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Meet Cristina Amaro

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cristina Amaro.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Cristina. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve always been passionate about singing, dancing, acting and I have always been a Selena fan! A close friend of mine referred to me as a live musical entertainer for a Hollywood Themed Party. She suggested that I could do a good “Marilyn” impersonation. But after some consideration, I contacted the client and suggested a character that I connected with at a deeper level: Selena. And thus the Selena Tribute Show was born.

The first iteration of the show was with this particular Hollywood Party in Baytown, TX.  I partnered with Juan Paul Hernandez in a duet format (keyboardist/singer & lead singer), and it was a success! After all, everybody loves Selena! We later prepared a promo kit to offer to venues around town and picked up a second client, the Houston Rockets no less. They hired us for their Rockets Latin Fest 2018! We then performed with Fabian’s Latin Flavors and were connected with Taco Cabana, who hired us for weekly performances. We later were hired for the Taco Cabana 2018 Tour! with ongoing weekly performances with Taco Cabana from April through October 2018. We now have been operating for a year and our duet show has grown into a full band of six talented musicians:  Juan Paul Hernandez (Musical Director/Keyboard & Vocals), Johandy Ureña (Stage Manager/Drummer), Joan Gerardino (Percussion), Mike Borrome (Guitar), Gilberto Figueroa (Bass) & Gustavo Galarza (Percussion/Technician). Galith Creations is our amazing video/media team and Pin Lim is our photographer. Our client list includes Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, Texas Taco Tequila Margarita Festival, Taco Cabana, KIPP SHARP, Piney Woods Fine Arts Association, Denison Arts Council, Portland Chamber of Commerce, Children’s Museum of Houston, Fabian’s Latin Flavors, Cloud Hookah Lounge & Grill and others. I’ve been truly blessed since the start of this project.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been very exciting but definitely not a smooth road. My initial mindset was that I wanted to perform and give the best Selena Tribute performance I could deliver. Little did I know, that this would evolve into founding my own company and becoming a small business owner. Being a business owner is not easy, it’s a continuous learning process. It has stretched me to become more self-aware, financially savvy, strategic and future-oriented. I know this is just the beginning.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
“Cristina Tribute Show” is a Selena Tribute & Latin Hits Band. We offer a high-energy & interactive Selena Tribute & Latin Hits Show. Our song-list includes Tejano, cumbia, salsa, bachata, merengue, reggaeton, pop & Latin rock. I perform in the Selena costume/impersonation, singing live and interacting with the audience, the band members are top notch musicians and they wear Dinos inspired outfits! There are a lot of Selena Tribute acts and bands around. What we do differently is that we offer both the Selena impersonation along with the live performance and we also mix it up by performing varied Latin hits that the audience loves. Our show is flexible and we can perform in a duet, trio or band format. Our ultimate goal is to turn any type of event into a fiesta!

What were you like growing up?
I’m originally from Venezuela, I was born in Barquisimeto and also lived in Merida. I moved to Houston in 2013 and I love it. I’ve always been somewhat introverted in my personal life but extroverted when it comes to performance. Hardworking, disciplined, interested in languages/cultures and extremely passionate about the performing arts. My favorite hobbies as a kid were singing and dancing. I loved ballet, I started ballet lessons when I was four years old and I was one of the most disciplined dancers. I trained continuously for eight years but decided to stop during my rebel teenage years (typical). I loved music and singing, I remember I used to write in my diary that I would someday become a great singer. I didn’t really get that serious about music until I joined my first youth choir when I was about 14 years old. I quickly became the Soprano section leader in the choir and that’s when I decided that I would pursue music as a career.

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Image Credit:
Photo by Pin Lim, Inspire Productions, Piney Woods Fine Arts Association

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