2014 has been a great year for Elora. In January she name Artist of the Month for TMV Radio and has had a full performance and interview schedule throughout the year. Her music has received international exposure with fans who follower her in Mexico, Canada, England, Spain, Germany, Japan, China, Australia, Serbia and Russia. In October she was the youngest honoree, at age 15, to be included in the Inaugural 2014 Who's Who in San Antonio Women's Edition for accomplishment in her music, community service and leadership as a role model to young girls. Her star continues to rise as she continues to establish herself as one to watch in the Texas music scene.
In 2013, at just 14-years-old, Elora was Nominated Best Singer/Song Writer for the San Antonio Music Awards . In October 2013, Elora released her first album: Your Girl Tonight which quickly climbed the San Antonio Reverbnation Rock Chart making her the youngest artist to hold the #1 ranking.
In March 2012, she released her debut single: Dance The Night Away. In October of 2012, she then released her first EP which included her songs Wish You Were Mine, Facebook and Dance Floor which earned her a place on ReverbNation’s 2012 Top 10 Pop Chart for San Antonio where she ranked #1 making her the youngest artists to be ranked #1 for the Pop Chart for San Antonio.
When Elora first came on the music scene local media quickly took notice. The San Antonio Express-News noted Elora as an up and coming artist, The San Antonio Current, was quoted “Watching Elora Valdez sing Gun N’ Roses “Paradise City” is humbling beyond calculability…I’m impressed.” SA Scene Magazine called her “San Antonio’s Next Rock Star”. Aspire to Inspire SA Magazine noted Elora as “One to watch”, Df Magazine noted “She’s talented…young and focused she makes music with passion and skill”. Scream Magazine “She’s has such great talent and is going to make it big”; Eclectiblog’s Music News: “Elora has become a phenomenon in San Antonio and the surrounding areas”
Elora has been featured on KTSA’s Jack Riccardi Show; KENS-TV’s Great Day SA Extraordinary Kid’s ; San Antonio Living; WOAI News for her Wounded Warrior Summer Concert Series; FOX News First; KSAT 12; Radio San Antonio’s Jay Tope Morning Show; Original Christian Oldies Radio Show; The Tommy Calvert Morning Show on KROV Radio; KERV Radio Kerville Texas; KTRJ SA Radio; KXEV SA Radio; KUNO AM Corpus Christi, Texas; KSAB FM Corpus Christi. Texas; KZTV News, Corpus Christi, Texas; KRIS News, Corpus Christi, Texas; KBAY 92.7 Corpus Christi, Texas; KZFM Hot Z 95 Corpus Christi, Texas; Good Job Texas and Good Job Texas Jr. with Nikki Young; FOX San Antonio KABB’s Daytime@ Nine with Kimberly Crawford and Cassandra Lazenby and featured on their Kids That Rock Segment and most recently she interviewed in The Big Tino which is an online magazine that covers Music, Entertainment, Fashion and News about the Latino Community.
ELORA & GASOLINE ALLEY
Elora performs as lead singer for her own band Gasoline Alley which is one of San Antonio’s top rock/pop bands. Performing Classic Rock, Pop, and original music, Members of the band include: Nick Valdez (13) Lead Guitar, and Elise Garcia (16) Drums. The trio amazes audiences with their music and talent.
Elora and Gasoline Alley have performed at major events across the city of San Antonio, including Fiesta Especiales at Morgan’s Wonderland, Fiesta De Los Ninos at Port of San Antonio, PAC Fest at Palo Alto College, Fiesta De Los Reyes at Market Square, Arneson River Theater, La Villita, Rock n Roll Marathon, Tower of Americas, Treat Street, Pearl Brewery, Retama Park, The Alamo Dome, the AT & T Center, San Antonio River Holiday Parade, San Antonio Texas Cavalier Parade, San Antonio Military River Parade, OLLU’s Best of the West, Rosedale Park, SplashTown, Texas Folklife Festival, Boerne Music ShowCase, Round Rock Chalk Fest, The Broken Duck Feet Music Festival, New Braunfels Kid’s Fest, Beville Fusion Music Festival. Floresville Peanut Festival, Kingsville Texas Ranch Hand Breakfast, Josabi’s, Klusoz’s, Clicks Live, Local Coffee, The Cove, Sam’s Burger Joint, Endless Music, Leon Springs Dance Hall, Moses Roses Hide Out, the Maverick Music Festival where Elora & Gasoline Alley opened for Gary Clark Jr., The Toadies and Girl in a Coma; the New Braunsfels Kid Fest and most recently the Buc Fest in Corpus Christi, Texas.
In 2011, Elora & Gasoline Alley performed over 80 performances. In 2012 they conducted their first Summer Tour with performances in Austin, Boerne, Marble Falls and Houston, Texas.
In 2013 a children’s book based upon Elora & Gasoline Alley’s success as young musicians was published. The book titled: Elora & Gasoline Alley – The Making of A Kid Band written by Dr. Marcella Villegas-Garcia to promote music and literacy made its debut in March 2013.
Her talents aside, what truly makes Elora very remarkable is her commitment to her community and nonprofit organizations. Elora has supported numerous non-profits and community schools with fund raising events by volunteering her and her band's talents to perform.
In April 2011, Elora and her band Gasoline Alley began to volunteered their time to perform for the Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. They became a big hit with the Komen organization and have volunteered their time and talents ever since. 2014 marked their fourth year to participate in this event.
In May 2011, Elora and Gasoline Alley performed a Memorial Day Concert for the Wounded Warriors Family Support Center at BAMC. They were a huge hit with military members and their families and performed a series of concerts throughout the summer.
In January 2012, Elora launched her very own “Rock the Cure Campaign” to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). 100% of the proceeds from the sales of her four songs EP were donated to JDRF. Elora and Gasoline Alley have developed a very close relationship with JDRF and have donated their time and talents performing for JDRF at several fund raising events over the past four years.
In addition, in 2012 and since that time, Elora & Gasoline Alley have volunteered their time and talents to perform for special events for Morgan’s Wonderland which include Spring Break and Christmas Concerts for patrons of the park.
In 2014, Elora & Gasoline Alley helped re-launch the Heidi Search Center in San Antonio, Texas and are scheduled to perform for a special event on May 23, 2014 to benefit the Center.
In August 2014, Elora & Gasoline Alley was asked to teamed up with the Mixed Media Group in San Antonio, Texas to produce the “Elora & Gasoline Alley Back to School Bash” where they gave away more than 500 back pack with school supplies to inner city elementary school students in the San Antonio ISD.
In addition to the above referenced organizations, Elora & Gasoline Alley have performed volunteered their time and talents to the American Diabetes Association Walk, The Texas Kidney Foundation, numerous schools within the North Side Independent School District and local church festivals.
VIDEOS, RADIO and TELEVISION
Elora produced her very first music video in October 2013 called: Your Girl Tonight which was the title track of her first album.
In 2013, Elora was cast as an Music and Entertainment Correspondent for an internet based news program called: SA Teen Scene. There she covered entertainment news for the program and had the opportunity to interview notable celebrities.
Elora has as done voice over work for local radio such as KERV Radio in Kerville, Texas, KTRJ San Antonio Radio, Radio San Antonio and KXEV SA Radio
Most recently, Elora and members of her band have been cast for a Reality Show Pilot called: Lipstick which is currently in production and is scheduled to be aired in the summer of 2015.