Grammy nominated vocalist, composer, and arranger Perla Batalla was born in Los Angeles, CA. Her father was a musician and record store owner. She first gained international attention as a backing singer for Leonard Cohen who later encouraged Perla to embark on a solo career. Perla released her self-titled debut on the Warner/Discovery label in 1994. The critics loved it, calling her singing "sublime" and her talent "stunning". Like many original artists today, Perla opted to go independent early on, releasing her second album, Mestiza in 1998 on her own Mechuda Music label. An immediate favorite on Public Radio shows throughout the U.S. Mestiza was selected as Best Independent Release of the Year by the editorial staff at Amazon.com. Heaven and Earth followed in 2000, along with a nod to Perla as Amazon's Emerging Artist of the Year. Mestiza and Heaven and Earth, both co-written with David Batteau, offer a vision of a resplendent culture born from the explosive marriage of separate worlds – a vibrant culture still nourished and inhabited by mysticism, imagery, magic and myth.
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