RIO DE JANEIRO, March 10, 2013 – Bebel Gilberto, the internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, is to perform before an audience of sporting legends when the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro hosts the Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday evening.
Famed for her exploration of both electronic bossa nova and a more refined acoustic lounge style, Gilberto has sold over 2.5 million records worldwide and is now established as one of the most popular Brazilian singers in the United States.
Indeed, Gilberto was born in New York to father Joao Gilberto, the iconic voice of the bossa nova, and Brazilian singer Miucha. At the age of five she moved to Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro, but at nine-years-old Gilberto was back in New York on stage at the famed Carnegie Hall singing alongside her mother and jazz legend Stan Getz.
Gilberto’s recording debut came at the age of seven on her mother’s first solo album, and her own debut solo recording was released in 1986.
Since then Gilberto has sung with, and been produced by, some of the leading names in international music. Most recently, she even lent her sensational voice to the bird Eva in the celebrated animated film ‘Rio’, an experience she described as “amazing”.