Singer Carlos Saenz doesn’t just work at Fit Foods — he lives for a healthy lifestyle


MARK STOKES | Illustrator

Name: Carlos Saenz III

Occupation: Nutritional coach at My Fit Foods

Spotted: Oak Lawn and Lemmon avenues

Tennis, anyone? A native of Brownsville, this exquisitely handsome and talented Scorpio has made Dallas his home for the last six years. During his high school years, his mother married a Pentecostal preacher who moved the family to Durham, N.C., and then to Jackson, Miss. Carlos earned a tennis scholarship at Mississippi State University, where he majored in business administration. He came out of the musical closet at MSU, where, between tennis practices, he slipped away to audition for Little Shop of Horrors. His singing talent was immediately apparent.

His actual coming out at age 20 was not so smooth. His deeply religious mother insisted that they “pray out the demon of homosexuality.” (They have slowly rebuilt a relationship.)

With a song in his heart: Carlos’ journey to Dallas began when he followed a boyfriend here by way of New Orleans, where he was hired to open the Bourbon Street Extravaganza during Southern Decadence. A finalist in the last four Voice of Pride singing competitions, Carlos’ musical inspirations include Mariah Carey, Sam Cooke and gospel music. “I’m an old soul,” he says. Future plans include the release of two singles and a CD in the fall, and a possible collaboration with DJ Tony Moran.

Fitness freak: Carlos works out Monday through Friday, “come hell or high water,” and he has committed to one yoga class a week. He eats five meals a day, seven days a week and allows himself one “cheat meal” per week. He drinks a minimum of 100 oz. of water daily.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 14, 2014.