13th Annual peermusic Latin Scholarship Winner Performs in Miami

Published: 10.26.2016

Above: Pictured (L-R) are BMI Foundation President Deirdre Chadwick; 2016 peermusic Latin Scholarship winner Jessica Garcia; peermusic Deputy CEO Mary Megan Peer, VP Latin, West Coast, Yvonne Drazan, VP Latin, East Coast & Puerto Rico, Julio Bagué and BMI Executive Director, Latin Writer/Publisher Relations Joey Mercado.

Eighteen-year-old singer/songwriter Jessica Garcia, winner of the BMI Foundation’s 13th annual peermusic Latin Scholarship competition, appeared in  Miami, Florida last week as part of the grand prize to perform at Broadcast Music, Inc.’s (BMI) Noche Bohemia showcase on October 12. Jessica performed her winning song, “Sobrevivir,” at Hoy Como Ayer as part of a diverse lineup of artists that included Latin GRAMMY-nominated duo Periko & Jessi Leon. The following evening, Jessica attended the 4th annual Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala at the Fillmore in Miami Beach. The star-studded ceremony honored renowned artists such as Claudia Brant, Draco Rosa, and Los Temerarios and featured performances by Jon Secada, Kany Garcia, Luis Fonsi, and many more.  

"It was a privilege to have performed my own craft for such influential people in the music industry and shared the stage with amazingly talented artists,” said Jessica. “Every single step of this journey rewarded me with wisdom. The Noche Bohemia showcase made me conscious of the big step I had taken for my music career and life; Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame opened my eyes to how difficult, yet gratifying, songwriting can be. I'm thankful that I can officially be part of this massive world of creative, responsible, and credible people we call songwriters."

A Chicago native, Jessica is the daughter of Jesús “Chuy” Garcia, a founding member of the iconic música norteña band Los Huracanes del Norte. This fall, she continues her studies at West Chicago Community High School and the College of DuPage, and plans to release an EP independently in November.