Dr. Patsy Torres
The gifted and versatile Patsy Torres is one of the most important and influential Tejano entertainers of our time. She has performed for live audiences of more than 100,000 people, appeared on national television for millions of viewers, and traveled all over the world winning countless awards for her musical talents and community works. She has graced the covers of national and international publications. Billboard Magazine proclaimed Patsy Torres as one of the “Top Female Tejano Stars” while Vista Magazine selected her to represent “What’s Hot in Texas”. Latin Style Magazine described Patsy as “El Sonido del Futuro”, the sound of the future.
While still in high school, Patsy found music as a creative way to finance her college education. While performing as a trumpet player in a local band, she was “discovered” and given a recording contract. While still in college, her first Tejano album yielded a #1 hit that later garnered her the Texas Talent Music Association’s “Female Entertainer of the Year”. Patsy achieved a lot of “firsts”. She became the first Tejano artist to film a music video. When she performed one of her hit songs, “Abrazame”, on the CBS television special “Sea World’s Lone Star Celebration”, she made history as the first artist to expose Tejano music on national television. She repeated the honor when she performed Abrazame again on “International Star Search” televised in Los Angeles. She again made history when she was the first to perform a bilingual song on TNN’s “Nashville Now Show”.
The national recognition she received caught the attention of overseas promoters, which led to tours in Hawaii, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Okinawa, Guam, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Mexico, and China. Patsy and her band dazzled the audiences everywhere they went. Patsy immersed herself in the culture of each country they visited, sightseeing as often as possible. The university allowed Patsy to take her studies with her as she blazed trails as the first female to ever perform Tejano music overseas.
This international attention made her a champion in her hometown of San Antonio. Her time and talents were in big demand as a speaker and role model for schools, charitable and civic organizations. The city honored her with a river barge christened with her name on the famous San Antonio Riverwalk.
This versatile musical artist showcased her talents when she performed with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra as its solo guest performer during the summer Pop Series. Her performances were sold out for the two-night engagement, and then recently performed another two nights for the Symphony Fiesta Pops. She also performed with the Laredo Symphony. Still, Patsy has the singular honor of being the first female Tejano star to perform with a symphony orchestra.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas contracted Patsy as their featured Hispanic star due to her popularity and unique talent of bridging the gap between cultures and sharing the Hispanic heritage that she and San Antonio so proudly represent to thousands of visitors to the city each year. Patsy entertained multitudes from around the world there for 10 years.
Early on, Patsy discovered that her celebrity status gave her a privileged credibility with young people. At her many speaking engagements, she would tell the wide-eyed students that she felt her greatest accomplishment was getting a college education while flourishing in a career of show business with her morals intact. They listened. She became aware that her rapport with kids was a rare gift. The city and local businesses were already aware of her distinctive talent. They, in turn, supported her when she created a specialized musical program targeting teen problems and issues. HEB was the key sponsor.
The show was named “The Positive Force Tour”. This “musical drama” consists of a 16-member cast incorporating singing, dancing, skits, interactive dialogue, and testimonials along with state of the art sound system, special effects, lighting, and costuming. Emphasizing the importance of education, self esteem, and setting personal goals; the show has been an extraordinary success as it tours all over the country performing and inspiring millions of school children. After viewing the show, kids have quit gangs, given up drugs, stayed in school and become more involved with their own families and communities. Many of these students continue to call and write to Patsy testifying to the positive progress of their lives. Most recently, Patsy has obtained a non-profit status for her Positive Force Tour Programs (PFTP INC.) and provides a variety of musical programs that are tailored to all different age groups.
Despite her demanding schedule that requires her unmistakable drive and energy, Patsy makes it a high priority to give back to her community. Always leading by example, Patsy returned to school and earned her Ph.D. in Education and Organizational Leadership from the University of the Incarnate Word. Her dissertation was “Exploring Administrative Staff Members’ Sense Of Purpose In Selected Catholic University Settings”.
Patsy is a strong advocate for “Stay in School” partnerships, anti-drug campaigns, and student issues. She donates her time to countless non-profit organizations, schools, and community groups, serving as honorary board member for the Cancer Society, Latin Girl Scouts of America, and San Antonio College as well as the American Red Cross as chairperson for the first Hispanic Committee of San Antonio. She also taught classes for underprivileged children through the NSpire A Child program. Patsy’s compassion, charisma, experience, and education has also made her a much sought-after public speaker. She makes speaking presentations all over the country with various topics that range from leadership and motivation to education and faith.
In recognition for her work, Patsy was awarded San Antonio’s coveted “Hidalgo Humanitarian Award”. Her labor of love with today’s youth further earned her numerous additional honors such as the Texas War on Drugs Outstanding Leadership Award, The LULAC National Presidential Citation of Community Service, La Prensa Latin Women in Action, the South Texas Wesly “Inspirational” Award, and was inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame of San Antonio. In addition, S.A. Life readers voted Patsy as one of the Most Influential San Antonians of the year in Creative Arts. Patsy was honored by the National Tejano Music Conference in Las Vegas where she was recognized for her humanitarian work with their National Community Award. She was honored with the TAMACC 2014 Women of Distinction Award and the UIW 2014 Alumni of Distinction for Professional Achievement Award. Dr. Patsy was selected to be San Antonio’s 2016 Fiesta Flambeau Grand Marshal which was a great honor to represent the largest illuminated parade in the nation as it celebrated its 125th anniversary. In addition, she was chosen as the Grand Marshal for the Armed Forces River Parade in celebration of the USO’s 75th anniversary. On May 12, 2016, the mayor of Austin, Texas proclaimed that day - Patsy Torres Day.
As a motivational speaker, Dr. Patsy Torres delivers inspirational speeches that lift up, motivate, empower, and engage her audiences, sharing best practices, experiences, and life lessons while at the same time entertaining. Dr. Torres blends her scholarly knowledge with her unique musical talents to offer a one-of-a-kind program that mixes her dialogue with inspiring and uplifting songs. Individual topics include but are not limited to: Education, Perception, Attitude, Diversity, Self Esteem, Change, Motivation, Leadership, Teamwork, Responsibility, personality profiling, and Faith.
On the musical front, Patsy was inducted in the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame and continues to be a leading artist in her professional career of recording and touring. Patsy wrote a hit song “Te Juro” (I swear) which became BMI’s Most Played Latin Song of the Year. The Texas Music Association awarded Patsy the Single of the Year and the Album of the Year. Her music video “Chiquitita” won her TTMA’s Best Female Performance in a Video. Mexico embraced Patsy and nicknamed her “La Nueva Reyna de la Musica Tejana” (The New Queen of Tejano Music). Patsy released her first “English” album, a “live” recording of The Positive Force Tour in Concert.
Patsy then released her 13th Tejano album “Canciones De Patsy Torres”, a compilation album of her original compositions on her own record label.
Patsy recorded her first Christian CD “Saved…At Last”, as the result of joining the TEJANOS FOR CHRIST group consisting of Tejano legends Sonny Ozuna, Rene Rene, Javier Galvan, and Rudy T. who all perform for churches all around the county raising funds and salvation as they share their personal stories and testimonials.
She then released her next Tejano album “Mi Inspiración”, demonstrating her multifaceted talents as a songwriter, arranger, and producer as well as versatile and dynamic vocalist.
Christmas was gifted with Patsy’s first Christmas album “I’ve got that Christmas Spirit” featuring fun customized standards like “Santa Papi” as well as beautifully done religious classics “Mary did you know” and an upbeat original song “I’ve got that Christmas Spirit in my Soul” penned by Patsy herself.
Patsy’s latest album for 2020 was “Dame Tu Corazon” with her hit single “Noticias Falsas”. It is the sign of the times addressing the confusion, anger, fear, and misinformation facing the country and the whole world. She wrote her album during the shutdown of the pandemic. Her album garnered ALBUM OF THE YEAR from the TTMA Awards. She is currently in the studio working on her new album for 2022.
Hailed for her ability to sing and perform all styles of music, Patsy and her versatile group, under the name of BLUE HARMONY, do special presentations and impersonations for corporate conventions all over the country performing popular music, oldies, classics, and Jazz from past to present.
Patsy also celebrates her heritage and the rich culture of mariachi music, performing with popular mariachi groups in beautiful Mexican outfits and belting out traditional favorites.
Patsy’s latest endeavor is an hour-long tribute show “Sweet Dreams Of Patsy” to the legendary country icon Patsy Cline where she has received rave reviews on her performance. Backed by an authentic country band, Patsy Torres embodies the looks and voice of Patsy Cline as she tells the story of the late star’s humble beginnings and little-known facts of her life and music. .
Touring, recording, performing, speaking engagements, community work, her ministry, and her studies, indicate there is no slowing down as Dr. Patsy Torres continues to trail-blaze, make history, and take her music and the human spirit to new heights.