BIO

Starting my Bio honoring my parents. I came from the union of this beautiful Brazilian couple of artists. We play and sing together, with them life is a celebration. Golden Sun.  

Having been born in New York City and raised in Rio de Janeiro by musically inclined parents with careers in the performing arts, it was only natural that I followed in their footsteps as an actress and singer/songwriter.
Music
My first singing teacher was a classic opera singer. I would stand in the edge of her grand piano, staring out of this wide window with an awe-inspiring view of the ocean. When the high keys were struck she would say, “send that note to the horizon”. I could feel my voice flying like a bird flying over seas. 
Walking the seashore one day, on a beach in Rio de Janeiro, I began singing a melody and soon realized it was inspired by the waves splashing on the sand. Since that day, when I go to the beach I take my time to sing for the waves and for the horizon. Much of my inspiration for song writing comes from observing nature, especially the movements of the sea. Now that I call the Hudson Valley in New York State my home, the Hudson River replaces the seashore as my watery muse.
My teacher of Brazilian popular music, Eveline Hecker, taught me classic Brazilian songs from the countries most well know composers. Her gorgeous, velvet voice even landed her a job doing backing vocals for Antonio Carlos Jobim. That is what inspired me to do concerts of Bossa Nova & Samba music, both rhythms being prominent in the culture of my home town of Rio de Janeiro, and these are the influences I've drawn on most for my performances in New York over the last few years.
Yoga 
I was 15 years old when I attended my first Yoga class in Rio de Janeiro. I fell in love with the ancient Indian practice and later that year I found myself on the mat in New York's Union Square. In November 2014 my teacher's training began, knowing I needed to go deeper into the practice if I was to fully develop my mind, body and soul. Yoga has instilled in me a confidence to develop the music within me, and builds my willpower to maintain joy, happiness, peace and love everyday. 
 
Mariana Barcellos