Sara Ontaneda is an Ecuadorian-American singer-songwriter based in NYC. Her music is often described as Alternative Pop, blending Folk, R&B, and South-American sounds.
Sara discovered her passion for music at a young age. At age 7 she started piano lessons and at age 9 she joined her school's choir in Miami, Florida. At age 13, she moved to Guayaquil, Ecuador where she learned that she was serious about music. She studied classical.
The love for music placed her in Berklee College of Music where she majored in Contemporary Writing and Production. She graduated with honors and received scholarship awards for her efforts.
After releasing her first EP, "Marte y Jupiter" in 2015, Sara found opened doors to venues and festivals around the world. These include SXSW, Outside the Box, and South Florida Folk Festival to name a few.
In March 2017, Sara released her first studio, full-length album, "Entre Espacios y Colores", inspired by her multi-cultural upbringing. With songs about tolerance, unity, and love, the LP received many positive reviews and has led the artist to tour within the US and Latin America with notable performances at SXSW, the NAMM Show, and LIFA Music Festival (Mexico City), among others.
Sara is the winner of the "Best World Music" Award from Richmond Film and Music Festival. Recently, she also won the "Revelation Artist of the Year" Award at Premios Unidad 2019 (Ecuadorian Music Awards in NY). Sara continues to tour internationally and is currently releasing new music. Her latest single, "Hey Maria" is a lament about how many women in the world are victims of violence and how many times justice is not available to them.