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Raquel Cepeda

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

A jazz vocalist and a full-time geologist in the Texas oil industry, who is also a visual artist, writer, and dancer. In only one person can you find such a package: Raquel Cepeda. The Venezuelan-born and, since 2005, Houston-based chanteuse grew up in a musical family, where the voices of Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra inspired her on to singing at the tender age of 9. While pursuing a degree in Geological Engineering, she started to perform on campus, first accompanying herself on guitar and later with various pianists. In 1995 she won first place at the Venezuelan “Ucevista” Voice Festival, an intramural competition for aspiring artists that landed her in the studio for her first CD, 2001’s Juegos de Playa, which she recorded with singers Karina Stone, Antonia Toro, and Joanna Vega, along with important jazz musicians from her homeland, including Gonzalo Micó. Nestled among jazz standards and Micó’s originals, Cepeda’s voice bloomed into the recorded world. Though she was already contemplating a solo album at the time, it would be a decade before the chance to realize it would present itself....
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Awards

1st Place Ucevista Voice Festival, Venezuela, 1995
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    I’m Confessin’

    Peonia Music
    2013
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I’m Confessin’

Peonia Music (2013)

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