We had the good fortune of connecting with Nancy Sanchez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nancy, how does your business help the community?
I am an independent artist who is grounded in both the music industry and the community. My latest release is an EP called “Say Something”. This 3 song EP is a good example of how my art can benefit both the community and the world. I wrote this EP after the murder of George Floyd, at the height of the Black Lives Matter movement when three songs resistance poured out of me. During this time we were all quarantined at home because of the world wide pandemic and family separations at the US border concerned all of us. The first song I wrote is called “Say Something” (title track) inspired by the poem by Martin Niemoller who regretted not standing up against the rising Nazis in Germany until it was too late. The second song “The Kids Are Still In Cages” was written to speak against the greatest humanitarian crisis in recent American history.
The last song “Hasta Que Todos Estemos A Salvo” was written to encourage the LatinX community to stand up against all injustice around us and in the world.
These songs have been played on Democracy now with host Amy Goodman & NPR on over a thousand radio and tv stations in the United States and around the world. My hope is that when an important social justice issue needs to be addressed my songs can help inspire the community to resolve these issues.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am honored that you have invited me to share my story. I am most proud to be in this position as an independent artist that has a platform to share my art & voice with the world. I could only dream of being in this position as an undocumented immigrant searching to find my way and place in this country. There is no easy path to success. In fact success means different things to different people. To me, success means being able do the thing I love for a living. Achieving this goal is not easy. It means having a clear idea of what you want,being relentlessly focused and believing in yourself. Sacrifices must be made. Try to find your path as early as possible, and when you find it, don’t be distracted by people who want to take your power, and drain your energy (aka Energy Vampires).

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is a difficult question to answer in the middle of a pandemic, but when it is safe I have a few pointers for you.

First stop, Boyle Heights. Whether you take the Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza or find your way by car, First St. & Boyle will get you to the epicenter Mexican American culture. You can listen to the Mariachi playing and practicing while they wait for a gig in the Plaza de Mariachi, you can drink a Mexican cafe latte at Capuyo cafe or any number of coffee shops and dine at the most delicious authentic Mexican spots like: Casa Fina’s, Yeya’s, and several others. You can also buy an authentic Mexican guitar, vihuela or guitarron at Casa del Musico or get a fitted an authentic Mariachi Charro suit at Casa del Mariachi.

A short walk from First St. is avenida Cesar Chavez which has a great amount of culinary and shopping choices.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to all the musicians and artists who have made my EP “Say Something” a reality. Shoutout to producer extraordinaire Beto Hale & Sal Ojeda for helping me realize this important project. Also, a BIG shoutout to the amazing Mark Torres who is not only a huge supporter of my music but he is an awesome music manager and friend. All of these people are part of the community that helped mentor me to be my best.

Website: nancysanchezmusic.com

Instagram: http://instagram.com/nancysanchezmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NancySanchez_

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nancysanchezmusic/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChvkyKbobFc4hGmG5oo-OTA

Other: SPOTIFY https://open.spotify.com/artist/3FnN68S1l5aiLy9TMpGx8i?si=WdMNOZ9kTO2Sh6W8vejLHQ BANDCAMP https://nancysanchezmusic.bandcamp.com/

Image Credits
All photos by Ben Chua, except for the Levitt Pavilion photo. The Levitt photo is Brett Padelford.

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