María José Ruiz Morales, cantaora of the purest flamenco art, best known in the world for the history of the art of flamenco singing under the artistic name of MARÍA JOSÉ CARRASCO, was born and raised in Los Palacios and Villafranca (Seville) on 13 May 1974. She was trained as a cantaora, in the heart of a family fond of flamenco and with good skills for flamenco singing. Her artistic name comes from the nickname of her husband, Carrasco.
Since she was a little girl she has been doing her pinitos, singing in family, meetings… but it was not until 1994 that she got to know herself, participating in her first television programme, which was presented by Marife de Triana and Naranjo, and in her first Flamenco Festival sharing the bill with Bambino.
Since then and up to the present time, there have been several years of intense professional career, visiting the most important flamenco clubs in the cantaora geography and the best theatres: participation in the Bienal de Sevilla in Pepa Montes’ show, Cuatro Bailes de Movimientos Flamencos, in the Lope de Vega de Sevilla, in the Palacio Regional de Murcia,… and all this sharing the stage with the best artists of the moment (José Mercé, Chano Lobato, El Pele, Pepe de Lucía, Arcángel, Paquera de Jerez, Curro Malena,…)…).
María José is not very fond of contests, although in recent years she has won numerous first prizes in different contests and contests: Cantes Festeros de Arcos de la Frontera, Soleá de Triana, Viso del Alcor, Melón de Plata in Los Ferros, …
After a few years of complete dedication to raising her two daughters, María del Rocío y Reyes, at the end of 2017, and encouraged by them and her husband, she decides to resume her artistic career working day and night in the preparation of the Concurso Internacional del Cante las Minas, the most important prize in the world of flamenco; such has been her effort, dedication and preparation that in August 2018 she won the first prize for Cantes por Mineras y la Lámpara Minera, of which she was also a finalist in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Since her proclamation as a winner, she has been claimed in the most important festivals: La Caracola De Lebrija, Andorra de Teruel, León, Zaragoza, Madrid, Fregenal de la Sierra, Toledo, Montalbán, Lepe, the Festival Internacional de las Minas,… and she is planning her first album.
The show he presents to us is called “De Sevilla a las minas con mis cantes bajos andaluces”.