Six Degrees Records and Starbucks Hear Music have announced the self-titled debut of Brazil’s smash hit sensation CéU. She is the first international artist featured in the Starbucks Hear Music Debut series.
“CéU is an incredibly electrifying performer with universal appeal,” said Ken Lombard, president of Starbucks Entertainment.
CéU (pronounced “cell with a light L”) is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist whose music is rooted in samba, the infectious rhythmic style made famous in Brazil, which she blends with hip-hop, jazz and soul to create an intoxicating and distinctive sound.
Nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2006 for “Best New Artist,” CéU is a rising star who is now looking to take over the US music scene. Her full name is Maria do CéU Whitaker Poças, but she goes by the simple moniker CéU. It is a name that when translated into English means “sky” or “heaven.”
Just when you think that Brazil must surely have exhausted its supply of irresistibly jazzy, funky, sexy, soulful electro-pop singer-songwriters, someone like CéU releases an irresistible album full of Samba, reggae, dub, electronica, love, heartbreak, chaos and sweet tunefulness.