Described as spiritual and sensual, Genie Santiago is a singer, poet, and visual artist based out of Boston. Emerging from rough beginnings, her art draws from her experience growing up as a poor, Queer Latina and a survivor of sexual abuse. Her life and identity have inspired her mission to use her art to empower others to overcome trauma, decolonize the mind, promote sexual freedom, and stray from the ideals of self-hatred that society places upon us.
With humble beginnings in school performances and open mics, Genie finally gained the stability and means to develop her brand and music in 2017. Notable events she has performed at since then include the Evolution Of Hip Hop Festival, Queer Qarnival, and Boston Cannabis Week and has opened for acts Lupe Fiasco, BIA, and Miss Eaves. Genie also created the "Sunflowers" Concert Series in 2018 to showcase the work of Boston based performers and help create intimate bonds between audience and performer. "We are more than performers. We are artists. We are fragile beings with a story to share."
In 2018, Genie released her debut EP "Know Your Worth" along with a music video for her hit single "2:22am" featuring Red Shaydez. As quoted in Vanyaland, "Santiago’s lyricism is poignant and heart-wrenching; through cautionary storytelling she ruefully illustrates that the journey to self-love typically tends to be a painstaking one." Summer 2019 came with the release of the single "Spirit Party" accompanied by a music video portraying a day in the life of Genie. The song is meant to raise consciousness towards the importance of yoni health, womb healing, Kundalini energy, meditation, and sexual freedom in women. Sounds of R&B, Hip-Hop, Singing Bowls, and even "Om" chanting can all be found in this piece of art.
Genie Santiago is currently working closely with producer/engineer Mertz on her new album for 2020 which will feature many of her favorite local artists. Stay tuned for more magic!