Yvonne Ramos, of Oregon, is a very busy woman.
By day, she teaches Spanish to 3- to 5-year-olds through the EOPA Day Care Academy. She is also mother of two children – daughter Savannah, a sixth-grader at Fassett Middle School, and son, Anthony, age 4.
By night, as well as on some weekends, she is an up and coming singer/songwriter playing gigs in Toledo, Detroit, Pontiac, Lansing, Saginaw, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Raised in Toledo’s north end, Ramos graduated with honors from Woodward High School in 1993. Subsequently, she studied both psychology and classical piano at the University of Toledo before deciding to venture out into the music world.
“I have grown up around music,” Ramos said. “It has always been in my house. I found that studying the piano took the fun out of it.”
The young woman has studied classical piano since she was a child. Her father, Rubin Ramos, fronted a band called “Electra” in the late 1970s through the early 1980s. “The band played a lot of rock, R&B, soul, and funk,” Ramos said. “They also would play a lot of Latino music as well. I just really love all types of music because of that.”
At the age of 14, Ramos joined her family’s Tejano Band, “La Familia,” where they played venues across the state including playing for former Gov. George Voinovich’s inauguration, the Ohio State Fair and, of all places, Marion State Prison.
“That was an experience,” Ramos said. “I felt pretty safe there though with all of the guards and the security measures.”
Ramos was named the Midwest Tejano Music Awards “Female Vocalist of the Year in 1995 and 1996. She also won the title of Yeeha’s Idol at a contest the Oregon restaurant held in May.
Currently, with her band Fuego, Ramos is in the process of completing and releasing her first CD. She describes her music as a fusion of R&B and soul with a Latin flavor. Ramos is signed with B Klub Productions L.L.C., out of Maumee.
“I grew up listening to mainstream music and Tejano music,” Ramos said. “It all defines me. I just could not leave any of it out. I have worked on other projects for other people, but this is the first time I am working on my own music. It is about me and my life.”
On the day after Thanksgiving, Ramos will release her new song, “Christmas Time Again,” on Reverbnation. The song is a collaborative effort with John “Butch” Phillips.
“We collaborate on lyrics,” she said. “John writes the track and we work together on lyrics. It really is a great working relationship. He lets me have my artistic freedom.”
Ramos’ music can currently be heard on her Reverbnation page: http://www.reverbnation.com/yvonneramos. Her song and video “One More Drink,” is quickly becoming a hot hit on Reverbnation as well as on iTunes and YouTube.
Ramos and Fuego will be playing Saturday, Nov. 26, at Senor Toros, located at 1001 Starr Ave., in Toledo.
For more information, go to Reverbnation or visit her fan page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yvonne-Ramos.
Yvonne Ramos will release her new song, “Christmas Time Again,” the day after Thanksgiving.