april raquel with kouture funk

april raquel with kouture funk

 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
BandR&BSinger/Songwriter

The powerfully captivating Rock, Funk, Soul artist April Raquel lights up the stage with her fiery presence. This Rock/Soul star's exceptional vocal & performance talents are to be experienced. Performing original and cover tunes, backed by her talented band, Kouture FunK, you surely want to be in the building.

April performs a range of songs, from funk classics to alternative rock to pop. Her show is appropriately referred to as the "Urban/Rock/Soul/Funk Experience".

Biography

April Raquel is a star on the rise. The multi-talented singer, songwriter, actress and model is an accomplished woman, with a well-rounded portfolio of credits in the entertainment industry. April brings soul, funk and fierce fashion to her artistry along with her extremely talented band Kouture FunK.

As a singer, April's distinctive and soulful voice is like no other. When she enters the stage, she owns it.

CAREER

All careers have a back story and Aprils story is no different. She began her career on the stage as a model/entertainer during her time as a standout student at Florida A&M University. It was that taste of life in the spotlight that flourished into a pursuit of the arts and performing.

Immediately after school, April honed her skills in Los Angeles, California and eventually settling back home to South Florida. It has been in South Florida where her music and artistry have flourished. April performs regularly at venues across the country, as well as writing and releasing new music.

Singer

April Raquel's powerful and captivating voice holds its own merit which allows her to make her mark. As a performer, April lights up the stage with her fiery presence and commands the attention of the room. A solid vocalist, you can feel her soulful and rock inner diva.  It is evident that she displays a range and depth that is rare in the music industry. April Raquel is much more than a studio singer; she has the ability to mesmerize crowds with her vocal styling and unmatched stage exuberance.

April's self-proclaimed musical style is Rock/Soul/Funk. Her musical influences are: Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, Pat Benatar, Aretha Franklin and Beyonce.

Actress

As a multifaceted actress, April Raquel's unique gifts continue to shine.  Her credits include on-screen appearances in the motion picture Hair Show, starring Academy Award nominated actresses, MoNique and Taraji P. Henson. She teamed up with the Golden Globe winner, MoNique again with her appearance in the hit sitcom The Parkers.  Additionally, April Raquel has appeared in numerous television commercials, including spots for Body & Soul and Lusters Pink. View Demo Reel.

April's tremendous talent has landed her starring roles in regional theatre productions, including her portrayal of the enigmatic and incomparable Tina Turner in the stage production, Ebony Lipstick in Tallahassee, FL. She has also starred as the leading role as Deena Jones in the South Florida production of Dreamgirls.

Model

She was a featured model in the music videos I Like the Way You Move and Hey Ya! for the multi-platinum, international hit group, Outkast. Additionally, April has posed for national advertising campaigns for beauty and lifestyle brands.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
  • Lead singer and leader for South Florida band April Raquel with Kouture FunK.
  • First solo EP release scheduled early 2014.
  • Performed at NBA Superstar Lebron James and Udonis Haslems weddings as ceremony and reception entertainment.
  • Back-up performer for Latin star Ricardo Montaner North America Tour dates at Madison Garden (New York) and American Airlines Arena (Miami)
  • Featured model in multi-platinum, international hit group, OutKast music videos I Like the Way You Move and Hey Ya!
  • Role in the motion picture Hair Show, starring Academy Award nominated actresses, MoNique and Taraji P. Henson. She teamed up with the Golden Globe winner, MoNique again with her appearance in the hit sitcom The Parkers.
  • Featured model in national advertising campaign and television commercials for Body & Soul and Lusters Pink.