Reina Mora Press
This year, I called in some help to work through all the contestants. Stefanie Fernández, Cyrena Touros and Joshua Bote were NPR Music interns during the contest and watched thousands of submissions. The variety of styles and approaches they witnessed was impressive, especially the way young musicians are expanding, even tearing down the notion of what "Latin Music" is supposed to sound like.
Reina Mora is a moniker, a stage name. The talented songstress behind this name is Leeane Melendez. While I've said in numerous previous reviews that I'm against using a "band" name for a solo artist, I have no issue with stage names, especially when it's this cool. A multi-talented singer, Melendez once fronted metal, rock, and even electronica bands. Knowing this, and then listening to her new single “Trouble,” you’ll notice this is one woman that has a voice that can take her places. What an amazing range.
Artist Rack Feature
Reina offers a powerful and compelling introduction to her developing artistry with the release of “Trouble”, the sultry and sensual, yet eminently rockin’ lead single from her upcoming full length debut album ‘Birds Eye View’. She is simultaneously dropping the steamy video that finds her performing onstage while also becoming the fantasy of a dapperly dressed man on the dance floor. Directed by Sabina Graves and shot by veteran Director of Photography Matthew Macar, the clip will be available on Reina’s YouTube channel and other outlets.