"The only thing better than singing is more singing." ~Ella Fitzgerald
''Dulce Maria Gonzalez Aldaz''' (born August 5, 1986) is a Mexican-born American singer/songwriter/musician known professionally as Dulce Maria Gonzalez, Dulce Aldaz, and now '''Maria D'Luz'''. She was raised in South Texas where she began playing the piano before her 4th birthday. She performed with her sisters in a children's TV show in Mexico by Televisa "Cantos y Cuentos Con Ani" and "El Mundo De Los Niños".
Later, she continued classical piano studies that evolved into jazz, vocal performance, and flamenco dancing. At age 9 she participated in Juguemos A Cantar (a National Singing Contest in Mexico by Televisa) in the program Siempre En Domingo with Raul Velazco, representing the states of Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosi in Mexico. At age 14, she performed with her band Dulce y Sol Latino at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage in Washington, DC., for being the winner of Hollywood 2000 Texas Talent Showcase BSPA in Brownsville, TX., chosen by judges: Sam Riddle Star Search, Helen Hernandez The Imagen Foundation and Yvonne Vega "Paramount Pictures".
In 2006, The John Lennon Songwriting Contest awarded D'Luz in the Latin category as a finalist for a bossa-nova ballad Lo Solucionare, an Honorable Mention for a latin-pop tune "No Te Vi", 1st finalist with "Podria Ser Un Angel" in 2012, and later that year, a finalist for pop tune, "Es". In 2008, Objetivo Fama Univision Online announced Gonzalez the winner of a Pontiac Vibe 2009 for obtaining the highest amount of online votes for her video version of "Hasta Que Me Olvides". As a songwriter, she has written Falsa Felicidad, recorded by Jimmy Gonzalez y el Grupo Mazz, in the album: La Leyenda Continua, receives a Latin Grammy in 2008. Shortly after, she releases the Hillary Clinton campaign song "We Need A Woman" and accepts an interview by Soledad O'Brien from CNN.
D'Luz joined the Hermes Music Foundation early 2010, invited to join the "Proyecto De Amor - Claro Que Se Puede" CD to benefit both Hermes Music Foundation and the Dolores Huerta Foundation, supporting human rights and immigrants of the United States of America. D'Luz performed in this CD with artists Carlos Santana, Los Lonely Boys, El Tri, Elefante, Del Castillo, Alberto Cortez, Deepak Chopra, Reyli, Jorge Guevara, Ramon Ayala, and many more.
Performances mainly include Houston and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. She recently participated on the national Latin show "Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento" airing on EstrellaTV from Los Angeles, California. D'Luz will be releasing a new album this year titled "While You Were Gone".
- MARIA D'LUZ HAS WORKED WITH -
Hermes Music Foundation
John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts
House of Blues, Houston, TX
Van Dyke Cafe, Miami, FL
Jimmy Gonzalez y el Grupo Mazz
Cine El Rey
Hotel Granduca, Houston, TX
KCOH Radio, Houston, TX
The Bayou Grill
Pepper's at Uptown
City of Weslaco
Half Moon Saloon
Brownsville Society For The Performing Arts
XHAB Canal 7 Televisa, Matamoros,Tamps., MX
KVEO News Center 23
The Patio On Guerra