Trio Ellas is a female power trio making music somewhere between traditional mariachi and classic romantic trio with a fresh contemporary twist. In 2012, they completed a tour of Okinawa for USO (17 shows in 5 days!), were honored to perform at the annual LULAC convention in Orlando, and performed at the Latinos Unidos event at Democratic National Convention in North Carolina. The summer of 2012 also included a two week run at the Hollywood Bowl’s “Summer Sounds” children’s program, and a performance the San Jose Latin Music Festival. In September, their debut album “Con Ustedes…Trio Ellas” (released May 2012) was nominated for a Latin Grammy.
Trio Ellas is Suemy Gonzalez, currently a senior at USC’s prestigious Thornton School of Music, on violin and vocals; Nelly Cortez, a fourth generation mariachi musician (and recreational pilot) on guitarron and vocals; and Stephanie Amaro, a versatile musician who performs and records in genres ranging from rock to mariachi, on guitar and vocals.
Their high level of musical proficiency has allowed them to circumvent stereotypes and work at a world class level. Trio Ellas have lent their skill to recordings for artists such as Benjamin Gibbard and Lady GaGa, and have performed live with a myriad of artists ranging from Cristian Castro to Mariachi El Bronx.