Ken Leighton 12:30 p.m., Feb. 21
Inception: Spring Valley, 1983
Influences: Lauryn Hill, Bob Marley, Etta James, Barbara Streisand, Ludacris
Striving to be more than just a cookie cutter R&B singer, Reina Mystique’s debut album fuses jazz, dance, acoustic, R&B, and pop into an eclectic LP that is primed to be one of the greatest debut albums from an independent artist, ever.
Reina’s first encounter with the music industry came when she was just nine years old. While living with her family in a homeless shelter, Reina was given the opportunity to record on an album called Voice of the Homeless, distributed by MCA records. She was one of twenty-seven homeless people chosen out of over 500 who auditioned to be a part of the album. It was that experience that solidified her drive to succeed in the music business. And after fifteen years since being in the studio, Reina Mystique returned with her first full length solo album 25.
While Reina Mystique was younger she performed all over San Diego. She was called upon several times by the former councilman George Stevens to sing at various events around town including the groundbreaking of the Malcolm X Library. After graduating from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts in 2001, Reina went on to Grossmont Community College before transferring to Seattle Pacific University where she majored in music. It took three years for Reina Mystique to finally finish her debut album. While working on this album, Reina collaborated with many artists from different genres, and has learned more about herself and her music.