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Fighting Darkness

by Denise Vasquez

Upbeat and optimistic lyrics are delivered on flowing melodies with a unique voice that has undeniable conviction and feeling combining folk & blues.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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1. Leave It All Behind
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2. Back On Track
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3. Hope
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4. You
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5. Fighting Darkness
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6. Destiny's Hand
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7. Time
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8. Angel in Disguise
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Denise is really excited about the buzz she's generating around a few of the new songs she put on myspace and other music sites, from her upcoming release "FRAME OF MIND". Denise was recently selected as an artist to ENDORSE "DAISY ROCK GUITARS"! Denise selected the PURPLE BURST PIXIE SERIES ACOUSTIC/ELECTRIC GUITAR, which she will be playing at all her future performances. Denise's songs from "Frame Of Mnd" have been added to the following radio playlists: MUSICFORTE.COM, MUSICTOGOUSA.COM, LIVE365.COM-BLUESKY FM & VM UNDERGROUND, CLASSIC FM, NETTERADIO, FEMININE GROOVE/ENGAGE RADIO, 88.5 FM "TIED TO THE TRACKS", WIRNONLINE, DOOGZNET, & more. Her songs "RIGHT HERE IN MY DREAM" & "THANKSGIVING DAY" have been #1 on TOP 10 TRACKS: THE WEEKS MOST LISTENED TO TRACK for weeks!!! Denise is one of the artists being FEATURED ON THE COVER OF THE NEW Edition of "INDIEBIBLE", is currently the "SPOTLIGHT ARTIST" on, is being FEATURED IN "THE POWER SHOW".


"Denise Vasquez takes the standard Singer/Songwriter formula and adds elements of jazz, classic rock... a unique and engaging sound... a songwriter with an ear for melody... her strong voice is the focal point of her sound... really good songs in her repertoire."

NOMINATED FOR BEST INDIE FEMALE VOCALIST 2004 BY THE LA MUSIC AWARDS, THREE TIME WINNER of the ASCAP PERFORMING SONGWRITERS AWARD (2003, 2004, 2005), Selected by MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE to be on their HOT 100 LIST FOR FOUR CONSECUTIVE YEARS (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005), Denise Vasquez brings her big heart and unique mix of music to audiences around the world.

Denise recently finished recording her third album "FRAME OF MIND" in Nashville with producer Lauren Stalnecker. The release date is set for September 1, 2006, due to Denise wanting to make the "Grammy" submission deadline. The album has yet to be released, and it is already generating quite a buzz from the few songs being promoting on the internet. On July 7th, 2006 Classic FM played one of Denise's new songs
during their webcast, and her song "RIGHT HERE IN MY DREAM" was #1 on TOP 10 TRACKS (THE WEEKS MOST LISTENED TO TRACK) for over three weeks. "FRAME OF MIND" will feature Denise singing and playing guitar on 10 fully produced songs she wrote and co-produced. Track 11 on her album is an acoustic, intimate, Spanish/English version of Lowen and Navarro's 80's Hit "We Belong". Denise has already received over 25,000 plays on and she only put up her songs a little over a month ago! Denise was recently selected as a FEATURED ARTIST in AUDIOXPOSURE'S PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN & was just informed that she will be one of the artists featured ON THE COVER of the next Edition of "INDIEBIBLE".

Denise has been compared to "Janis Joplin meets Jewel", but Denise writes and sings from her own soul. Her considerable vocal range and songwriting talents have earned her the praise of critics and industry alike. Denise was selected to be a FEATURED ARTIST in WESTLAKE AUDIO STUDIO'S ARTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. Denise has released two other self-produced albums "LIVE IN ONE TAKE"(Limited), and "FIGHTING DARKNESS". Denise has been featured LIVE on KPFK 90.7FM "ARTS IN REVIEW", LIVE on 88.5 FM "TIED TO THE TRACKS" and her song "ANGEL IN DISGUISE" was played on NETTE RADIO'S love show. Denise has acquired some wonderful SPONSORS: Audix Microphones, The, Minawear, UnityCorps, and she will be working with Rock4Orphans in the near future.

Denise is a passionate Singer/Songwriter who performs quite extensively as a solo artist for charity events (Relay For Life, Worldfest, South Central Farm Aid, Women For A Cause, World Vegan Day), as well as in some of the most respected venues worldwide including: The Cavern Club (UK), The Bitter End (NYC), Borders Bookstores (CA), The El Rey Theatre(CA), Caneel Bay (USVI) and more.

Denise was influenced by art at a very early age. Her mother was an artist. They didn't have much, but music, art and the theatre have always been a part of her life. Denise began singing from the time she could talk, dancing from the time she could walk, and writing from the time she could form a sentence. Her first experience on stage was at the age of 6 with "Mrs. Dorothy's Dance Troupe" at Lincoln Center. Throughout elementary, Denise had many opportunities to perform on stage with her chorus. In junior high, Denise performed at Avery Fisher Hall as a violinist with selected students from her class. High School was where Denise got a taste of performing as an actress which led to Denise enrolling at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and at The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre Training Unit. Being onstage is a natural place for Denise. She's performed in many Theatrical Productions (NYC), Improv Shows (NYC), which led to Feature Films (Carlito's Way, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X), TV (Law & Order, SNL, MTV,) as well as dancing in Music Videos (Kenny Chesney's "How Forever Feels").

Having grown up between New York City and the Virgin Islands, Denise proudly incorporates all of her experiences as an actress, as well as a dancer, singer, guitarist, painter, poet in her life as well as her music. She has travelled extensively living in places like Scotland, London, the US Virgin Islands, and now Los Angeles. These experiences have led Denise to be a spirit that is deep, pure and real. Her songs speak of her positive outlook of love, life and the pursuit of happiness. Denise says "My purpose is to share my life, help spread Peace, joy, love and
understanding through sharing my positive messages. I've learned I can by expressing my experiences through my art and my music. Thanks to my mom who raised my sister and I on her own; for showing us through her challenges that if you believe, work hard, focus, treat others as you want to be treated, stay true to yourself and your dreams, and never give up...everything that I have experienced has led me to be the woman I am today. My music is all that I am!"

I hope you have a wonderful & safe 4th of July! I am proud to be an american! Thank you all for my birthday wishes on June 29th. My wishes are coming true thanks to all of your continued love and support. So much has been happening since my last email:

MY SONG IS #1: I'm really excited about this-my new upcoming album "FRAME OF MIND" has not been released yet, and the few songs I put up on the internet have already been receiving quite a buzz...the response has been incredible!!! My song "RIGHT HERE IN MY DREAM" has been #1 most played track of the week for over two weeks on

RADIO PLAY: My song will be played on CLASSIC FM Friday July 7th, 2006
(6-10pm Eastern time; 3-7 pm Left Coast, 11pm-3am UK)
The webcast is at either

CLASSIC FM website is

THANKS GENE for playing my song!

AUDIOXPOSURE: I am excited to announce that I was selected in their FREE PR/PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN

NEW MEMBERSHIP: I am now a proud member of two fantastic organizations: THE RECORDING ACADEMY & FOLK ALLIANCE.

5/22/06: Hi everyone,

May has been a wonderful month!

My studio album "FRAME OF MIND" is in the final mix/master stage & will be out if all goes as planned in about a month or so...hopefully by my birthday, June 29th, that would be a nice present!!! I am really excited and proud with the outcome...this album is my DREAM COME TRUE, beautiful music, with meaning & positive messages & the entire experience from start to finish (everyone & everything involved) has been everything I have dreamed it would be!!! I truly believe there was a higher power at hand throughout this journey...everything happens for a reason & this album happened when it was supposed!!!Such a magical, spiritual experience and I know you will feel it when you hear my music on this album!!! I can't wait to share it with the world!!! I should have my music by the end of the week and when I receive it, I plan on putting some songs up on my myspace page for you to experience
As I get closer to the release date, I will be sending out an email regarding special offers on preordering my album directly through me with personalized autographed copies & more...

I was planning on waiting for my cd release show to perform live again, that was until I got a call last night asking me to perform at a wonderful event with an important cause!!! This event is for Homeless Children...

For those that know me, I'm all about A GREAT cause...that's why I do what I do! So for those that have been wanting to see me perform, here's your chance to see me perform in an intimate setting ( I will be performing solo/acoustic) & you be a part of a wonderful event! The evening will be filled with lots of wonderful entertainment from spoken word artists, music & even belly dancing...come join the fun for a good cause:

Friday May 26th, 2006
@Sabor Mi Cultura
5625 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

Tickets will be $30 at the door & $20 in advance. To purchase advanced tickets and for more information, contact Christopher at (323)637-2101

ALL PROCEEDS 100% will go to (Los Angeles Homeless Service Coalition)

This event is also sponsored by

Once my album is complete, I will be working with another wonderful organization "ROCK 4 ORPHANS" (see my myspace profile page) and other wonderful organizations...

Check out my newest products in my store featuring MY ARTWORK at
I'll be adding more new artwork soon!

I'd like to say A BIG THANK YOU TO MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE for the amazing live club review in their May 8-21st, 2006 issue...the repsponse has been incredible & I truly love you all and so appreciate the wonderful support you have given me over the years!!! Thank you for surrounding me in a postive light!!! For those of you that didn't have the opportunity to read it, you can either go to my blogs on my myspace page, or you can order a back issue from

FEATURES: I'm being featured on the following sites: "ROCK BABE OF THE WEEK" "CELEBRITIES"

Hope to see you all Friday!


5/18/06 Hi everyone...sorry it's been so long since I've updated this studio album "FRAME OF MIND" is done, so keep your eyes open over the next month to find out release date...soon!!! LOT'S OF GREAT MUSIC NEWS:

- Right now I'm being FEATURED on as the ROCK BABE OF THE WEEK"...they've had me on there for almost two weeks now!!!

-Being FEATURED on (see "Celebrities")

-MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE LIVE CLUB REVIEW (May 8-21st, 2006 issue) is's what they wrote:

Genghis Cohen

The players: Denise Vasquez (Vocals, Guitar), David Leach (Percussion), Michael Paige (Bass)

Material: Denise Vasquez takes the standard singer/songwriter formula and adds elements of jazz, classic rock, and a distinctly Latin flavor. This spicy blend succeeds in creating a unique and engaging sound. A songwriter with an ear for melody, Vasquez's songs are straightforward but catchy, and she employs stripped-down arrangements that suit her voice well. The inclusion of the 80's hit "We Belong" was somewhat interesting, but unnecessary given the stregnth of her original material.

Musicianship: Special mention must go to the percussionist David Leach, who uses his simple kit to evoke an Afro-Cuban sound, building dense rhythmic textures that add dimension and complexity to the otherwise simple presentation. Vasquez's strong voice is the focal point of her sound and she is a decent, if not outstanding, guitar player. Bass player Michael Paige contributes melodic, rolling bass lines and anchors down the band's sound well. Overall, this three-some are a talented bunch who play well together, providing a suitable musical backdrop for Vasquez's vocals.

Performance: Vasquez exuded warmth and confidence in the small club setting at Genghis Cohen, comfortably interacting with the audience and proving herself to be a natural performer. Leach and Paige played it cool in the background, lending an air of professionalism and experience to the performance. Though the set was short, Vasquez and company clearly won over the crowd.

Summary: Denise Vasquez is a talented young performer with a handful of really good songs in her repertoire. She has the voice to sing them and a pair of talented musicians providing a solid rhythm section behind her. Though Vasquez may be a relatively unknown artist playing small clubs in LA, she has the tools to take her career to the next level.
-Ben Nachman

Thanks Ben for the GREAT review!!!! Thanks Music Connection for being you!!!

I've been busy writing new songs, and preparing to go into the studio in March 2006...this will be my first studio album & I'm really excited about going to Nashville to record with producer Lauren Stalnecker. I have one more show in Los Angeles before I head to Nashville on March 7th, 2006 8:00pm 740 N. Fairfax Ave, Hollywood, CA...I will be opening the night with David Leach on percussion (Ben Harper), and Michael Paige on bass (Tony Thompson)...this show will be recorded live! Check in over the next few months to find out when my new album will be released.

Peace & Joy

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! ALIVE IN 2005! This year's only just begun & there's already good news to report:

Denise Vasquez has been featured in THE ARTIST SPOLIGHT in the first issue of MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE for 2005! Denise is kicking off her New Year with her residency "ACOUSTIC WEDNESDAYS" on Jan. 5th & then she'll be heading to the Virgin Islands for a mini tour through Jan. 20th! Keep checking in as there will be more good news to report at the end of the month!

RESIDENCY: That's right folks, you can see Denise perform every Wednesday night from 7-10pm ACOUSTIC WEDNESDAYS: Music & Bingo Featuring DENISE VASQUEZ & Special guests @El Guapo Cantina 7250 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 90046...FREE...great food, margaritas, full bars, outside patio...

Denise Vasquez was NOMINATED by the LA MUSIC AWARDS for BEST INDEPENDENT FEMALE VOCALIST 2004 and was invited to open the night during the acoustic showcase at the Henry Fonda Theatre. Shake Magazine was there distributing their magazines & they happened to give Denise a wonderful review about her CD "LIVE IN ONE TAKE" Here's what they wrote: "One might think there is a new trend for actual musical artists to come back to the forefront of the field. Is it possible? Can we get people like Denise Vasquez to replace the dancing MTV product queens? That would be a step in the right direction. This album is only available on CDBABY It is a collection of no frills one take live recordings that portray Vasquez in a sultry and adventuresome persona that makes you want to come back for more. She going places, that's for sure. Denise recently played the legendary CAVERN CLUB in Liverpool, England where the Beatles began. With her last name one might expect Denise to perform percussive or salsa or other variations on Hispanic musical forms but she's more of a folk and inventive singer-songwriter stylist. The group is simple with acoustic guitar, flute and congas. She has a good message. In one lyric, "We are all crayons in the box, different colors but all made the same, for one purpose, to color the picture..."Peace & joy back at you, Denise."-Jess Marich, SHAKE MAGAZINE 12/04
Denise has been receiving a great deal of press lately...Denise was just notified that she's being listed on MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE HOT 100 UNSIGNED ARTIST LIST 2004...that's three years in a row! Music Connection Magazine recently mentioned Denise in their props column, here's what they wrote: "MC Showcase artist Denise Vasquez got to live out her dream. Influenced (as many artists are) by the Beatles, Vasquez recently traveled to Liverpool to see where the Fab Four grew up and played. She not only saw everything she wanted, she also got the opportunity to play the world famous CAVERN CLUB where the Beatles performed 294 times. Vasquez reports, "The place was packed, and the MC kept saying 'Los Angeles singer/songwriter Denise Vasquez is here folks, and she already has a fan base in Liverpool.' I was only scheduled to perform for a half an hour, but the crowd got so into my set they let me go on for over an hour." Pints of ale were bought while autograph seekers surrounded her. Vasquez says, "It was absolutely incredible, I can't even put it into words. I can only say I am living my dreams!" -Bernard Baur, MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE 11/04
Denise initially booked & performed in Room 1 (The Beatles Stage) and was invited back to perform at the CAVERN CLUB in Room two where she opened for the winner of the Battle Of The Bands in Liverpool "BOA".
Denise also received a great review in THE BELTANE PAPERS, Here's what they wrote about "LIVE IN ONE TAKE": "One of the best things about being a reviewer is when you are given the gift of coming across a total unknown whose fledging work is magnificent. Hearing Denise Vasquez's "LIVE IN ONE TAKE" was just such an experience. She's been described as a cross between Janis Joplin and Jewel, and the stage is her natural habitat. With lyrics that mix relationship based motives and burning social lyrics, her voice conveys the same strong conviction. In the middle of her open conversational language, there's also a sense of magic enhanced by the flute. The sound is pretty much timeless, with some echoes of the sixties' freedom. Vasquez carries the pure scent of an independent artist and it's easy to believe her when she says "My music is all that I am". -Lisa Mc Sherry, THE BELTANE PAPERS 6/04

July: Denise Vasquez once again receives an ASCAP PLUS AWARD for 2004/2005! Denise got the grand tour at Westlake Audio Studios: being selected in their artist development program, Denise was allowed to select the studio of her choice and will begin recording in the legendary studio D early September. Upcoming shows:

August 4th 7-8:30pm
@Borders Bookstore
1501 Vine (On Sunset Blvd)
Hollywood, CA Free for all ages

August 7th 2pm-Midnight
(Produced, created, hosted by Denise Vasquez)
Sponsored by El Guapo Cantina, Social Butterfly Music, The Wish & Sparkletts Water
@El Guapo Mexican Cantina
7250 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA
Suggested $5 donation will go to

Denise booked her ticket to London & is very excited about performing at The legendary, world famous venue where The Beatles performed @THE CAVERN...on August 19th, 2004 at 8:00pm...I'm living my dream!

June 4th: Denise sings with FALLOUT at Summerfest Brea-opens for Peter Frampton.
June 2nd: features Denise Vasquez as the ARTIST OF THE DAY.
June 2nd: Staff writer Bob Freville of contacts Denise with
amazing feedback on "LIVE IN ONE TAKE" for his review, in addition requests
permission to use songs from the CD for his upcoming indie film project.

May 1st: Steve Burdick, Vice President of Westlake Audio Studio's contacts Denise to let her know the GREAT news: Denise was selected to be a FEATURED ARTIST in Westlake Audio's Artist Development Program!

Singer/Songwriter Denise Vasquez has been compared to Janis Joplin meets Jewel but Denise writes and sings from her own soul. This sexy New Yorican "mesmerizes her audience by her poetic childlike demeanor and angelic yet raspy voice" which flutters like a bird during her delivery of bluesy-folk rhythms. She experiences her life through her songs on stage taking her audience on a spiritual journey. When she sings her ballads, she sings like an angel; when she rocks out, she sings with a raspy edge. Her songs cover topics such as love and loss and deeply spiritual issues.

Next Show:
Presents Their Debut Showcase Concert Series
April 13th 8:00pm
@Club Lingerie
6507 Sunset Blvd.
Featuring: Denise Vasquez, Stevie Blacke, Cyhndi Mora,
Porcelain & many more!!!

A native New Yorker, Denise was influenced by music and art at a very early age. By the age of ten, she had already begun tinkering with the violin and writing lyrics. During her elementary years, Denise got a taste of show business when her Chorus was asked to perform at Avery Fisher Hall two years in a row.

Throughout her high school years, Denise studied and pursued acting, singing and dancing, landing her jobs on educational films, TV, Features, Music Videos and The Theater. During her early college years, Denise decided to try out her songs in front of an audience. It wasn't until she received positive reviews at "Roses Turn" (NYC) and "The Duplex" (NYC) for performing her songs that she realized her calling and decided to pursue a music career.

After extensive traveling abroad, Denise sacrificed her life in NYC and moved to the Virgin Islands where she could focus on writing and developing her music. She began singing with a Blues/Rock band and later developed a Jazz/Fusion Band covering songs by her influences Etta James, Billy Holiday, Sarah Mclachlan and The Beatles. Denise was invited to perform at Tillet Gardens Arts Alive Festival during a celebration of women's month. This inspired her to work more with female musicians. In between gigs Denise continued to focus on writing and working with female musicians which led Denise to create, produce, host and perform in her "Ladies Night Music Festivals I-VI".

Denise hosted hours of non-stop music featuring herself as well as many other talented performers. Denise developed a following of hundreds receiving rave reviews and publicity from the media (The Daily News, The Island Trader, The St. John Times followed her performances). Denise says "I like creating an artistic environment around me where I can share the stage and share the fun...I write about things that have meaning to me and I perform from my heart...I treat people the way I hope to be treated with respect, love and honesty...I believe that the energy you put out into the universe will come back to you...My music represents all that I am". Her goal is to touch as well as entertain her audience.

Denise has only been in Los Angeles for a little over a year and she is quickly becoming a name on the Singer/Songwriter scene. MUSIC CONNECTION recently wrote "Vasquez possesses an amazingly flexible voice that is as sexy and throaty as Janis Joplin one moment and as playful as a bird the next, not unlike singer Jewel...Vasquez could trademark the way she accents her high notes with a delicate trill that sounds more like it's being produced by a flute than by human vocal chords...her upbeat and optimistic lyrics are delivered on flowing melodies with a unique voice that has undeniable conviction and feeling." MUSIC DISH wrote about meeting Denise recently at The Songsalive Expo "Another treat was meeting Denise Vasquez, a New York born, Puerto Rican solo Songwriter with a passion and zeal for her craft..."

Denise has performed extensively around Los Angeles, in some of the city's most respected rooms including: The Mint, Genghis Cohen, The Joint, The Rainbow, The Continental, Molly Malones, Kulak's Woodshed, The Crooked Bar, and The Westwood Brewing Company...Denise has a great show coming up at THE GEM THEATER, in Garden Grove. Denise recently produced and released her first solo acoustic live CD "FIGHTING DARKNESS" Titled after a song she wrote on September 11th...this CD was recorded live during a tribute concert Denise performed shortly after September 11th for her family and friends in New York City...this CD is a tribute to all those who rebuild and remember!



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Alan Hall

A MUST HAVE for your music collection.
The music on "Fighting Darkness" will touch and move you, without question. Through the poetry and imagery of her lyrics, Denise's delivery of a myriad of emotions has a way of piercing a place deep within you. Her use of beautiful melody ensures that you will keep these songs with you long after the CD player is off. She has a very, very smooth voice that invites you into each song. Do yourself a favor and BUY THIS CD to get a piece of Denise Vasquez's art before everyone else in the world WILL have it.

Matthew Nespoli

Denise sings with convincing passion about feelings we all have felt. Fighting Darkness is thought provoking and inspiring. Denise has serious vocal range and this CD puts it on display. At times her voice is soothing to the anxious soul's that are listening, and other times she brings a vocal intensity to the table that will make you feel her strength. I throughly enjoy Fighting Darkness and find many personal ways to relate to the messages she delivers. After purchasing this CD I was unable to turn it off until the entire thing had played through four times. I am enthusiastic about her message and I can't wait to hear her sing about it live.

Ste Smith (UK)

My CD arrived in the post this morning. What an incredible talent you are, this is truly a GREAT PIECE OF WORK!

Brian Engh - Fullerton ,CA

A refreshingly new and dynamic talent.
A showcase for a refreshingly new and dynamic talent - lyrics, vocals, and music. At times reminiscent of Jewel or Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries. Without a doubt, a treasure for anyone's music collection.

Dave Merenda (Co-Author of "I Will Remember You"

I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your CD. Your singing is really great and the tunes are heartfelt and unique!

Chuck Maiden

A voice from heaven
Denise's beautiful CD has really impacted my consciousness. Her voice seems to have a direct link to the world of spirit. Simple, lovely and honest...I can't wait to hear her next record.