“America’s Angel”- is the name Soprano Barbara Padilla was given by her fans and peers for her soaring talent, stunning vocals and her unparalleled ability for expression of songs.
Barbara Padilla was born in Guadalajara, Mexico where she studied music, acting, and dance. She graduated from the Universidad de Guadalajara as a music instructor and studied voice. She was also the section leader and soloist for the State choir of Jalisco.
In 2000, she auditioned for the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston where she was awarded a full scholarship and in 2004 she earned her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance.
While at U of H, Barbara earned first place in NATS competition in the adult category. She was also a participant in the summer program IIVArts , held in Chiari, Italy.
In 2009 Barbara auditioned for “America’s Got Talent” one of the world’s largest competitions where she finished first runner up. Barbara’s stunning performance of “Ave Maria” on “AGT,” drew unprecedented praise from the judges and inspired Piers Morgan to say it was the best vocal performance in the history of the show; winning the hearts of millions and bringing tears to the eyes of those who watched her stellar performances. After the show finalized, Barbara performed in America's Got Talent Live Concert Series that ran in Las Vegas for ten weeks and three weeks in Foxwoods Casino where she received praise of the audience.
Behind her acclaimed musical performances, Barbara’s personal story inspired fans and judges alike during her competition on “America’s Got Talent,” as she revealed the importance of never giving up on your dreams. Her life-changing challenge began during college when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After a five year fight, Barbara ultimately returned to her native Guadalajara for a bone marrow transplant. She underwent several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation and doctors predicted she would never sing again because of the radiation’s damage to her vocal cords, but God had other plans. The transplant was a success and the radiation never affected the quality of Barbara’s voice.
Cancer-free for now 13 years Barbara continues to inspire people with her performances and mesmerizing vocals and also by speaking at numerous charitable events throughout the U.S. She was invited to sing the American and Mexican National Anthems for the sold-out, historic soccer game at Reliant Stadium with an audience of more than 70,000 people.
Barbara has performed as a soloist of many symphonic events, including oratorio and operatic concerts in USA, Italy and Mexico. Her repertoire ranges from operas like La Boheme, Turandot, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, La Traviata, and oratorios like Verdi’s and Mozart’s requiem masses, Beethoven’s Nineth symphony, Hydn’s Nelson Mass, Orff’s Carmina Burana to Classical Crossover better known as “Popera” including songs like Time To Say Goodbye, Gira Con Me Questa Note, and Alfonsina y El Mar, among others.
Barbara’s star continues to rise and fans will once again experience the impeccable vocals of America’s Angel with the release of her next album scheduled for next 2013.