World renowned and multi-Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto has been enchanting fans and critics worldwide since her solo debut release in 1986.
Bebel is the daughter of bossa nova icon Joao Gilberto and is Brazilian musical royalty: yet even with those deep roots, the singer has always aimed for her own space. Most recently that has meant heading toward a simplified sound which places the emphasis on her voice.
She catapulted onto the global music scene with a track on the celebrated compilation album, Red Hot + Rio, followed by the worldwide success of her hit breakout album Tanto Tempo in 2000. The album featured her trademark electronic bossa nova, taking over clubs around the world; positioning Bebel as one of the biggest selling Brazilian recording artists in the U.S. since the 1960s.
Critically acclaimed albums followed, including Bebel Gilberto (2004), on which she refined her sound to create an acoustic lounge style that showcased her strengths as a Brazilian composer, and Momento (2007), which masterfully fused all her different musical styles. Bebel’s 2009 Grammy-nominated album All in One brought to the fore Bebel’s personality and love for organic rhythms. In 2014, Bebel Gilberto released a live DVD called Bebel Gilberto in Rio, featuring a concert on the beach in Rio. Returning to her trademark sultry Brazilian rhythms infused with electronic beats, Bebel followed up with a studio album Tudo, released in 2015.
‘Melodies float atop bossa-tinged arrangements unobtrusively, as if the songs weren’t necessarily meant to catch your ear so much as caress your cheek.’ Pitchfork
‘Gilberto has been performing since childhood, and has Brazilian music woven into her DNA’ NPR
‘Bebel Gilberto’s voice became one of the most recognizable in the world.’ PopMatters
‘Bebel Gilberto has specialised in a laidback, misty fusion of bossa nova and electronica.’ The Guardian