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03 Sep 2009

Impacters of Tomorrow

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Hjordy’s Matos

One of Impact Broadway’s Founding Members is Hjordy’s Matos. She is a student at City College and has been singing and acting for years.

When the two musical legends, legendary writer and producer Vy Higginsen and gospel legend Dr. Emily “Cissy” Houston in 2006, joined forces to teach aspiring teenagers about the importance of gospel music as an art form, they pegged Hjody’s as one of their  founding members for the amazing movement they would create.

It was called Gospel for Teens.

Gospel for Teens Program is a program of The Mama Foundation for the Arts and Vy’s Higginsen’s School of Gospel, Jazz and R&B Arts has grown to be a highly respected and influential program for youth between 13 and 19. There was another part of the program that was a vehicle to showcase the work the young people had done. Gospel for Teens Choir Under the direction of the Foundation’s seasoned music masters, the Gospel for Teens Choir has performed at various venues across New York City including the world famous Apollo Theater, the American Museum of Natural History, and St. Paul Community Baptist Church.

When Hjordy’s graduated from the choir. She was included in the successful Off Broadway Play, Platanos and Collard Greens.

Hjordy’s is an eloquent mix of tradition and describes herself as a new-age Dominicana. Born and raised in Santiago, Hjordy’s tributes her talents to her beautiful mother, a mentor in spirit every step of the way.

After winning dozens of talent shows in her hometown, Hjordy’s, a singer, actress and dancer was chosen to join the original Gospel for Teens, a group put together by Vy Higgensen and Cissy Houston as their lead soprano, performing all across New York City. She has danced with The Millenium Dance Complex in LA along with the Black River Dance in New York. Vocally, she trained with Broadway veteran Julio Agustin Matos, Jr. and is currently studying classical voice with Janet Steele. Hjordy’s made her acting debut as Angelita in the national tour of Platanos and Collard Greens and currently appears in their off Broadway production.
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