Born in Sao Paulo, Juliana began her professional artistic career as an actor at the age of 13. Known as The Bossa Nova Baby – a nickname given by Brazilian journalist Ruy Castro (author of Bossa Nova’s history book Chega de Saudade) during her teenage years – Juliana’s love for this seductive music evolved into a desire to become a professional singer after meeting and learning directly from some of its creators.
After a short period living in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, she moved to Salvador, one of the most musical and vibrant Brazilian cities where she first performed as a singer in the idyllic Itapuã Lighthouse Beach – a magic place that has always inspired major Brazilian poets and composers such as Vinícius de Morais.
Juliana Areias music embraces several shades of the Brazilian music spectrum and its resonance upon jazz and other international musical styles. Her repertoire consists of an interesting blend of original tunes composed with local and international music partners around the world; as well as her own interpretation and fusions of contemporary tendencies and timeless bossa nova, samba, chorinho and baiao classics from top Brazilian composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Djavan, Lenine,Pixinguinha, Joao Bosco, Guinga, Chico Buarque, Gilberto Gil, Ivan Lins, Arlindo Cruz, Joyce, Rosa Passos, Ceu and Maria Gadu. She also cites her influences as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Djavan and Lenine, Leny Andrade, Rosa Passos, Leila Pinheiro and Rita Lee.
Though Juliana is a solo artist she has performed with many musicians and bands around the world including the virtuoso guitarists Ademir Candido and Doug de Vries. Some of the bands she has performed with include: Jazz Brazil Trio (in Brazil and Switzerland) , Fofao do Cavaco and Amazonas Band around Europe. In New Zealand: Bel Bossa , Brisa Louca , Batucada Sound Machine, Mombasa, Soul Brasil, Corcovado, Baque Virando and Vox Nova. In Australia and Singapore : So Brazil, Sambalicious, Aquarela, Ayoa and special guest appearances with Marcio Mendes, Shameem Taheri-lee, James Flynn, Libby Hammer, Victoria Newton and Maya Nova.
Hey There! Bossa Nova Kisses! Thank you for connecting with my music and passion. If you would like to keep updated, please visit my website www.julianaareias.com and If you are in facebook , like my page Juliana Arieas Brazilian Singer– so we can keep in touch! I would love to hear from you! Cheers and Obrigada! Ju : )