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SULTRY REMAKE OF MINNIE RIPERTON'S "LOVIN' YOU" HITS INTERNATIONAL AIRWAVES WITH AWARD-WINNING BRAZILIAN ARTIST FABIANA PASSONI
(Published: March 22, 2012)

Fabiana's First Single in English Adds Light Samba Flair to 1970s Billboard Hit

Los Angeles (March 2012) - Using a samba rhythm and her velvety voice, internationally renowned Brazilian star Fabiana Passoni puts a unique flair on her remake of Minnie Riperton's Billboard Hot 100 #1 1975 hit, "Lovin' You." Marking her first single in English, "Lovin' You" is being heard on jazz and adult contemporary radio stations across the U.S. in top DMAs and everywhere in between, as well as across the globe. Release of her single coincides with her recognition as Best Brazilian female singer living outside Brazil in the U.S. by the 2012 Brazilian International Press Awards being held in Ft. Lauderdale marking her official comeback to the music scene following a three-year battle with breast cancer and the birth of triplets.

Fabiana's strong desire to add more songs in English to her performances, coupled with multiple requests by her American fans led Kleber Jorge, her legendary guitarist, to suggest "Lovin' You" as her first English-language single. Working closely with her band members, the song evolved into a light samba with an infusion of percussion, Fabiana's trademark musical style. Initially slated as a precursor to her next CD project, Fabiana decided to release "Lovin' You" as a single and plans to complete a full album in late 2012/early 2013. The single is available now for download at www.CDBaby.com and www.iTunes.com.

"Although music is a universal language appreciated by all walks of life and cultures, audiences like to hear music in their own native tongue," says Fabiana Passoni. "With ‘Lovin' You' I can connect with my English-speaking fans while delivering the musicality and style that are definitely my own - Brazilian! To me this is how I can help connect people and cultures with each other."

Fabiana shares a kindred spirit with Riperton who experienced a similar battle with breast cancer but sadly succumbed to the illness at the young age of 31. The song was chosen as a cover long before Fabiana learned of Riperton's affliction of the same disease. That heartfelt bond greatly influenced Fabiana's interpretation of this classic hit. Riperton, mother of actress Maya Rudolph, used the song while she battled breast cancer as a way to comfort her daughter. Fittingly, Fabiana also comforts her triplets with her own version of "Lovin' You" much to their delight.

Recording "Lovin' You" is Fabiana's foray into recording an entire album in English. Focusing on other cover songs, Fabiana plans to reintroduce them to fans using her interpretative style woven in a gambit of different Brazilian rhythms. These "remakes" in bossa nova, baião, samba, etc. will embrace a broad range of American and English styles and rhythms. An intimate summer tour throughout the United States is planned with cities/ dates to be announced soon.

About Fabiana Passoni
Chosen by the Brazilian International Press Awards' 2012 Colégio Eleitoral composed of U.S. based Brazilian groups and community organizations as best Brazilian Female Singer living in the U.S. confirms Fabiana's ability to connect her fans to her music. Her battle with breast cancer put her on a journey not only of survival but also to a deeper discovery of her own personal musical style. Fabiana's dreams never faltered and her joyful spirit propelled her rebounding success. In 2011 she released the acclaimed Naturalmente Brasil featuring 12 original tracks. Her interpretations are passionate, sensual and exciting. Her live performances are a celebration of Brazilian soul and culture - rich in percussion and expression with a relentless zeal for life. Find out more about Fabiana on her web page at www.fabianapassoni.com.


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