By: Michael Goodman
West Palm Beach resident and NBC’s The Voice former contestant Laura Vivas will headline the next Happy Hour with The Galleria, The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale’s free virtual music series, on Thursday, September 24, 2020, at 5:00PM, on Facebook Live.
Vivas’ blind audition on NBC’s hit show The Voice, Season 3, resulted in a spot on Christina Aguilera’s team. A native of Puerto Rico, Vivas’ career began at age 18 singing back-up for local artists. Since 2007, she has been the lead singer and the lone female in a six-piece South Florida cover band called Re-Mix. She has opened for artists such as Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Bruce Hornsby, and more.
We had a chance to chat with Vivas about her experience on The Voice and what’s next in her career.
Michael Goodman: How is life after The Voice?
Laura Vivas: Being on The Voice was a good way to elevate myself. It is a great platform for folks to hear my music. The show allowed me to see myself and face my fears and strengths and now I am excited to be putting out my music. I am confident about my style and am enjoying every minute.
MG: How has the experience changed your life?
LV: One of the great outcomes for me is that I now have a bigger support system, a fan base, which is amazing. It gave me a platform to really put myself out there. I just released a new single, “Afraid of your Love,” on September 27, 2020, and it is a testimony about heartbreak with the divorce of my best friend.
I had to rebuild myself and figure out who I was. This song shares my emotions and expresses what I went through. Music is therapy and it is a blessing to be able to express myself and heal others. My own music helps me heal and people are responding so well.
MG: Was Christina/the show a huge help in refining your craft?
LV: The show was a great experience. The judges were so great and they each gave me support. Some of Christina’s advice has really helped me…like paying more attention to my pitch. It just has given me more self-confidence which helps my ongoing journey.
MG: What are your future plans?
LV: My hope is to get out on tour, record more, and to continue on my self-journey. Writing for me is a great outlet and I hope to create a complete album. My plan is to release a second song very soon which will be more of a ballad.
MG: Who inspires you musically, past and present?
LV: Mariah Carey was a huge influence for my career. I would get home from school, every day, and be excited to sing to every hit record she put out. Currently, I am a fan of Alicia Keys who has such true grit and her songs hit home. I also am a Beyoncé fan. I love her fearlessness, vocals and dancing; she is amazing!
MG: If you were to record a duet, who would be at the top of your list and why?
LV: Marc Anthony is my top pick for a duet. I would be happy to even sing back-up just to have the opportunity to work with him. There is also a South Florida emerging artist named Robbie Elias and I can see myself recording a duet with him one day.
MG: Any tips for getting on the show or just being heard?
LV: I suggest creating a social media fan base. Put your music out there and be courageous. Upload music to YouTube and Spotify. Step-by-step, people can hear you and follow you. It is important to do live videos, talk with the fans and build relationships. People want to connect with the music and you.
MG: Any final words?
LV: I want to thank the LGBTQ+ community for being great fans. This journey is amazing, and I can’t do it without my fans!
Since April, Happy Hour with The Galleria has successfully entertained thousands in the local community during the COVID-19 quarantine. Happy Hour with The Galleria virtual music performers have included Shane Duncan, Eddie Bustamante, Nathalie Nesh, Beto Rubineli, Manny Diquez, Carly Jo Jackson, Alexander Star, The Tim Charron Band, Tori Rossi, and Will Plus. These archived recorded livestream performances can be found at www.Facebook.com/GalleriaFtLauderdale.
The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale is open with limited hours and additional safety measures complying with government guidelines. Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro offers full-service dining, in addition to take-out.
For additional upcoming virtual events and information about The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, please visit www.Facebook.com/GalleriaFtLauderdale. Patrons may also call (954) 564-1036 or visit www.GalleriaMall-FL.com.