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Gaby Moreno



Biography

Born and raised in Guatemala, Los Angeles based Gaby Moreno grew up inspired by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and Aretha Franklin. She immersed herself in blues, R&B and 60’s Soul and learned to speak English by singing the songs she loved.

Her original blend of Jazz, Blues and 1960s Rock & Soul has earned her the respect and appreciation of audiences in Latin America, Europe and U.S. In 2013, she received a Latin GRAMMY for Best New Artist. Previously in 2006, she won the Grand Prize at the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Moreno also co-wrote the theme song for NBC's hit television show "Parks and Recreation".

Gaby Moreno has toured across the globe alongside artists like Tracy Chapman, Ani DiFranco, Ricardo Arjona, Van Dyke Parks, The Punch Brothers and Calexico. Most recently she performed at David Byrne’s Meltdown Festival in London and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center.

Gaby released and toured “Ilusion,” all of 2016. Ilusion is produced by Gabriel Roth from Daptone Records and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings camp. Armed with a warm, soulful horn inflected sound- Moreno creates a unique lane of music that straddles both the English and Spanish speaking world and blazes an intoxicating invitation into her musical world.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/2/2019: Gaby Moreno

Gaby Moreno’s original blend of jazz, blues, and 1960s rock & soul has earned her the respect and appreciation of audiences in Latin America, Europe, and the U.S. In 2013, she received a Latin Grammy® for Best New Artist. In 2006, she won the Grand Prize at the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Moreno also co-wrote the theme song for NBC’s hit television show Parks and Recreation.

Video 6/20/2016: Gaby Moreno - World Refugee Day

Award-winning singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno comes to the Millennium Stage as part of World Refugee Day to present a special musical performance highlighting the situation of Central American refugees. Born in Guatemala, Gaby Moreno’s captivating blend of blues, jazz, soul, and R&B has made her a rising star on the international music scene. This performance is presented in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). For more information on World Refugee Day, please visit: www.refugeeday.org

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