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Belen Cusi

Originally from Argentina, Belén grew up in San Antonio, Texas. She began playing classical piano at age eight, but with no intentions of attending conservatory, she instead chose a liberal arts path at Boston University and, seeking a more urban environment, made the move at age 18. However It wasn't long before she realized she couldn't give up playing piano and connected with local piano teacher and music producer Tim Lukas, with whom she began singing and studying song-writing and composition. Shortly after, they began work on Belén's first album, "Closer", and what would be the beginning of her singer-songwriter career. 

At that point, 2009, Belén decided to take time away from her college studies to focus 100% on music. Throughout the span of two years, she studied everything from jazz piano to songwriting and classical composition, all while writing and recording for the album. "Closer", however, was never released. Being a brand new artist thrown into a large-scale production proved to be a difficult task, and with many unanswered questions still looming in her head not just about her musical aspirations, but about life, Belén decided to hit 'pause' on the almost-finished album and return to BU. 

After diving back into her studies, reporting for the Daily Free Press and writing for BU's music publication, "The Buzz", Belén graduated with a Journalism degree in 2013. She stayed in Boston, working different corporate jobs to make ends meet while garnering a wide range of marketing, writing and business skills. But music was always there. And in 2016, it finally came back to the forefront. This time, for good.

It was December of 2015 when Belén realized it was music, or it was music - her life's calling and passion project. It was music that would challenge her to rise up and become the person she wanted to be. By January she had re-built her home studio and joined The Souled Out Show Band as their lead female singer. She rejoined the local open mic circuit and began writing new music. Then in April 2016 she was laid off from her job - and never looked back. She started waiting tables at The Smokeshop BBQ in Kendall Square to pay the bills, started booking modeling jobs with a local agency to get her face out there and focused 100 percent on making music her life. By July she had her first paid gig with a full band and by December she was no longer waiting tables at The Smokeshop - she was being paid to sing and ring in the new year as a professional entertainer. 

Since then, Belén has been on the fast track to becoming a prominent mainstay in Boston's local music scene and beyond, playing everywhere from the legendary Beehive and its sister restaurant, The Beat Brasserie, to local favorites TOAD, Scoozi Boston, Tres Gatos, and other venues all over Boston. Her music has grown to include a wide array of Latin American and Spanish influences alongside the 90s and 2000s American pop music she grew up with in Texas. She is currently working on her next EP with renowned Latin producer DJ Afro in New York City, which will include both English and Spanish songs that paint a vivid picture of her unique journey over the past 10 years. It's one you certainly don't want to miss, so stay tuned for behind-the-scenes of the writing and recording process, making it as an artist in New York City, and experiencing in real-time the making of an artist that's here to stay.

Earlier Event: March 12
Manouche Urbain
Later Event: March 25
Tres Gatos Book Club