Luisa Sobral

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LUISA SOBRAL Luísa Sobral. A voice, guitar, paper and pen. From this an entire musical universe is created in each composition. 23 years of open choices. Instinctive and expectant. "The Cherry on my Cake" is the fruit of all those possibilities. Songs full of images. Videos that are imagined for the rhythm of each song. It's her first full-length album under in her own name, outcome of a musical journey that started at the early age of 12. The empathy with the musical instruments started with the guitar. It was with the guitar that she realised were the chords of her parent's music come from. From The Beatles and from many others. And it was on an early age that she gave herself to the unique melodies that the jazz immortalized. The capacity of a melody to stand by itself, without the instruments. She embraced such artists as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzerald, Chet Baker, and many others and with them in her heart she set off to the Berklee College of Music, in Boston, USA, to study music. In her 4 year stay in Boston she was nominated for the "Best Jazz Song" at the Malibu Music Awards (2008); "Best Jazz Artist" at the Hollywood Music Awards ; "International Songwriting Competition" (2007) and "The John Lennon Songwriting Competition" (2008). More than being nominated or completing her studies, Luísa was also discovering herself every year that went by. Her musical identity would further develop in New York, where she moved after finish her degree in Boston (2009). In her bags a lot of what would eventually give shape to songs that where already wandering inside her head. Hers and her mother’s who confessed to her she had dreamed that her first album would be called "The Cherry on My Cake". Maternal magic that made a dream come true. The learning of the jazz standards, the practice done by playing a Brazilian music in bars and the stamina of her creativity all filtered into songs that would either gain live in paper or in chords. One after another. Well thought melodies with images inside. "I Would Love To", "Don`t Let Me Down", "Why Should I", among other songs that came together in an EP ("My Funny Clementine"). The emphasis on the starting theme was obvious: "Not There Yet". A triple time rhythm, like a jazz waltz, colorful, an imposing chorus and violins in heaven. The record composition wasn’t to become limited to the English language. Between trips to and from Portugal, Luisa performed at the Super Bock Super Rock festival in Stock 2009. At this gig she mentions how much she would like to have a song in Portuguese. Upon her return to the States Luisa sketches a poem and melody for "O Engraxador" (the shoe shine man). That is followed by "Xico and Dolores". For the upcoming record the will for a Portuguese cover song was still very much present. Nobody would be better to fill this part than Rui Veloso, artist that Luisa’s father listens to insistently. Luisa registers Carlos Te's lyric and tries a different version of "Saiu para a Rua".

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