Alicia Cortez, Music Director
Alicia Cortez is a a singer/songwriter. She was born in the Bronx and currently resides in Harlem. Her earliest musical inspirations were Selena, Mariah Carey, Ana Barbara, La India, Aaliyah and J.Lo. Her earliest memory of performing was for her kindergarten graduation where she played Dorothy and sang along to Judy Garland’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Currently, Alicia is taking piano classes with Napua Davoy to learn how to compose music to her lyrics. In her spare time, Alicia loves pushing her boundaries by reading, and feels most free and joyous when she is walking the city streets and singing.
A favorite quote of Alicia’s is “As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the ame. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.” (-Marianne Williamson) Volunteering at Art4NY, Alicia feels she is constantly surrounded by individuals who are letting their light shine and overcoming fear. This inspires her tremendously. Most importantly, Alicia wants to exemplify love, compassion and kindness. Volunteering at Art4NY has allowed her to practice these daily in her life. And as our resident singer, she has been exposed to so much new, timeless, classic music when researching songs for each new program!