In 2015, Parade Magazine asked, “Is there anything Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer cannot do?”
Maybe that’s because Nacer, a Cuban-American actress, author, singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, has established herself in the world of entertainment as the rare kind of artist who shines in any genre.
It’s no wonder KPBS Radio San Diego called her “a beautiful, sexy, gifted quadruple threat who is a genuine ‘find’ and undoubtedly a rising star.” And to think it all started with a cardboard violin. “My earliest memory is when I was really little, my mom made me a cardboard violin and showed me how to hold it,” shares Nacer. “I started taking lessons at three years old, and officially fell in love with music.”
As an actress, Nacer has landed a number of coveted roles, including Cha Cha in Fox’s star-studded cast of Grease: Live, Vanessa in the 1st Broadway National tour of In the Heights, Kiki in the beloved Emmy Award Winning TV series The Fresh Beat Band (for which she received two Imagen Award nominations for Best Actress in a Television Series), and Soleded Penagos on Madam Secretary. Nacer has also starred in classic stage productions like West Side Story, Much Ado About Nothing, and 3 Mo’ Divas, and won a Craig Noel Award in the category of Outstanding Female Lead. Recently, Nacer voiced the role of Phyllis on Goldie & Bear as well as Kiki on Nick Jr’s The Fresh Beat Band of Spies.
Despite her remarkable talent as an actress, Nacer’s first love has always been music. “Music is everything,” says Nacer. “It’s been my best friend for as long as I can remember. Writing, singing and performing make me feel most alive.” Armed with a soaring voice, powerful stage presence, and a unique lyrical perspective, Nacer won the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest and was previously signed to BMG Publishing (Topline) by the multiplatinum hit songwriter/executive-producer Billy Mann. Her songs have been heard on Sirius XM and in a variety of films and TV shows, including Dan Fogelman’s feature film Life Itself and NCIS: Los Angeles.
Nacer has performed at prestigious venues like Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall, and toured around the globe with a variety of artists, including Engelbert Humperdinck, Ne-Yo, Jason Mraz, Wyclef Jean, Gloria Estefan, Justin Bieber & All-4-One, among others. Nacer’s records like Havana and I Wish You Would have encapsulated her eclectic and soulful mix of musical genres. The Miami Herald described Nacer’s music as “at once ambitious and grounded, drawing from the modern R&B/funk sound of Christina Aguilera and Bruno Mars (the sassy single Classy) and classic Latin sway (the wistful Havana). But all of it has in common a powerful yet fully in control voice."
Nacer’s newest single, Quicksand, is a haunting ballad that showcases her talent as both a singer and a songwriter.
“I was inspired to write Quicksand because, at the moment, I felt stuck,” shares Nacer. “I was frustrated that I seemed to be in a negative loop. The song is essentially a cry for help and a determination to break the pattern. We all feel trapped sometimes, but we have the power to rise above it.”
Nacer is currently playing the role of Fate in the hit Tony Award-winning musical Hadestown on Broadway.
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