ZÃ©lia Duncan is a phenomenon as a high-selling singer/composer and has sold 160,000 copies of her ZÃ©lia Duncan album. Since 1994, she has been a major national success, touring through countries of Europe in 1996 and also winning awards from critics in Brazil. At six, she and her family moved to BrasÃlia, where at 16, she did her first show. In 1981, she sent a tape to the Sala Funarte, a renowned hall in Rio that promoted novice concourses. She won the competition and then did her first professional appearance there. The show was a success and she was granted an invitation to represent BrasÃlia at that year's edition of the Pixinguinha project, in which she toured the Northeast accompanying Cida Moreira and Wagner Tiso. In 1987, she came back to Rio. She then worked as a backing vocalist for singer JosÃ© Augusto, and was also a DJ for RÃ¡dio Fluminense FM ("Maldita"), under the pseudonym Cristina Moreira. In 1987, she performed at the extinct Botanic Bar, still as ZÃ©lia Cristina. In 1989, she opened the show ZÃ©lia Cristina no Caos, which yielded an invitation from label Eldorado to record her first album, Outra Luz. Whle she may regret the work now, it did bring her two PrÃªmio Sharp nominations: Revelation and Best Pop/Rock Singer. The album had the participation of Luiz Melodia. It also opened her up to the opportunity of performing on several TV shows and capitals of Brazil. She was then hired to a five-month contract in Abu Dhabi, Arab Emirates. During that time, she wrote most of her second album's lyrics. Returning to Brazil, she created a band and did a season at the Torre de Babel nightclub. Producer Guto GraÃ§a Melo saw the performance and invited her to record in his studio, the tapes from which were never released. Invited by label Lumiar's owner Almir Chediak, she appeared on the Dorival Caymmi's Songbook, interpreting "SÃ¡bado em Copacabana." It was when she was invited by producer Beth AraÃºjo (who is now her business partner and manager) to record her second album, ZÃ©lia Duncan (her mother's maiden surname, a suggestion of Warner's president in Brazil). Tanita Tikaram's "Cathedral Song" had a version, and "Catedral" was included on a major soap opera soundtrack. Billboard magazine appointed it one of the ten best Latin albums of 1994. In 1995, she performed at Jazzmania in March, did a show at SÃ£o Paulo's SESC PompÃ©ia, and was invited to the JB FM commemoration at the Metropolitan, where she performed with Adriana Calcanhoto, CÃ¡ssia Eller, and Maria BethÃ¢nia. Also that year, she played at the Tom Brasil hall, being the first woman to do so. She participated on the Tom Jobim and Djavan songbooks, as well. She received the Golden Record for 100,000 copies sold of ZÃ©lia Duncan and in May 1996, it reached 140,000 copies. She performed with the Orquestra Jazz SinfÃ´nica, Ed Mota, and Chico CÃ©sar at the Kaiser Bock Winter Festival. The Orquestra invited Duncan to two other performances. In August, she finished the tour commemorating 160,000 copies sold. On Father's Day, she gathered 30,000 people at a live performance in SÃ£o Paulo. For her next album, the song "Enquanto Durmo" was included on the Salsa e Merengue soap opera before the album was released (which happened in November). Intimidade sold 90,000 copies right in the first month. In 1996, she received the APCA prize as Best Singer. In 1997, she toured for the second time through Portugal and Spain. In May, she participated in the Casa do Samba 2, while touring Brazil. On June 19, she opened a series of five presentations in New York, where she also performed with Lenine and Hermeto Pascoal. She again performed in Portugal and Spain and in September, she did 12 performances in Japan. She appeared in a show in SÃ£o Paulo for 20,000 people, together with Carlinhos Brown, Alceu ValenÃ§a, Beth Carvalho, Chico CÃ©sar, Zeca Baleiro, and the Orquestra Jazz SinfÃ´nica. In October 1998, her album Acesso was released and she embarked on a national tour. ~ Alvaro NederPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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