Milly Quezada is celebrating her 30 years in music full of optimism and pleased to have known the development of the Dominican community in the United States, the success of the merengue beyond the borders of her country, and the unfailing support of her fans.

Throughout her 30 years onstage - which she is commemorating with a new disc - Quezada, who began her career in the United States with the Milly, Jocelyn y los Vecinos group, has been hailed as "the queen of merengue."

"I feel privileged to have lived at a time when the Dominican community in New York was growing and needed its own music, because we were there growing with it," Quezada said, recalling the time when she began her career.

She also remembered being part of "those glorious days of the '80s and '90s when the merengue was heard around the world, and a more aggressive identity was created for women at a time when our gender was dominated by men."

"I give thanks to God for allowing me to be part of such a joyful country, to the fans that have supported me whether or not I was tops on the radio, and to the beautiful people of the media who have enjoyed this exciting music with me. When I look back and see all those blessings, I can't complain," she said in an interview with Efe.

The singer is celebrating her long career with her 30th album entitled "Aqui Estoy Yo" (Here I Am), scheduled to go on sale in July and in which she sings the romantic merengue "Toma Mi Vida" (Take My Life) together with compatriot and acclaimed singer-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra.