Our second featured artist in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage month is singer-songwriter Ambar Cruz who is professionally known as Ambar Lucid. She was born in Little Ferry, New Jersey to a Dominican mother and Mexican father. Those influences play deeply in her music.
She is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist who plays the guitar, piano, the ukulele and produces her own music. She started singing when she was 5 years old and later started posting her covers on YouTube. She decided to drop out of high school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music career. Her drive is strong especially since she was told that she would never make it as a singer because she is Latina. She proved them wrong and released her debut EP Dreaming Lucid in 2019 and a year later released her debut album, Garden of Lucid. Listen to her song Questioning My Mind with its dreamy guitar sound and beautiful voice that hits the high registers with ease. She sings in both English and Spanish and has been gaining a huge following. Check out her song StoryTo Tell with a video obviously influenced by Brittney Spears's first video for the song Baby One More Time. Ambar Lucid says her influences are Kali Uchis, Willow Smith, and Alice Phoebe Lou for her songwriting. She says that today there are several Latino artists like Cuco and Omar Apollo whose music speaks to immigrant kids. She should include herself on that list because her music speaks to the heartbreak of losing a parent to deportation and then reuniting years later. Last year she went on tour with Latin artist Omar Apollo and has amassed over 650,000 listeners on Spotify. She just released her new album, Timeless this past July. Check out this super-talented singer-songwriter/producer and support independent music and musicians worldwide. Happy listening!