Cindy Shea Bio
Throughout her 28 years playing trumpet Cindy Shea has studies with some of the greatest trumpet players in the world including: Arturo Sandoval, Ron Stout, Wayne Bergeron, Bobby Shew, Bill Bing, Kevin Brown, and Kevin Mayse. While studying music education at Cal State University at Fullerton, Cindy came upon an opportunity to play for Arturo Sandoval, an icon in the Latin Jazz arena. Impressed by her musical knowledge and raw talent, he offered Cindy a full paid Jazz Performance scholarship to study Jazz at Florida International University where he would be her mentor and teacher. When Cindy returned to Los Angeles after her studies she found an opportunity to challenge herself in a new way not only as a musician, but as a Band Leader, Business Owner, Record Producer, Music Arranger, and in 1999 Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea was born. Mariachi Divas are a unique, multi-cultural, all female ensemble, imbued with the true flavor of Los Angeles and have been represented by women of Mexican, Cuban, Samoan, Argentinean, Colombian, Panamanian, Puerto Rican, Swiss, Japanese, Honduran, Peruvian, Salvadorian, Tongan and Anglo descents. Cindy Shea states, "Music is a way of uniting our cultural backgrounds”. Cindy’s experience with different genres of music has allowed her to create her own style in the mariachi music scene that stands out from the rest. After twelve years of existence, she is very proud of its multicultural, eclectic, and innovative sound.
In 2009, Cindy Shea and Mariachi Divas won the Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Album of the year for their 2008 release, Canciones De Amor. This marks the first time in the history of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences that an all-female mariachi group has been a nominee, or of course, a winner. She also received a Grammy as Producer of the CD and for her own Record Company, Shea Records. She was nominated again for a Grammy the following year in for her 2009 Mariachi D