Torres Ph.D. – Biography
P.O.Box 680131, San Antonio, TX. 78268, (210) 674-5439 / www.patsytorres.com
gifted and versatile Patsy Torres is one of the most important
and influential Tejano entertainers of our time. She has performed
for live audiences of more than 100,000 people, appeared on national
television for millions of viewers, and traveled all over the
world winning countless awards for her musical talents and community
works. She has graced the covers of national and international
publications. Billboard Magazine proclaimed Patsy Torres as one
of the “Top Female Tejano Stars” while Vista Magazine
selected her to represent “What’s Hot in Texas”.
Latin Style Magazine described Patsy as “El Sonido del Futuro”,
the sound of the future.
While still in high school, Patsy
found music as a creative way to finance her college education.
While performing in a local band she was “discovered”
and given a recording contract. While still in college, her first
Tejano album yielded a #1 hit that later garnered her the Texas
Talent Music Association’s “Female Entertainer of
the Year”. Patsy achieved a lot of “firsts”.
She became the first Tejano artist to film a music video. When
she performed one of her hit songs, “Abrazame”, on
the CBS television special “Sea World’s Lone Star
Celebration”, she made history as the first artist to expose
Tejano music on national television. She repeated the honor when
she performed Abrazame again on “International Star Search”
televised in Los Angeles. She again made history when she was
the first to perform a bilingual song on TNN’s “Nashville
The national recognition she received
caught the attention of overseas promoters, which led to tours
in Hawaii, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Okinawa, Guam, Germany,
Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Mexico, and China. The university
allowed Patsy to take her studies with her as she blazed trails
as the first female to ever perform Tejano music overseas.
This international attention made her a champion in her hometown
of San Antonio. Her time and talents were in big demand as a speaker
and role model for schools, charitable and civic organizations.
The city honored her with a river barge christened with her name
on the famous San Antonio Riverwalk.
This versatile musical artist showcased her talents when she performed
with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra as its solo guest performer
during the summer Pop Series. Her performances were sold out for
the two night engagement, and then recently performed another
two nights for the Symphony Fiesta Pops. She also performed with
the Laredo Symphony. Still, Patsy has the singular honor of being
the first female Tejano star to perform with a symphony orchestra.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas contracted
Patsy as their featured Hispanic star due to her popularity and
unique talent of bridging the gap between cultures and sharing
the Hispanic heritage that she and San Antonio so proudly represent
to thousands of visitors to the city each year. Patsy entertained
multitudes from around the world there for 10 years until she
left to tour the country to perform her Positive Force Tour.
Despite her stringent and demanding
schedule that requires her unmistakable drive and energy, Patsy
makes it a high priority to give back to her community. Always
leading by example, Patsy returned to school and earned her Ph.D.
in Education and Organizational Leadership from the University
of the Incarnate Word. Patsy is a strong advocate for “Stay
in School” partnerships, anti-drug campaigns, and student
issues. She donates her time to countless non-profit organizations,
schools, and community groups, serving as honorary board member
for the Cancer Society, Latin Girl Scouts of America, and San
Antonio College as well as the American Red Cross as chairperson
for the first Hispanic Committee of San Antonio. Patsy’s
compassion, charisma, experience, and education has also made
her a much sought after public speaker. She does speaking presentations
all over the country with various topics that range from leadership
and motivation to education and faith. With the beginning of 2015,
DR. Torres began teaching underprivileged children with the NSPIRE
A CHILD organization.
Early on, Patsy discovered that
her celebrity status gave her a privileged credibility with young
people. At her many speaking engagements, she would tell the wide-eyed
students that she felt her greatest accomplishment was getting
a college education while flourishing in a career of show business
with her morals intact. They listened. She became aware that her
rapport with kids was a rare gift. The city and local businesses
were already aware of her distinctive talent. They, in turn, supported
her when she created a specialized musical program targeting teen
problems and issues. HEB was the key sponsor.
The show was named “The Positive
Force Tour”. This “musical drama” consists of
a 16 member cast incorporating singing, dancing, skits, interactive
dialogue, and testimonials along with state of the art sound system,
special effects, lighting, and costuming. Emphasizing the importance
of education, self esteem, and setting personal goals; the show
has been an extraordinary success as it tours all over the country
performing and inspiring millions of school children. After viewing
the show, kids have quit gangs, given up drugs, stayed in school
and become more involved with their own families and communities.
Many of these students continue to call and write to Patsy testifying
to the positive progress of their lives. Most recently, Patsy
has developed a variety of musical programs that are tailored
to all different age groups including a puppet show “Patsy
and Friends” for ages 2-6 and a program for Hispanic parents
called “La Fuerza Positiva en Concierto” that addresses
family issues of communication, support, and understanding
In recognition for her work, Patsy
was awarded San Antonio’s coveted “Hidalgo Humanitarian
Award”. Her labor of love with today’s youth further
earned her numerous additional honors such as the Texas War on
Drugs Outstanding Leadership Award , The LULAC National Presidential
Citation of Community Service, La Prensa Latin Women in Action,
the South Texas Wesly “Inspirational” Award, and was
inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame of San Antonio. In
addition, S.A. Life readers voted Patsy as one of the Most Influential
San Antonians of the year in Creative Arts. Patsy was honored
by the National Tejano Music Conference in Las Vegas where she
was recognized for her humanitarian work with their National Community
Award. Her latest honor was the TAMACC 2014 Women of Distinction
Award and the UIW 2014 Alumni of Distinction for Professional
Patsy is also an Associate with
ASI Professionals, a new organization of seasoned practitioners
in the fields of organizational and leadership development, training,
organizational learning, education, and psychological services.
They have published tools that assess talents of individuals and
teams for the purpose of improving performance and blending talents
to ensure successful outcomes on projects.
Thier Employee Development Program (EDP) focuses on developing
the personhood of the employee as a key variable in achieving
professional effectiveness in service to others. This EDP helps
individuals to become aware of, understand, systematically develop,
and maintain personal qualities that are crucial to successful
workplace performance and job satisfaction.
As a motivational speaker, Dr.
Patsy Torres delivers inspirational speeches that lift up, motivate,
empower, and engage the audience; sharing best practices, experiences,
and life lessons while at the same time entertaining. Dr. Torres
blends her scholarly knowledge with her unique musical talents
to offer a one-of-a-kind program that mixes her dialogue with
inspiring and uplifting songs. Individual topics include but are
not limited to: Education, Perception, Attitude, Diversity, Self
Esteem, Change, Motivation, Leadership, Teamwork, Responsibility,
personality profiling, and Faith.
On the musical front, Patsy was
inducted in the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame and continues to be
a leading artist in her professional career of recording and touring.
Patsy wrote a hit song “Te Juro” (I swear) which became
BMI’s Most Played Latin Song of the Year. The Texas Music
Association awarded Patsy the Single of the Year and the Album
of the Year. Her music video “Chiquitita” won her
TTMA’s Best Female Performance in a Video. Mexico embraced
Patsy and nicknamed her “La Nueva Reyna de la Musica Tejana”
(The New Queen of Tejano Music). Patsy released her first “English”
album, a “live” recording of The Positive Force Tour
in Concert. Her latest Tejano music release was “Canciones
De Patsy Torres” a compilation album of her original compositions.
recorded her first Christian CD “Saved…At Last”,
as the result of joining the TEJANOS FOR CHRIST group consisting
of Tejano legends Sonny Ozuna, Rene Rene, and Rudy T. whom perform
for churches all around the county raising funds and salvation
as they share their personal stories and testimonials. She is
currently working on her next Christian CD.
latest Tejano CD is “Mi Inspiración”, My Inspiration,
released this past year and destined to be her best album yet.
It is a labor of love demonstrating her multifaceted talents as
a songwriter, arranger, and producer as well as versatile and
dynamic vocalist. Patsy's songwriting talents shine with six new
original works, reflecting her various emotions from witty plays
on words to a romantic anniversary song dedicated to her husband
that is sure to become a standard. The cover songs presented in
the album are completely different arrangements than the originals
and offer a fresh new sound, including a dedication to Tejano
legend Lydia Mendoza that would make the late icon proud.
Hailed for her ability to sing
and perform all styles of music, Patsy and her versatile group
also do special
presentations for corporate conventions all over the country performing
popular music, oldies, classics, and Jazz from past to present
under the name of BLUE HARMONY. She also celebrates the rich culture
of mariachi music, performing with popular mariachi groups in
beautiful Mexican outfits and belting out traditional favorites.
recording, performing, speaking engagements, community work, and
her studies, indicate there is no slowing down as Dr. Patsy Torres
continues to take her music and the human spirit to new heights.
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