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Sangre Nueva: Singer, Songwriter, Educator Michelle Brava

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MICHELLE BRAVA is the complete artist: composer, vocalist, educator, choral director, choreographer, and scriptwriter.

The songstress is also a professor of music at the Inter-American University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music with a concentration in voice. Through projects such as “Objectivo La Fama,” “La Voz Kids,” and “Pequeños Gigantes USA,” Michelle helped children discover their passion for music and song.

Before she earned the monikers “La Brava” and the “New Queen of Filin and Blues,” she sang background vocals for Isabel Pantoja, Paloma San Basilio, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Glenn Monroig. Also, as an actress, Brava has appeared in “The True Story of Pedro Navaja, “Aladdin,” “Tarzan,” and local productions of “Rent,” “Man of La Mancha,” “Mama Mia,” and “Nine.”

Michelle is affiliated with the Arturo Somohano Orchestra and is known for her voice, which ranges between mezzo and lyrical soprano.

Brava is “pure fire” (Fuego) when performing with Gilberto Santa Rosa, the Puerto Rican All-Stars, or singing lead vocals with Humberto Ramirez’s big jazz band, with whom she has performed tributes to La Lupe, Celia Cruz, and Lucy Fabery, among others.

To date, Brava has released two recordings and several singles, including “Brava” (2009), “La Que Manda” (2014), and “Alma Mia” (2017), a concept album produced by the pianist, composer, arranger Manolo Navarro.

In 2019, Michelle presented her interpretation of the hit “Forever” by Kany García with an arrangement by pianist Luisito Marín. In 2020, she also premiered “Por si Mañana,” another arrangement by Marín, as a duet with Norbert, a former member of NG2. In 2022, she appeared as a guest on Gilberto Santa Rosa’s Christmas special, “De Navidad.”

Michelle Brava is part of a new generation of multi-talented Puerto Rican women who are honoring and expanding on the legacies of Lucy Fabery, Sylvia Rexach, Celia Cruz, Elena Burke, and Yolanda Rivera, among others. Though Michelle is not well known in the US (yet), it is only a matter of time before she receives the recognition she deserves.

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MICHELLE BRAVA es la artista completa: compositora, vocalista, educadora, directora coral, coreógrafa y guionista.
La cantante también es profesora de música en la Universidad Interamericana, donde obtuvo una licenciatura en música con concentración en voz. A través de proyectos como “Objetivo La Fama”, “La Voz Kids” y “Pequeños Gigantes USA”, Michelle ayudó a los niños a descubrir su pasión por la música y el canto.
Antes de ganarse el apodo de “La Brava” y la “Nueva Reina del Filin y el Blues”, cantó coros para Isabel Pantoja, Paloma San Basilio, Gilberto Santa Rosa y Glenn Monroig. Además, como actriz, Brava ha aparecido en “La verdadera historia de Pedro Navaja”, “Aladdin”, “Tarzán” y producciones locales de “Rent”, “El hombre de la Mancha”, “Mama Mia” y “Nine”. “
Michelle está afiliada a la Orquesta Arturo Somohano y es conocida por su voz, que oscila entre mezzo y soprano lírica.
Brava es “puro fuego” (Fuego) cuando actúa con Gilberto Santa Rosa, el All-Stars puertorriqueño, o canta como voz principal con la gran banda de jazz de Humberto Ramírez, con quien ha realizado homenajes a La Lupe, Celia Cruz y Lucy Fabery. , entre otros.
Hasta la fecha, Brava ha publicado dos grabaciones y varios sencillos, entre ellos “Brava” (2009), “La Que Manda” (2014) y “Alma Mia” (2017), un álbum conceptual producido por el pianista, compositor y arreglista Manolo. Navarro.
En 2019, Michelle presentó su interpretación del éxito “Forever” de Kany García con arreglo del pianista Luisito Marín. En 2020 también estrenó “Por si Mañana”, otro arreglo de Marín, a dúo con Norbert, exintegrante de NG2. En el 2022 apareció como invitada en el especial navideño de Gilberto Santa Rosa, “De Navidad”.
Michelle Brava es parte de una nueva generación de mujeres puertorriqueñas con múltiples talentos que están honrando y ampliando los legados de Lucy Fabery, Sylvia Rexach, Celia Cruz, Elena Burke y Yolanda Rivera, entre otras. Aunque Michelle no es muy conocida en Estados Unidos (todavía), es sólo cuestión de tiempo antes de que reciba el reconocimiento que merece.
RECOMMENDED LISTENING
BRAVA (2009)
LA QUE MANDA (2014)
SINGLE: SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU (2022)
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A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Editor-in-Chief Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject. His writing appears on Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.

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