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HELENA

Helena Santiago is a young woman embarking on a professional singing career in the male dominated Salsa industry. The year 1995 proved very significant for her. Her band opened for singing sensation Marc Anthony during a February engagement in Cleveland. To the delight of local fans she joined Marc in the duet Vivir lo Nuestro, made famous by Marc and La India. Two months later her band opened for El Gran Combo. It was there that she caught the attention of Ralph Cartagena, president of Combo Records.  Mr. Cartagena was so impressed he invited the then 17-year-old Helena and her parents to New York.  Helena was offered a recording contract. Mr. Cartegena carefully groomed Helena for the next year or so. He selected songs, hired arrangers and musicians. He began preparations for her first CD, professional debut, and began making arrangements for filming a video.
October 11, 1997 marked Helena’s professional debut. That day made history because the debut was held at Cleveland’s Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. (That was the first time Salsa played a role at the Rock Hall of fame. The debut was part of a larger celebration commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the Puerto Rican community in Lorain, Ohio). Helena was a featured performer along with El Gran Combo of Puerto Rico. During that same time period her first CD Yo Vine A Cantar was released. The hit single Tentacion has received air play in New York as well as Puerto Rico.   It reached number 15 on the New York charts shortly after its release.
Helena’s schedule has been busy.  She has been to Puerto Rico for production of the Tentacion video as well as for personal appearances. She has performed in New York; Puerto Rico; and just wrapped up a promotional tour in Central and South America.

Helena,  born in Lorain, Ohio in 1977 began entertaining at the age of 11. She played piano and sang with 12 year old sister Sele who played guitar and also sang. (Sele also possesses a wonderful voice).  A year later brother Ray, a drummer,  was added to the group at age 10. They  formed a family trio.

Helena is one of the youngest females on the Salsa scene.  Her versatility as a songstress is evident on her first recording.  She sings Salsa, Merengue and House Music in English.  Her strong voice is still young and will only improve as it matures.