Carlos Saenz at ilume Friday night

I went to check out Carlos Saenz’s CD release party in the Great Room at the ilume Friday night and it was quite the scene. A hefty crowd turned out for the Voice of Pride top 10 finalist as he celebrated the release of his single, “Elaborate Lives.” It didn’t hurt that Bar 10 was there doling out the free drinks.

His vocals sounded good but the sound wavered off a bit by the end. The mike issue went unnoticed however, and he turned in a decent gig with covers of Erasure, The Doors and even Journey by way of Glee. Backup singers included other VOP finalists Mel Arizpe, Juliana Jeffrey and Robert Olivas. There was even an “awww” moment when he introduced his family who had come up from Brownsville to see his show.

Looking at this now, it’s a whole lot darker than I figured on. D’oh! But you should get the idea of the show.

—  Rich Lopez

Voice of Pride finalist Carlos Saenz announces CD release party

Carlos Saenz makes a move toward his music career with a CD release party Feb. 5 at ilume. The single, “Elaborate Lives,” from the musical Aida, is an apropos ballad to Saenz’s voice and features guest vocals by Jeanie Tracy of “Cha Cha Heels” fame. I called Saenz to get his thoughts on this big, bold step to music stardom. Check it out after the jump. Of course, deets on the event are in the poster.

—  Rich Lopez