Born in Cuba, Yisel Duque was surrounded by music in her native Havana and in her own home, where many local artists would gather for impromptu jam sessions. Inspired by this lush musical landscape, she began singing at the young age of four, and as she grew, so did her interest and vocation for music.

In her teenage years she started working on the local music scene singing at corporate and social events and as a session singer recording jingles for different radio and television shows.

After entering the University of Miami School of Music in 1993, to study Jazz Vocal Performance, she was chosen by record producers to sing on various projects for Major labels.

Yisel also composes music and lyrics and, after graduating from the UM in 1996, she joined ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers). Since then, Yisel has been writing professionally and has been affiliated with various publishing companies such as Sony Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing, Musical Productions, and Sonolux.

She has sung backing vocals for artists such as Roberto Carlos, Chayanne, Gloria Estefan, who she’s been touring with since 2002, Juan Gabriel, Carole King, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Arturo Sandoval, Alejandro Sanz, John Secada, Shakira and Olga Tanon, among others. She is currently working again with Chayanne as part of his “No Hay Imposibles” tour that began in 2010 and continues to write and co-write songs for herself and other artists.

ABOUT YISEL DUQUE

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Yisel Duque