Most Famous Brazilian Singers That Changed The Evolution Of Music
No matter the genre, some artists may transcend all language barriers. The same can be said for the many artists in Brazil. Even if you don’t know a Brazilian artist, in particular, there’s no doubt you’ve heard the music somewhere along the line.
Here are a few Brazilian artists that may be more well-known than others:
1. Marisa Monte
Born Marisa de Azevedo Monte on July 1st, 1967 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Versed in the instruments of guitar, cavaquinho, ukulele and vocals, Monte is not just a singer but a composer and instrumentalist as well.
The producer of Brazil pop and samba has sold more than 10 million albums since 2011 and hold four Latin Grammys, seven Brazilian MTV Video Music Awards. She also has 20 other music awards.
Though her career got off to a rocky start when she was young, she managed a more than a successful career. Monte is one of the very few artists in the world who owns all her music, thanks to what she demanded in her new contract with EMI music.
To date, she has released nine studio albums.
2. Tom Jobim
Born Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim on January 25th, 1927 Jobim was a composer, pianist, songwriter, arranger, and singer. Jobim pioneered the bossa nova style and is given credit for bringing it to the international stage. He had such a hand in refining the style many refer to him as the “father of bossa nova.”
His 1965 album Getz/Gilberto was the first to win Album of the Year at the Grammys that same year. Jobim’s grandson, Daniel, played “The Girl from Ipanema” during the 2016 Rio Olympics’ opening ceremonies.
On December 8th, 1994 a few days after surgery the Jazz musician suffered a fatal cardiac arrest. Being the unintended legend he always was, his last album was released three days after he passed away.
3. Renato Russo
Born Renato Manfredini Jr. on March 24th, 1960, Russo was a singer and songwriter who acted as lead vocals for the alternative rock group known as Legiao Urbana. After his stint with the group, he traveled the circuit as the “Lonely Minstrel.”
The Lonely Minstrel act lasted only a few months. The music scene saw Russo return to the group with Legiao Urbana around 1982. His work with the band earned him a cult following, with many agreeing he was the most important person to come onto the Brazilian rock scene.
Suffering from complications caused by the AIDS virus, Russo passed away on October 11, 1996 at 1:15 a.m.
During their time as Leigao Urbana, the band sold about 25 million albums, and even decades after his death, the numbers are still respectable.
4. Michel Telo
Born on January 21, 1981, Telo is not on a singer-songwriter, but an actor as well. His track “Ai Se Eu Te Pego” in addition to being a hit in Latin America, is popular in most of Europe and to those who listen to their music through the internet.
First singing a solo at six years old, Telo picked up an according when he was ten years old and formed a musical group just two years later.
In 1997, Michel Telo joined a band he would perform vocals for till 2008. Upon his departure, the final group disbanded.
Thanks to the catchy way he plays the sertanejo genre, dances had to be made. And the dance to “Ai Se Eu Te Pego” might be seen on the soccer fields when a players scores a goal.
Though he didn’t win any prize at Billboard Latin Music Awards in April 2012, he played his song “Oh if I catch you” at the main ceremony for the show.
5. Elis Regina
Born Elis Regina Carvalho Costa on March 17th, 1945, Regina sang pop and jazz music during her career. Her rendition of “Arrastao in 1965 gained her national recognition for her talents.
Regina’s second LP, Dois na Bossa, was the absolute first to be written and composed in what would eventually be known as Brazilian popular music.
The album she worked on with Tom Jobim some might call the “greatest bossa nova album of all time.”
As time went on in the 70s, Regina took a major political stance criticizing that time’s current powers for how they treated the country’s musicians. Her music in that time period also reflected her feelings.
In 1982, Elis Regina died young at 36 after complications arising from cocaine and alcohol interacting with her sleep medication.