06.22.15The 504 Show

#NOLASweetestThing is a song and a movement to bring New Orleans to the world. Cristina Perez talks about what inspired it and performs "The Sweetest Thing" on The 504 Show.

06.12.15I Want Her Job

“I’ve learned that everyone has a story, and everyone’s story has value and importance."

04.13.15Nola Vie

Cristina Perez spreads the love of Nola through music.

04.07.15Join the #NolaSweetestThing Movement

On Tuesday, April 7, the #NolaSweetestThing movement kicks off with one solitary goal: to spread the love of New Orleans.

Cristina Perez has New Orleans to thank for her musical roots. When it came time to debut her new song, “The Sweetest Thing," it seemed only natural to showcase it as a love song for her hometown and to allow others to do the same.

The result is a video that asks locals and tourists what they believe is the sweetest thing about New Orleans. People from around the world are encouraged to join the #NolaSweetestThing movement by sharing their own New Orleans love stories or by purchasing their own #NolaSweetestThing shirt from Fleurty Girl. Designed by local artist Lionheart Prints, sales from the shirt support The Roots of Music, because what better gift to give to our one true love, the city of New Orleans, than the gift of continued music?

Purchase Cristina's latest song, "The Sweetest Thing" at iTunes or Amazon.

A celebratory viewing party will take place at Nola Brewing on Tuesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

04.06.15News with a Twist

“...This is my opportunity to spread my love for New Orleans. I wanted to create a movement. It’s a love story for New Orleans. I’m just trying to connect with other people here and start the conversation," she said.

10.19.14Victory Belles honor the Andrews Sisters, and the vets they entertained, with energetic 'America's Wartime Sweethearts,'

"...Cristina Perez, portraying Maxene Andrews, also shows a broad range in her voice. Maxene was especially known for her high soprano. Perez serves her memory admirably, reaching top notes with seeming ease and a crystalline vibrancy..."

10.01.14Offbeat Magazine's Album Review

..."Her voice is light and bouncy. She has a flirtatious tone that invites the listener in"..."The band is equally adept at ballads, mid-tempo swinging songs, and more modern-oriented flowing tunes. Perez wrote all the tunes and lyrics here, and it is a compliment to her that they sound like classic jazz/American songbook work..." "music is consistently good in the classic Ella/Sara fashion."

09.02.14Read and Spin

"With music and lyrics by the sultry songstress, the independently and locally produced album weaves together influences from the World War II era... as well as blues and later era jazz... "

01.03.14Buzzfeed:55 Incredible Images Of The World Celebrating Christmas

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Courtney Boe, left, Cristina Perez, center, and Mandi Ridgell, members of the singing group “The Victory Belles," modeled after the WWII era group The Andrew Sisters, get ready in their dressing room before rehearsing for their upcoming Christmas show, “A Swingin’ Christmas," at the Stage Door Canteen at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

12.05.13Glamorous Victory Belles revive World War II era

Washington Post releases AP video on Victory Belles

12.05.13Victory Belles: A living exhibit of the 1940's

USA releases AP story on Victory Belles (video)

12.05.13Glamorous Victory Belles revive World War II era

ABC releases AP video on Victory Belles

12.01.13'Swingin' Christmas' at Stage Door Canteen Brightly Rings in the Season

"...Reminiscent of Julie London, Perez brings a sultry take to “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?" that will make you want to clear your calendar for her."

"With equal parts Radio City Music Hall spectacle and annual Bing Crosby special, “A Swingin’ Christmas" is as brisk and invigorating as the touch of winter in the air..."

"...See this show and you’ll ensure that the coming days remain merry and bright."


11.21.13Victory Belles honor Hammond troops at Columbia

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“I started playing piano when I was seven, and that was my thing. I went to school at Loyola in New Orleans for music therapy," said alto Perez. “I never wanted to perform, but all roads led to performance after I graduated. I had my own band. We made an album of all original music."

The Victory Belles also performed at the Super Dome the night before their performance at the Columbia Theatre. The game featured a massive tribute card stunt, thanking the active military and veterans for their service, as well as a reuniting of a young female Marine with her family in the stands.

“[Performing at the Super Dome] was very touching and very representative of what we do at the museum, thanking our military and veteran through the entertainment of the era," said Perez. “If that is my last time on national television, I’d still be totally happy."

"Opening with “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", as performed by the Andrews Sisters, Rachal, George and Perez sang classic music from the 40s, as well as several songs performed for troops by more recent artists and patriotic anthems and ballads. The acts consisted of upbeat and celebratory tunes in close three-part harmony with a flirtatious mix of humor and audience interaction. "

11.21.13Victory Belles on National Television

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NBC airs the Victory Belles performing the National Anthem for the Saints v Cowboys game as part of a Veterans Day Tribute.

10.04.13Stage Door Canteen says "Thanks for the Memories" with Hope tribute show

..."Cristina Perez is a knockout as Carmen Miranda with her colorful raiment, while also playing New Orleans native Dorothy Lamour early in the show..."

09.30.13Stage Door Canteen recreates Bob Hope's WWII variety show with flair, humor, music

..."A wholesome but vivacious sex appeal abounds. Cristina Perez is poured into an emerald green sarong as Dorothy Lamour, singing a sultry “I’m in the Mood for Love..."

05.30.13The Victory Belles serenade local families for Memorial Day

Boise, ID
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Cloverdale Funeral Home in Boise invited families to come out and enjoy music from the World War II-era on Memorial Day.
The Victory Belles sang for a full house Monday afternoon. The group's style was right out of a United Service Organization (USO) show from the Pacific.
The singers hail from the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. The group visited Boise for the first time on Monday, and said they enjoyed putting smiles and a little lipstick on people's faces.
"We travel all over the world and get to see different kinds of places, but what we're really doing is singing to people and trying to keep a certain kind of music alive, and we just love being able to share those moments," said [Perez].
"We feel that music brings people together. It's a different event, and I think it speaks for itself with the turnout that we've had," said Terry Shotkoski, managing partner with Cloverdale Funeral Home and Cemetery.
Shotkoski tells KTVB that next year, the concert will be outside to accommodate the crowd.

03.21.13Sinatra musical tribute 'My Way' now at Stage Door Canteen

"stars raven-haired beauty Cristina Perez as one of the four performers who sing the medleys and solos of Sinatra chart toppers.
..."the sexy Perez, who can vamp with the best, was a brilliant choice for Reed."...

03.19.13They Did It His Way - WWII Museum showcases Frank Sinatra's tunes, life

.."Perez was a past favorite on this same stage last year, channeling Keely Smith in the museum’s recent hit “Jump Jive and Wail." In this show she even sings a song that Prima and Smith – and Sinatra – made famous: “That Old Black Magic." She (the brunette) and Boe (the beautiful Veronica Lake blonde) own each Sinatra song they step to the microphone to deliver."...

03.19.13Sinatra lives again at the WWII Museum!


Saturday night I was transported back in time to an America I have only heard and read about. This weekend was the opening weekend of the WWII Museum’s Stage Door Canteen show – “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra."

"Everything the WWII Museum does is first class, and this new show is no exception! This was my first show at the Stage Door Canteen, and I was enamored with the intimate dining setting and the staging and lights that made you feel as if you were in a live nightclub in Frank Sinatra’s day.

The cast of Courtney Boe, Cristina Perez, Ryan Fischer and Clint Johnson, was perfect. I would describe the talent as “top notch." Their voices were exceptional and their harmonies reminiscent of music from the past. Though too young to have experienced the era they portrayed, you felt as if they had lived through it. The casting and directing was suburb!"....

03.17.13Stage Door Canteen swings through Sinatra songs with lively 'My Way'

Perez gives a dark sultriness to her numbers. She evokes the classy dames that Sinatra so often sang about, and usually fell in love with. The sleek and strapless silver-sequined gown provides her a leg up in the sizzle factor as she gives a jazzy uptick to “The Way You Look Tonight," and a saucy belting of “I Get a Kick Out of You." Her take on “Old Black Magic" is bewitching, while also showing what a good singing actress Perez is – it was a completely different interpretation from the Keely Smith-inspired version from last year’s Louis Prima show. Perez’ spotlight moment comes with a surprisingly moving take on “All the Way," which oozes with sex appeal and a hint of longing.

01.16.13Cristina Perez Expanding the Definition of Singer Songwriter

..."Perez has now developed a smooth jazz sound all her own, which is influenced by heavyweights in the genre."
"Perez has received rave reviews for her turn as the American jazz and pop singer Keely Smith...Perez will get to experience this theatrical treat once again in the spring when she performs in the museum’s presentation of “My Way," a tribute to Old Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra. She will once again join a cast of singers and musicians and the museum’s Victory 3 band at the Stage Door Canteen to bring to life the legendary talents and musical contributions of Sinatra. Their first performance will be Friday, March 15 and continue through May."
As she heads back into the studio to start work on her second album, Perez is looking to change the perception of the singer/songwriter.
"For this album, Perez adds that fans—new and old—can expect her unique sound, but with a swing style that is completely original material."

10.28.12Relive the Music of Louis Prima

Video Segment from "News With a Twist" on WGNO

10.18.12Louis Prima tribute show at Stage Door Canteen is a zooma zooma affair

"(Cristina Perez)...is a sheer joy to see as well a delight to hear her clear and crisp notes."

10.15.12'Jump, Jive and Wail' brings music and personality of Louis Prima to life at Stage Door Canteen

"...Vocally, she is a knockout, highlighted especially when things slow down and soften. Perez’ rendition of “A Sunday Kind of Love" is a gem that rivals Jo Stafford’s original recording."

10.10.12"Louis Prima Reborn at WWII Museum"

" (Perez is)...the very capable “girl singer" of this act, first as a big band performer in Prima’s early days (with his “New Orleans Gang"), then as Keely Smith, the 17-year-old Virginia girl who later became Mrs. Louis Prima and huge co-star. "

..."Again, Perez isn’t imitating as much as she’s embodying Keely... nails the deadpan act that Smith popularized on stage with the wild and crazy Louis."  

...(Perez)even pulls off the famous, breathless rendition of “I Want You to Be My Baby." 

01.07.12Best of New Orleans, He Said She Said Nola

08.27.11National Farmers Market Week