a songwriter, a singer, a producer, an arranger, a violinist, a
guitarist, and a performer.
She plied her craft with a gentle hand, capturing notes that she
said swirled in her head, poured out of her hands and from her lungs.
She worked on each song until it became a piece of art that pleased
her own senses. Her crisp writing elevated her deeply personal lyrics
to a place where her songs could belong to everyone. Soraya had
an impressive command of both English and Spanish, and she artfully
wrote each song for each language uniquely. As a result, Soraya
was the first artist to release dual albums in both languages. In
all of her music, you can feel the joy Soraya had for life and the
deep happiness that songwriting brought to her life.
music is infinitely intimate and precious, crafted and executed
with the love and care of an artisan who works on her own product.
However, it also has the rare capacity of touching the feelings
of the masses.
importance at an international scale can be measured by her control
on world stages and by her constant presence in radio and sales
lists in the United States and the world. Many will remember Soraya
as a spokesperson, an educator and a source of inspiration for so
many people who battle cancer. Yet her most lasting legacy is the
one she continues to transmit through her songs, her music and her
Cobo, Billboard Magazine
the first song started, I couldn’t help but focus on Soraya’s
guitar playing—she was amazing! …I had been surrounded
by musicians all of my life but I had never met one who had
such style, such technique… Then she started singing...
As soon as she opened her mouth it was so clear: she was the
Soraya’s long-time back-up vocalist,
keyboard player and musical director
said she was going to teach us all to dance. This was before
we knew she sang like an angel. This was before we knew that
she wrote some of the most beautiful songs any of us have
ever heard. This was before we knew that she could make us
laugh so hard we’d beg her to be kind. If it all had
stopped at teaching us to dance in the firelight, that would
have been enough.”
Legendary Nashville songwriter,
former lead singer of Pure Prairie League