Austin-based recording artist Lesly Reynaga learned her first song at age four in her native Monterrey, Mexico and was tapped for a national Mexican television reality show as a singing talent at age 14. Today, she continues to create a buzz as an emerging recording artist, singer-songwriter and performer.
Reynaga is noted for her passion-filled showmanship, an extraordinary vocal range, a bilingual song catalogue—quelled from a unique knowledge of pop, rock and traditional Latin music—and as a multi-instrumentalist on guitar, vihuela and keyboards. With the release of her first studio recording, “Fool’s Paradise,” in 2017, she drew critical acclaim while captivating audiences from Austin to New York City.
She was honored March 2, 2018 by Austin Mayor Steve Adler with “Lesly Reynaga Day” in recognition of her burgeoning career. In May 2018, she received the Award of Excellence for Emerging Artist by the City of Austin's Mexican American Cultural Center. That recognition follows a burst of activity which has taken her from her first bows as an award-winning mariachi vocalist in McAllen, Texas to featured soloist of the University of Texas Mariachi Paredes de Tejastitlán to an acclaimed recording singer-songwriter.
Reynaga’s debut EP, produced by Michael Ramos (John Mellencamp, Paul Simon, Patty Griffin), earned praise for its original pop-rock tunes and a powerful cover of “Spanish Words” by renowned Austin musician Charlie Sexton. With music influences ranging from Shakira to Linda Ronstadt, Reynaga is developing a unique, cross-genre sound.
A former lead actress in the ZACH Theatre/Teatro Vivo musical “Mariachi Girl,” Reynaga is onboard for her first dramatic feature role in the Austin-based film "Seahorse." But her first love is music, and as a serious student of contemporary pop stylings and socially conscious lyrics—studying Prince’s artistry and Bob Dylan’s literary canon in equal measure—Reynaga hopes to make a cultural impact of her own.
From her cross-border compositions to her signature mariachi-style outfits, Reynaga is on the cusp of a promising musical career. She is currently in the recording studio working with notable Austin music luminaries on a 2018 release.
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