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Meet Doralee Angelo of Doralee Music in Beach Cities

Today we’d like to introduce you to Doralee Angelo.

Doralee, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My story begins in Redondo Beach, California, where I was born and raised. Being a mix of Puerto Rican, Jamaican, and Guatemalan; music and dance was written in my DNA. As a child, every Sunday after church, my mom could always find me playing the piano; practicing music I had memorized and eventually learned to play by ear. Being apart of the church’s choir I realized my gift was singing. This started a chain reaction of inspiration to pursue my deepest desire to become a musician.

In my teens, I participated in the Redondo Union High School Choir for two years and competed against other High Schools in San Francisco.

Eventually, with practice, I started to play full songs on the guitar mostly by ear, and held performances in the living room with my siblings; we were a full on family band. When my dad came around, he’d play his harmonica, and we would have an “on the spot” jam session, playing blues, and classic rock.

In 2005, I competed in Miss Caribbean USA Beauty Pageant that was held in Hollywood, CA. I ran as Miss Puerto Rico, for the talent segment I performed a rendition of “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” by Led Zeppelin on guitar, and a classical song on the piano right after, in three minutes. I was awarded the “Super Star” trophy for my talent. After receiving this award, I gained the stage confidence, and experience being in front of an audience, to perform live music even more so.

Growing up in a musically inclined family made it easy to learn how to entertain people through music. Because of all these years of playing for friends and family at backyard BBQ’s and Beach bonfires, beach culture and music are rooted into my being. I’ve opened the stage for artists like Kimie’ Minor, HIRIE, Mike Pinto, Ital Vibes, Fortunate Youth and many local bands from the South Bay. I support local reggae music everywhere, you can always find me at local reggae shows in Hermosa Beach. The farthest away from home that I’ve performed was in Brazil. Because of my trip to Brazil, I was inspired to write songs in Portuguse. I wrote my first Portuguese song to my husband called “Seu Soheso” Your Smile. written in English and Portuguese.

If I ever had the opportunity to collaborate with anyone famous, it would be Bruno Mars, Rihanna, and Koffee and Amy Winehouse.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Believing in my talent, and having confidence in my ability to succeed, has been a challenge throughout my entire music career. At times, I believe I have been my own worst critic. I have learned to overcome these challenges by practicing self-love, self-awareness, gratitude, yoga, breathing, and the healing powers of cannabis. When I feel the butterflies before a show, one way that I breakthrough is by taking deep breaths, and remember the people are here for the music, and good vibes. “They believe in me, why shouldn’t I,” and that I am living my purpose, that’s what keeps me pushing to never give up.

Being raised by a single mother, I grew up in a very humble house-hold, we were grateful for what we had, and didn’t have the luxury’s our neighbors had. We found peace in our home through music. When I discovered reggae music, it changed my perspective on life, and inspired me to love and respect everyone, and when the music feels good like that, it resonates in my soul, giving me inner peace. My favorite quote from Bob Marley, is “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”.-Bob Marley.

Please tell us about Doralee Music.
I am a Singer/songwriter and performing artist born in Redondo Beach, California. My mission is to use music and good vibes to heal the world by writing positive and inspiring words that creates inner peace with one self. I’m here, hoping to inspire people of all ages to pursue their dreams no matter what. I perform at private events, music venues and resturants. You can find me at a local place in Redondo Beach called Jersey’s Bar N Grill, on Thursday nights playing reggae music. I play reggae music on my guitar acoustically and with a full band. I play original songs and popular covers from No Doubt, Bob Marley, HIRIE, Amy Winehouse to Led Zeppelin and Patsy Cline. I’m currently recording an EP and hope to release it by February or March of 2020. I’m not only a Musician, but I’m an entertainer. I set the vibe just right for my audience no matter how big or small the crowd is. At the same time Remembering to completely be myself when I’m on stage.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
As a child, my sister and I, at one point shared a pair of roller skates. sometimes we’d skate with only one skate on our foot. I had the right skate and learned how to balance and roll on one foot. and because of that, I picked up skateboarding. I couldn’t be more grateful for that one-foot balance talent. as far as music, I loved playing my grampa’s guitar and singing The Beatles with my Brother, and cheerleading with my Sister. I grew up across the street from Perry Park In Redondo Beach. I made lifelong family friends at this park. I learned how to skateboard, breakdance, cheerlead and play softball at that park! Summer camp at Perry Park was always a blast with leader Mr. Wade AKA Vernon Wade R.I.P.

Pricing:

  • $200 for 2-hours of Acoustic
  • $200 for 1-hour w/ Full backing band
  • Open for trade or donations as well

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Image Credit:
Jasmine Hudani, Sean Kelly, Sherry Edwards

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