Scraping together every last penny to live can sometimes mean selling an acoustic guitar just to pay the rent. Before she was one of the finalists on Season 10 of NBC’s The Voice, Angie Keilhauer was working full time at a salvage yard and going to school. Now, the San Diego singer with El Salvador roots has just released an EP including three Spanish singles, “Junto Al Agua,” “Mi Pasion es Manejar” and “Salvaje” to honor her El Salvador roots. The EP is available on iTunes.
The transition to full-time musician was always the goal for Keilhauer, but the light at the end of the tunnel was not always as clear. She recalls one specific moment that was somewhat of a revelation:“I remember waking up at 5 a.m. to go to work about five years ago. I was dead tired and about as miserable as I could be. I would have given my kidney to just shut my eyes five more minutes. But I got up, got ready for work, and jumped into my 91 Volvo. In that 20 minute drive I went from being in the worst kind of mood, to catching myself singing along with the radio and thumping the steering wheel along with the kick drum to one of my favorite Blake Shelton songs. I remember thinking this is what music is supposed to do. The thing that excites me the most about this record is that I feel like the emotion of these songs really comes through on this record. I feel like this is the kind of music you’ll put on when you want to shake off life’s tough days and raise a beer to the good times.”
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