New Artist Maria Raquel Drops Album 1 Am Has Family Ties To Jackson 5
Introducing Maria Raquel, a musical prodigy whose soul resonates with the timeless melodies of her ancestry. Born into a lineage of legendary musicians, music is more than just a passion for her – it's a legacy that courses through her veins like an eternal rhythm.
Her musical roots stretch back to her great-grandmother, the incomparable Shirley Cartman, whose stage name, Sheila Carr, adorned marquees alongside the biggest names in the industry such as Tina Turner. An enchanting violin virtuoso with a multifaceted talent, Sheila's prowess extended to the keyboard, alto sax, and drums. As fate would have it, she later assumed the role of a mentor and music teacher for Tito Jackson of the Jackson 5, during their early days in Gary, Indiana. Shirley Cartman's influence on the Jacksons was profound, as she recognized their exceptional talents and had the foresight to put them on one of their first talent shows.
Maria Raquel's grandmother, Nita Riley, emerged as a maestro, mastering the piano, drums, and keyboard. Her band, the Sweethearts of Soul, ignited stages with their soulful performances. Continuing the rich family heritage, Maria Raquel's own mother, Raquel Riley Thomas, proved to be an accomplished violinist and drummer during her teenage years. Maria Raquel's father Ron Thomas played the drums in church at a young age, adding another layer of brilliance to the family tapestry.
Now, Maria Raquel stands as a resplendent, independent artist, ready to make her own mark on the world with her unique sound.
But it's not just the music that sets Maria Raquel apart; it's her commitment to uplifting and inspiring through her art. Eschewing the use of curse words in her songs, she aims to create music that can be cherished and enjoyed by audiences of all ages and backgrounds, transcending cultural boundaries and spreading love globally.
"When I sing…. I sing in a world where there is no judgement. I want people to vibe off my music in their own manner, yet we still connect with one heart," states Maria Raquel.
Maria Raquel's impact on the music industry will be extended beyond her music, influencing fashion and cultural trends. As she follows in the footsteps of her illustrious forebears, the world can now hear the crescendo of her musical journey – a journey destined to leave an indelible imprint on music history.
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