Twinkle Twinkle, She’s A Little Star
Raquel Garcia, a 13 year old girl with the voice of a grown woman, has a very bright future ahead of her in the music industry. Could she be the next Jennifer Lopez? How about Shakira or Whitney Houston?
After performing during Mayor Hancock’s last State of the City address, where she sang John Lennon’s Imagine, she made some very important people take notice of her talents. It isn’t everyday people get to listen to a talent like hers. The fact that she is so young means that she has a lot of time to practice and develop into an extraordinary vocalist. This is a very special teenager.
I had the opportunity to interview Miss Garcia, and discuss her singing, hopes for the future and other things which made for an interesting conversation.
Denver Urban Spectrum: What’s your name, your birthday, and where were you born?
Raquel Garcia: My name is Raquel Garcia. I was born January 8, 2006 in Denver.
DUS: Where do you currently go to school?
RG: I started this year attending the Denver School of the Arts.
DUS: What are your plans and hopes for the future and what do you hope to achieve?
RG: Hopefully, if God blesses me, I hope to be on one of the most important stages performing. I have a lot of plans and actually, I like writing a lot and hope to release my music.
DUS: When did you first start singing? What’s the story behind it? How did you develop the interest?
RG: Since I was three years old, singing music has always been a passion. It makes me feel really happy. It breeds a weird feeling inside of me and I just really like it. I have never sung professionally on a stage but I started about two years ago. I can’t say that I looked for this opportunity but it came up at a family reunion. One of my friend’s nieces was dying of cancer and they didn’t have money but before she died, she had a wish to go to Disneyland. So, they made an event to make that wish come true. They asked me to sing on stage and that was the first time I did it. After that, singing and performing requests have not stopped.
DUS: Would you say singing runs in the family?
RG: No it’s just something I was born with.
DUS: What singers do you look up to and why?
RG: I look up to a lot of singers but I really like it when they have a really strong story about them like Whitney Houston, who is my favorite. I love her voice and she really worked hard at it.
DUS: We heard you blow away the audience with your performance at the Artists for Hancock event at the Soiled Dove. What was it like singing in front of all of those influential people?
RG: I was really excited because I was surprised to know that I was not going to be singing a track. When I got there, they were like, “no, you’re going to sing live music.” I got really excited. It was something I was really looking forward to because I always try and do my best. I loved it. I had fun.
DUS: What are some of the other events you have performed at?
RG: I actually sing a lot for the mayor and I sang for the last governor. I sing at a lot of charity events too! I like to help with my talent. I also sing at a lot of festivals like the Taste of Puerto Rico and the London Festival. Soon, I’m going to be at the Pride Festival in June. We have a lot of performances outside of the state like New Mexico, Kansas, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
DUS: What are some of your favorite songs to perform? Have you written any songs for yourself?
RG: I have tons of songs. I write a lot. I like to write music and lyrics. I just haven’t found the right time to let them out because I feel like I can’t just let them out like that. I want the right time to come. I like songs that that have really good lyrics and a good message.
DUS: What do you love about singing?
RG: If you really think about what you’re doing while singing, you can see that singing helps other people to heal whatever they are going through. You could be singing something, and if you put your heart into it, you can take people to another dimension. You can just make them forget about all their problems. I feel like that is something that I really like. It is really satisfying do something that you like, knowing that you’re helping people.
DUS: What is it like traveling and singing? Is it hard to deal with your social life and school life?
RG: It’s kind of tough, but it’s something that I like. I’m willing to work hard for it. If I didn’t like doing this, I wouldn’t be doing this. I really like it and it’s really exciting.
DUS: If things go exactly like you want them to, where do you see yourself 15 years from now?
RG: Hopefully, winning a Grammy.
DUS: Anything else you want to add?
RG: I just want to say to all the people that have dreams, never stop dreaming. Always work hard for what you want. If you ever get one opportunity, never lose it because you only get opportunities once and then they never come back. Keep on dreaming. Work hard.
Editor’s note: For more information on Raquel Garcia, follow her on Facebook (@1313raquel) and Instagram (@raquelgarcia). Tune in to her entertainment show on Chanel 53, every Saturday at 11 a.m.