Belén Cusi
Belén Cusi
singer-songwriter • based in NYC
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Belén grew up in San Antonio, Texas. She began playing classical piano at age eight, but loved sports growing up and had no intentions of going to conservatory after high school. Instead, she moved to Boston at age 18 to study communications. A fresh-faced student at Boston University, she quickly realized she couldn't give up playing piano and sought out a piano teacher. Enter Tim Lukas, piano teacher and music producer, with whom she began singing and studying song-writing and composition. Shortly after meeting , they began work on Belén's first album, "Closer", and what would be the beginning of her career as a singer-songwriter. 

Under Lukas' tutelage, Belén spent the next two years studying everything from jazz piano to songwriting and classical composition, all while writing and recording for the album. "Closer," however, was never released. Being a brand new artist thrown into a large-scale production proved to be a difficult task, and with many unanswered questions still looming in her head not just about her musical aspirations, but about life, Belén decided to hit 'pause' on the almost-finished album and return to BU. 

After diving back into her studies, reporting for the Daily Free Press and writing for BU's music magazine, The Buzz, Belén graduated with a Journalism degree in 2013. She stayed in Boston, working different corporate jobs to make ends meet while garnering a wide range of marketing, writing and business skills. But music was always there. 

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Belén realized music her life's calling and passion project after a time of reading and self-exploration during the latter part of 2015. It was music that would challenge her to rise up and become the person she wanted to be. By January 2106 she had re-built her home studio and joined The Souled Out Show Band as their lead female singer. She rejoined the local open mic circuit and began writing new music. In April she was laid off from her sales job due to downsizing - and she never looked back. She started waiting tables at The Smokeshop BBQ in Kendall Square to pay the bills, started working as a model with a local agency and decided to focus 100 percent on making music her life. By July she had her first paid gig with a full band and by December she was no longer waiting tables at The Smokeshop - she was being paid to sing and ring in the new year as a professional entertainer. 

Since then, Belén has been on the fast track to becoming a prominent mainstay in Boston's local music scene and beyond, playing everywhere from the legendary Beehive and its sister restaurant, The Beat Brasserie, to local favorites TOAD, Scoozi Boston, Tres Gatos, and other venues all over Boston. Her music has grown to include a wide array of Latin American and Spanish influences alongside the 90s and 2000s American pop music she grew up with in Texas. She is currently based in New York City and working with renowned Latin producer DJ Afro on her next EP, which will feature songs in both English and Spanish that paint a vivid picture of her unique journey over the past 10 years.

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