Issa Bayaua’s New Album

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Already described as “the next Latin Urban Music sensation,� beautiful Issa Bayaua’s album hits stores at the end of March. Her music is based on R&B grooves, and sensual, passionate vocals.

“My music combines sounds and images from my Latina and Filipina upbringing for a hot new sound that will sizzle and melt your mind, body and soul,� she promises.

Issa’s very excited about a single which hits the airwaves in the next two weeks. “I am somewhat anxious but very excited,� she tells The Black Star News. “Just can't wait to see what my fans think. Hopefully radio shows lots of love as this will be our big push towards my album release by the end of March.� The single is called "Let me be the One.� It is Issa’s upbeat version of an already great song.

As for the album itself, Issa has high expectations as she’s put in good work—the album sold well when she made it available on and “I know people will really love this album,� she adds. “I had nothing but love and support from the people that purchased it. That was the true test so I am very excited about it finally making it to stores.�

Issa’s also gearing up for her upcoming tour with XM radio and dub magazine in March. “I love performing and I can't wait for people to enjoy my style of music,� she says. “I feel very fortunate that people believe in me and have given me the opportunity to be where I am. It will be my chance to shine and say thank you.�

“I would like to thank Black Star News again for this interview and for allowing me to update my fans,� Issa continues. “Thank you to all my fans on myspace because they are the ones that have given me such positive support and the drive to get where I am today.�

Bayaua was born in San Diego and is the youngest of five siblings. She’s been around music since childhood. Her mother was a singer and her uncles have a Mariachi band. She grew up also listening to Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Temptations, Tina Turner and Donna Summers.

“As I got older, I listened to a wide variety of music including jazz, pop, R&B and rock,� she says, of her musical heritage.

Her career has been on the upswing since 2004 when she auditioned for TLC’s television show “R U the Girl� and became a finalist. She turned down a contract to explore other opportunities and she’s since had no regrets.

She worked with Kairi Brown and signed with SoundonSound Entertainment and started work on her debut album. Production credits include Big Bert (J-Lo), Dom and Blake, Del Pearson, and Marc Kinchen.

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