Ana Paula Valadão

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Ana Paula Valadão
Ana Paula Valadão, Diante do Trono na Torre de Davi.jpg
Ana Paula Valadão at the Tower of David, while recording the album Tetelestai in Jersualem.
Background information
Born (1976-05-16) May 16, 1976 (age 38)
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Genres Contemporary Christian music, contemporary worship music
Occupations Singer, songwriter, worship pastor, author, television presenter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1997–present
Labels Diante do Trono, Hosanna!, Integrity, Som Livre
Associated acts Diante do Trono

Ana Paula Machado Valadão Bessa (born May 16, 1976) is a Brazilian Christian singer, songwriter, worship pastor, writer, and television presenter. She is the leader of the ministry of praise Diante do Trono, which has sold 10 million albums.[1][2][3]

An award-winning worship leader, Ana Paula Valadão, is the founder of the music ministry Diante do Trono (Before the Throne). She has recorded multiple worship CDs in Portuguese and English, serves as a worship pastor at Lagoinha Baptist Church in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and has led millions in worship throughout the world. Ana Paula has sold over 10 million worship albums globally and has led worship gatherings of as many as two million people in attendance. She believes that worship is a major instrument for the restoration of a nation.[citation needed]


Ana Paula Valadão is the daughter of Pastors Márcio Valadão and Renata Valadão, pastors and founders of the Lagoinha Baptist Church. Ana Paula is the older sister of André Valadão and Mariana Valadão.[4] She started her music career by participating in a group called King's Kids. Her first album was "Expressão de Fé", recorded by the King's Kids. Some time later, she participated in the choir El-Shammah and recorded the album "Ele Tem Sido Fiel".[5]

Ana Paula Valadão studied Law at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), but locked up the course in 1996, and therefore decided to attend the Christ for the Nations Institute located in the state of Texas in the United States.[6] When she returned to Brazil, she began writing songs, and she recorded her first album entitled "Diante do Trono" in 1998. Its creation marked the beginning of the group Diante do Trono.[7] Ana Paula married the pastor Gustavo Bessa on September 13, 2000, one year and eleven months after they met. Afterward she struggled to conceive and portrayed this difficulty in her CD "Esperança", especially in the title track "Esperança". While recording her next CD, "Ainda Existe Uma Cruz", Ana Paula was pregnant with her first son Isaac Valadão Bessa, who was born on January 3, 2006, and on May 23, 2009 her second son, Benjamim Valadão Bessa was born.[8]

In August 2009, Ana Paula and her family moved to Dallas, Texas where her husband continued his ministerial studies.[1] However, she explained at the official website of Diante do Trono that she decided that she would not leave the band and would continue to appear in all the group's main events. In May 2011, the family returned to Brazil.

Ana Paula Valadão has received more than 25 awards on behalf of her group.[9] In 2004, of the 8 nominations that were submitted for Troféu Talento (a Brazilian award similar to the Dove Awards) she won 7, and was also nominated for awards in various categories in the 38th GMA Dove Awards for the album "In The Father's Arms", though she won none. Diante do Trono has traveled to several countries in America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Throughout its history, Ana Paula has remained head of the ministries, compositions and organizations of the group.[10]

In November 2011, Ana Paula Valadão traveled to the United States to record her first solo album in English in a partnership with Gateway Worship.[11][12]

In July 2012 Ana Paula Valadão was considered one of the 100 most important Brazilians of all time by the Brazilian television network SBT in partnership with the BBC, where through the Internet the public suggested names of people who should be considered the great icons of Brazil. Ana Paula has occupied the 97th position and participated in the program (with the name, O Maior Brasileiro de Todos os Tempos; English translation: The Greats) by singing on Brazilian national television.[13]

In July 2013, Ana Paula, with her group Diante do Trono recorded their sixteenth work in and for the northeastern backlands of Brazil, the interior is suffering from its worst drought in fifty years. The album "Tu Reinas" is a cry to God for help.[14]


Ana Paula Valadão is the leader of the music group Diante do Trono.

Solo career[edit]

  • As Fontes do Amor (2008 / 2009)[15]
  • Ana Paula Valadão Live in Finland (2010)[16]

Albums with El-Shammah[edit]

  • Ele Tem Sido Fiel (1997)

Albums with Diante do Trono Live[edit]

  • Tetelestai (2014)

Albums with Crianças Diante do Trono (Children's)[edit]

  • Crianças Diante do Trono (2001 / 2002)
  • Amigo de Deus (2002 / 2003)
  • Quem é Jesus? (2004)
  • Vamos Compartilhar (2005)
  • A Arca de Noé (2006)
  • Samuel, O Menino Que Ouviu Deus (2007)
  • Para Adorar ao Senhor (2008)
  • Amigos do Perdão (2010)
  • Davi (2012)

Other Albums with Diante do Trono[edit]

  • Aclame ao Senhor (Portuguese version of Shout to the Lord) (2000)
  • Shalom Jerusálem (Portuguese version of Shalom Jerusalem (Paul Wilbur)) (2000)
  • Brasil Diante do Trono (Special) (2001 / 2002)
  • In the Father's Arms (Album Nos Braços do Pai in English) (2006)
  • En los Brazos del Padre (Album Nos Braços do Pai in Spanish) (2006)
  • Sem Palavras (Instrumental) (2006)
  • Tempo de Festa (10 years) (2007)
  • Com Intensidade (10 years) (2007 / 2008)
  • Glória a Deus (Portuguese version of Album God Be Praised (Gateway Worship)) (2011 / 2012)
  • Hillsong Global Project: Português (2012)
  • Renovo (15 years) (2013)
Project Nations Before The Throne, a Ana Paula's dream.

Albums with Nations Before The Throne[edit]

  • Suomi Valtaistuimen Edessä (Songs in Finnish) (2012)
  • Läpimurto (Songs in Finnish) (2014)

Participation in international albums[edit]

Television program[edit]

  • Programa Diante do Trono (2001–2010) / (2013 – present)
  • Nos Bastidores com o DT (2011–2013)


  • Adoração Diante do Trono (2003)
  • Verdadeira Adoração – Princípios de Uma Vida Diante do Trono (2013)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Ana Paula Valadao Bessa". September 13, 2000. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ Brasil. "Ana Paula Valadão – Descubra músicas, shows, estatísticas e fotos na". Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ana Paula Valadão | (279 músicas)". Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Livres DT. "Ana Paula Valadão on "Livres Conference 2013"". Livres DT. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Salt Lake City – How Rand Adams met Ana Paula Valadão(Diante do Trono) through the Christ for the Nations Institute – CFNI". Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Diante do Trono biography". January 2, 2006. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Aconselhamentos: Foto de Isaque e Benjamim Valadão Bessa – Filhos de Ana Paula valadão". Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Troféu Promessas premia destaques da música gospel nacional". G1. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Biografia de Ana Paula Valadão no". Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Viagio – Son News's column on Newsvine". November 25, 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Começaram as gravações do álbum em inglês de Ana Paula Valadão | Amigos Diante do Trono". November 18, 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  13. ^ "O Maior Brasileiro de Todos os Tempos". Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  14. ^ "CD/DVD Tu Reinas no Sertão Nordestino". Diante do Trono. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  15. ^ "As Fontes Do Amor álbum (CD) Ana Paula Valadão letras de musicas no Letras de Músicas". Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Assista ao DVD Ana Paula Valadão Live in Finland | Amigos Diante do Trono". December 24, 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Desert Rain – Paul Wilbur – Ouça e descubra músicas na". Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Lluvia En El Desierto – Paul Wilbur – Descubra músicas na". Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Respondiendo – Christ for the Nations Music". Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  20. ^ "CD'S". Mike Herron Music. Retrieved September 8, 2012.