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Sara Ontaneda Brings Her Remarkable Voice and Magical Music to The Mint, Musician is ‘Grateful’ for Gift

Ecuadorian-Born Musician Comes to Los Angeles

By DONNA BALANCIA

Sara Ontaneda performed her magic music at The Mint and the crowd was enraptured by the angelic presence and remarkable voice of this New York City-based musician.

Sara Ontaneda and her band at The Mint - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Sara Ontaneda and her band at The Mint – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Encouraged by Family

Sara, who was born in Ecuador, said she’s encouraged by her family, who enable her to pursue her dreams.

“I thank my family, they have always encouraged me to go for what I want in life,” she told California Rocker. “They have always been supportive.”

Sara Onatenda performs at The Mint – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Sara Sets Her Sites

Sara is a quiet talent, keeping her bright light on focus and setting her sights on the future. She has two records out, Marte Y Jupiter and her latest Entre Espacios Y Colores. Both can be purchased through her website, Sara Ontaneda Music.

Sara’s voice has the sensual sound of samba and Sergio Mendes’ Brazil 66; her sound is a cross between that of the Mendes 1960s hit “Mas Que Nada” and today’s light alternative. She said she’s grateful for her musical gift.

Sara Ontaneda – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The Fans

At The Mint is was apparent that she drew the fans, many of whom came to see her after randomly hearing her music.

“I love her voice and she’s a true badass,” said Vic, who came from Pasadena to watch her perform. “I’ve never been here before but I came to see Sara.”

Sara did not disappoint and gave the fans their money’s worth, playing for an audience that appreciates her music.

Opener The Michael Mills Band gave the fans a treat with some top-notch original blues. More to come.

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