CORINA KATT AYALA
CORINA KATT AYALA is one of the most electrifying Performers and broadly talented Artists in a generation. Known for her honest, open hearted and intimate style she is a one-of-a-kind Singer/Songwriter, Actor & Writer whose work goes right to the heart of love, inspiration and human triumph. Ask anyone, the world over, who have witnessed her perform in concert, on the theatrical stage or on the small or big screen and they will tell you that they have witnessed the truth.
The firstborn of Puerto Rican parents CORINA was raised between the rough and tumble neighborhoods of New York City's South Bronx and Harlem communities and Puerto Rico, where she spent summers and school vacations with her grandmother up until her early 20s. Brought up in a home which she describes as, extremely challenging to say the least, performance became her only means of escape, as she would lock herself in her room and re-enact the performances of her Mothers favorite singers for hours on end.
By age 14, after years of formal training and performing in front of friends and family alike, CORINA was beginning to win beauty contests and talent competitions, eventually landing her the MISS HISPANIC AMERICA Title and a 1st Runner Up as MS. PUERTO RICO. By her late teens she had signed to an independent label which led to the releases "OUT OF CONTROL", "GIVE ME BACK MY HEART" and "LOVING YOU LIKE CRAZY" all charting TOP 40 on the US HOT DANCE MUSIC/MAXI SINGLES CHART respectively. CORINA'S self-titled ATCO/ATLANTIC RECORDS debut album, CORINA, spawned 3 additional chart-toppers: "WHISPERS" and "NOW THAT YOU"RE GONE" which landed her her first two BILLBOARD HOT 100 singles and "TEMPTATION" which held a Top 10 position on the BILLBOARD HOT 100 pop chart.
Describing herself as an Entertainer first and foremost when asked, "Ohh, are you getting into acting now?", CORINA explains, I am an Entertainer, having danced, sang and acted from a very early age. It just so happened that I stepped into the world spotlight as a singer first." Gaining worldwide acclaim first through her music videos, MTV appearances, and national and international tours with the likes of BOYS II MEN, ICE CUBE and MARKY MARK(MARK WAHLBERG) CORINA once again charted on the BILLBOARD HOT 100 with "SUMMERTIME SUMMERTIME", produced by LIL JOHN for their COLUMBIA RECORDS/SO SO DEF'S ALL-STAR BASE ALBUM. Her songs & performances have taken her around the world, including Japan, Europe, the Caribbean Islands and Moscow. She has been featured on TV shows like ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, LIVE! with REGIS & KATHIE LEE, MTV's CLUB MTV with DOWNTOWN JULIE BROWN and SHOWTIME AT THE APPOLLO, all while continuing to find and create consistent work for herself as an ACTOR/PRODUCER.
After a series of guest starring appearances on such shows as ALL MY CHILDREN, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, AS THE WORLD TURNS, NEW YORK UNDERCOVER and COSBY, CORINA was beginning to make waves on the big screen as well. With her earlier success starring opposite MARC ANTHONY in "EAST SIDE STORY" CORINA was now starring opposite ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL in "FUNNY VALENTINE" and EMMY & GOLDEN GLOBE winner PETER DINKLADGE in "FORTUNES". OSCAR winning ACTOR/DIRECTOR TIM ROBBINS then tapped CORINA to portray famed Mexican Artist FRIDA KAHLO in his TOUCHSTONE PICTURES release "CRADLE WILL ROCK". CORINA describes the experience on set as, the greatest acting clinic I could have ever attended. Directed by TIM ROBBINS and working with OSCAR winning Actors SUSAN SARANDON and VANESSA REDGRAVE, CORINA starred opposite JOHN CUSACK(Nelson Rockerfeller) and Latin Music Legend/Actor RUBEN BLADES playing FRIDA KAHLO'S husband, DIEGO RIVERA.
It was then that CORINA was inspired to share her stories of triumph and heartache, dreams come true and those yet to be realized, which she had collected along the path of her still unfolding journey. This inspiration was to become known as "FEAR & ALL OF ME", her first One-Woman-Show which she describes as, "The work I am most proud of to this very day, a work about feeling the fear and showing up anyway! "FEAR & ALL OF ME" would play to 3 sold out Off-Broadway runs leaving audiences in stitches, in tears and inspired. As the last character Bambi states, "Whats the point? There is no Point, this is just my story and parts of her story (CORINAS'). And what shes asking is that you all tell your story. Because you all have one, and you know how you can tell it? You can tell it by living your dream!"
CORINA continues to live her dream by touching all who come into contact with her and her work. Recent projects include her wacky Webseries character LUPITA in "LUPITA SAYS", her semi-autobiographical TV Sitcom in development "LATIN IN AMERICA" and the recording of her debut Latin Album with it's first release, "AUNQUE ME DUELA". In the pipeline are a CORINA memoir, "MY MOTHERS DAUGHTER", two feature length films written, and to be Directed by CORINA and a her second One-Woman-Show, "VOICES IN MY HEAD", debuting at The Poet's Den Theater on Feb, 14th 2017.