If IreneB’s career could be defined by a word, it would have to be “perseverance”.
The Spaniard artist had been studying music since she was only 6, listening to R&B since she can remember & she also graduated in Modern Music and Jazz in 2005. But it wasn’t until 2006, well into her twenties, when she released her first EP, “Mi Realidad”, that launched her debut in the music industry of today.
After this release, everything caught up faster than the speed of light. She met multi-platinum producer Frankie Biggz, with whom she recorded, between Miami & Orlando, “Metamorphosis” (Rama Music, 2009), her debut album. That album would make her the first Spaniard to ever release an English R&B album worldwide.
Moving to Orlando in 2007, where she established her home for over 4 years, she was encouraged by the excellent response and success of the 3 singles released off “Metamorphosis” in both terrestrial & online radio around the world. She embarked on a tour that took her to perform in her hometown Barcelona, Madrid, several cities in Germany, United Kingdom & most of the US territory (including Miami, Orlando, Chicago, Atlanta & Detroit, amongst others).
As if that wasn’t enough, IreneB was also featured in four songs for “Now Is The Time” (Heads Up, 2010), legendary keyboard player Jeff Lorber’s album, that later in 2010 would receive a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Contemporary album. Being that the most important nomination she’s received up until today, it’s not been the only one, as it was thanks to “Metamorphosis” that she would earn two nominations to the prestigious Premios de la Musica in 2009 (Best New Artist & Best Pop Album) & five nominations for the independent music awards Premios de la Musica Independiente in 2010 (Best Urban Album, Best New Artist, Spanish Artist of the Year, Album of the Year & Song Of the Year).
Three years after, and back to her beloved hometown, Barcelona (Spain), IreneB fires back with “Welcome Back”, an intimate collection of songs and sounds that remind us of singers and groups IreneB has listened to since she was a child, those who shaped her essence as a singer: Mariah Carey, Aaliyah, TLC and Boyz II Men.
Her new album is, in IreneB’s words, “a nineties R&B music tribute album; it is what I always wanted to do and I am finally able to”. With “Metamorphosis”, her first record, we witnessed IreneB’s transformation; with “Welcome Back,” we experience a more mature artist, that experiments with different registers and textures in her voice.
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“IreneB is working successfully with the fusion of modern rhythms, R&B & pop. This particular sound is a very desirable asset for productions in the new emerging Latin movement that is crossing over to the Anglo Market. In my opinion, she has a great potential to become a permanent fixture in the American Music Industry.”
- Iker Gastaminza, Grammy Award Winner/Producer (Shakira, Ricky Martin, Chayanne, etc.)
“I have no doubt that IreneB can adeptly meet any challenge. She has shown that she is profoundly dedicated and responsible. There is no doubt she will blossom into a strong artist in the American market.”
- Rodolfo Castillo, Vice-president of Talent Beach Music & Latin Grammy Award Winner.
“As a Record Producer/Record Label Owner, I have had the pleasure of knowing IreneB for the last year. She is a tremendous vocalist and an asset to our industry of music. I feel confident that she will continue to succeed in her music abilities.”
- Sergio George, Grammy Award Winner/Producer (Marc Anthony, Celia Cruz, La India, etc.)
“The numerous accolades that IreneB has received for her outstanding work is evidenced by her prolific publications record, including the extraordinary number of radio stations and podcasting shows which have exclusively selected Irene’s music for consistent rotation.”
- Marilyn Santiago, President of Sunshine Integrated Solutions, LLC (Marketing Radio Promotion)
“I thank IreneB for doing a fantastic job on “I Wanna Fly”!! I’m honored. I listen to this song over and over, I really love what she did with it. It’s rockin’!.”
- Jeff Lorber, Grammy Award-nominated keyboardist & composer about “I Wanna Fly” (in which she used a sample of Jeff’s “Rain Dance”)
“Now is the Time is an apt title for this project, in that it’s as vibrant, innovative and musically challenging now as it was when many of these songs were first recorded. It hasn’t aged. It breathes new life. As usual Jeff uses great musicians, but the addition of singer IreneB has made this an unforgettable record.”
- Bobby Colomby, Grammy Award Winner / Producer (Jeff Lorber, Jaco Pastorious, The Jacksons, etc.) about IreneB’s guest appearance in Jeff Lorber’s album, ‘Now Is The Time’
“Sexy, gritty, and cathartic — Forgive Me Now is a single that demands your heart and soul. You won’t forget this one anytime soon.”
- Kyle Moreno, Host of Fresh Picked Music, KBEACH
“IreneB is a refreshing and new addition to the music scene, with a unique and highly contagious style. Her new single, “Forgive Me Now,” is a fusion of hip-hop and R&B that is destined for the top of the charts and is already receiving a lot of well-deserved air-play. Her style is seductive yet approachable, and one that fully involves the audience.”
– Diana Montané, Esmeralda & Dig This Real Magazines