Arriving in the U.S. in 1980, Kenia quickly established herself as the new Brazilian singer on the scene, and recorded her debut in the States with trumpeter Claudio Roditi on his album Red on Red. Several years later, she launched her solo recording career, producing four popular and critically acclaimed albums for the MCA and Denon labels. Kenia established herself as one of the most popular Brazilian musicians since the heyday of Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66.
Performing with Kenia for this special show will be her keyboardist Phil DeGreg, along with Antoine Fatout on drums and Roger Hines on bass.
Born Kenia Acioly into a family of Italian origins in the city of Nova Iguancu, a distant working class suburb of Rio de Janeiro, Kenia studied piano and guitar before realizing her success as a vocalist. Influenced by Brazilian greats such as Elis Regina, she also listened to Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McRea and George Benson. Her choice of music to interpret came not from the bossa nova of the 1960s, but from the talents of the generation of composers that followed and put the Brazilian sound on the world map once again.