Juliana Areias

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Juliana Areias
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Juliana Areias at the Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, Western Australia (2011).
Background information
Birth nameJuliana Vasconcellos Mendes
Also known asBossa Nova Baby
Born (1975-02-07) 7 February 1975 (age 48)[1]
São Paulo, Brazil
GenresBossa nova
Years active1996–present

Juliana Areias (often referred to as The Bossa Nova Baby) is a Brazilian singer-songwriter based in Australia. She is best known for her Bossa nova-style and her album Bossa Nova Baby, released in 2015.[2] She has toured internationally and also recorded six albums with Márcio Catunda.

Early life[edit]

Areias was born in São Paulo and exposed to music from a young age.[1] As a teenager, Areias met Ruy Castro, a journalist known for documenting much of the early Bossa nova movement. She attributes Castro and her direct exposure to the movement as her inspiration to become a singer. It was also Castro who originally gave her the nickname "The Bossa Nova Baby." She was also introduced to musicians such as Ronaldo Bôscoli and Luiz Eça.[3] She moved to Switzerland at the age of 21 to pursue her career as a singer-songwriter.[3]


Areias lived in Europe and New Zealand in her early career.[4] During that time she performed at major music festivals and toured internationally. She performed at events including Montreux Jazz Festival, Auckland Festival, and American's Cup in New Zealand.[1] In addition to touring and performing, Areias was the Brazilian Music Expert and research assistant for the University of Auckland's "Freesamba Project"[5] and recorded for Brazilian poet and composer Márcio Catunda between 1997 and 2010. She was featured on six of his albums including Anima Lirica (1997), Crescente (2000), Mistica Beleza (2003), Itineraria Sentimental (2008), Agua de Flores (2009) and O Jardineiro da Vida (2010).[1]

Areias moved to Perth in 2009.[1] In 2014, she performed consecutive sold-out shows in Australia, leading up to the release of her debut album.[6] In 2015, Areias released Bossa Nova Baby, her first original album which she recorded with jazz musicians including Doug de Vries, Pete Jeavons, Graham Wood, Ray Walker, Marcio Mendes, Chris Tarr, and Paul Millard.[1] The album contains 12 songs, all of which were influenced by the places she has lived and traveled.[7] The album was funded by a successful crowdfunding campaign on the Australian crowdfund site Pozible and was also sponsored by the Department of Culture and the Arts of Western Australia.[8][9]

After releasing the album, Areias performed at a sold-out launch concert for the album at the Ellington Jazz Club in Perth. She then performed nationally, giving performances at the Sydney Opera House and Perth International Jazz Festival.[10] The album received air play on radio stations throughout Australia, Brazil, Europe, and the United States.[10][11]


Original albums[edit]

Original albums
Title Album details
Bossa Nova Baby
  • Released: February 2015
  • Label: self-produced
  • Format: CD, digital download


Collaborations as featured artist
Title Album details
Anima Lirica
  • Released: 1997
  • Artist: Márcio Catunda
  • Released: 2000
  • Artist: Márcio Catunda
Mistica Beleza
  • Released: 2003
  • Artist: Márcio Catunda
Itinerario Sentimental
  • Released: 2008
  • Artist: Márcio Catunda
Agua de Flores
  • Released: 2009
  • Artist: Márcio Catunda
O Jardineiro da Vida
  • Released: 2010
  • Artist: Márcio Catunda

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Title Recognition details
USA Top 100 Jazz Charts – Jazz Week


  • Top No. 70 – 16 September 2019
  • Top No. 79 – 23 September 2019
  • Top No. 97 – 30 September 2019
  • Top No. 84 – 14 October 2019
  • Top No. 87 – 21 October 2019
Focus Brasil Awards 2019 – South Florida


  • Award winner – Best Brazilian Album released in the USA
 "Juliana Areias – Bossa Nova Baby " Album
WAM Awards Western Australia Music Awards 2019


  • Nominated – Best World Music Act Juliana Areias
WAM Awards Western Australia Music Awards 2016


  • Nominated – Best World Music Act Juliana Areias
WAM Awards Western Australia Music Awards 2015


  • Nominated – Best World Music Act Juliana Areias
WAM SOTY Awards Western Australia Music Awards 2015


  • Nominated – Best Song of the year – World Music Category
 Song: “Mare Cheia” (Full Tide)by Juliana Areias / Jahannes Dimyadi
  • Nominated – Best Song of the year – World Music Category
 Song: “Flecha” (Arrow) by Juliana Areias / Glenn Roggers


  1. ^ a b c d e f Carlos da Fonseca Barbosa, Antonio (6 January 2015). "Juliana Areias". Ritmo Melodia (in Portuguese). Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Reviews: Sainte-Marie, Areias, Immigrant Union, Griffin Quintet, Crazy P". The Australian. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b Schott, Ricardo (3 August 2014). "Juliana Areias: bossa nova e jazz brasileiro na Australia" (in Portuguese). Odia. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Juliana Areias's High Five". Jazz and Beyond. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  5. ^ Albim, Cravo. "Cravo Albim Dicionaro da Musica Brasileira". Dicionariompd (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Juliana Areias lança o primeiro álbum autoral" (in Portuguese). Maisbahia. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  7. ^ Astuto, Bruno (11 March 2014). "Referência entre os brasileiros na Austrália, Juliana Areias prepara primeiro álbum" (in Portuguese). Epoca. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Juliana Areias – Bossa Nova Baby CD". Pozible. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Creative Industries panel successful applications – April round 2014" (PDF). Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and the Arts. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  10. ^ a b Wagner, Beatriz (21 June 2015). "O Cônsul-Geral do Brasil em Sydney, embaixador Carlos Henrique de Abreu e Silva, fala dos eventos culturais e comerciais que vão acontecer na Ópera de Sydney e no Hotel Shangri La" (in Portuguese). SBS.com. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Jessica Nicholas: Wollny's Weltentraum". ABC Jazz. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  12. ^ Article in Jazz Week
  13. ^ "Focus Brasil Awards 2019". Focus Brasil. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  14. ^ "WAM Awards 2019". West Australian Music. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  15. ^ "WAM Awards 2016". West Australian Music. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  16. ^ "WAM Awards 2015". West Australian Music. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  17. ^ "WAM Song of the Year Awards 2015". West Australian Music. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2019.

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