feels like hell. Now I have a glimpse of what I’m capable of and I have so much more music to show the world.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Unfortunately, my journey has been tough. I was told at a young age that I didn’t write/sound good enough and I believed that lie for way too long. I even tried to stop singing completely but couldn’t. Financial obstacles almost made me want to stop as well. Now I’m at a point in life where I’m learning how to focus on my music for the first time in my life. I’m currently writing about these Challenges.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m a singer-songwriter In LA and a Vocal graduate. I’m known for my range and dynamic singing. I’m most proud of graduating from school. Adhd made it extremely difficult but I proudly did it. My songs are the one thing that set’s me apart from others. I Love writing about objects or even other peoples story’s when I write a song.

What does success mean to you?
Success is being able to see break-through in others lives. When they understand my music, It makes me feel alive.

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