Summarized by Kent Larsen
LDS Hispanic Singers Release CD (A Spanish Noel -- in song)
Deseret News 4Dec99 A2
By Jerry Johnston: Deseret News feature writer
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- A group of LDS Hispanic singers have released
their first CD - an album of christmas carols entitled, "La Primera
Navidad." The CD was bankrolled by Zarahemla, an LDS spanish-language
publishing house owned by former BYU professor and author Arturo de
To launch the CD, the group appeared at a 'mini-concert' at the Day
Murray Music auditorium. And the group hopes that the music will be the
start of something big, "We're hoping this will be the first CD, not the
last. If we hang together, I think we can produce some beautiful
things," said de Hoyos.
Deseret News columnist Jerry Johnston says that the CD itself lacks some
polish, but makes up for it in charm. The lack of polish is due mostly
to a shoe-string budget and the use of a small studio and not enough
Still, some names on the CD will be familiar to LDS audiences, including
Martha Chavez, who has become a celebrity in Hispanic wards and branches
for her tape of Janice Kapp Perry's songs, "Su Luz en Mi." Singer
Raymundo Martinez is also featured on the CD.
Newcomers Camila Grover and Daniela Burrell are on the CD, along with
Soraya Reyes, Brenda Cadena de Lopez and Tony Garcia.
"We just decided to jump in and do it," says de Hoyos. "I think one of
the saddest things is when people have a God-given talent but have no
chance to develop it. By getting together like this and seeing what each
of us has to offer, maybe more CDs, more chances, will come along."