LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Acclaimed guitarist Jimena Fosado, known for her work with such artists as Steve Vai, Scott Page and others, is set to release her first solo album, titled “Living the Unknown.”
“I always wanted to record an album ever since I started writing music in high school.” Fosado said. “I’m finally doing it after realizing that now is the best time do it after working with so many great artists and seeing how many songs I’ve written over the years.”
The 22-year-old guitar phenom is bringing her unique musical stylings to music fans everywhere with a remarkable new instrumental album featuring her eclectic blend of pop, rock, heavy metal and rhythm and blues. “Living the Unknown” features 10 songs that show the artist’s range and many influences.
The album will be available on iTunes, Spotify and elsewhere in July.
The new album is the culmination of a long journey for Fosado who, while growing up in Mexico City, always had a passion for music thanks to her piano-playing father and his devotion to rock music. After he gave her a guitar, she was hooked on playing the instrument and learning as much as she could about music.
“I started out listening to Green Day, Simple Plan, Good Charlotte, Sum41, Linkin Park, Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer, and Slipknot. Joe Satriani inspired me the most,” she recalled. “I went to his concert as a gift from my dad and I was blown away by his skills and his music. All his solos and melodies are so creative. I always define him as my hero.”
By the time she entered college, she was already in several bands and was exploring various styles of rock music and dedicating herself to a future as an artist in a male-dominated music industry. Soon, she decided to move to the United States to pursue her career.
“I always liked the U.S to be honest. I always wanted to come here to be known by everyone in the world,” she recalled. “But it was hard to be taken seriously. Every time I walked into a store and I wanted to try guitars, the sellers or other buyers would look at me like ‘Ugh.’ With an attitude as if I didn’t know what I was asking for or I didn’t know what I was doing.”
After graduating from L.A.’s prestigious Musician’s Institute, Fosado began playing with other bands and soon was booking gigs around the city and became acquainted with area’s music scene. In a short time, she began making a name for herself thanks to her melodic riffs and energetic playing, earning her a spot onstage with a number of music artists such as acclaimed guitarist Steve Vai and Pink Floyd’s veteran sax man Scott Page.
Today, the young artist is finding herself in much demand as she continues to explore her musical range and define herself as a musical talent pursuing her own unique vision. With a single set for release next month, and plans for a tour and another album, Fosado is already finding her niche and expanding it.