Los Angeles is the city of angels and the place where many come to make
their dreams come true. Whether attending casting calls or recording
a demo, the city is filled with hopeful artists of all kinds. Amidst
all that competition, imagine being discovered one Sunday afternoon
on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, CA and soon thereafter
signing a recording contract. It sounds like a fairy tale, but it happens.
Just ask Marta.
The Spanish, sexy, soulful aspiring singer and songwriter Marta Santamaria
knows. With a fusion of her Spanish roots and Brazilian influences, Marta
redefines the way Spanish-speaking people hear traditional flamenco and
bolero songs. Marta is a pioneer in the world of Latin music, stretching
the boundaries of melodies and lyrics to include cross-cultural appeal
with enchanting beats.
Since Marta was a child, her mom, Maribel Gomez, sang to her. Maribel
planted a seed in Marta singing classical tunes from the twenties and
folk songs with an intense captivating voice. As a teenager in Sevilla,
Spain, Marta discovers the world of Jazz and Brazilian music. Coupled
with her mother’s encouragement, Marta begins singing in local
clubs. Additionally Marta studied ballet and classical Spanish dance
at the conservatory.
Pursuing an artistic career she moved to Los Angeles in 1993, to study
film while continuing to perform boleros, bossa-nova and Jazz in varied
clubs. Traveling back and forth between cities, Marta could not escape
her passion or deny her talent. “They only way you can be happy
is doing what you like,” says Marta. “Follow your heart and
you can find your path.”