Clarissa Serna
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Clarissa Serna

Corpus Christi, TX | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | SELF

Corpus Christi, TX | SELF
Established on Jan, 2006
Band Pop Rock





Update: While the original remains the preferred option, Clarissa Serna’s rendition of “Zombie” did enter the top 100.

#92 at press time, the recording had reached at least as high as #86 on the overall iTunes Single Sales chart.

Still a strong seller, The Cranberries’ “Zombie” is presently number 39.

While it provides them with added urgency and motivation, fans of NBC’s “The Voice” do not need the incentive of an iTunes vote bonus to purchase the best contestant recordings. If they like a performance, they will part with the $1.29 needed to bring it into their collection.

Sometimes, however, their positive reaction is driven moreso by a song selection than the specific performance. Monday’s Blind Auditions episode produced one of those opportunities.

In garnering rave reviews and eliciting a turn-around from all four coaches, contestant Clarissa Serna’s powerful rendition of “Zombie” definitely made an impact. It secured her a place on Team Shakira, a spot in the Battle Rounds and a legion of new fans ready to follow her career.

But when it comes to commercial performance, its biggest impact was reintroducing America to the haunting Cranberries classic. As of press time, The Cranberries’ rendition of “Zombie” had reached number thirty seven on the iTunes single sales chart.

Serna’s “Voice” cover was only at #144.

Complaining about the result would nonetheless epitomize the notion of looking a gift horse in the mouth. While Serna’s rendition is not lighting up the charts, it is presently the only Monday performance in the top 200 on iTunes. - BY BRIAN CANTOR

"A Fiesta Fit for la Reina Corpus Christi Selena Fest packed with Grammy winners and lots of heart"

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It's finally happening: a festival grand enough to truly honor the memory and legacy of beloved Texan superstar Selena. Yesterday, the City of Corpus Christi announced the debut of what's to be an annual event: Fiesta de la Flor: A Celebration of the Life & Legacy of Selena.

The inaugural fest honoring the life of “The Queen of Tejano,” "La Reina de Tex-Mex," is scheduled for this April 17-18 in the city's downtown North Bayfront Park and will feature a glitterati of artists, including Grammy winners Los Lobos, Los Palominos, Little Joe Y La Familia, and Grammy-winning members of Selena Quintanilla's family: lead guitarist (and widower) Chris Perez and brother, songwriter/producer A.B. Quintanilla with his band, A.B. & Los Kumbia Kings. The who's who of Tejas talent slated to play also includes Steven James & the Jaded, Las Feniz, Clarissa Serna (The Voice competitor and CC homegrrrl), Nina Diaz (Girl in a Coma and solo torch diva), Stefanie Montiel, and Jay Perez & Band.

In a press release issued yesterday, Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO Paulette Kluge stated, "Our team wanted to honor this beautiful, talented woman for the hearts that she has touched and the substantial contributions that she has made to the culture of our city," adding that the Quintanilla family is closely involved in the planning and shaping of the celebration and have endorsed it fully. Kluge confirmed the city's commitment to the festival as an annual signature event for Corpus Christi, "[We are] looking forward to offering this fabulous event for many years to come!"

The city is keeping the price points reasonable ($5 for adults, $2 for kids 5-12, and free for little ones under 5), clearly making way for everyone to come and honor the queen. The two-day Fiesta happens along CC's lovely bayfront – close by for side trips to the Selena Museum and for selfies, group pics, and long-stemmed white rose offerings at Mirador de la Flor, aka the "Selena statue". Admission includes the full line-ups of acts, access to food trucks, Texas artisan vendors, an Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow screening of the 1997 fan classic Selena starring Jennifer Lopez and Edward James Olmos, a kids zone, fireworks, and more.

Check for updates on the festival's Facebook page.

It's been 20 years since Preciosa was senselessly taken, and the festival dates are significant: Selena would have celebrated birthday 44 on April 16. So, what do you say, Austin? Who's up for a road trip?

Anything for Selenas! - KATE X MESSER


2010 - Clarissa Serna EP

1. Hold Your Hand feat. E-Class (radio play 96.5 Corpus Christi) (Music Video on You Tube)
2. Crazy Love
3. Life's Too Beautiful
4. Patiently Waiting
5. Saturday Night Feat. Pryme
6. Layaway



Clarissa Serna is a Singer/Songwriter from Corpus Christi, Texas. She is nationally praised for her appearance on NBC's national singing show, The Voice. Her rendition of Zombie by The Cranberries hailed a four chair turn from well known musicians, Blake Shelton, Usher, Shakira and Adam Levine. Her cover of this nostalgic 90's tune made it to #86 on ITunes top 100. Since her success on the show, Clarissa has continued to passionately pursue her career in music with a full schedule of live performances and lots of time in the studio. She recently released an impressive original titled "El Dorado" which displays her ability to write music and shows off her wide vocal range.

Clarissa has shared the stage with well known artists like Meghan Trainor, Pat Green, Chris Perez and Pete Astudillo. Clarissa Serna Band is scheduled to open for Los Lonely Boys in November 2016. She has been blessed to perform 2 years in a row at Corpus Christi's newest festival Fiesta De La Flor honoring the late tejano sensation, Selena Quintanilla. Serna has also participated in Austin’s own SXSW for the past 3 years performing her catchy originals.

Clarissa is working on her first full album and will be planning a US tour shortly after the release. She keeps her voice heard as a Radio Personality for local radio station Rock 92.7. Make sure to check out her latest hit “El Dorado” Available anywhere on the web! She looks forward to sharing her new sound with the world and looks forward to a successful music career full of unforgettable experiences with her fans. 

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