Watch List: You 'Better Try' Cristina Valentina's Intimately Emotive Vibe
Music is 'the universal language', as the sentiment goes, and every now and again we make a serendipitous discovery that confirms just such a notion. Proving that an authentically soulful instinct for creating a jazzy pop-soul vibe is bound to no zip-code, upon first listen Lima-based Peruvian singer Cristina Valentina effortlessly charmed her way into our musical consciousness with the poignant allure of her maturely poised sound. Combining the gentle, husky sensitivity and jazz-flecked nuance of her tenderly articulate vocal tone with an emotively confessional lyrical examination of deeply personal sensitivities and vulnerabilities, Valentina cast her intimately inviting spell with a genuinely moving honesty and intelligence. Making a name for herself on the Peruvian music scene following the release of her 'All I Know' album, she was invited to perform at last year's CMJ, Culture Collide and SXSW festivals, and recently opened for Damien Rice in Lima, Peru.