In 2015, Parade Magazine asked, “Is there anything Yvette Nacer cannot do?”
Maybe that’s because Nacer, a Cuban-American actress, author, singer, songwriter, 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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“…a beautiful, sexy, gifted quadruple threat who is a genuine ‘find’ and undoubtedly a rising star.”
KPBS Radio San Diego
“This kind of talent doesn't come this way very often.”
COLIN MacLEAN - The Edmonton Sun
Jerry Doby - The HYPE Magazine
"Yvette's sound is incredibly extraordinary...The energy that her music gives is truly genuine and it shows."
Tyronita Bell - Halfstack Magazine
Joseph Sirota - Easy Reader
"Four times perfection"
Charlie Kasov - Man Cave Daily
“Yvette Nacer, a performer of great charm and versatility, dramatically and musically.”
“Nacer is terrific, with a clear voice and an energy that sparks the stage.”
"Yvette's music - all of which she wrote and co-produced - is 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."
Michael Hamersly - The Miami Herald
“...A multi-talented triple threat knockout who sings, acts, dances and plays violin, all the while lighting up the stage with her sexy, electric presence...”
KPBS Radio San Diego
"delivers spot on vocals and offers them up with sassy and spicy attitude. If you are a fan of songs that are filled with huge choruses and hooks for days, Yvette Nacer is waiting for you."
Rob Daily - Daily Unsigned
“sends sparks into the audience”
“Lovely to look at, Gonzalez-Nacer is most impressive in her ability to belt hard-edged Tejana songs and in the next breath croon a meltingly lyrical love song. She even fiddles…the gal is talent plus.”
-North County Times
“The true highlight of the production is the comically endearing performance of Gonzalez-Nacer as the much put-upon Maria, who wholeheartedly commits to every absurdity thrown at her.”
“Yvette Nacer is a beautiful bundle of dynamite that sings, dances and wisecracks. Every time she sashays across the stage, she sends sparks into the audience…the hit of the show”
“…a wonderful find.”
-Los Angeles Times
“Nacer is a delight, vivacious and unfairly charming, the perfect cynosure of the men.”
“Nacer’s charismatic voice, her voluptuous dancing, and especially her smile that even from the nosebleed seats showed how much the music coursed through her blood…sizzled on stage.”
“When you add the beautiful, sexy, sultry sounds of Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer as Maria, the show packs on even greater wallop.”
“a soaring vocal talent”
-Los Angeles Times
“These singers are genuine multi-threats...classically trained opera singers can deliver killer blues, Broadway tunes, soul, jazz, R&B, gospel, eight genres in all, and with enormous and equal facility.”
“one of the most talented performers, with her drama, singing, and violin playing commanding the stage each time she appeared.”
“Gonzalez-Nacer may be the evening’s most scenery-chewing, rafters-reaching stunner....the Cuban-American stunner sells power ballads...like nobody’s business when not showing off violin prowess honed since the age of three."
“a Wicked Witch, sensationally portrayed by Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, with a most powerful singing voice...performs with much fervor and gusto...wicked violin solo”
“The cast is solid…the gorgeous Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer will steal your heart just as she did Usnavi’s.”
“Nacer as Vanessa…combines effortless sex appeal with ferocious feminism...”
-Chicago Theatre Review Examiner
“… the bright and sassy Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer… radiant voice that brings power and poignancy to such songs as ‘It Won’t Be Long Now.’”
“...acted with intelligence and heart.”
“Nacer transcends the potentially clichéd Latin spitfire image of Vanessa by showing just enough vulnerability.”
-Talkin’ Broadway Regional News & Reviews: Chicago
“Nacer’s torch singing is winning.”
-Talkin’ Broadway Regional News & Reviews: Connecticut
“The cast is flawless...Though every single actor and dancer in the show excelled, there were some standouts in this multi-talented cast: Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, who plays the part of Vanessa, has a powerful and compelling voice that rises above the frenzied dance numbers. Throughout the show, she has a magnetism that draws us to her.”
-The Daily Loaf
“Power vocalist Yvette Nacer”
-The Taunton Gazette
“Lovely Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer exudes sincerity as Vanessa…engaging.”
-The Columbus Dispatch
“However, it’s the leading ladies – Arielle Jacobs (Nina) and Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer (Vanessa) – that steal much of the show. Nacer perfectly portrays the toughened exterior of Vanessa as she battles the effects of her mother’s alcoholism.”