New York-based pop-rock artist Clarissa Cupero released “Olé,” her newest single from her third EP, released on Jan. 22. “Olé” –a common expression used in Spain- was inspired by her experiences while living in Spain and highly influenced by Flamenco music and the Spanish culture. Cupéro performed “Olé” and other Spanish and English songs at a local Flamenco bar in Sevilla, where she managed to gather bilingual crowds.
Although Cupéro is a non-Latino, she believes in promoting cross-cultural understanding between the Latin and American music demographics. Both her passion for Spanish and admiration of the Latino-culture have led her to become one of the few artists to successfully crossover from English to Spanish, using as her biggest influence the 17-times Latin Grammy-winner, Juanes. She first started singing when she was only four-years-old, then learned to play the piano at the age of nine and the guitar at the age of sixteen. Since then, Cupéro has been a two-time finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for her songs “Voces,” which talks about the social and governmental struggles within Latin American societies, and “Las Sombras,” which also made the first round Grammy ballot for Record of the Year in 2011.
Listen to Cupéro’s single “Olé” below and download here.