"Your heart is the key to everything”

When writing a story there’s a million different plot points that I consider. I visualize life in a similar manner, there are countless hurdles, climax points, changes in perspective, and unfortunately expectations to meet. My life is another story that I’m writing day by day, and with my stubborn faithful heart, I will die with a fat smile on my face.  

Borinqueño, Xavier Bernazard is a non-binary latinx artist born & raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico. They started their musical journey in a country that was incredibly diverse musically & culturally.  Surrounded by an Afro-Caribbean sound, fascinated by the growing musical trends in the States, and trained in a classical manner. Their early musical influences are incredibly broad. Most of their music is influenced by alternative rock and pop punk bands such as My Chemical Romance, Paramore, and Evanescence. Latinx artists such as, Fiel a la Vega, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, La Quinta Estacion, La Oreja de Van Gough, & Calle 13. Pop icons such as, Lady Gaga, P!nk, & Beyonce. Xavier would describe their sound as “emotional & raw with an emphasis in storytelling.”

Xavier began studying music in their early teens by taking voice lessons and piano. Their interest in music pushed them to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Music at Oklahoma State University. Furthering their studies in voice, piano, and taking courses in musical composition. Their interest in furthering honing their skills as a performer led them to pursue a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance at the University of North Texas. Where they learned the importance of great story telling in the musical artform of Opera.

Xavier is currently working on their first EP “Anastasis”, which will be released in 2021. The concept of this EP plays with the idea of resurrection and reinventing yourself after being brought down by circumstances in life. They hope that their music serves as a “source of inspiration for anyone who feels that their voices are not being heard and that it empowers experimentation with one’s identity.”