The Red Room at Cafe 939 presents Fresh Prospects, a showcase of the best emerging Berklee artists reworking their favorite songs into intimate acoustic performances.
Sharin Maribel Toribio, a Tampa, Florida native, began to sing solos in church and play the piano by the age of six. By nine years old, she had created her own compositions and begun playing other instruments by ear. As a teen, she earned countless awards and accolades and performed for hundreds of attendees at various youth conferences, festivals and concerts.
At the end of her freshman year of college, the yearning to dedicate her life to music full time brought her back home. She began working on her demo and even became a 2005 Miss Florida delegate. Unfortunately, all of her hard work and momentum was put on hold when she was diagnosed with stage 4 Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a cancer that affects the lymphatic system, and was given a 20 percent chance of life.
She fought the cancer for a harsh seven months with intensive chemotherapy and clinical trials. Today, she is cancer-free and determined more than ever to honor the miracle of her life by accomplishing her dreams. She believes it was the strong prayers and support of her church, family, friends, and music that brought her through such a trying time.
Toribio continues to compose and perform her music at Berklee. She is proud to have worked with artists and producers such as Eddie Perez (Paulina Rubio, JoJo, Hector "El Father," Wisin y Yandel), Jean Rodriguez, Toby Love, and Obie Bermudez. Her strong musical influences lie in the beautiful raw messages of pop country music, Spanish pop ballads, and R&B, and her greatest vocal icons are Gary LeVox, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Lauryn Hill, Luis Miguel, Juan Luis Guerra, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, and many more.
Toribio hopes to touch people of every ethnicity through the spiritual language of music and be a symbol of truth, positivity, and survival
Born in New York and raised in Atlanta, 20-year-old Christina Isabel has been blessed to have a voice that inspires many people. Since the age of 3, there has been an obvious connection with music. She is driven by her desire to become a legendary singer and thrives on the beauty of making music. At the age of 14 she sang with legendary producer and Grammy Award–winner David Foster at the world congress center. She then got into film at the age of 17, playing "Punk Chick" in Lifetime's Queensized. She is currently working on her debut album for everyone to enjoy. One day she hopes to reach many all over the world with a positive message within her music.