Edson Cordeiro was born in Santo André (São Paulo, Brazil). He began singing at 6 years old when he joined a church choir called "Cordeirinhos do Senhor". He went on to become famous as a street singer. He had his first TV performance with his own version of the aria of the Queen of the Night (W.A. Mozart). In 1996, he won the "Prêmio Sharp" for the best Brazilian pop singer.
Cordeiro first toured Europe in 1995. He was greatly acclaimed after his concerts, especially in Germany, where he also performed on national TV. His repertoire covers everything from opera and lieder to traditional Brazilian folksongs to 1970s disco music. It includes covers of Nina Hagen, Janis Joplin, Grace Jones, Prince and Edith Piaf, along with medieval psalms. As a vocal talent, Edson Cordeiro is comparable to exotic Peruvian singer Yma Sumac, who in her heyday also had a four-octave voice. Indeed Cordeiro covered one of Sumac's songs: "Babalu". Today Cordeiro performs mainly in South America, with a recent brief stint in Germany. Despite his many successes over the years, he is still relatively unknown.