As undefeated boxer Danny Garcia prepares to face off against Lamont Peterson on Saturday, April 11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, we take a closer look at his sexy longtime girlfriend, Erica Mendez.
Here is what you need to know about about the singer of the hit song ‘Meow.’
1. Erica Mendez is an Aspiring Entertainer
Boxer Danny Garcia’s girlfriend Erica Mendez is a talented singer and model.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Erica Mendez lists The Fugees, P. Diddy, and Missy Elliot as her influences and favorite artists. Erica Mendez began singing at an early age and won numerous regional vocal and dance competitions when she was young.
2. Erica Went To College for Music and Trained as an Opera Vocalist
Erica Mendez went to high school at The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts for Classical Music. After graduating, she attended East Stroudsburg University to be an operatic singer. There, she earned a BFA in music
Erica can sing in a wide range of styles, from opera to gospel. But her real passion is for hip-hop and R&B music.
Check out Erica’s vocal skills here:
3. She Sang the National Anthem at a Philadelphia Phillies Game
Famous for her interpretation of the National Anthem, Erica, who is of Puerto Rican descent, sang The Star-Spangled Banner at a Philadelphia Phillies game in front of 44,000 fans.
Erica has also belted out her famous rendition of our National Anthem in front of 16,000 people, before a boxing match in 2012 at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center.
4. She Has Performed as an Opening Act for Some of Today’s Biggest Artists
A vocal prodigy, Erica Mendez’s gifts were recognized by her mother from an early age. From exposure gained by grassroots promotions, Erica landed gigs opening for acts like Arcangel, Zion y Lennox, Tonio Rosario, Aventura, Tego Calderon, and Michael Stuart.
But the most memorable highlights in Erica’s career is opening for none other than the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, and performing on stage at an Alicia Keys concert..
5. Erica Is Currently Working On Several Projects for the Future
News on Erica’s website reveals that:
“Erica has now teamed up with production duo Traxx Trigga & Devinwade of Screwface World Music and is gearing up for a huge project for 2014. She released her first single “Ride That” on March 4th and has plenty of big things lined up for the remaining year including a performance at the Meek Mill “Homecoming Concert” at the Liacouras center July 19th in Philadelphia.”
Erica’s boyfriend, Danny Garcia takes on Lamont Peterson in a catchweight bout on Saturday, April 11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The fight airs live on NBC (8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 pm. PT).