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.
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.
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
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
Patsy 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 now working on
her latest CD, a Tejano /Latin mix album, to be released this
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
Touring, 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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