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Rising Stars: Meet Stefni Valencia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stefni Valencia.

Hi Stefni, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I cannot remember how I got started in music; I feel I was singing before I was even speaking. When I decided I wanted to start singing in public, my family wanted me to hate it because they knew how tough the industry was-let’s be honest it is. They put me through every obstacle and instead of hating it, I fell in love. Music became a part of me, it saved my life. I started performing live with Mariachi, then my uncle had me in a cover band, and being the rebel that I am, I kept wanting to do Rock when everyone kept telling me not to. Then I had people telling me to stop and focus on something else, something safe. For a while, I listened to what everyone wanted from me. I went through a dark time where I felt so lost, and one day I listened to my heart and began writing music and here I am a Latin Rock artist writing and performing live with my band Stefni Valencia & El Fuego and loving every minute of it.

Alright, 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?
It has not been a smooth road. We have all heard the sayings “you have a better chance of being struck by lightning.” “You have a better chance of winning the lotto.” Especially when you try to explain to people who are not in your industry or do not understand it. They immediately ask “but what are your real plans.” I had a lot of people in my head when I first started, some great and some not so great. In the end, I had to learn to speak up for myself and really follow my heart.

Also, as an artist I have had to learn to be kinder to myself and celebrate every victory. As an artist, we put so much pressure on ourselves, we are constantly either being compared to someone else or reminded of what we could have or should have done differently or better. I have had to learn to really be proud of myself and be less critical.

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 am a singer-songwriter. The music I am making is my sound. It is Latin rock with a modern flare, and I feel in essence it makes it Rebel Rock as I like to call it because I am trying to pave the way for the future “rockeras” out there. I am a female rocker in a male dominant world and my lyrical content comes from the heart. I write songs that tell stories, teach lessons, they are a catalyst for discussion of topics I am passionate about such as: my culture, feminism, unity, following your dreams, and mental health. I feel that music truly is a universal language. There are some songs that have truly changed my life, and every time I write something I think to myself “who is this for? What are my goals with this song? what do I want them to feel when they hear it.?”

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
Anthony O. has been my number one supporter and my rock. When I was going through a very dark time and had given up on myself and my dreams, I did not have music in my life, and I was in a very dark place. He helped me get back to me. He believed in me from day one and still to this day believes in me. So when I told him I wanted to release a Spanish Rock album he sat with me helped me write some songs and produced my music. Having someone that really understands and wants what is best for you is truly important. I also have to give credit to my amazing band El Fuego – they are my family and I love them. Every time I work with them, I am amazed at what we can do. It is pure magic when you have a community of such talented musicians by your side. I am the luckiest singer alive because Dan, Fernando, and Anthony not only bring out the best in me as a singer-songwriter, but they make me a better human being. I am beyond grateful for having them in my life. I have some wonderful friends and family that I am honored to know. They have believed in me, helped me by spreading the word about my projects, going to my shows, or helped me out with my music videos and pictures. I am eternally grateful for each and every one of them.

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Elfego Becerra Philip Forteza Roman Gonzales

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