Elba

Elba

 Milford, Connecticut, USA
BandChristianLatin

Elba's music is based on her faith in Jesus and her desire to uplift people who may have forgotten his promises for a blessed life. The music is arranged in such a way that moves one's soul, body, and spirit, without leaving any part of the human experience untouched.

Biography

One of my major influences as a singer/songwriter is the inspiration I receive when reading the Bible. I love to learn new things each day, and I love when the Lord speaks to me through his word. I usually have a Spanish and English Bible in front of me when I study the word, so that I can get fed in both languages. Spanish translations tend to minister to me differently than English translations do. This is one of the major reasons why I write a lot of Spanish Christian songs.

Another influence has to be my upbringing in the Puerto Rican culture. My father, who plays guitar beautifully, and my uncle, who plays "the cuatro" extraordinarily, used to form bands when I was a child. They often played uptempo folkloric music from Puerto Rico and harmonized accordingly. I was never allowed to disturb them, but I would run to my room along with my sisters to try to emulate their harmonies and their sounds. As I matured, singing "aguinaldos" and spanish songs became a fun way to hang-out with my dad. He taught me a few songs and I taught myself others. Together we entertain our family and try to get them to join in with us whenever there are family gatherings.

I am also a teacher by trade, and I love to practice the art of writing music with my students. I've helped produce a couple of cds for the school I currently work for, and I've begun a number of songwriting projects and music programs. This has helped me become a better singer/songwriter and has encouraged me to continue learning. I am currently a Music Production student at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, and I would love to master the art of producing songs, so that I can continue
to create more meaningful music- my ultimate endeavor.

Lyrics

Poco a Poco

Written By: Elba I. Llantin-Cruz

“Poco a Poco” ("Little by Little")

Verse 1
Poco a poco los echare de delante de ti
(little by little I will remove every hinderance from before you)
Poco a poco tomaras posesion de la tierra
(little by little you will take possession of the land)
enviare mi angel delante de ti
(I will send my angel before you)
escucharas mi voz, y no retrocederas, Si!
(you shall hear my voice, and you will not turn back, Yes!)

Coro (2x)
Bendecire tu vientre
(I will bless your womb)
Bendecire tu alma
(I will bless your soul)
Bendecido seras con mi Santo Espiritu
(You will be blessed by My Holy Spirit)

Verse 2
Poco a poco sanare el corazon derrotado
(Little by little I will heal the brokenhearted)
Poco a poco fortalecere las manos cansadas
(Little by little I will strengthen feeble hands)
Se alegrera el desierto, tambien la soledad
(The desert will rejoice, and so will loneliness)
Floreceran las rosas, con jubilo cantaran, Si!
(The roses shall bloom, they will sing with rejoicing, Yes!)

Coro (4x) (Chorus)
Bendecire tu vientre
(I will bless your womb)
Bendecire tu alma
(I will bless your soul)
Bendecido seras con mi Santo Espiritu
(You will be blessed by My Holy Spirit)

Instrumental Break

Poco a poco, bendecido, bendecido, poco a poco (2x)
(Little by little, you'll be blessed, you'll be blessed, little by little)

Coro (Chorus) (2x)

Poco a poco los echare (3x)
(Little by little I will remove them)
Enviare mi angel (2x)
(I will send my angel)
Escucharas mi voz, y no retrocederas
(You shall hear my voice, and you will not turn back)

Coro (Chorus) (2x)

Poco a poco, poco a poco, bendecido, bendecido, poco a poco (2x)
(Little by little, little by little, you'll be blessed, you'll be blessed, little by little)

Espiritu (2x)
(Spirit)

Witness to Holiness

Written By: Elba Llantin-Cruz

In the presence of the King
I find peace, my healing balm
he takes away my heaviness
his love erased the yoke of sin
there’s hope and there’s power
exposing the darkness
abiding in his holiness
My faith is my shield his word is revealed, forever

for I’m a witness to Holiness
A Witness to Holiness

I shall not conform my desires to deceit, ignoring the truth
for the promise redeemed in his son, eternally sealed in his blood
the lamb without blemish to save us forever and forever
I will trust in you. Despite the rejection, in him I’m perfected

I’m a witness to his Holiness
I’m a witness to Holiness
I’m a witness to Holiness
I’m a witness to Holiness, Yeah!

"Spanish Rap"
Oye, yo te digo (Listen and I'll tell you)
soy un testigo de la santidad (I'm a witness to holiness)
santidad de mi Cristo (the holiness of Christ)
Cuando yo miro la situacion de la calle (When I see the situation in the streets)
me doy de cuenta que viviendo asi no vale, (I realize, that it's no use living like that)
Oh, I got it!
Me cuida en las buenas y en las malas (He protects me during the good times and the bad times)
Me cuida de las dos caras, y de las balas (He guards me from two-faced people)
Jesus had my back
cuando nadie me escuchaba (when no one else listened)

I’m a witness to Holiness
A witness to Holiness
A witness to Holiness
A witness to Holiness

I set my hope on heavenly treasures seeking grace in him alone
eternal life and joy in his hands I will give him all the praise
for in him there’s goodness and mercy forever, and ever. I shall dwell in him.
My faith is my shield his word is revealed,

For I’m a witness to Holiness
A witness to Holiness
I’m a witness to Holiness
I’m a witness to HolinessHmm, Oh, Lord I love you Lord. You are my refuge, Lord. La, la, la, la, la, la, la.

Discography

I am currently developing my skills in production and hope to one day produce a complete cd.

Set List

Witness to Holiness or Testigo de Santidad
Poco a Poco
La Cizana
Aqui Estoy