Move over Shakira. There’s a new Venezuelan singing beauty, and she is turning heads in the music world. That beauty is Norka Luque. Norka is burning up the Latino dance charts with the hit singles from her first album. Her hit, Milagro, is making the kind of noise in the record industry that turns ordinary singers into superstars. But Norka isn’t an ordinary singer. She has been called extraordinary ever since she started singing in public at the age of eight in Venezuela.
But let’s fast-forward a couple of decades. That’s when Norka Luque and Emilio Estefan met. Estefan is the guy that married Gloria Fajardo and turned her into the lead singer of the Miami Sound Machine. Estefan has 19 Grammys and is still one of the most influential people in the music business especially the Latino music business. Estefan has produced albums for Shakira, Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, and Celia Cruz just to name a few of the stars that put their trust in him and his team of composers. When Estefan and composer Archie Pena heard Norka’s voice, they knew they had another superstar in the making. Norka had all the qualifications. She was trained professionally; she has style, panache, and beauty along with a keen business sense. Norka studied business in France, but she also earned degrees in fashion, the culinary arts, and marketing. Norka can hold her own during a business meeting, but her first love is singing, and it shows when she is behind a microphone and on stage.
It took Norka and Estefan’s team some time to put together the right arrangement that fit her style, but when they did Latino music lovers came out of the woodwork to buy it. Norka’s first album earned her a female pop artist of the year nomination in 2011. She also got to work with her idol, Shakira as well as Ricky Martin, Celia Cruz, and Marc Anthony. Norka became friends with Gloria Estefan. Gloria helped Emilio find the right sound for Norka. Gloria knew Norka’s music was pop dance music with a reggae, Mediterranean twist. That may sound crazy, but it works for Norka. Her single, Milagro, is one of the top records on the Latino dance charts.
Norka’s career is just beginning. She is becoming one of the Latino artists that cross over into the mainstream music scene. Her songs are being played on radio stations around in this country and around the world.
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