Born on Isla Margarita, an island off the northeastern coast of Venezuela, Nella moved to Caracas at age 17, and in 2011, she enrolled at Berklee College of Music in Boston, majoring in performance, composition and production. She began singing in a trio that performed folk music from Latin America with jazz and pop influences and discovered the work of Afro-Spanish singer Buika, whose music is rooted in copla and flamenco.

It was in Boston that her a cappella rendition of the Venezuelan song, “La Negra Atilia,” caught the ear of Grammy-winning Spanish composer, producer and guitarist Javier Limón, who went on to produce Nella’s debut album, VOY, released on May 31, 2019 by Casalimón America Records. The album features 13 songs and includes guest appearances by Spanish flamenco singer Alba Molina, string player Santiago Prieto, from Latin Grammy-winning Colombian band Monsieur Periné, and two Venezuelan musicians, cuatro phenomenon Jorge Glem, and singer and composer Ilan Chester, a Latin Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.


To support her new album, Nella’s first North American tour begins in July 2019, and she will be accompanied by a trio featuring guitar, bass and percussion. Her setlist includes not only songs from VOY, but also some Venezuelan jewels like “La Negra Atilia” and classics by the legendary singer and songwriter Simón Díaz.

Watching her video confirms that Nella exudes something special and there is no question in Stay Thirsty Magazine’s mind that she is on her way to making her mark.

Nella - VOY


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