Bio

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        Lourds spent many years as lead singer/songwriter/ violin shredder of her own touring rock band. Although her “stage” may have changed from rock clubs to schools and corporations, her approach to empowering others is still very “rock and roll.” She uses original anthemic music and “call and response” audience interaction to inspire youth and adults to find their inner rock star superhero… and don’t be surprised if she jumps onto a table to belt out vocals or wail on her electric violin.

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        In 2013, Lourds founded and created an educational arts and music-based non-profit and curriculum called the SuperYou FUNdation. Through empowerment workshops and trainings, thousands of youth and adults have learned how to notice and celebrate the superhero qualities in themselves and others. Her superhero name is “Shine.” Her superpower is “Love.” In these polarizing times, Lourds is committed to unleashing her “superpower” in every way she connects with others in order to inspire empathy, empowerment, and unity worldwide. This commitment is reflected in the children’s book series she wrote called, “My Crayon Superheroes,” as well as in her work as director/writer/composer for “Sesame Street.”

        Committed to showcasing powerful female talent, Lourds founded and produced the Medusa Festival, a yearly sold-out music festival in NYC while she was on tour throughout the country as lead singer and multi-instrumentalist of her own rock band. Being surrounded by powerfully dynamic and diverse female talent was the inspiration behind writing the book, music, and lyrics to Chix 6. The rock musical is about a female comic book artist who learns to love herself when her own super heroine creations come to life.  A prolific songwriter, Lourds is a two time finalist of the prestigious Fred Ebb award for Musical Theater Songwriting in 2017 and 2012 and is an alumni of the Johnny Mercer’s Writer’s Colony at Goodspeed Musicals.  Lourds also performs in Chix 6 as the electric violin playing superhero misfit named “Rise.”

        The two superhero names Lourds chose for herself are “Rise” and “Shine.” A few years ago, these two superhero personas, one for education, and one for performing arts, were operating independently, until Lourds realized that together, her superhero selves are more powerful. Now, all of Lourds’ creative worlds have melded for a singular purpose. Together “Rise and Shine” means an “Awakening,” which has become the foundation of Lourds’ global empowerment mission. Through music, the performing arts, multi-media, and education, Lourds is committed to awakening people to their unique worthiness. As Lourds says, “When people feel valued, they feel inspired to add value to the world.”

        As a keynote speaker at global conferences including TEDWomen, TEDYouth, the Microsoft Global Women, BlogHer, the United Federation of Teachers, and the Capital Region Human Rights Institute, Lourds combines original music, violin playing, and poignant storytelling to inspire a collective feeling of possibility and power.  Audiences feel uplifted, hands in the air and singing along. Lourds had the distinct honor of being the opening and closing speaker/performer at the inaugural Forbes Women’s Summit in 2013 where she galvanized Fortune 500 women executives to become a stand for service and community.

        Lourds is thrilled to be writing the official musical anthem, as well as be invited onto the advisory board of The Aurora Games, the inaugural all-female Olympics, to be held at the Prudential Center (18,000 seats) in Newark in 2019.  Also on the advisory board are sports icons, Olympiads, and Hall of Famers, including Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Nancy Kerrigan, Nadia Comeneci, Bart Conner, Donna Devarona, Shannon Miller, Martin Damus, and Chrissie Evert.  She is also a proud board member of The Giving Circle, a global non-profit committed to end human suffering.

        Whether it be through music, theater, writing, education, speaking, or the creative/performing arts, Lourds’ pervasive message sings out loud and proud — “The Superhero is You.”  Her unwavering commitment to service, her deep-rooted passion to empower youth and women to find their unique voices, and her ability to inspire large groups of people to become leaders and changemakers, are what makes Lourds rise and shine as her own rock star superhero.