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Clarissa Serna

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Chasing Dreams

After appearing on the hit NBC show, “The Voice,” Corpus Christi native and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi alumna Clarissa Serna will continue pursuing her dreams with many new adventures on the horizon.

Serna graduated from the Island University in 2008 with her Bachelor of Arts in Media Communication. She is currently preparing for the independent release of her next album, which has yet to be titled.  Serna will also headline the “Chasing Dreams Tour,” which will feature other artists from “The Voice.” This tour, which kicked off on May 16 in Corpus Christi, is independent and not associated with the show, NBC, or Universal.

“My music, my sound is currently experiencing a renaissance of energy and originality,” said Serna “I can’t wait to show the world what else I have in store.”

The singer/songwriter, who started singing at local restaurants at age 20, says that she has always wanted to be a star. Serna got her first big break when she joined the Laredo-based cover band, The Jolly Ranchers. She is currently the lead singer for her own group, The Clarissa Serna Band.

Serna has shared her talent throughout south Texas and performed in many cities including McAllen, San Antonio, Austin, and her hometown of Corpus Christi. She has also been the vocalist during several A&M-Corpus Christi College of Nursing and Health Science recognition ceremonies.

Since 2011, Serna has been involved with “Chicas Rock,” a local after school music program for girls ages 8-17, that offers sessions of instrument instruction, band practice, song writing workshops and more.

In April 2014, Serna spoke to Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) students about the importance of education and following their dreams. She also sang a few of her songs to motivate the children as they prepared to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test.

“I wanted to motivate kids to follow their dreams and stay in school,” said Serna. “I feel like we should continue to share the message with kids that they should be as bright as they can be, and they should never give up on their dreams.”