Behind The Voice
With pipes that don't stop and a smart sense of what the crowd de jour wants, this latina soulstress delivers. Hilda's no-nonsense attitude comes through in every song. Her live shows consist of the blues originals as well as the best blues and soul covers. Hilda has been dubbed, "The Queen of Latina Soul".
Growing up in the small town of Aransas Pass, Texas, Hilda began her musical journey singing in the local Baptist Church. While in high school, she began singing at school events and by her senior year became a favorite to sing the national anthem at all of the home baseball games and would go on to sing the national anthem at her graduation ceremony accompanied by the high school concert band.
After graduation, Hilda made the move to Corpus Christi, Texas to attend Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where she studied vocal performance with famed vocalist, Flicka Rahn. She began performing at local sporting events and competed in local karaoke contests. A last minute audition in May of 2004, landed Hilda her first experience with a live band and for the next year and a half the band was a regular on the local club scene.
As 2005 came to end, tensions in the band were mounting and Hilda made the decision to leave the band and take a chance at a solo career. Shortly after leaving the band, Hilda inked a deal with Hacienda Records and began work on her debut album. Three years of recording and "Latina Soul" was released. "We couldn't decide on just one genre. I had experimented with different genres in my live show and over three years my show had went from latin rock to blues. Because of this we decided to wrap everything into one album and call it, Latina Soul, It is a look into my soul over those three years" Lamas said.
In February 2009, "Latina Soul" was released. The album contained covers and originals in both English and Spanish. While the release did not set the music world on fire, it received a nice international reception on iTunes, which was fantastic for Hilda never leaving the United States. "Voodoo Woman", a Koko Taylor cover, reached the #37 spot on the iTunes Blues Charts in Austria and "Damn Your Eyes", an Etta James classic, hit #67 on the iTunes Blues Charts in Mexico. Hilda spent the next three years touring and promoting "Latina Soul".
In 2012, Hilda hit the studio to begin work on her sophomore album. For this album, she teamed up with songwriters from around the world and recorded 100% original material. "Love Me Alone" was released in February 2013 and quickly topped the Roots Music Report Internet Blues Charts, reaching the #1 spot for 9 weeks straight. Hilda's album received great reviews from around the world and was named the only Latina Blues Singer by Tejano Magazine.
Hilda has performed for many dignitaries including Texas Governor Rick Perry and has opened for many national acts such as Marcia Ball, Los Lobos, and The Texas Tornados. This Blues Princess is currently touring her home state of Texas and is working on her next studio projects a Neo-Soul album with producer Charles Hearn and a Spanish Language ballad album with Hall of Fame producer Rick Garcia.