Houston Singer Raquel Cepeda Nominated for the Pepsi Music Awards in Venezuela for ‘Best Jazz Album’
Houston July 21, 2020. For Immediate Release
Houston based singer Raquel Cepeda has been nominated in the category of 'Best Jazz Album’ for the Pepsi Music Awards 2020 in Venezuela for her album “Passion - Latin Jazz”.
Cepeda, a geologist who came to Houston to work for the Oil Industry in 2005, is originally from Venezuela, and after more than 15 years of practicing music and science in parallel, took a leap of faith in 2015 to dedicate herself completely to music.
“Passion”, released in October 2019, is Cepeda’s second album as a soloist, and it includes 5 original pieces. The album presents a journey through the diverse styles and languages of Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, Venezuelan, and Argentinean music elegantly integrated with American swing.
The album was recorded in Houston with a an international pool of musicians from far reaching geographies including the US, Cuba, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina and Puerto Rico. They include pianist Barry Sames, bassist Thomas Helton, and singer David Caceres from the US, drummer Adriano Santos and percussionist Cassio Duarte from Brazil, drummer Orlando Fuentes and sax/clarinet/flute player Ernesto Vega from Cuba, Venezuelan drummer Marlon Simon and cuatro player Jorge Glem, trumpeter Omar Martinez from Puerto Rico, and Argentinean bandoneonist Hector del Curto. The album, which features arrangements done in collaboration by Barry Sames & Raquel Cepeda, was produced by Cepeda and recording engineer Andy Bradley, with production assistance by Cassio Duarte. It was mastered by engineer Jerry Tubb.