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RAQUELA® is an American Theatrical Dance-pop, House music and Hi-NRG singer/songwriter. She has successfully released several dance tracks that have made her a recognized Billboard artist today. She often loves to jokes around about how tough it was growing up a nerdy geeky German/Mexican hybrid, in Northern California, USA. Raquela has been fascinating audiences since she was 7 years old. At 9, she began performing professionally on stage. She wrote and performed her first Folk/Pop song on guitar at the age of 11. After studying voice and drama in Los Angeles, she was endorsed into two California Proclamations by Senator Diane Feinstein for her civil duties as the first Mexican-American crowned "Miss Orange County". She later found herself playing leading roles on Broadway! She is humbled to have worked with so many Tony award-winning masters.
While in New York, Raquela was a regular guest on shows hosted by Scott Nevins, Shequida Hall and Hedda Lettuce. While on the world’s biggest stages, she enjoyed working alongside celebrities like Sara Ramirez (Grey's Anatomy), Carol Burnett, Cloris Leachman, Bernadette Peters, Toni Collette, Don Rickles, Elaine Stritch, Chita Rivera, Angela Bassett, Joan Rivers, and Tom Bosley (…to name a few.)
“Before there was Lady Gaga, there was… RAQUELA!” Thanks to the successful release of Raquela’s 1999 award winning album, “Confessions of the Disco Diva”, she officially earned the title “First Lady of Theatrical Dance-Pop!”
[" ...The story goes that while Raquela was finishing up her time in New York City, she performed several musical workshops. A few of which were done at NYU. A student approached Raquela after a show and pointed out Raquela’s BIO in the playbill. She asked Raquela a few questions about her “Theatrical Electronica” idea and that it was something she always wanted to do. She introduced herself as “Stefani” and invited Raquela to some of her rock bands concerts. In turn, Raquela invited her to some of her dance shows. Whether the two had actually followed though or not goes without knowing. Years later at a 2007 WMC Dance conference in Miami, Florida, Raquela tagged along with friend, DJ and reporter, Jeremy Martorano. Jeremy escorted her to several clubs and had her listen to the newest artist everyone was calling, “Lady Gaga”. Raquela had no idea who she was but loved what she heard. It took Raquela over a year to realize that was the same Stefani she met at NYU. Raquela recalled “Stefani” as an incredibly talented lyricist/composer, a beautiful “triple threat” and a very aggressive or confident woman who knows how to laugh in the face of fear and adversity..." from 'How Genres Begin' -by Roger Hung]
Raquela's powerhouse vocals have gotten her seen opening for legendary dance artists like Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta), Deborah Cox, Lisa Lisa, Erika Jayne, Kristine W, Judy Torres, Luciana, Robin S, CC Penniston, Crystal Waters, George Lamond, Stevie B, Georgie Porgie, Jessica Sutta and Grammy artist, Little Louie Vega.
Raquela has worked alongside many world renowned producers, like Chris “The Greek” Panaghi, Rod Carrillo and the legendary, MICKEY Mixin' OLIVER with the release of, "NOTHIN' MORE 2 GIVE" that received Billboard Magazine's "Break-Out" for Hot New Club Play. Today, Raquela can be seen in the new independent, dance variety television series called, “Intensi-T TV” filmed out of Las Vegas.
Currently Raquela is in the studio, working alongside producer greats like Steely M., Cary August, Keith Kemper, Matt Sietz, DJP, LA Rush and Qubiq. Her worldwide release for the remake of Taylor Dayne’s, “Tell It To My Heart” (on CAPP Records, “Best Of 80's Dance, Volume 3 - #1 80's Dance Club Hits Remixed”) has made enough noise to get it maxi-singled on ISV Entertainment's label, now out on CD Baby and iTunes! She is currently working on producing her latest single, "OMG I Just Keep On Dancin'".
Raquela played a key role in launching Children’s Theater companies, HIV/AIDS charity benefits and USO show acts.
Raquela is currently a member of ASCAP, AEA and The Grammys.
She also teaches voice privately.