“...Batalla’s music caresses with its harmonies and gentle rhythms, then draws you in with an unexpected chorus or unusual melodic resolution. But above all Perla Batalla is a born storyteller with a rambunctious sense of humor...” -LA Times
“...Perla Batalla, a Los Angelina of Mexican descent, is possessed of a vocal gift so deeply expressive as to belong in a class alongside some of the best singers of our age...Mestiza is a marvel: a gorgeous, accessible piece of art with more soul than a plate of pork chops, greens, and cornbread...a mesmerizing folk-pop album that soars with expressiveness and originality...“
-Amazon’s Best of the Year
Grammy nominated vocalist, composer, and arranger Perla Batalla was born in Los Angeles, CA. Her father was a musician and owned a popular Spanish language record store. She first gained international attention as a backup singer for Leonard Cohen who later encouraged Perla to embark on a solo career. Perla released her debut “Perla Batalla” on the Warner/Discovery label in 1994 to great critical success. Like many original artists, Perla opted to go independent early on, releasing her second album, “Mestiza” in 1998 on her own Mechuda Music label. (Mestiza - meaning of mixed blood)
An immediate favorite on Public Radio throughout the U.S., “Mestiza” was selected as Best Independent Release of the Year by the editorial staff at Amazon.com. “Heaven and Earth” followed in 2000, along with a nod to Perla as Amazon’s Emerging Artist of the Year. “Mestiza” and “Heaven and Earth”, both co-written with David Batteau, offer a vision of a resplendent culture born from the explosive marriage of separate worlds – a vibrant culture still nourished and inhabited by mysticism, imagery, magic and myth.
Perla’s 2007 tribute to Leonard Cohen entitled “Bird on the Wire” (nominated for a Grammy) features a Who’s Who list of celebrated and world class musicians, including David Hidalgo (of Los Lobos), Bill Gable, Vinnie Coliauta and Greg Leisz.
As “Sing Out” magazine’s Michael Tearson wrote: “Beautifully conceived and executed, ‘Bird on the Wire’ is a rewarding listening experience I find myself returning to frequently. It is every bit the equal of Jennifer Warnes’ classic Cohen tribute album Famous Blue Raincoat. For those uninitiated to the glories of the songs of Leonard Cohen this is a wonderful introduction. For the rest of us it is simply heavenly.”Donation - $20
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