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Rising Stars: Meet Zaida Alfaro

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zaida Alfaro.

Hi Zaida, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was born into art. My mother is an amazing artist, composer, and musician. I remember sitting on the couch watching my mom’s fingers move graciously throughout the piano keys. It was mesmerizing for me. I learned how to play the piano from my mom when I was 12 years old. From then on, my love for music began, but not for the piano; my love was simply listening to the music.

My professional musical career began when I was 18 years of age. I was naive then. I was signed to an independent music label based in Miami. I spent months at a recording studio trying to shape my own style. I started combining my own original poetry with some basic guitar melodies. That was the result of my debut album, “Train Ride,” which was released in 2000. At that time, the independent label wronged me (to keep it short), and as a result, I became my own producer. The trials and tribulations helped me grow as an artist, and mentally, I had to thicken my skin. I then realized that my family were the people that I can truly count on and trust. I also had to learn to believe in myself, which in today’s society is quite difficult to do.

As an independent artist/producer, my first release was my EP titled “Little Box of Secrets.” I am inspired by musicians like Billy Holiday, Rob Thomas, Pink and Jewel, I am a storyteller at heart. The positive aspect about having to quarantine was that I was able to solely focus on my music and new methods and perfect my skills as a songwriter. Thanks to Amazon, I built a home studio in my tiny dining room area, I had the time to learn new music programs, and perfect my recording skills, the result of my recent self-produced singles, Savannah and Bulletproof Queen. Aside from being a singer/songwriter, I am also a signed author. I released my first cozy mystery novel: The Last Note: A Miami Music Mystery. I am currently working on the second novel to that series.

Although the journey has been challenging, I am not ready to stop showing the people the world through my eyes. I want my music to be the window to my soul for the world to peek in. It is more than just listening to the songs; it is breathing in the words.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
My mom is my biggest fan. I have taken her on my musical journey for many years, and when I have faltered, she has led me back onto that journey. I was very close to taking a break from music altogether when my mom was diagnosed with Leukemia. I was at the hospital every day. After her chemotherapy sessions, she had me bring my beat-up classical guitar every time, and I would sing whatever song she wanted to hear. One night she said to me, “I have you sing to me every night you visit because it’s the only time that I feel some normalcy during these sessions.” Even during those tough times, my mom never let me go astray on my dreams.

One night, I was laying in bed, trying to fall asleep, and I had an epiphany. If I give up on music, I am giving up on myself and who I am. I thank my mom for making me bring my guitar to the hospital. My mom has been cancer-free for eight years now. She is my endless song. She encourages me every day to keep striving for the star that is within my soul.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a singer/songwriter, performer, and mystery author. I am mainly known for my music. I recently took a picture of what I call “my wall of accomplishments.” I know it sounds corny, but it actually makes my heart smile. My wall consists of the cover of all my music releases and the cover of my cozy mystery book, The Last Note: A Miami Music Mystery. I love receiving text messages from my family and friends saying that they are listening to one of my songs, and they send me a picture of it. Another thing that I am most proud of, again, corny moment ahead, is that I can ask ‘Alexa’ to play my song Bulletproof Queen, and she plays it!

I believe what sets me apart from others is that I am a storyteller at heart. I can fully express myself to others and to myself through my guitar and lyrics. I truly feel what I am singing. And I have remained humble through all the obstacles that have been thrown in my direction.

Are there any books, apps, podcasts or blogs that help you do your best?
I love escaping to other worlds and dimensions by reading. Honestly, I spend my time reading a lot of psychological thrillers. But one book that has helped me lately is, Know the Truth by Gordana Biernat. It’s about knowing who you are and being okay with it. It is very motivational. I follow her on Instagram and Twitter as well.

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Genae Photography Jeri A. Photography Lady Chavez Photography

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