Adriana Calcanhotto is a Brazilian singer and composer. Born from a musician father and a ballerina mother, she was born in 1965 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where her professional career began. Brought up in Brazilian musical and literary culture, Calcanhotto released her first studio album in 1990 and soon became one of the most well-known artists of her generation.
The versatile character of her work allows for the incorporation of various genres in her musical repertoire, such as samba, bossa nova, MPB – Brazilian pop genre and children’s songs. Indeed, Calcanhotto created the pseudonym Adriana Partimpim when she released a children’s album using that same name in 2004 – the project would be resumed in 2009. In 2008, she published her first book titled Saga Lusa, which chronicles her journey through Portugal during a tour to promote the album Maré. In 2015, she became an ambassador for the University of Coimbra, where she also lectures.
Calcanhotto received numerous distinctions, such as the Sharp award for best new female artist in 1990, the Latin Grammy for best children’s album with Adriana Partimpim in 2006, and the Latin Grammy for best song in Portuguese with Tua in 2010, as well as several platinum and gold records. Her songs have been recorded by many celebrated interpreters of MPB.