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April Ivy
April Ivy performing in a concert in 2017
April Ivy performing in a concert in 2017
Background information
Birth nameMariana Barreiros dos Santos Gonçalves
Born (1999-07-10) 10 July 1999 (age 25)
Lisbon, Portugal
OriginPortugal
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • Composer
  • Actress
Instrument(s)
  • Vocals
  • Piano
  • Guitar
Years active2015–present

Mariana Barreiros dos Santos Gonçalves (born 10 July 1999), better known for her stage name, April Ivy, is a Portuguese singer-songwriter.

Since the age of 9, she has been getting a taste of the artistic world, either giving voice to Disney characters (Toy Story 3, Tangled, Minnie & You, etc.) or in the art of acting. With international training, she participated in several workshops in Portugal, Switzerland, Norway and England. It was also at this age that she started having both piano and voice lessons and formed her first band where she was the lead vocalist and guitar player (Flames on Fire). As a result of studying at St.Julians School ever since she was three years old until the age of 18, April feels her emotions in English. She then got a degree in Marketing and Advertisement at IADE - Universidade Europeia , whilst pursuing her musical career.[1] Through her piano and guitar compositions, she is the writer and performer of her own songs, as well as composing for other artists.

Career[edit]

She began her artistic career at the young age of 10 where she voiced the character 'Molly' for the Portuguese version of the Disney Movie 'Toy Story 3'. That was her first professional encounter to a studio and the artistic scene. Following that, she did the voice over for Disney productions 'Tangled' and 'Molly and Me'.

Her passion for music spoke louder as April began performing at the age of 9 with her band 'Flames on Fire', where she was the guitarist and lead singer. The band would perform at school events and parties, and April (or Mariana at the time) would sell their merchandise to parents and friends.[2] One year after, she was posting covers and original songs both on Youtube and Spotify. At the age of 14 as a school project, she did an internship at Portugal's radio station company for a week Grupo Renascença Multimedia, where she was scouted by Mega Hits’ director, Nelson Cunha.[3]

April began her career at the tender age of 16 with her first single "Be Ok" as an independent artist. Composing and performing the song, she reached the top of national radio airplay list, as well as the top of national Spotify, YouTube and iTunes charts. In sales, the single reached the top 100 of the national charts debuting and peaking in 1st as well as being part of a Portuguese television teen series "Massa Fresca" soundtrack.[4] Later in June 2016, she signed her first international deal with Universal Music France.[5] Thanks to her chart-topping single 'Be Ok' , April was then invited to perform at the Santa Casa Stage of the 2016 MEO Sudoeste.[6] Later in November 2016, her song "Shut Up" soundtracked the Portuguese telenovela "A Impostora" .[7]

April was nominated for Best Portuguese Act in the 2016 MTV EMA, as well as was nominated for Best Newcomer in the 2017 Golden Globes (Portugal) ending up losing to the actress Beatriz Frazão.[8] April won the award Best Newcomer in the 2016 "Melhores do Ano" gala by Radio Nova Era.[9]

On 5 August 2017 during her summer tour, April performed at the main stage, MEO Stage, of the 2017 MEO Sudoeste.[10]

On 19 July 2019 she released her first album "game.of.love" which included her first six singles plus four new songs. The album was edited by Warner Music Portugal.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Mariana Barreiros dos Santos Gonçalves was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal. Her mother has Italian ancestry, while her father is from Lisbon. Mariana is the middle child of two brothers, João Miguel aged 14, and Miguel aged 24. She studied at St. Julians School from the age of three, until college, where she got a degree in Marketing and Advertisement at IADE - Universidade Europeia , whilst pursuing her musical career.[1]

She dated Manchester City player and International Portuguese player Ruben Dias from 2018 to 2021.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details
game.of.love

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with year released, selected chart positions, certifications, and album name shown
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
POR
[12]
"Be Ok" 2016 91 game.of.love
"Shut Up" 2017
"Run For Cover" Non-album single
"Frida"
(featuring Conductor)
2018
"Tell Me Baby" 2019
"Habits"
"Can't Fight This Feeling" 2020
"Temporary Love"
"Far From Home"
"Fico por Aqui" 2021
"Broken Apologies"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
POR
[12]
"Não Sou Eu"
(Diogo Piçarra featuring April Ivy)
2017 70 do=s
"Vem Na Vibe"
(Blaya featuring April Ivy and Ella Nor)
2019 46 Blaya con Dios

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ramalho, Flávia (5 September 2019). "April Ivy: A artista e a estudante". Mais Superior (in European Portuguese). Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  2. ^ "April Ivy: "Aos 8 anos já tinha a minha banda e vendia o meu merchandise"". NiT (in European Portuguese). Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  3. ^ Hits, Mega. "April Ivy (Dia Mundial da Rádio)". Mega Hits (in European Portuguese). Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  4. ^ Massa Fresca (TV Series 2016– ) – IMDb, retrieved 10 September 2021
  5. ^ "Biography – April Ivy". Archived from the original on 10 September 2021. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  6. ^ "BLITZ – Sangue novo no MEO Sudoeste: April Ivy, Átoa, Neev e Mishlawi". Jornal blitz (in European Portuguese). Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Banda Sonora da novela: "A Impostora" I TVI". musicportugal.pt. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  8. ^ SAPO. "Da música ao cinema: Os vencedores dos Globos de Ouro da SIC". SAPO Mag (in Portuguese). Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Os "Melhores do Ano" foram premiados este fim-de-semana - JPN". JPN - JornalismoPortoNet (in European Portuguese). 3 April 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  10. ^ Almeida, Marco. "Fotos: April Ivy no MEO Sudoeste, 5 de Agosto de 2017". musicfest.pt (in European Portuguese). Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  11. ^ "APRIL IVY lança hoje o seu álbum de estreia "game.of.love" em todas as plataformas digitais". On fm (in European Portuguese). 19 July 2019. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  12. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "portuguesecharts.com - Search - April Ivy". portuguesecharts.com. Retrieved 28 February 2022.