Fernanda Cunha


Fernanda Cunha
Fernanda Cunha
Fernanda Cunha is a Brazilian singer from Rio de janeiro. Niece of Brazilian
composer Sueli Costa and daughter of singer Telma Costa, she brought up in a
rich musical environment.
Fernanda started her career in 1997, her first performance was in Vinicius
Bar - Rio de Janeiro (favorite bossa nova club in Rio) followed by others performances in
In 2000 Fernanda had an opportunity to sing in Cleveland - Ohio with
guitarist Michael Manderen (Director of Oberlin Conservatory). Also she
performed in Rock and Roll Hall of fame, Blossom summer festival, Shaker
jazz fest, Nightown, and others places in US accompanied by Grupo Brasil (
Kip Reed on bass, Gary Aprile on guitar, Matt Perko on drums).
In July 2002 Fernanda decided to record her first album solo. She invited
Grupo Brasil and the Brazilian pianist Márcio Hallack to play in the CD. The CD "O tempo
e o lugar" was recorded in Cleveland at Clockwerke studios and was released in Brazil ( Rio
de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais). The repertoire includes some sambas like "Muito
Obrigado"(by Djavan), balads like "Velas icadas" (by Ivan Lins and Vitor Martins), bossa
novas like "Tim tim por tim tim"(by Haroldo Barbosa), among others.
In January 2004 Fernanda was invited to record a new album “ Dois corações” , a tribute to
Sueli Costa and Johnny Alf.
In 2005 Fernanda made her first appearance in Canada performing at YardbirdsuiteEdmonton and in Calgary . Since then she has been touring in Canada once a year at the jazz
festivals and jazz clubs.
In 2007 she recorded a new album “Zíngaro” with guitar player Ze Carlos, performing
songs written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Chico Buarque. The album was be released in
Brazil, US and Canada.
In 2009 Fernanda recorded an album featuring Brazilian and Canadian songs. The CD “
Brasil-Canada” features songs by Sueli Costa, Noel Rosa, Marcio Hallack, Joni Mitchel,
Bruce Cockburn, Shelton Brooks, Mike Lent (lyrics written by Fernanda) among others.
She has toured in Brazil, Canada, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Malaysia and Argentina.