Carmelina Vargas is a singer/songwriter, warrior against cancer and aspiring author. The daughter of a merengue musician and born in Barahona, Dominican Republic, she now lives and works in New York City.
Carmelina Vargas first appeared on the national music scene in the summer of 2008 with the release of her first single “Mueve Las Caderas,” a rhythmic modern Pop/R&B track infused with a tropical style. ASCAP Latino highlighted Carmelina’s debut album titled “Morena” (Morena Records, June 9, 2009) as one of the most anticipated albums of the coming year.
As things were heating up for Carmelina, she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. After undergoing surgery and treatments, and being true to the fighter and positive spirit that she is, Carmelina returns to her music and her fans as a survivor.
"I never let fear inside my heart and learned that I had already beaten breast cancer through a self-test. My breast cancer diagnosis, surgery and chemotherapy were just stepping stones to my new birth as a stronger, more compassionate spirit. LOVE conquers all,” shares Carmelina.
Using her music as a platform, Carmelina actively promotes breast cancer awareness through performances at numerous events for The American Cancer Society. She also hosted her own 1st annual fundraiser at Latin Quarters in mid-town Manhattan, which benefited the Columbia University Medical Center Survivors Squad and The American Cancer Society. Her endeavors received national recognition from Congressman Charles B. Rangel of New York’s 15th District.
Carmelina’s survivor story, professional accomplishments and musical talent have been featured on GlobalGrind.com, New York Socialite Examiner, Corrientelatina.com, Allthingsgirl.net, as well as in the pages of DTM Magazine, El Especial Newspaper and Metro International. Carmelina has also appeared alongside Sesame Street icon “Maria” (Sonia Manzano) at the Children’s Aid Society to raise funds for New York Public Schools after budget cuts. She also appeared at the Latin Trendsetter Awards presented by LatinTrends Magazine and featured as "woman of the month" by Shesomajor.com.
Carmelina released “Alegria" (Joy) (Morena Records), the hip-shaking, Pop/Dance single hit the airwaves on B95 KBOS in Fresno, CA, 98.7 AMP Radio WDZH in Detroit, MI, 95.7 The Beat KPAT in Santa Maria, CA, 106.9 K-HITS KHTT FM in Tulsa, OK, WHYI Y100 in Miami and on Promo Only.
Carmelina was recently honored (April 2013) with El Diario La Prensa’s “Latinas Destacadas” award for 2013. El Diario NY is the oldest Spanish language newspaper in the country and celebrated its 100th Anniversary in April 2013.
In 2013, Carmelina's collaborated with DJ Creativity on "Looking For Love off 32 Track Productions, an EDM/House track with a Big Room feel. Carmelina is also collaborating with multi-platinum rapper, Sacario for the "Alegria Remix".
In the Summer of 2013, Carmelina also collaborated with multi-platinum rapper, Sacario for "Alegria Remix" (Morena Records). "Alegria Remix" and it received constent airplay on Top 40 Radio.
On November 2013, Carmelina's released a brand new horn-blaring dance track "Come Back To Me" and has received significant, Top 40 commercial radio airplay in Miami, California, Texas and New York.
In early 2014, Carmelina collaborated with Grammy-nominated, producer and Remixer, DJ Mike Rizzo for her dance single "Come Back To Me" (Funk Generation/H3dRush Club Mix).
In the Summer of 2014, Carmelinareleased "Born To Win" (Morena Records) with her intoxicating voice and tremendous Top 40/R&B feel, it should come as no surprise that the official new single “Born To Win” which caused quite a buzz and has become a strong anthem.
"Born To Win” combines the battle of the fight of the spirit and to be recognized in the music industry. "Born To Win" had an exclusive version sent to 100 djs and it debuted on KSXY and KPAT in California with a high interest for TV/Film licensing.
Carmelina collaborated with Grammy-nominated and rap legend, AZ for the "Born To Win" Remix.
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