Berklee Student

Raquel Quinones-Rivera

Berklee Student
"Today, if you become frightened, instead become inspired."  
Boston, MA
Member since 2012

About Me

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Raquel is a 20 year old vocalist based in Boston, USA. The young talent is set apart by her bright, smooth tone and her innovative and emotional delivery of tunes ranging in style, from jazz to bolero, from soul to pop.

Raquel Alexa started her solo career when her family relocated to the culturally rich city of Berkeley, CA. There, Raquel began studying and performing Jazz through the Berkeley Jazz School and Berkeley High School’s renowned Jazz program. Alexa studied with vocal coaches Gail Dobson and Trelawny Rose while in Berkeley.

Raquel is now a senior at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where she is studying vocal performance and composition. During her time at Berklee she has studied and explored pop, jazz, latin jazz, flamenco, and Balkan folkloric music. Her teachers have included Lisa Thorson, Becca Stevens, Sofia Rei, and Christiane Karam.

Alexa’s vocal influences include Billie Holiday, Melody Gardot, Concha Buika, Norah Jones, Alison Krauss, Christina Aguilera, Kate McGarry, Esperanza Spalding, Gretchen Parlato, and Becca Stevens. When composing, she draws from artists in the modern Jazz scene, such as Taylor Eigsti, Aaron Parks and Brad Mehldau, and more mainstream groups such as Bon Iver, Little Dragon, Coldplay and Kimbra.

Alexa leads her own group, Amethyst, which performs her original material around Boston. Her compositions can be heard on their EP, ‘Something About Evergreens’. She also performs regularly with the Berklee Balkan Choir. Under the direction of Christiane Karam, the group has performed with Internationally recognized artists including Binka Dobreva, Javier Limon, Zulal Trio, and Mario Frangoulis.

Experience & Education

Current

  • Lead Vocalist for Lennox.
    October 2012 to Present (over 2 years)

    Electro pop group based in New York City soundcloud.com/lennox-the-band

  • Band Leader, Lead Vocalist, Composer, Arranger for Amethyst
    February 2012 to Present (over 2 years)

    Raquel's own group plays pop and jazz tunes and Raquel's original work, all with a contemporary jazz sensibility.

  • Barista; Music Lead for Starbucks Corporation
    April 2011 to Present (over 3 years)

    In addition to a busy yet social barista gig at one of the country's busiest Starbucks locations, Raquel also screens, books, and promotes live performances at this store's second floor live music space.

Past

  • Lead Vocalist for Thumpin'
    November 2012 to October 2013 (about a year)

    Funk/soul

  • Vocalist for Berklee Balkan Vocal Ensemble
    January 2012 to October 2013 (about a year and a half)

    The Berklee Balkan Vocal Ensemble, founded by Christian Karam, features 15+ Berklee Vocalists from all over the world who together perform traditional Balkan choral pieces and original arrangements. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve1YcHPCw-E

  • Lead Vocalist for Newspaper Yacht Club
    November 2011 to June 2013 (about a year and a half)

    Created by Berklee student Mahea Furukawa in Southern California, this Boston-based band performs Mahea's tasteful and catchy pop-rock originals. The band includes piano, bass, drums, guitar, saxophone, trombone, and voice. http://www.reverbnation.com/newspaperyachtclub

  • Vocalist for Los Soneros De Las Seis
    April 2012 to May 2013 (about a year)

    A six-piece Boston based band that plays a combination of Latin-infused pop hits and Latin Jazz

  • Student for Berklee Five Week Summer Performance Program
    July 2010 to August 2010 (about a month)
  • Student for Berklee in LA Songwriting Program
    August 2009 to August 2010 (about a year)
  • Vocalist, Soprano for Berkeley High School Choir
    September 2009 to May 2010 (8 months)

    Aided and participated in the creation of Berkeley High School's official Choir

  • Volunteer - Main Administrative Office for Bay Area Children First
    August 2009 to May 2010 (9 months)
  • Student for Stanford Jazz Workshop
    August 2009 to August 2009 (less than a month)
  • Class Treasurer, Deputy, President for Berkeley High School Student Government
    October 2006 to June 2009 (over 2 years)
  • Student for Stanford Jazz Workshop
    August 2008 to August 2008 (less than a month)
  • Vocalist, Soprano for Morris County Jointure Choir
    January 2006 to April 2006 (3 months)

Education

  • BM in Voice and Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music
    2010 to 2014 (4 years)
  • Courses and Private Instruction in Jazz Voice at Berkeley Jazzschool
    2006 to 2010 (4 years)
  • International Baccalaureate Class of 2010 in at Berkeley High School
    2006 to 2010 (4 years)