Monday, January 11, 2010

Nashville band Saints of Havana to play 2010 Miss Latina US pageant

From the people who run the Miss Latina US Pageant:
Organizacion Miss America Latina is pleased to announce that SAINTS OF HAVANA will be featured artists at the 2010 Miss Latina US Pageant on May 29th in Barcelo Punta Cana. [University of Chattanooga senior Lilibeth Leon will represent the Volunteer State as the reigning Miss Tennessee Latina -Ed.]

Saints of Havana is a unique pop country band comprised of Cuban brothers Rey and Cesar Montecristo and American singer Aaron Shea. The merging of these three super talents and cultures has created a new and rich blend of modern country music, full of rhythms and flavors innovative to the genre. While maintaining the rich lyrical content, which is a trademark of any good country song, they have managed to add touches of pop, rock and latin music while remaining true to country’s roots. This blend along with their incredible live energy makes this Nashville-based trio something magical, exhilirating and new. The band is currently in production of their 2010 debut release.
From the band's bio on Facebook:
Saints of Havana is a modern pop country band comprised of Cuban brothers, Rey and Cesar Montecristo and American singer Aaron Shea. They met in legendary "Music City" in 2008, and have united their cultures and backgrounds to create a rich style and new blend of country music. They now prepare to infuse their brand and rhythmic sound into this richest of musical genres. Their well balanced mixture of Country, Afro Cuban, Rock, and Pop creates the new sound country music fans have been craving around the world.

Singer Aaron Shea, a veteran of Nashville known for his charismatic stage presence and sultry tenor voice, was born in Michigan where he studied writing, piano, and acting. Aaron starred in the hit rock musical "Summer of "66" for 2 years while making numerous appearances on the Crook and Chase Show. He has shared the stage with many known artists and secured acting roles in the WB's Dawson's Creek and a number of commercials and music videos. Aaron toured South America and the States with his solo projects but now extends his horizons, with excitement, as a founding member and lead singer of Saints of Havana.

Brothers Rey and Cesar Montecristo emigrated from Havana, Cuba, and resided most of their lives in Miami, FL. They are both accomplished singers and instrumentalists, with Cesar concentrating his expertise in the fields of guitar, piano, and programming and Rey in vocals and bass guitar. The brothers have toured extensively in support of their numerous bands and were the only unsigned act to ever tour all the "Hard Rock Cafes" nationwide with their band "Heir". After inking a deal with Sony Latin in their teens, they have now turned their attention to making waves in the American market. As founding members of Saints of Havana, they have set out on their most ambitious project yet.

The band’s name was born of history. In 1519, the town of San Cristobal De La Habana was founded. With the Passing of the years the town grew into the city known today as Habana to the Spanish speakers and as Havana in Dutch, English, and French. In 1592 King Phillip of Spain designated Havana the "Key to the New World" and set out to build fortresses to defend its harbors from pirate attacks and to bless outgoing ships against hurricanes. Three massive forts were built in Havana Harbor, then the most important port in the "New World". The forts were known as Saint Salvador de la Punta Castle, which guarded the west entrance to the bay, Saint Moro Three Kings Castle, which guarded the east entrance, and San Lazaro Castle, which guarded the middle approach. These three forts were each adorned by a huge statue of each saint worked in wood and precious metals, which offered an impressive and majestic view to all who visited the beautiful island and to all who sought its sanctuary. Inspired by this story, of that fabled Harbor City, the Saints of Havana stand, as the three forts have for centuries, ready to make history and to welcome travelers into their world.

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