Chicana chanteuse, Sandra Lilia Velasquez (SLV), sings soulful protest songs in English and Spanish that blend pop, electronic world beat, and sultry downtempo grooves. Her journey in music began as the founder and lead vocalist of the Latin band Pistolera, which toured internationally at festivals such as The Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada) Central Park Summerstage (USA), Sfinks (Belgium), and Ollin Kan (Mexico). They performed the NPR Tiny Desk Concert and had their music featured on Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, and more. She initiated the next chapter of her artistic growth under her initials with an EP produced by heavyweight bassist Meshell Ndegeocello who also co-wrote one song and played bass on the recording. SLV's new album, PIECE OF MIND, is a sharp lyrical reflection on the current state of affairs that for the first time ever has her rapping.
"SLV transported the audience to a different time and place...her energy blanketed the audience...leaving the deepest impression was SLV's absolute authenticity." - Feast of Music
“Velasquez makes the transition from Mexican folk musician to Brooklyn-based soul singer with the kind of style and talent that makes you say, ‘Of course she did." – NPR, Weekend Edition
“...Velásquez showcasing her continued growth as a songwriter and dreamy vocals that recall Sade’s smoky sensuality…SLV is here to stay.” - MTV Iggy