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(Published: July 12, 2022)

Sophomore Release Carries on Family's Rich Musical Heritage

Randy Brecker, Antonio Adolfo , Harry Allen, Duduka Fonseca Among Guest Artists

Concerts With Bossa Nova Legend Roberto Menescal Scheduled
August 19 and 20 in Florida

(St. Petersburg, FL -- July 12, 2022) Offering love and optimism to the world, rising-star Brazilian singer/songwriter, Daniela Soledade's sophomore release "Pretty World" is set for release on CD and digital August 5th and vinyl later this year. Called the new sound of bossa nova, Soledade calmly soothes a refreshing new Brazilian soundscape that is tenderly nuanced and cheerfully intimate.

Recorded in Rio de Janeiro, "Pretty World" captures her enchanting delivery of personal longing, sensual pleasures, the tranquility of nature and a longing to escape to a new world. Guest stars include trumpeter Randy Brecker, tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, Brazilian percussion maestro Duduka Fonseca, pianist Antonio Adolfo who wrote the Brazilian standard title track ("Sá Marina," with English translation by Alan Bergman/Marilyn Bergman) and a collaboration with bossa nova icon Roberto Menescal, providing the Portuguese lyrics to the beauty "Como é Gostoso Sonhar" ("It's So Good to Dream").

Daniela not only co-writes two sweetly lyrical originals with renowned guitarist, album producer and partner in life Nate Najar, she also soulfully sings deep into music from three generations of her family's rich and influential bossa nova aesthetic. "I come from a family of musicians who participated in the pre-bossa nova movement," she says. "My grandfather Paulo wrote songs that became hits in Brazil. My father Paulinho was fully active in the music, and he recorded hits as well. I love my family, and I continue the tradition in their honor." Daniela hastens to add that the rhythm team of her father Paulinho Soledade on bass and Claudio Infante on drums took the Rio sessions to another vibrant level.

Included in the mix is her legendary grandfather's song, "Circo da Vida" ("Circus of Life"), that has never been recorded before, as well as family Brazilian hits rarely if ever heard in the U.S. Along the way, Daniela throws a summer party on "Down in Brazil" written by Michael Franks charmed by his visit to Copacabana, and in an alluring a cappella close to the album, she magically renders "Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar" composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius De Moraes, two of her musical heroes. 

Born in Rio, Daniela grew up surrounded by music, spending a lot of time in her early years with her father in the session studios and at his home studio as producer for such artists as Ivan Lins and Gilberto Gil. She loved to sing so she participated with artists who needed background vocals. She was also enlisted to be a voice on Rede Globo TV shows and for commercials. When Daniela was 13, she became infatuated with the sound of the flute and the next year attended the renowned Music Conservatory Villa Lobos. Halfway through high school, in 2003 her family moved to the Tampa-St. Petersburg area in Florida where she finished her schooling. Following in the footsteps of her grandfather and father, her career aspirations began soon after. 

In 2019, Daniela recorded "A Moment of You", putting her on the jazz map as a new sound of bossa nova. With the world so dark and isolated in 2020, she teamed up with Nate to livestream a weekly duo concert series entitled Love & Bossa Nova. Lasting over a year, this helped to pave the way for the new album and has transitioned into a concert series Love & Bossa Nova Live which has been garnering rave reviews.

"Pretty World" opens with the standard title song composed by Antonio Adolfo. It was written in 1967 and became a hit in Brazil. "This is my opening statement of optimism and positive love," Daniela says. Following the opener, Daniela links up with bossa nova icon Roberto Menescal, providing the Portuguese lyrics to the beauty "Como é Gostoso Sonhar" ("It's So Good to Dream"). "That was a treasure writing with him," Daniela says. "He's been a reference in my life. I learned how to play guitar by studying his songbooks." The soulful, lyrical "Beijo No Arpoador" ("A Kiss on Arpoador") is a Daniela/Nate collaboration with flugelhorn solo by Randy Brecker. "I wrote the lyrics before Nate and I went to Brazil together for the first time," she says. Nate and I met through Jobim, and I was struck by him being such a masterful bossa nova guitarist. So this song talks about Jobim being our cupid and my intentions of kissing him on Arpoador." The other collaboration of the pair: the melodic gem "Nothing Compares." It's a song that Nate wrote ten years ago. He needed a lyricist. Daniela stepped in and penned the personal words.. It's our relationship. Track also features Harry Allen playing a tenor saxophone solo

The next stretch teems with family riches. "Every one of my albums will keep the family tradition alive," Daniela says. "If we stopped playing songs we could lose them forever. So, for the album, I sing one of my grandfather's best-known songs, ‘Estão Voltando As Flores,' which translates as ‘The Flowers Are Coming Back.' It's so much about hope and recovery."  The surprise is the rowdy New Orleans street quartet that opens and closes the song with swinging fun. Daniela laughs when talking about the life-preserving song "Winter Samba" that she wrote the English lyrics to for Paulinho's contribution. She says that her father is playful and comes up with unusual topics for songs. "My dad figured that everyone always talks about summer in Rio," she says. "So, he decided to write a song about winter in Rio." It was Paulinho who asked Daniela if she wanted to record one of her grandfather's songs that had never been recorded. She jumped at the opportunity. The upbeat and grooving "Circo Da Vida" is the result. Translated to "Circus of Life," Daniela decided not to translate the clever lyrics of the original with all the word plays. "It's a great song about not giving up no matter what people think," she says. 

That nugget of wisdom resonates with Daniela. She's proud of "Pretty World"-all about longing for a wonderful world through her exquisite vocals. "My desire is to spread the love. I love doing that. That's the underlying message. Share the love." 
Pretty World could very well captivate the spiritual, inspiring enchantment that we need to heal, recover and celebrate. Daniela's sweet, compelling tales of potent love and moving poetry sung with honesty, romanticism and grace are remarkably valuable in our days.

Physical and digital release August 5, 2022, Vinyl release coming late 2022.
Listen here: https://danielasoledade.com/press-kit


August 19, 2022
St Petersburg, Fl
Palladium Theater
DANIELA SOLEDADE "Pretty World" Album Launch feat. Bossa Nova Legend Roberto Menescal

August 20, 2022
Winter Park, Fl
Blue Bamboo Center For The Arts
Bossa Nova Legend Roberto Menescal In Concert With Special Guests Daniela Soledade & Nate Najar

Daniela Soledade, Roberto Menesal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZx1I8b8GFo

More Information: https://www.danielasoledade.com

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