|Birth name||Claudia Alejandra Menkarski|
July 21, 1968 |
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Occupation(s)||Composer, producer and singer|
|Website||Claudia Brant Official Website (in English and Spanish)|
Claudia Alejandra Menkarski (born July 21, 1968), commonly known as Claudia Brant, is an Argentine composer, producer and singer of international acclaim. She has composed songs for singers like Il Divo, Ricky Martin, Ednita Nazario, Anahí, Santana, Luis Fonsi, Chayanne, Tito Nieves, Olga Tañón, Paulina Rubio, La Ley or Víctor Manuelle. Claudia also has teamed with composers as famous as the acclaimed David Foster, Walter A., Noel Schajris (Sin Bandera), Gianmarco, Jorge Luis Piloto, Luis Fonsi and Gabriel Flores. She have been appointed in March 2013, Senior Vice President in the Hall of Fame Latino Composers (LSHOF for its acronym in English), founded por Desmond Child and Rudy Pérez.
Born Claudia Alejandra Menkarski in July 21, 1968 in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she grew up. Influenced by her parents, who listened to a diverse range of music (Frank Sinatra to Nino Bravo), Claudia Brant discovered her love for music from the age of six, when she composed her first song. Seeing this, her parents gave her a guitar and she started playing it by ear. Then they put her in guitar lessons. Then she learned to play also bass and piano. Writing verses, however, was very easy for her and because she had no siblings she spent hours in her room trying to find chords and invent melodies, while writing her songs and recording her compositions on cassette. Her first experiences in music she lived it in the study. She worked in the recording of jingles and even got a contract with a label. Between the ages of 16 and 17 she worked in Argentina writing songs about the typical problems of adolescents. Diego Torres and Cristian Castro recorded her songs, which led her to Los Angeles, California. Later, she returned to Buenos Aires, where she studied architecture.
Professionally, she started composing at 19 or 20 years  and started singing in 1991. It was in this year when she won the Festival OTI in Mexico with the theme ‘¿Dónde estás ahora?’ ('Where are you now? )". Between 2006 and 2007 she began working with regional Mexican music exponents. Despite all her success, "No me doy por vencido", a song recorded by Luis Fonsi (and composed by both artists) in 2008, has been the song most successful of Claudia Brant so far. The song reached # 1 in the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and most of Central and South America. She has also released five solo albums that include songs written for other artists. She composed songs like "Más" (More) by Ricky Martin, "Gritar" (Scream) and "Respira" (Beathe) by Luis Fonsi, "Camina conmigo" (Walk with me) by Haash or "Hasta el final" (Until the end) by Il Volo.
In 2011, she released the album "Manuscrito" (Manuscript), an album containing her own versions of musical hits composed by her but sung before by other artists: "No me doy por vencido", of Luis Fonsi, "Ni rosas ni juguetes", of Paulina Rubio, etc).
Awards and Recognitions
She won the OTI Festival in 1991  and the Festival of Viña del Mar in 1994 or 1995 with the theme "Como ayer", as author and interpreter, being the first representative of Argentina to win it. The two songs were sung by her. Brant was awarded as Songwriter of the Year of Latina SESAC in three consecutive times in United States from the period 2006–07, addition to the Latin Grammy and Premio Oye (Hey Award.) Brant was nominated for Producer of the Year at the Latin Grammy Awards of 2004. In 2010, Claudia Brant was awarded three international awards: the Latin Grammy 2009 (from the Latin Academy of Recording United States) in Las Vegas for his song "Aquí estoy yo" (Here I Am), Hey Prize 2009 (Academy Mexican Music) in Guanajuato, México, by "No me doy por vencido" (No I give up) (that was included in the category of Song of the Year), and the title of Songwriter of the Year 2009 awarded by the Monitor Latino Convention in Los Angeles, California.
The latter has received the decision of a broad panel of representatives from radio and the music industry across the United States. To this is added to SESAC Latina Award # 1 in 2009 for his song "Aquí estoy yo" (Here I Am), that performed by co-author Luis Fonsi with David Bisbal, Aleks Syntek and Noel Schajris and swept the charts in Latin America and Spain, and spent 35 weeks at the top of the Billboard chart in the U.S. She also received two nominations Latin Grammy for the album "Manuscrito (Manuscripts)" in early 2011, for best recording´s engineering  and by Best Female Pop Vocal Album. In addition, in that same year, she received the third nomination in the twelfth edition of the Latin Grammys, that she shared with the Cuban Desmond Child, on the "Song of the Year" category for the song "Lo mejor de mi Vida eres tú" (Best of my life is you), played by Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin and the Spanish Natalia Jimenez.
Currently the artist is divorced and lives in Los Angeles since 1998, with her twins, a girl and a boy of five years old. She dreams of making the crossover into English and record an album in her own voice, playing and recording her greatest hits.
- She also has a career as an architect.
- She said her biggest influences are The Carpenters, Charly García, Mercedes Sosa and Brazilian music.
Claudia Brant is not only a composer but also a singer. These are her records:
- ENTONCES VALE LA PENA - 1989´s year
- CLAUDIA BRANT - 1992´s year
- TU MARCA EN EL AGUA - 1995´s year
- POR CAPRICHO - 2007´s year
- MANUSCRITO (her own versions of songs composed by her but sung before by other artists: "No me doy por vencido" (Luis Fonsi), "Invierno" (Reik), "Si no me amas" (Ednita Nazario), "Ni rosas ni juguetes" (Paulina Rubio), etc...) - 2011´s year
- SESAC Latina–Compositores y Editores (In spanish: SESAC Latina, Composers and Publishers). Retrieved July 12, 2011, to 11:49 pm.
- Mauricio Abaroa y Claudia Brant se unen a Pabellón de la Fama de Compositores (in Spanish: Mauricio Abaroa and Claudia Brant join to Hall of Fame Composers). Posted in "Vida latina. San Diego", in 9:20 a.m. March 5, 2013.
- Claudia Brant: Compositora de éxitos para interpretes latinos. E.J. TÁMARA, Associated Press. Publicated by Webmaster. Retrieved July 13, 2011, to 12:50 pm.
- Cuba out. La compositora argentina Claudia Brant pone letra a éxitos de cantantes latinos (In spanish:Argentina songwriter Claudia Brant composed to Latin singers hits). Posted on 26 October 2009. Retrieved July 12, 2011, to 11:04 pm.
- Claudia Brant nunca se dio por vencida (Claudia Brant never gave up). Posted by Tommy Calle, in April 11, 2011, 9:34 a.m. Retrieved February 25, 2012, to 13:41 pm.
- Escribe Claudia Brant para Leona Lewis y Anahí Notimex (Claudia Brant wrote for Leona Lewis and Anahi Notimex). Posted on Sunday September 18, 2011 at 19:00 and accessed October 5, 2011, at 0:10 pm.
- Claudia Brant :: SESAC. Retrieved October 26, 2022, to 13:48 pm. Posted by Nelson Henriquez & Alex Perez
- Claudia Brant triunfa versionando éxitos que escribió para otros (Claudia Brant succeeds successful version she wrote for others), Música AP. Published on Monday, 10.03.11, and retrieved October 5, 2011, to 0:01 pm.
- Claudia Brant: la dueña de los hits los recupera (in Spanish: the owner of the hits, retrieves it). Posted by María Noel Scanarotti in 13.01.2012.
- "Lista de nominados al los Grammy Latinos" (in Spanish). Terra Networks México. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
- Claudia Brant: Detrás del éxito de los latinos (Claudia Brant: Behind the success of Latinos) Published on October 20, 2009 by Isaldivia. Retrieved on October 5, 2011, at 23:40 pm.