Berklee Summer Concert SeriesSharin Toribio

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Tuesday / July 12, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
United States
Sharin Toribio

Sharin Maribel Toribio was born in the 1980s in Tampa, Florida. By the age of six, she began to sing solos in church and play the piano. 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.