Laura Rizzotto

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Laura Rizzotto
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Background information
Birth nameLaura de Carvalho Rizzotto
Born (1994-07-18) 18 July 1994 (age 25)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer-songwriter
  • guitarist
  • pianist
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • ukulele
  • piano
Years active2009–present
LabelsUniversal Music Brazil
Websitewww.laurarizzotto.com

Laura de Carvalho Rizzotto (Latvian: Laura di Karvaļu Rizoto; born 18 July 1994) is a Latvian-Brazilian singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist. She released her debut studio album Made in Rio in 2011 through Universal Music Brazil, which included the single "Friend in Me". In 2014, she independently released her second studio album Reason to Stay, and independently released the extended play RUBY in 2017.

Rizzotto represented Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, with the song "Funny Girl", but achieved the 12th place during the 2nd semifinal and didn't qualify to the final.

Early life and education[edit]

Rizzotto was born on 18 July 1994 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has a brother named Lucas.[1] Her father is a Brazilian of Latvian descent, with his mother being born in Liepāja and raised in Riga,[2][3] and his father Domenico Rizzotto was a Belluno-born teacher who emigrated to Brazil in the early 19th century.[4] Her mother is of Portuguese descent.[5] Rizzotto and her family moved to the United States in 2005, and settled in Edina, Minnesota.[2] She spent her childhood between Rio de Janeiro and the United States. After high school, she began attending Berklee College of Music in Boston.

In 2013, Rizzotto moved to Los Angeles to attend the California Institute of the Arts, graduating with a degree in musical arts. Afterwards, she moved to New York City and received a master's degree in music from Columbia University in 2017.[6]

Career[edit]

Rizzotto began her professional music career in 2009 and signed with Universal Music Brazil the following year. She went on to release her debut studio album Made in Rio in 2011, which featured production by Eumir Deodato.[6] In 2012, Rizzotto performed as the opening act for Demi Lovato during her A Special Night with Demi Lovato performances in Brazil.[2] In 2014, she self-released her second studio album Reason to Stay.[6] From 2016 to 2017, she worked as the Portuguese language coach for Jennifer Lopez after being hired by Sony Music.[7] In 2017, Rizzotto self-released RUBY, the first EP of an intended series titled Precious Stones. The second installment AMBER will be released in 2018 as a tribute to her Latvian roots.[6]

In December 2017, Rizzotto was announced as one of the competitors in Supernova 2018, the Latvian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, in Lisbon, Portugal, with the song "Funny Girl".[8] She advanced to the televised rounds after being selected from both an online vote and live audition.[9][10] Rizzotto competed in the third semi-final on 17 February 2018, and became one of the two qualifiers to advance to the final on 24 February.[11][12][13] On 24 February, she was chosen as the winner of the competition.[14][15][16][15]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
BRA
Made in Rio
Reason to Stay

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Extended play details Peak chart positions
BRA
RUBY
  • Released: 30 October 2017
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: Streaming

Singles[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
LVA BRA
"Friend in Me" 2011 Made in Rio
"When I Look In Your Eyes" 30
"Reason to Stay" 2014 Reason to Stay
"Teardrops"
"Love It (The World Cup Song)" Non-album single
"The High" 2017 RUBY
"Cherry on Top"
"Red Flags"
"Funny Girl" 10 AMBER
"Bonjour" 2018 3 RUBY
"Tightrope" 2019 1 Non-album single

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Laura Rizzotto prepara turnê pela Flórida" (in Portuguese). acheiusa. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Ķilkuts, Kārlis (26 January 2018). "Viņa mācījusi pašu Dženiferu Lopesu! EKSKLUZĪVA intervija brazīļu latvieti Lauru Rizzotto, kas ar prieku un lepnumu pārstāvētu Latviju "Eirovīzijā"" (in Latvian). Skaties.
  3. ^ Ļaudis soctīklos reaģē uz Lauras Rizoto uzvaru «Supernovā», tvnet.lv, 26 February 2018, accessed 10 May 2018
  4. ^ Eurovision 2018, intervista a Laura Rizzotto: “L’Italia è uno dei posti che preferisco”, eurofestivalnews.com, 17 March 2018, accessed 17 August 2019
  5. ^ "Brazīlijā dzimusī Laura piedāvā 'eirodziesmas' klipu" (in Latvian). Delfi. 24 January 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d "Bio". laurarizzotto.com. Laura Rizzotto. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Laura Rizzotto - «Supernova 2018» dalībniece" (in Latvian). Latvijas Sabiedriskais medijs. 6 December 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  8. ^ Herbert, Emily (6 December 2017). "Latvia: Supernova 2018 Participants Announced". eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  9. ^ Weaver, Jessica (10 December 2017). "Latvia: Online voting in Supernova 2018 now open". esctoday.com. Esctoday. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  10. ^ Weaver, Jessica (10 December 2017). "Latvia: Jury hearing phase takes place for Supernova 2018". esctoday.com. Esctoday. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  11. ^ Granger, Anthony (17 February 2018). "Latvia: Supernova 2018 Final Line-Up Complete". Eurovoix.
  12. ^ Knoops, Roy (17 February 2018). "Latvia: Supernova 2018 semi-final 3 results, all finalists known!". ESCToday.
  13. ^ Halpin, Chris (17 February 2018). "Latvia: Laura Rizzotto and Lauris Valters qualify from the final heat of Supernova 2018". Wiwibloggs.
  14. ^ Sigurðsson, Hlynur (24 February 2018). "Laura wins Supernova!". escXtra.
  15. ^ a b "Laura Rizzotto will represent Latvia at Eurovision". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. 25 February 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  16. ^ Mercereau, Damien (9 March 2018). "2018 : Laura Rizzotto, la touche brésilienne de la Lettonie" (in French). Le Figaro. Retrieved 10 March 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Triana Park
with "Line"
Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest
2018
Succeeded by
Carousel (band)
with "That Night"