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Deborah Blando

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Deborah Blando has had worldly success with "Boy -- Why Do You Wanna Make Me Blue," and has also had hits in Europe with "Nanita" and "Que Mala Vida." In Brazil Blando won a gold record with her Unicamente (1996). Blando liked to sing ever since she was a small child. After moving with her family to Florianópolis (Santa Catarina) at age five, she started singing in local children's choirs. At 11 she was the soloist of As Meninas do Sul choir; she also performed solo interpreting Italian hits. Then she recorded her first album under the pseudonym Giovanna. In the early '80s, she was invited to participate in Oswaldo Montenegro's musical Os Menestréis. Blando would also work in Montenegro's Dança dos Signos (1983). After she was introduced to Cyndi Lauper during her Brazilian tour in 1989, Blando was invited by Lauper's manager David Wolff to record at the American Sony. Two years later, Blando released A Different Story, having the hit "Boy -- Why Do You Wanna Make Me Blue" included in Diet Coke's advertising and executed throughout the world. In 1994 she worked for the Brazilian Coca-Cola and re-recorded the Tim Maia hit "O Descobridor dos Sete Mares." She recorded Suave Suave (1995) with the participation of B-Tribe, and had success in the European dance houses with "Nanita" and "Que Mala Vida." In 1996 she recorded Unicamente, which yielded her a gold record in Brazil. In 1998, she had another hit with "Somente o Sol" (version for "I'm Not in Love"), which became the opening theme of the TV Globo soap opera Corpo Dourado. ~ Alvaro Neder
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