Diva defines women of style and sophistication who possess an aura of amazing beauty. That only begins to describe Timber!/Tommy Boy Dance Diva Jocelyn Enriquez. Her unique quality of a fresh voice, playful, passionate, filled with spirit and youthful energy adds to her description. Although youd never guess by her knowing manner, Jocelyn is all of 22 years old. Yet despite her tender years, shes poised to take the music industry by storm.
Do You Miss Me, from her second album Jocelyn is Miss Enriquez first bonafied smash hit which stayed on radio airplay charts for over 23 weeks. The intriguing second single A Little Bit Of Ecstasy solidified Jocelyns musical experience in the dance genre, as the song hit Billboards Dance sales chart at #1 for 6 weeks straight! She quickly followed this anthem with her third single Get Into The Rhythm. I love to sing, Jocelyn declares. I hope all of my albums reflect that.
In 1993, Jocelyn was discovered by Glenn Gutierrez, who helped the young diva-in-the-making shape her debut CD Lovely, which garnered favorable press. Lovely came out in 1994 on Classified Records and contained the dance hits Ive Been Thinking About You and Make This Last Forever. Jocelyn is ready to make the leap from teen singing sensation to star as she begins recording her third full length album under the direction of Timber!/Tommy Boys dance aficionado Joey Gardner. Its a move that shes been preparing for her entire life.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Jocelyn was singing by the age of three and often performed at church and for her family. With her family in her corner, the young Jocelyn studied voice with the San Francisco Girls Chorus and the San Francisco Opera Company. The rigorous training gave Jocelyn a musical foundation that was invaluable and helped her to unlock the power in her supple voice. I was a big fan of Olivia Newton-John, Whitney Houston and Madonna, and learned a lot by studying their records, she says.
Getting even more favorable notice were Jocelyns incredible live stage performances. With strong radio support, Jocelyn continues to tour extensively, playing throughout the US and abroad, opening for acts such as Jon Secada, The Fugees, LL Cool J, Brandy, Mase and Dru Hill. International stardom also takes her through Canada, Brazil, Philippines, Singapore, Guam and other countries. It was all groundwork for what lay ahead.
While Jocelyn continues work on her next album, Tommy Boy unleashes its latest soundtrack 54, where Jocelyn collaborates with label mate Amber and Strictly Rhythm artist, Ultra Natè. The trio known as the Stars On 54 remade the Gordon Lightfoot classic If You Could Read My Mind, produced by the Berman Brothers, as the soundtracks lead single. The song excited Miramax movie executives so much, they decided to include Stars On 54 in the final scene of the 54 motion picture.
She continues to make her mark on her community and the music industry by winning the Best Dance Album Award at the 1998 conference for the Association For Independent Music (AFIM); 1998 Best R&B; Artist at the Bay Area Music Awards; 1997 Best Dance Artist at the Bay Area Music Awards; Best Freestyle Single A Little Bit Of Ecstasy at the 1997 Winter Music Conference; and her greatest achievement as one of five award winning honorees of the 1998 Bridge Builders Asian American Leadership Awards.
It is that sense of who she is and what she wants that sets Jocelyn apart from the fly by night song birds. Ask Jocelyn how she wants to be perceived and she is direct. I know image is so important, but I have to say Im not trying to be anything but myself. Thats the only way I know how to succeed. And thats how I live my life and perform my music. True to my dreams and myself.