April 20, 2016
Zeitlin Perez: defines her sound as “MerengueSoul”
Zeitlin Perez born and raised in Washington Heights-New York City , this accomplished vocalist has an incredible range of music- she can go from R&B to Salsa to Spanish Rock – but her first love is Merengue. Zeitlin has performed with musical pioneers like Rubby Perez, Johnny Ventura, Miriam Cruz , Henry Jimenez Band, Alex Matos and Toby Love. The highlight of her career for the last 15 years has been as a backup vocalist for the “Queen of Merengue” and Four-time Latin Grammy winner Milly Quezada who has been an inspiration professionally and personally. “Milly Quezada is a world class act, she is the true meaning of talent meets grace and as long as I can remember her music has been the soundtrack of my life and its like a dream every single time she allows me to be on stage with her” explains Zeitlin
In 2010 Zeitlin decided to work on her own music which she calls “MerengueSoul” . Shortly there after she started to work with producer Napoles whom in the same year was nominated for a Latin Grammy as a producer on “Crazy” a song on the Prince Royce debut album. Teaming up with Napoles at his studio in New York City they quickly went to work on her first single “QUIZAS”. “This was the first time I dove into writing and with Napoles’ help we combined our ideas both lyrically and musically into this production” explains Perez.
In 2012 she founded Clef Stage, LLC a talent booking and music education company. In the last couple of years she has build a roster of talent and an impressive list of clients that include Metropolitan Hospital ,Telemundo, R.A.I.N Foundation and The National Association of Hispanic Nurses. In October of 2012 she launched her solo career at the World Famous Copacabana in New York City accompanied by The Clef Stage Experience a 12 member orchestra. Shortly after she signed a deal with FALU Enterprises an independent digital distribution company. Zeitlin Perez knew early on that a career in the music business is not a secure thing. Her mother Luisa Perez has always made sure education was a big part of her life. Her pre-teen years Zeitlin studied dance at Alvin Ailey Summer Camp and then attended Ailey Pre-professional program. She started her vocal training at the Children’s Aid Society and then was part of the Young People’s Chorus of NYC . She also got a bachelors degree in Communications from Manhattan College. In 2013 she put that education to use when she interviewed the king of salsa Marc Anthony for Urban Latino magazine.
In 2014 Zeitlin performed at various venues in New York City like Sazon, Chips & Salsa, Hudson River Cafe and continued to build her talent booking business. Her next song was a result of an experience she had while touring in Canada that made her question whether to continue in the music that sometimes doesn’t value nor respects the musicians. After some reflection she decided to push ahead and learn from the experience and channeled it into her music. The result was SOY CORAZON a song which she co-wrote with Patricia Contreras a long-time friend and talented songwriter. Rodolfo De La Rosa and Daniella Silverio produced the song in their studio in the Bronx- New York . She hired director Renzo Devia who recently won an Emmy Award for his work at Univison to produce and direct her first video. Click here to check it out SOY CORAZON .
On Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Zeitlin Perez will host the 4th Annual Clef Stage Showcase at COCINA TALLER 416 West 203rd Street NYC 10034 this year featuring the music of Jhulio Ceballos and music by DJ Migz L. Principe. To RSVP to this event click here.