Nancy Silva Project (Nsp), formed in 2008, is a unique original Heavy Pop Rock band from San Antonio, Texas. The charismatic petite Nancy Silva, who rocks a Gibson Les Paul and sings with such passion, that brings her lyrics to life, fronts the band. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Nancy Silva, drummer Jesse Avila, bassist Joel (Diablo) Martinez, and guitarist Rai (Rai Rai) dela Cruz. Nsp released their first single "Letting Go" in October 2009 and their debut album in Sept 2010 under the BMS music label. Nancy does all the songwriting creating an alternative pop rock sound with a melodic heavy edge. Nancy's shy demeanor and stage presence, paired with surreal vocals is what gives NSP an original unique sound and powerful stage persona. The heavy guitar sound and solid rhythm section of the band compliments Nancy’s vocals and lyrics. Nancy’s inspiration for playing guitar came from her brother; she was a natural from the start. Nancy began playing guitar and performing at a very young age and knew that this was her calling from the very first time she stepped on a stage. Nancy played all the guitar tracks on the debut album and shows that this girl can play guitar with the best of them. The lyrics that Nancy writes are from personal experiences. Anyone who hears them will be able to relate in some way or another and understand how deep the meaning is of her songs. Nsp has opened live for numerous national acts such as Papa Roach, 10 Years, Flyleaf, Chevelle, Lit, Ryan Cabrera, Fair to Midland and Karnivool. The passion and energy Nsp exudes live, is something one must see live to appreciate. Nancy's live performances are powerful and truly full of emotion. Nancy has stated in an interview “We want to play as much as possible so that People can hear our music all over the world and there's no better feeling than playing live and making new friends and fans.” Nancy has always been truly grateful and really cares about her fans, she has said on many occasions “We are very thankful for Everyone’s support and for the success we have had so far.” Nsp’s live performances are full of power right from the very first note played. Jesse Avila plays with such power and a driving force followed with the solid bass playing of Joel Martinez and the lead and rhythm guitar playing of Rai de la Cruz, rounded out by Nancy Silva’s passionate and emotion filled vocals and guitar and stage presence is truly a musical experience that has been giving the moniker “Experience Nsp Music.” Nsp are a band who plays with authority and gives everything to their live performances. If you get a chance check out Nancy and the Band and take a musical, melodic journey and you will feel the NSP musical experience.
Nancy Silva - guitar vocals
Jesse Avila - (drums)
Rai (Rai Rai) dela Cruz - Guitar
Joel Martinez - Bass
Nsp released their first single "Letting Go" in October 2009 and their debut album in Sept 2010 under the BMS music label.
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Papa Roach, out of Vacaville, Calif., will take over Scout Bar Wednesday night with help from After ...Papa Roach, out of Vacaville, Calif., will take over Scout Bar Wednesday night with help from After Midnight Project and Nancy Silva Project. Papa Roach first hit the rock world with a rap-metal fusion, the album Infest and the single Last Resort. The band moved away from the rap-rock into more straight-up metal but took the fan base along. The latest Papa Roach disc is Metamorphosis.
Nancy Silva Project at The Mix
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Singer, songwriter and guitar slinger Silva makes quite a visual impact with her sexy schoolgirl out...Singer, songwriter and guitar slinger Silva makes quite a visual impact with her sexy schoolgirl outfits, but don't make a mistake and sell her short. Silva and her band could rock just as hard if Silva wore burkas.
Meet San Antonio's Nancy Silva Project
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Whatever's in the water in San Antonio is causing a major musical talent outbreak for Latino musicia...Whatever's in the water in San Antonio is causing a major musical talent outbreak for Latino musicians. Early signs of the outbreak came when Girl In A Coma signed to Joan Jett’s label, Blackheart Records. Signs have also come in the form of the punk rockeros Piñata Protest and the Cursive-esque Hydra Melody. Indie rockers Hacienda, who are from Boerne (just outside of San Antonio), produce amazing '60s-style indie that fans of The Beatles or The Beach Boys would devour.
Flying under the San-Antonio-band radar is Nancy Silva Project, headed by the guitar slinging, songwriting San Antonio-bred talent Nancy Silva. Silva has a sultry, seductive and brooding appearance that is met with a surprising shyness. Her outward stage presence speaks louder than she does. The outspokenness is left to her bandmates, bassis Joel Martinez and drummer Jesse Avila. The band's latest addition, guitarist Rai de la Cruz, fills out the lineup of San Antonio natives.
Musically, Nancy Silva Project is melodic modern rock and alternative. Silva’s soft vocal stylings balance out the harder look and musical composition, giving Nancy Silva Project a unqiue sound not often heard from bands in San Antonio or Austin.
The band has performed a few low-key shows in Austin over the years. You probably haven’t heard of them, unless you frequent the Red Eyed Fly or were a regular at the old Room 710. You may have caught their set before at Trophy’s, Dirty Dog Bar or recently at Krush in Pflugerville. But if you haven't heard of them, no worries. We caught up with Nancy Silva Project recently in the smelliest of dark alleyways and learned more to share with you. Meet Nancy Silva Project.
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Article by Imelda Vergara from San Antonio Current
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A heavilyy distorted pop-punk guitar riff introduces the Nancy Silva Project’s opener, “Everything,”...A heavilyy distorted pop-punk guitar riff introduces the Nancy Silva Project’s opener, “Everything,” off the band’s two-track single released with BMS Music Distribution. The Project — featuring Jesse Avila on drums, Joel Martinez on bass, and Rai de la Cruz on guitar — sounds like an homage to the late-’90s post-grunge, alternative-rock days. Letters to Cleo but with a heavier edge.
An alarming number of cameras go off in the small floor area surrounding the band — fans trying to capture shots of tiny guitarist and vocalist Silva, who sports a combination of glitter, skulls, stripes, and stars.
Her presence oozes glam-goth excitement in an over-the-top, almost-Harajuku sense, and she flips her hot-pink-, blond-, and black-streaked hair when she enthusistically poses for pictures mid-song.
Silva’s guitar performance never gets lost but its actual noise becomes background. “Hurt” at first sounds like it’s going to break toward metal, but the song soon slows for De La Cruz’s heavy rhythms and Silva’s nasal, bleeding whine. “It’s killing me, why can’t you see?” Silva’s facial expressions match the lyrics — both have relationship angst slobbered all over them.
“Over My Head” offers an everlasting flow of clichés adorned with catchy, power-pop-punk, Gwen Stefani style. Martinez spends most of the song jumping and thrusting his bass above his body, sweat smearing his eyeliner.
“Thinking of You” cools the pace with a delicate guitar blend and slow-burning balladry. Guitarist De La Cruz remains composed for most of the show while Silva and Martinez dance chaotically. Silva sings with her left leg behind her in a lunge position, as if to hold herself up.
Their cover of Alanis Morissette’s 2005 hit “Uninvited” comes as a complete surprise. Avila, who’s been sitting in Silva and Martinez’s shadows, stands to create grand, orchestra-worthy vibrations. Silva hits Morissette’s notes beautifully, but the band seems stuck inside a time capsule.
Their most popular song, “Letting Go” (see the video at sacurrent.com), is a combination of sweet vocal interludes clashing with cheesy ascents. The crowd becomes a mob, banging heads and holding up rock-out hand gestures.
The band can’t leave without playing an encore, egged on by committed but never-sated fans, still flashing away at Silva.
One hour set (13 songs) Everything, Hurt, Long Way Down, Run Away, Invisible, Never, Over My Head, Thinking of You, Uninvited, Why, Letting Go, Don't Tell me, Mental Hopscotch
We do our own version of Uninvited by Alanis Morrisette and Mental Hopscotch by Missing Persons
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