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Born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, an epicenter of convergent cultures and rich folk art, De’Anza represents a new generation of young Latino artists in the United States.

De’Anza journeyed west to Los Angeles armed with a vihuela and a passion for songwriting and on a mission to develop her own musical identity. After several years of working on her craft and refining her vision, she released her debut six-song EP, Despertar.

Pulling from various ends of the musical spectrum while taking cues from traditional mariachi sounds and blending layers of modern sonics, De’Anza is a breath of fresh air in a rather smoggy metropolis. Redefining what it is to be Latin Alternative, De’Anza creates an eclectic mix of music, crossing borders and boundaries, resulting in a new take on an old form.

“From hip-hop to jazz and everything in between, there’s no doubt that the United States is musically rich and, like many Latino bicultural homes, I was also exposed to music in Spanish at a very early age,” De’Anza says. “Being that my grandmother was Mexican, it definitely wasn’t uncommon to hear mariachi blasting from the speakers of her boombox. When I began writing music, it only felt natural to also represent that part of me.”

Performing acoustic selections off Despertar, De’Anza made her national television debut on Thursday, January 22, 2015, on the LATV Network show, “Rockamole.” Joel Moya of writes,

“Despertar” is the first single and a hypnotic and catchy tune, thanks to a few plucks and strokes on a vihuela, some beats and, yes, that magical voice.”

With support from MTV Tres’ “La Hora Nacional,” NPR affiliated stations KEXP Seattle, 90.3fm, KLAX Berkeley, CA 90.7fm and KPFA Los Angeles 90.7 fm, Despertar is poised to convert any first-time listener within an earshot of “that magical voice.”

Amoeba Music, the world’s largest indie music retailer, has selected De’Anza to take part in its Home Grown artist program to coincide with the release of her EP for the month of March. This includes a running ad in LA Weekly newspaper, a feature on the retailer’s website and a prominent display of the EP inside its Hollywood store.

Her long-awaited EP debut Despertar will be released March 3, 2015, with spring and summer tour dates to follow.

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