The world today can be dark sometimes. With many depressing issues filling the news and various circumstances that affect people’s positivity, it’s important, now more than ever, to inspire the world through whatever means possible. With bright purple hair and undeniable musical talent, Luminosa uplifts her audience’s spirit every time she graces a stage.
Mary Kathleen Cassidy, better known as Luminosa, is truly a wonder. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she discovered her talent and passion for music. Her mother was the first to notice how incredible she was when, as an infant, she would hum along with the organ in her church. “She could sing before she could talk,” her mother would say. Music was the first language the artist learned, and later on in life, it became her primary instrument of expression.
Determined to improve her skills further, Luminosa went on to study musical theater followed by contemporary voice techniques at 11 years old. Later on, the artist studied voice performance at The Pennsylvania State University. She graduated with an English degree and a minor in vocal performance.
“When you’re a musician, it’s hard to put into words the drive that comes with that kind of passion,” she said. “You can’t seem to stop chasing the dream even if you want to. It’s a part of you and would be as unnatural to stop as stopping your own breath,” Luminosa added.
Luminosa has left audiences in awe over the past two years as she performed at different local venues around New York City and Pittsburgh. The artist has spent the last 15 years of her life perfecting her craft, and now she is spreading positivity by being a bright light through her talent. She is known for her performance abilities, focused on the desire to give the audience more than mere entertainment.
Luminosa aims to take her audience on a journey by sharing her narrative with them. The artist delivers her songs and stories with honesty that her listeners can’t help but trust that everything will be fine, even for those in the darkest tunnels of life. Above anything else, she believes that music has the power to change people’s mindsets. “I want you to hear me and know that there is love, that there is hope, that you will never be alone,” shares the artist.
On top of being an exceptional artist, Luminosa spreads body positivity. She encourages people to embrace who they are inside and out, believing that loving oneself paves the way for many wonderful things to happen. The word luminosa means “a bright light” in the Italian language, and the artist embodies the meaning of her name as she carries an optimistic attitude in everything she does.
Asked what motivates her to produce music continually, Luminosa said, “There’s this thought that people need me. They need my music, and my presence, because it will bring some peace.” The artist knows how important it is to have someone to look up to as she has been through the darkest places. Through it all, she displays immense strength by choosing to be a bright light.
Learn more about Luminosa on her website.