Music inspires. Stories inspire. Words inspire. Artist journey's and skill come together at Sound Lounge NYC.
We produce music showcases across genres in various NYC locations that trigger music discovery and unveil deeper insights into the artists behind the music.
New York born, Sophia Angelica is a very special talent. Growing up she embraced her Argentinian ancestry by learning Spanish and her mother, owner of an acting school, placed her in bilingual acting classes. This was a great move and Sophia found her passion for the arts and in particular, music. Sophia began writing as well as performing from an early age and gained experience by performing at various venues and events across the state.
At the age of 13 she appeared in her first television show, “Good Day New York” on Fox. Sophia combined her vocal talents together with her acting ability by being the voice of the “singing rabbit” in three episodes of “The Enchanted Forest” for Dora the Explorer on Nickelodeon. Sophia has become an inspiration for many by writing her heartwarming songs and performing at many cause-related events at the United Nations and other major venues. Recently Sophia performed at Broadway Tonight! in the Treehaus venue near Times Square and was cast by the Cleveland Playhouse in the “Care Program Monologues”, a project created in order to help youth in schools. Sophia is constantly re-booked to perform at annual events, award shows and festivals.
Currently, Sophia is working on a new, contemporary album and appears in various TV, Radio commercials, and voice overs for different products. All of her experiences have helped in her becoming the professionally rounded girl she now is. At the age of 19years, she is a freshman at Rutgers University majoring in Journalism and Media Studies and minoring in Creative Writing.
Anthony Espinoza is a proud member of the Rybin Talent family since 1983. Born in the Bronx to a mother from Puerto Rico and a father from El Salvador, Anthony brings different styles of music in his compositions, recordings and performances. Coming from a NYC borough that is resilient, rich in culture and gave birth to hip hop & salsa, also comes an artist ready to share his musical passion with anyone who has love of music and love in their hearts.
Nicole Toro is the total package. The captivating Latina artist/singer/songwriter embodies the essence of music—a lost art in the age of streaming services. Toro’s passionate, soulful voice takes listeners on a journey through a world where freedom and joy balance sorrow and injustice. Born in New York City and raised in Yonkers, she studied opera and Broadway as a child. Growing up, she developed her taste and talent by singing salsa music, pop music and R&B tunes.
Toro’s musical career began in the mid-1990s when she would sing for jingles and commercials such as: Huggies, Oscar Meyer and Pepsi, just to name a few. Eventually, she learned how to read and play music through different instruments, such as the clarinet and piano. Unfortunately, in 1997, she was diagnosed with Epilepsy. Yet, she felt musically it never kept her at a standstill. Instead, she worked feverishly on her paramount instrument—her voice.
In the early 2000s, Toro and several friends combined their passion for salsa and created a band, La Evidencia. The following four years, she sang throughout the Tri-State area to packed clubs, lounges, parades and festivals. In her salsa career she had the opportunity to sing with Hector Casanova, Milly Quezada, Jose Alberto “El Canario,” Fania legend Larry Harlow, Marlow Rosario and many others.
In addition, Toro has had the opportunity to sing the “National Anthem,” at CitiField, MetLife, Citizens Bank Park, and at events for companies and organizations such as: The Puerto Rican Family Institute, 100 Hispanic Women of Westchester, Goya Foods, Inc., just to name a few. She also sings for the St. Mary’s Church choir in Yonkers, and currently sings with a salsa band, Luisito Rey y La Dinamica. Toro’s all about good music, good vibes, and good people.
Toro resides in Yonkers, New York. She has received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. And she is currently a board member of AYUDA and 100 Hispanic Women of Westchester.
Singer. Songwriter. Composer. Guitarist. Vocal Trumpeter. Percussionist. Artist. Gypsy Soul Pioneer. Edwin Vazquez was born to create music that loves. Blessed with raw talent and a spirited, gypsy soul, he fuses Rumba, Flamenco, Jazz, Bolero, R’n’B, Bossa Nova, and a whole lot of Rhythm to intricately craft astoundingly rich and poignant songs that sing to your heart, body & mind. In 2003 Edwin’s released his debut album ‘Faith’, which he dedicated to his father, the gifted Bolero artist Roberto Vazquez. Faith received critical press acclaim from the likes of El Mundo, Canales, El Impacto, El Especial, Hoy El Diario, amongst many other newspapers and magazines, along with earning him exclusive features on Telemundo and Univision. Throughout his vibrant musical journey he’s played/recorded with legends such as Paul Simon, Tony Vega, Marc Anthony and Tito Puente Jr., and graced the stages of Lincoln Center, Cami Concert Hall, Webster Hall, The Gershwin Theatre and numerous other venues throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. Yet his voyage is just beginning. His experiences but a whisper of the places he’s destined to reach, the songs just waiting to be expressed, all the hearts he will touch and the people he will love through his music.
Lesli Hernandez is a young singer and actor. She started out singing in a chorus at the age of 7 . At the same time she was introduced to her mexican background, where she learned about mariachi music. By the age of 12 she began taking acting courses at Rybin Studio and is represented by Rybin Talent Mgmt. Her Credits include: “La Isla” (Symphony Space), Tipi Tom Tales (Lead), Kohl’s Campaign, KidSmartz (Girl), and more. She continues her journey as a singer and actor hoping to go a long way.
Ivan Polanco has been an active pop/r&b independent artist for the past 9 years, writing original music and playing in clubs, cafe's, colleges & festivals all around the northeast and west coast. Having been likened to the musical styles of Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars, he's been able to develop a strong following within SUNY schools through his college tours, and online through his youtube channel containing 170,000 views and growing.
Having released his fourth album entitled Nice on iTunes in December 2016, he is currently prepping for a Fall 2017 tour and is looking forward to sharing his new music. website: www.ivanpolanco.com
Originally from the Caribbean and brought up in The Netherlands, Jaim Zimmerman sang in church since a child. A finalist in the Dutch talent show IDOLS, Jaim brings something special with his voice. Jaim is also a write and resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Our Host for this evening!
Founder of Rybin Talent Mgmt. LLC. and Rybin Studio of Drama. Susan is an Actress, Teacher, Talent Man-ager, and Graduate of The New School for Social Research in Human Relations, Nutrition, and Child Psychol-ogy. She is the only artist to have won the Arts-Sciences-Lettres Award of the Academic Society of France as a minor for her portrayal of Anne Frank in “The Diary of Anne Frank”.
Amongst her extensive list of awards as best actress are H.O.L.A, ACE & Woman of the Year “El Diario”. One of her recent performances also won her an ACE and H.O.L.A Award for Outstanding Solo Performance as Frida in "Frida Kahlo: Viva la Vida". Susan, as a Talent Manager, offers talented young actors the opportunity to work in T.V. Commercials, Voice-Overs, Film, Television and Theater, while specializing in Latino representation of kids & teens.
She strives to make "Stars" and develop an awareness about the abundance of talent that exists among Latino actors.