A REIMAGINED BI-LINGUAL VERSION OF DAVID BOWIE’S LOVE SONG TO AN UNNAMED TEMPTRESS FEAT. GABY MORENO AND PRODUCED BY CAMILO LARA
Blessed with a voice that comes along once in a century, Mireya Ramos (violinist, vocalist, composer, arranger and co-founder of Flor De Toloache) sings down the cultural barriers between modern Anglo and Latin music, blending them together with the textures of past Classics and revealing the emotional heritage of America’s future. From her current pandemic hideaway in mystical Taranaki, New Zealand, Mireya orchestrated the release of “Lady Grinning Soul“, a “window into a place that is tempting us, embracing us, healing us“.
As a passionate violin improvisationalist as well as a Master vocal technician, Mireya draws her inspiration from her Mexican Mariachi father, Dominican mother and Puerto Rican upbringing, foreshadowing beyond these roots through her unconventional collaboration with Gaby Moreno and Camilo Lara in this cover of another visionary, David Bowie.
Engineered by GRAMMY Nominated Craig Parker Adams and mixed by Frank “El Médico” Rodriguez (Diplo, Daddy Yankee, Locos Por Juana), the track brings together the A-Team around Mireya’s world class musical expression.
The result is a peyote induced trip through the deserts of Bowie‘s fertile oasis, floating sounds of ghostly soul, rolling spirals of romantic piano by Bowie’s long-time keyboardist Mike Garson, whom Gaby Moreno had recruited for the project. Gaby and Mireya’s ever-soaring vocals oscillates between Spanish and English, Alternate Reality and Fantasy, like a movie written in the future for an audience in its past.
ABOUT MIREYA RAMOS
Before crafting a career that includes multiple Latin Grammy nominations, a Grammy nomination and a Latin Grammy win, the vocalist, violinist, guitarron player, composer, guitarist, arranger, producer and founder of Flor de Toloache – NY’s first and only all women mariachi, Mireya Ramos started touring the world as a member of the pro eminent San Juan’s Children Choir. At the age of 17, she followed her dreams to New York City where she paid her dues playing Mariachi, salsa, merengue, jazz, R&B and hip-hop. There she scored quite a few firsts: her Latin-Jazz band Movemiento was the first Latin group to be part of the Music Under New York program; her Mariachi group Flor De Toloache was the first all-female Mariachi ensemble in NYC; she was one of if not the first NYC violinist to jam live with DJ’s such as Tony Touch, Bobbito Garcia, Rich Medina, Afrika Bambaataa, Little Louie Vega and Velcro. Her multifaceted, open-minded approach to music led her to form an all female Merengue-Jazz group, the 809 Ladies, and to collaborate, perform and record with the likes of John Legend, Miguel, Dan Auerbach, John Prine, Chrissie Hynde, Sara Bareilles, Lee Fields, Chicano Batman, Alex Cuba, Chucho Valdez, Eddie Palmieri, Making Movies, Luisito Quintero, Victoria La Mala, Robert Glasper, Pedrito Martínez, Natalia La Fourcade, Thalia, Lila Downs, Cafetacvba, The Beatnuts and more. All this while continuously working on her debut solo record.