BIO

Maria Elena Sanchez, born Maria Elena Cruz on May 25, 1953, is one of the Founding Partners of 24K Pictures, an Actress, and an Award Winning Singer/Songwriter born in Havana, Cuba, raised in NYC, lived in Miami, and now reside in Houston, TX.  She started her musical career in her 20’s as a solo singer and aside from her music, she is a published poet.  She started acting in High School and did some off-off Broadway work.  Currently, Maria Elena Sanchez is pursuing her acting and music careers fulltime.

AWARDS:
1.May 2013 – Winner – Best Song by Singer/Songwriter “I’m On Top of the World”-The Akademia Music Awards – From Album “Our World Restarting”
2.June 2013 – Winner – Best Song by Singer/Songwriter “Hands”- X-Poze-Ing Music Awards – From Album “Our World Restarting”
3.August 2013 – Winner – Best Album by Singer/Songwriter “Our World Restarting” – X-Poze-Ing Music Awards
4.October 2013 – Winner – Best Song by Singer/Songwriter “Remembering My Life” – X-Poze-Ing Music Awards
5.December 2013 – Nominee – Best Song by Singer/Songwriter “Remembering My Life” – The Akademia Music Awards
6.April 2014 – Nominee – Best Song by Singer/Songwriter “You Stole My Soul” – X-Poze-Ing Music Awards
7.September 2014 – Winner – Best Song by Singer/Songwriter “Forgive Me” – X-Poze-Ing Music Awards
8.December 2014 – Winner – Best Song Latin Ballad “Perdoname” – The Akademia Awards

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION: BMI

DISCOLOGY-ALBUMS:
1.It’s ME! – Released 05/29/2012
2.My World & I Know It – Released 10/26/2012
3.Our World Restarting – Released 04/07/2013
4.My Life Has Gone Away – Released 06/15/2014

EDUCATION:
Associate Degree in Business Administration – AIU – Atlanta, GA
Read – “Acting Without Agony” System by Don Richardson

SKILLS AND INTERESTS:
Improvisation and dialects, including: English, Spanish, Spanish/English translations, Southern, British, Italian and others. Proficient in Softball/Baseball (was a softball umpire) and martial arts. Ride bicycle, motorcycle, manual and automatic transmission cars, have some mechanical skills, and some proficiency in firearms. Current U.S. passport. Interested in singing, music, music production, travel, computers, writing and more.