Lysa Flores [1983- ]
Multitalented musician and actress Lysa Flores emerged out of Los Angeles, California's Eastside scene as a teenager in the early ‘90s. A former member of the El Vettes -- a group of back-up singers for the Mexican Elvis, El Vez -- Flores is an important leader for female Mexican American artists.
At once a singer-songwriter, activist, guitarist, and producer, Lysa Flores is a dynamic talent who has become a respected stalwart of the East L.A. music scene. In 1997 Flores played a lead role in the critically-acclaimed film Star Maps, garnering a “Best Debut Performance” nomination from the Independent Spirit Awards. On top of acting in the film, she was the musical director, helping produce the soundtrack. A year later in 1998, she founded her own record label, Bring Your Love Records, releasing her debut album, Tree of Hope, to positive reviews.
Flores has collaborated with numerous musicians including Tejano legend Flaco Jimenez, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, and indie-rocker Jonathan Richman. She also joined East L.A. punk legend Alice Bag’s all-female band, Stay at Home Bomb, as lead guitarist. Flores is an activist for environmental and Latino heritage causes and has appeared in numerous benefit concerts. In addition to her screen roles, Flores is an accomplished stage actor.
Newsweek Magazine named Flores among “20 young Latinos to watch in the new millennium.”
In 2004 she released her second solo album, The Making of a Trophy Grrrl!, and followed-up with her third in 2008, Bring Your Love. Still in her prime, Flores is a driving force in the Eastside L.A. scene and an inspiring contributor wherever she decides to lend her talents. A voice for women and Mexican Americans alike, expect to see much more of Lysa Flores in the coming years.