...so I'm a singer! I have been singing for two decades. And until a while ago, I thought being able to sing would be enough! Oh no, not today. You see, nowadays, one has to be a writer, a manager, an accountant, a publisher and so many other things that I get dizzy just thinking about it.

Today, I have to be a writer and talk about myself, not exactly me, but the "singer me", so you can have a better understanding of where I am coming from. It will be a lot of fun and also bring a sense of balance to this love hate "kinda thing", as in, I love to sing but hate to write about me.

So here I am. I was born in Cachoeiro do Itapemirim - ES, and not in Rio de Janeiro as a lot of people think. I was born in the same city as Roberto Carlos, "The King" of Brazilian Romantic Music. And after this hint, I shouldn’t have to tell you I'm a romantic singer. Oh yes, I did start my singing journey imitating "The King", and then, I found Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. And, who hasn't been inspired by these wonderful icons of romantic music?

Having teachers like these made my life a lot easier. All I had to do was be myself, so I took the plunge on a hot evening in Niterói. Mauro Costa Jr. approached me with his guitar asking me to sing “Wave” by Tom Jobin, which we did, but which, by the way, sounded terrible. However, we did get it right after a few tries. That got us very excited, so excited that we decided to start a band doing Bossa Nova and romantic music. We knew of another guitarist, Nelson Rebel, a player of wonderful notes, who, needless to say, ended up together with us. Later on, we named the band Grupo Acordes, and it is to them that I owe much of my understanding of music and the music business. A few years later, I met Julio São Paio, the composer and arranger for Antonio Carlos & Jocafi, and it was “love at first sight”. Right after that, Julio introduced me as a vocalist to the Brazilian music industry, where I have made many friends and fans.

I have been living in California since 1985. And, it is in the Bay Area where I met my friend Claudio Amaral, the bandleader of Viva Brazil - a Brazilian Jazz Band. Singing here and there, I met Stan Getz one night when I was singing at Yoshi’s in Oakland. He loved my voice, encouraged me to keep singing and never quit because, according to him, people listen when I sing. What a push! So after that, I started thinking of my solo CD. I got together with my friend, the producer and arranger Jay Wagner, to make my first solo CD, Somos Assim, which is by now introduced to you. Thank you for listening to me.

Sergio Pedroza