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A Texas-sized voice…



Ariel Herrera was born and raised in Austin, Texas, the “Live Music Capital of the World”.  With an amazing musical backdrop, this 18-year-old’s influences have been inspired by the rich diversity of the local music scene.


At 14 she began her public performance career at the home of the Diocese of Austin’s Bishop Emeritus.  This ignited in her an unquenchable desire to sing professionally.  She became a vocal student of Texas Music Hall of Famer, Jason McMaster.  Shortly after, she began performing with Austin School of Rock.  In August 2011 she sang the National Anthem for the University of Texas at the launch of The Longhorn Network.  In October 2011 she and her friend, Payton Keller, created the band Vintage Daisies. It was at this point in her career that her love of songwriting and stage performance began to blossom. Vintage Daisies went on to earn the ranking “Top 2 U-21 Bands in Austin” during Fox’s “My Band Rocks” competition 2012.  Ariel and Payton were invited to sing the National Anthem for NASCAR in November 2011. This quickly gave rise to them singing the National Anthem for notable local events such as The Austin American Statesman Capitol 10K (2012, 2013, 2014) as well as “The American Heroes Air Show” and U.S. Naturalization & Citizenship ceremony at Camp Mabry (2012, 2013, 2014). Their moving rendition of the National Anthem earned them an award of “Outstanding Performance” given to them by Major General John F. Nichols, Texas’ highest ranking Two-Star General.


In late 2012 Ariel became a vocalist for the band Funky Brass Factory, a working 8-piece cover band. She became a student at the Austin School of Music, working with Cheryl Murdock and Renee French to further her knowledge of music.  She was featured in a music video “Ride My Bike” with Naryn James. In early 2013 she had a four-month stint with the band Circus. Two weeks after joining this band she helped lead them to winning “JamFest 2013” at the legendary Antone’s, as well as placing in the Top 5, U-21 bands in Austin during Fox’s “My Band Rocks” competition 2013.  They were also ranked #5 U-21 Band in Austin by the Austin Chronicle.


In April 2013 she was introduced to the local Hip-Hop/Rap community with her work on the YNWD Campaign’s first single “Just Another Day”.  This song was in collaboration with up and coming artists Lebanon Prince, Aoss and St. Christopher produced by Scab Beatz.


In May 2013 she recorded her first original song in the studio of Grammy-nominated producer, Walt Disney Records producer/composer, and UT Butler School of Music professor, Gary Powell. Her original single, “Stay,” produced by Johnny Vogelsang, features her as singer/songwriter/keyboardist.


In November of 2013 she became lead vocalist for a local band,  The Bare Feat. This high-energy, nine-piece band plays both originals and covers. They are the new generation in Austin music.  Their sound is fresh and innovative, drawing from many influences.  They step out of the boundaries creatively mixing soul/funk/alternative, captivating crowds of every era.

Also in November 2013, she was selected as vocalist for the band, SoulTree Collective. This R&B band performed at the African American Community Heritage Festival in February 2014, opening for Grammy Award Winner Howard Hewitt (formerly with Shalamar).  SoulTree Collective also performed at the Austin Urban Music Festival 2014.  They were honored to close the festival onstage with legendary Kool & The Gang singing their hit “Celebration”.


In late 2013 American Idol rolled into town to audition Austin’s finest.  Of the millions that auditioned nationwide, Ariel earned one of 212 Golden Hollywood tickets awarded by celebrity judges Harry Connick, Jr, Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban.  Comments to Ariel by the judges were, “some people have it, some people don’t…you have it” (Harry Connick, Jr.), “seriously, you are amazing” (Jennifer Lopez), “you’re the definition of raw talent” (Keith Urban).  Ariel became an American Idol Hollywood Week contestant for Season 13.  She was eliminated during Hollywood Week and is very grateful to American Idol for the wonderful experience.


Ariel’s resume includes performances at many local venues including ACL, SXSW, Antone’s, The Continental Club, Speakeasy, The Belmont, Stubbs, Scholtz Biergarden, StrangeBrew,  The Brass House and Armadillo Fest.  She has savored, with gratitude, every experience she’s had as a musician and looks forward to embracing new opportunities.  Currently she is working on The Bare Feat’s debut album set for release in August 2014.   You can find her performing with The Bare Feat at The Key Bar every Friday night, at The Bat Bar every Saturday night and enjoying every second she is on stage.