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Fool's Paradise EP Produced by Michael Ramos at Brown Recluse Studio, Austin, TX. Mastered by Mark Hallman at The Congress House Studio, Austin, TX. All original compositions by Lesly Reynaga, except for Spanish Words by Charlie Sexton.
“Reynaga has the potential to be an Austin breakout star.” – Austin American-Statesman
“One of Austin's most formidable pop songwriters.” – The Austin Chronicle
Lesly Reynaga has made a striking first impression on Texas’ musical landscape, making waves with music described by the Austin American-Statesman as “catchy dance beats that carry powerful lyricism.”
“Dual Passport,” her most recent release, shows Reynaga’s promise. It has earned her accolades from admirers ranging from Austin Mayor Steve Adler who calls her “a favorite of mine,” to Stax Records/Motown legend Al Bell who describes her as “the world’s next female singing and guitar-playing rare superstar.”
Reynaga pays homage to her roots on “Dual Passport” with a bilingual sound. The Austin Chronicle states that her compositions “traverse genre, culture, and language with transcendental grace like her predecessors Selena and Shakira did before her.”
The Austin360 Artist of the Month (January 2019), Reynaga co-produced her release with renowned musicians and producers David Grissom, Michael Ramos, Graham Reynolds and AJ Vallejo. A highlight of the EP is two recordings with the involvement of Bell, one of her musical mentors.
“I have been associated with many rare and successful artists that have excited me and that I’ve been proud of,” said Bell, who has teamed up with performers ranging from Otis Redding to Prince. “But it is always a delightfully shocking phenomenon to me when I meet that artist that I can identify as one-of-a-kind.”
Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, Reynaga highlights stories on “Dual Passport” about her childhood and upbringing in Mexico, immigration issues, and her pride calling America home, having recently become a U.S. citizen.
“It’s a body of work that offers a glance into my life experience as a Latina immigrant in this country,” Reynaga said. “Working with several producers with different backgrounds gave me an opportunity to explore my love for music, from R&B and soul to Latin pop and mariachi. I think what we accomplished in this EP is a combination of those sounds that represent the binary nature of my life.”
As the Chronicle remarks, “this cultural and lingual fusion powers her sophomore effort,” as “she struts with flair and pomp on ‘Heroina,’ scintillated with Selena-glam aplomb, each Spanish accent teased, firm but gentle and complemented by tropical acoustics.
A serious student of contemporary pop stylings and socially conscious lyrics, Reynaga hopes to make a cultural impact of her own. Her lyrics on “Dual Passport” were carefully crafted to articulate some of her positions, allowing her to “dig deeper into the meaning of leading a life in two cultures and two languages, constantly balancing out both worlds and staying true to self,” Reynaga said. “The duality of the immigrant life is something to embrace, and that’s what ‘Dual Passport’ stands for.
“‘Since the Moment He Was Mine’ grounds corporeal, masked with a stinging pain as doo-wop melodies ripple with tensile blossom,” writes The Austin Chronicle. The “radio-pop gem ‘All American Girl,’ reggaeton mystique ‘The Beast,’ and empowerment ballad ‘Flashbacks Come Home’” underscore Reynaga’s abilities as a burgeoning songwriter.
Her sound can be traced to Mexico, where Reynaga learned her first song at age four from her grandmother. At age 14, Reynaga was invited to join the cast of a national Mexican television reality show and, after moving to the U.S., she took bows as an award-winning mariachi vocalist in McAllen. Upon moving to Austin to attend University of Texas, she was featured soloist of UT’s Mariachi Paredes de Tejastitlán
Reynaga has been recognized as a voice of her Latino community, receiving the Award of Excellence for Emerging Artist from the City of Austin’s ESB-Mexican American Cultural Center. March 1, 2018 was celebrated as Lesly Reynaga Day in Austin, as proclaimed by Mayor Steve Adler. Her schedule has included collaborations with House of Songs, a live video session at the Clubhouse, live tapings at Austin360 and KUTX, and SXSW 2019 showcases.
“Dual Passport” was recorded in four studios, VMG, Red House and Brown Recluse in Austin, and Haxton Road in Bentonville, Arkansas, where musician/producer Jake Hertzog and producer/engineer Jacob Crabb contributed to the recording.
In 2017, she embarked on her solo career with her first studio release, “Fool’s Paradise,” which drew her early praise. Produced by Michael Ramos (John Mellencamp, Paul Simon, Patty Griffin), the EP features four self-penned pop-rock songs and a powerful rendition of Charlie Sexton’s “Spanish Words.”
“Anytime you bring more variances to the table, like she can singing in Spanish and in English, that opens up more avenues,” Ramos said. “She can definitely hit the pop market, the American market, which is an added bonus to her talents. It’s obvious she’s going to be around a long time.”
Noted for her passion-filled showmanship, which has captivated audiences from Dallas to New York City, an extraordinary vocal range, a bilingual song catalogue and as a multi-instrumentalist on guitar, vihuela and keyboards, Reynaga will make her first trek in 2019 to her native Mexico for live performances.