Lourdes Pérez

USA Stevens Fellow, 2006

Noted for the richness of her voice, singer-songwriter Lourdes Pérez was born and raised in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, and has spent the last 20 years in Texas. She currently lives in Tempe, Arizona. Pérez blends various Latin American vocal traditions and engages deeply personal stories as well as global politics in her music. She has particular mastery of decima (a complex Latin American vocal style of singing and improvisation) and Puerto Rican trova. She has recorded six albums of music and is equally committed to performing in community, national, and international settings. Her immediate plans are to finish converting her mother's stories into decimas and seis, composing music for these songs and recording them. She is also earning a master's in educational technology from the University of Texas at Brownsville, which is allowing her to develop new techniques for Web casting and Web education.

Portrait photo courtesy Jennifer Davis, 2006

Photo courtesy Lisa Nickle, 2005