From the moment I met Soraya I knew she was a winner, an amazingly talented and beautiful woman with something very spe-cial. Her total dedication in everything she did and her selfless efforts to help others were and still are an inspiration t only to those of us who have had the privilege to be around her, but also to the thousands of people who still maintain her name and mission. Soraya's courage to face every challenge is something that I will never forget ...her words of hope and her music will live on in our souls. --Ricky Martin Sometimes in life you meet someone special, and you kw in that moment that they have a greater view on life ...Soraya was one of those people. She remains a strong and positive memory for me. --Bob Waldron, President, Yoplait USA Soraya's music is infinitely intimate and precious, crafted and executed with the love and care of an artisan. There are few complete artists, but Soraya is one of them-- a composer, guitarist, producer, arranger, and singer with a particularly emotive voice. The measure of her worth in the eyes of the music industry was obvious during the 2004 Latin Grammys, when she won the Grammy for the newly created Best Singer-Songwriter category, besting icons like Juan Gabriel, Serrat, and Leon Gieco. 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 guitar. --Leila Cobo, Billboard?magazine
Soraya, a soulful singer whose music addressed topics ranging from romance to social concerns, was born in New Jersey and raised in both Colombia and the United States. She launched a promising career in the late 1990s, and her 2003 album, the self-produced Soraya, won the Latin Grammy(r) for best singer-songwriter album. Soraya was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2000 and lost her battle with it in May 2006 at the age of 37. She was a powerful advocate and spokesperson for breast cancer awareness. For more information on Soraya, visit www.soraya.com.