Today we’d like to introduce you to Simone Cardoso.
Simone, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I began singing as soon as I could talk. My parents enrolled me in dance lessons at the age of three and voice lessons at the age of five in my hometown of New Bedford, MA. I entered local and national dancing and singing competitions throughout my childhood years, where I earned trophies taller than myself at the time. As I grew older, I enrolled in acting classes and played lead roles in theatre productions including Annie, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, and Charlie Brown. When I entered high school, I was recruited to be in a pop girl group and we recorded original music, rehearsed, and toured throughout my four years in high school. Our most notable experiences include performing for President Barack Obama as the opening act for James Taylor at a rally in Boston, MA and recording the theme song for the Nickelodeon Halo Awards. When the band dismembered, I began a solo career as a recording artist, writing and releasing my own music. For the past few years, I have worked with various music producers, songwriters, and delved deep to discover who I truly am as an artist. Today, I have reached a stage where I am confident in myself as a singer, songwriter, recording artist, and entertainer. I made the best decision to finally make the move across the country to Los Angeles in January 2020 and I see myself growing stronger as a person and musician every day.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I can say I am completely blessed to have had the support of my parents, family, and friends throughout my entire journey as a musician. However, pursuing a career in the music industry is never a smooth one. The passion for music itself can take such a large toll on your mental health with its constant ups and downs, yes’s and no’s, etc. It has been a constant battle with my head wanting to give up and my heart never allowing it to. It also took me a very long time to learn how to stand up for myself and understand the business side of the music industry. I was easily pushed into doing things that I truly didn’t want to do or didn’t align with who I was as a person because I didn’t know how to say “no.” I found myself recording music and making moves that felt inauthentic because I didn’t see another path and only knew what was being told to me by those I trusted at the time.
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am a singer/songwriter driven by an endless passion for music and the willingness to help others. I create music with the hope that one day I’ll have a platform large enough to give back to the world on a large scale and really make a difference. My music swims between Pop and R&B and tells stories anyone can relate to. I’m most proud of the songwriter I’ve shaped into over just the past two years. Creating music with multi-platinum writers that have written for Beyonce, Rihanna, Teyana Taylor, Jodeci, etc. has given me so much insight and really allowed me to hone in on my own writing skills. It always blows my mind when I write a song I love. Like that came out of me! From my mind! I am also extremely proud of releasing my debut EP “S-95” last October and plan to follow up with singles for the remainder of 2020. I have just released a new single titled “Blame It on Me” and in light of the current state of our country, I have pledged to donate all of it’s first quarter revenue to Black Lives Matter.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My parents have really been such a strong support for me my entire life, allowing me to pursue endless opportunities and always reminding me that I have what it takes.
- Website: www.imsimonecardoso.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/imsimonecardoso
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/imsimonecardoso
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/imsimonecardoso
- Other: www.youtube.com/imsimonecardoso
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