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 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.
Noted as one of the leading Latina musicians of her generation, Reynaga’s reputation is growing in stature in 2018 with a collection of honors including March 1 being declared “Lesly Reynaga Day” in Austin by Mayor Steve Adler. In May, she received the Award of Excellence for Emerging Artist by the City of Austin's Mexican American Cultural Center. In recognition of her burgeoning songwriting skills, she was hosted by the House of Songs Ozarks in April and June for a televised performance and live showcases. These accolades follow 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 a widely admired young artist in music circles.
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 Linda Ronstadt to Shakira, Reynaga is developing a unique, cross-genre sound.
A former lead actress in the Austin-produced musical “Mariachi Girl,” Reynaga is onboard for her first dramatic feature role in the 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.