Corpus Christi – Freddie Records is proud to announce the recent signing of Chicas De Canela. Chicas De Canela is a four-piece all-female group based in Corpus Christi, Texas. Blending a slick combination of cumbia beats with pop, R&B, hip-hop and other contemporary rhythms, these girls are poised to make a huge splash in the Latin music industry.
Band members include Didi Flores (lead vocals and guitar), T.T. Elizondo (bass and background vocals), Cynni Rangel (keyboards and accordion), and Lissi Juarez (percussion and background vocals). Flores, Elizondo, and Rangel may already be familiar to some fans as former members of La Conquista. Rangel also spent time as part of tejano star Elida Reyna’s touring band. In addition to doing session work for several Latin artists, Juarez performed as part of Jennifer Pena’s group for a short while. The girls have branched out and formed their own unit with plenty of outstanding musical chops. Chicas De Canela is already hard at work on their debut album which is scheduled for release in early 2008. A single from that forthcoming album will go to radio sometime in November.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be signed by Freddie Records,” says Flores. “It’s an honor to know we’re the first-ever all-girl group in the history of the company. We’re looking forward to a great partnership with the label, as well as getting our album out and playing for our fans as soon as possible”.
Freddie Martinez, Jr., Vice President of Freddie Records adds, “Chicas De Canela is an exciting new group that we’re proud to have on our label. These girls are extremely talented. They’ve got great songs, a great image, and are hard workers. They have the total package”.
Bassist and background vocalist T.T. Elizondo says, “We’re working night and day on the music for our first album. We’ve tried to be very selective about the material making sure that each song has the right combination of musicianship and hooks to get across to fans”. Elizondo adds, “We’ve currently got about 12 songs recorded but we’re still considering others. We want fans to feel like they’re getting their money’s worth when they buy the CD”.
Chicas De Canela has been together for 6 months polishing their act and working on arrangements for their debut album. The girls have recorded several up-tempo cumbias that showcase the group’s knack for crafting catchy melodies and beats. Expectations are extremely high for what promises to be one of the most exciting new groups in Latin music.
“We know we have to be every bit as good as any of the other groups currently out there,” says Rangel referring to Las Chicas’ musical competition. “Not only are we going to be compared to other female groups and entertainers, but we’re also going to go up against the guy groups as well. Fortunately, we’ve got the backing of label that truly believes in us and is willing to do whatever it takes to help us be successful.”
Percussionist and background vocalist Lissi Juarez sums up the group’s style by saying, “Chicas De Canela is a party band. We’re here to play music that’s going to get you up out of your seats and make you dance.” Juarez adds, “People pay good money when they buy a CD or come to see the band play. Our goal is to make sure they enjoy themselves and come back for more.”
Freddie Records proudly welcomes Chicas De Canela to our extended musical family. We look forward to the release of their debut album and wish them much success.
For more information on Chicas De Canela please visit
Official Chicas De Canela Myspace
The Official Freddie Records Myspace
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