Élan Luz Rivera
|Élan Luz Rivera|
|Also known as||Élan of The D.E.Y.|
|Born||1982 (age 34–35)|
|Origin||The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States|
|Genres||Hip hop, latin, pop, R&B|
|Associated acts||Sean Kingston, Ashley Tisdale|
Life and career
Rivera was born and raised in the Bronx borough of New York City. As a child she worked as an actress, appearing in the movie, Life with Mikey, and also made a guest appearance on the television series, Ghostwriter. Elan attended LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and Performing Arts (The "Fame" School). She made her first appearance on Broadway as Cookie in the musical play The Capeman from 29 January to 28 March 1998 at the Marquis Theatre in New York, From 26 April to 13 May 2001 she played Susie Rogers in musical comedy The Adventures of Tom Sawyer at the Minskoff Theatre in New York. In 2005, Divine introduced her to rapper Yeyo. During the making of their album, she worked with the American pop singer Ashley Tisdale in the background vocals for her 2007 hit song "He Said She Said" and wrote "Fuego" for The Cheetah Girls' first Bi-lingual single with producer J.R. Rotem and songwriter Evan Bogart.
Rivera voiced the character of Carmen Ortiz in Grand Theft Auto IV.
Rivera has formal training in singing in Hindi, German, Italian, Spanish and Sanskrit.