Today we’d like to introduce you to Lymari Bocanegra.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Lymari. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I come from a family of 10 born and raised in San Diego. I didn’t have the perfect Brady Bunch family as I grew up in a broken home. I often battled with rejection and hurt as a child throughout my teen years. As a child, I would hear my parents fighting and I would go to my room and play with my piano that had one broken key. It was there and then that I taught myself how to play the piano. I remember the first song I taught myself was “My Heart Will Go On,” by Celine Dion. I discovered my passion for music as I spent hours alone in my room. I would teach myself to learn pitch and train my musical ear. It was my safe haven and my place of safety. It was then and there that I experienced the presence of God. It was in those moments I felt accepted, loved and healed from all the pain and rejection my feminine heart experienced. Playing the piano was therapeutic for me. It brought healing to my soul. It was I could not put into words. It was my heart expressing itself in every keystroke.
As a young child, I was excited to go to church on Sunday mornings because it gave me the opportunity to sing. I began to sing and perform at the age of 12. I remember the songs uplifting me and giving me hope. I joined the kid’s choir and in my teens joined the youth band. I began to write music, play the piano and sing. I was surrounded by many mentors that believed in my talents and gifts and challenged me to develop them.
My parents got divorced when I was 17 years old after graduating from high school. I experienced a lot of pain from the divorce and decided to move to Waco, Texas and attend “Christ For The Nations Institute.” I enrolled in their school of Worship and The Arts and got involved in their spanish worship band. I took voice lessons for a year to develop my vocal skills. I grew spiritually and musically as a vocalist and worship leader. I knew my purpose was to make a difference in the world through music. I began to travel to local churches and conferences and lead worship. My passion was to see people’s lives healed and experience God’s love through worship.
I moved back to San Diego, CA and joined a local church and joined the worship team and developed my purpose and gifts as a worship leader. I attended Southwestern College and pursued my music studies. I was selected and given the opportunity to travel with some of my music professors and perform at local musical events during the holidays. I had great mentors who saw the potential in my life.
I am currently a bilingual vocal, piano, music, songwriting and worship leading coach since 2012. I teach from the comfort of my home and travel locally to give lessons as well. I am now currently making YouTube music covers,
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s definitely been a challenging road. My first challenge was to learn the theory of music in school after being self-taught. It was a big challenge, but I’m glad I pushed through. Because of our family size, my parents could not afford to pay any of my schoolings. I’ve had to work many jobs to pay my way through school on my own.
My advice for women is to not give up. You have a feminine heart for a reason. You cannot let anyone tell you that “Music isn’t a promising career, nor pays your bills.” I believe investing the time, sweat & tears to get to where you want is worth it. At times you will have to work double to be good at what you do, but that is why practice makes better. Don’t compare yourself with others. Stay in your lane and run your race.
For those of you who have a passion for worship leading, develop your gift. Grow in your gift. Find mentors that can see the potential in you and challenge you to grow. Get involved with the worship team at your local church and start there. Go to school and learn the fundamentals of music. The only way you can achieve the dreams and calling on your life is having a personal relationship with God. I couldn’t have done it without him.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about LymariB Music – what should we know?
“Music Therapy for the Soul.” I am a bilingual worship leader, songwriter, vocal & music coach and an accountant by day.
As a music coach, my job is to challenge my students to grow in their musical talents. To develop the confidence and the musical skills they need be the best! You come to my lessons and you will leave with passion.
I am most known for my worship music. My music has a purpose. I’m dedicated to sharing the message of Faith, Hope & Love through music. I long to see people experience the presence of God in a tangible and life-changing way.
Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
Absolutely! My mom always encouraged my musical talent and believed I could be anything I wanted. I was always known to wear my heart up my sleeve and that has translated in the way I express myself through music.
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