La Santa Cecilia
Hometown: Los Angeles
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Named after the patron saint of musicians, six-member Alt Latino group La Santa Cecilia draws inspiration from a wide range of music, including cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, rock and klezmer.
Founded in 2007 and based both physically and artistically in the diverse musical community of Los Angeles, California, La Santa Cecilia is known for their colorful and energetic live shows and for the captivating vocals of lead singer Marisoul Hernandez.
The band, consisting of guitarist Gloria Estrada, accordionist and requintero Jose Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez, drummer Hugo Vargas, and Hernandez, cite a diverse range of musical influences, including Miles Davis, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Annie Lennox, Mercedes Soza and Ramon Ayala, among others.
Their popular song, “Chicle,” from their self-titled 2009 EP, has been featured on the award-winning series Weeds, the show Entourage, and in a documentary Re-Encounters. Their song “La Negra,” from the 2010 album Noche Y Citas was nominated for a Latin Grammy award in 2011. Their most recent album, El Valor, was released in March of 2012.