Carmelina Vargas is an independent Dance Pop singer/songwriter, warrior against cancer and aspiring author. The daughter of a merengue musician and born in Barahona, Dominican Republic, she now lives and works in New York City.
Carmelina Vargas first appeared on the national music scene in the summer of 2008 with the release of her first single “Mueve Las Caderas,” a Latin Pop/R&B track. ASCAP Latino highlighted Carmelina’s debut album titled “Morena” (Morena Records, June 2009) as one of the most anticipated albums of the coming year.
As things were heating up for Carmelina, she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. After undergoing surgery and treatments, and being true to the fighter and positive spirit that she is, Carmelina returns to her music and her fans as a survivor.
"I never let fear inside my heart and learned that I had already beaten breast cancer through a self-test. My breast cancer diagnosis, surgery and chemotherapy were just stepping stones to my new birth as a stronger, more compassionate spirit. LOVE conquers all,” shares Carmelina.
Using her music as a platform, Carmelina actively promotes breast cancer awareness through performances at numerous events for The American Cancer Society. She also hosted her own 1st annual fundraiser at Latin Quarters in mid-town Manhattan, which benefited the Columbia University Medical Center Survivors Squad and The American Cancer Society. Her endeavors received national recognition from Congressman Charles B. Rangel of New York’s 15th District.
Carmelina’s survivor story, professional accomplishments and musical talent have been featured on GlobalGrind.com, New York Socialite Examiner, Corrientelatina.com, Allthingsgirl.net, as well as in the pages of DTM Magazine, El Especial Newspaper and Metro International. Carmelina has also appeared alongside Sesame Street icon “Maria” (Sonia Manzano) at the Children’s Aid Society to raise funds for New York Public Schools after budget cuts. She also appeared at the Latin Trendsetter Awards presented by LatinTrends Magazine and featured as "woman of the month" by Shesomajor.com.
Carmelina released “Alegria" (Joy) (Morena Records), the hip-shaking, Dance/Pop single which hit the airwaves on B95 KBOS in Fresno, CA, 98.7 AMP Radio WDZH in Detroit, MI, 95.7 The Beat KPAT in Santa Maria, CA, 106.9 K-HITS KHTT FM in Tulsa, OK, WHYI Y100 in Miami and on Promo Only.
Carmelina was recently honored (April 2013) with El Diario La Prensa’s “Latinas Destacadas” award for 2013. El Diario NY is the oldest Spanish language newspaper in the country and celebrated its 100th Anniversary in April 2013.
In 2013, Carmelina's latest effort includes a collaboration with DJ Creativity on "Looking For Love off 32 Track Productions, an EDM/House track with a Big Room feel. Carmelina is also collaborating with multi-platinum rapper, Sacario for the "Alegria Remix".