Irene Diaz is Los Angeles’ modern-day torch singer-songwriter. Within only a short amount of time, Irene has gained national acclaim. NPR’s Don Gonyea says, “Anyone who hears your voice will wonder where you have been all this time.”

Irene’s first single, “I Love You Madly,” caught the attention of NPR Alternative Latino’s Jasmine Garsd after opening an email by chance from the production company Mucho Music based in L.A., which featured a live video performance. Garsd featured the song on her program and said, “You can’t fake the soul...Irene is so believable in her emotion.”

Soon after, Irene began the production of her first EP, entitled I Love You Madly. To help fund her project, Irene raised over $10,000 backed by supporters using the website Kickstarter. With the help of these funds, Irene was able to produce and record her EP, make a music video for “Crazy Love” and fund her way to the East Coast for a small tour and to attend the Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York. After attending the conference, it was noted by Felix Contreras on NPR’s Alternative Latino segment titled “The Latin Alternative Music Conference: Who Rocked, Who Shocked, Who Killed” that both Jasmine and himself were blown away by Irene Diaz’s voice after she had given an impromptu performance of “Crazy Love” outside the press room. “This year, we are (both) blown away by Irene Diaz...Listen to this voice.”

In his review of I Love You Madly, Patrick O’Heffernan for Vents Magazine says: “She brings back classical American soul and blues and elevates it to a whole new level for today’s audience...quite possibly, someday, (Irene) could join Ella and Nina and Billie and Rosemary as a queen of torch.”

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