|Birth name||Marcelo de Souza Camelo|
|Born||February 4, 1978|
|Origin||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Genres||Folk rock, alternative rock, MPB, samba, acoustic music|
|Labels||Abril Music, Sony BMG|
|Associated acts||Los Hermanos, Mallu Magalhães, Rodrigo Amarante, Banda do Mar|
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Marcelo de Souza Camelo (Rio de Janeiro, February 4, 1978) is a Brazilian composer, singer, guitarist, and poet. He is best known as composer and lead guitarist of the Brazilian band Los Hermanos. Since the end of the band, he continues composing for many interpreters, mainly Maria Rita and Ivete Sangalo. In 2008, was released his first solo CD, Sou.
1997-2007: Los Hermanos
Son of Ernesto Camelo and naïve painter Ana Camelo, Marcelo was born in Rio de Janeiro, having grown up in Jacarepaguá, a west suburb of the city. He had his first contact with rock as a fan of American hard rock Bon Jovi. His contact with rock music would take most of his time in college, through an active participation in a fanzine focused on Rio's music scene where he interviewed many musicians including Alexandre Kassin, a member of the Band Acabou la Tequila at the time, one of the major musical influences of Camelo. When studying journalism at the PUC-Rio Marcelo had first contacts with stage performing through forming the bands Drive By, Barnabé and Minanina's Popcorn before creating Los Hermanos.
In 1999, Marcelo Camelo's band, Los Hermanos, released their first self-titled album. The band later released Bloco do Eu Sozinho and Ventura respectively in 2001 and 2003. These two are listed in the 100 greatest albums of Brazilian music by Rolling Stone (Brazilian edition). Later in 2005 they released their last album so far called 4.
2007-present: solo career
After Los Hermanos announced the band's hiatus, the composer released his first album entitled Sou (in English: "I am"). The album which features a cover-poem by artist Rodrigo Linares was first launched on the Internet, through the Sonora site at Terra Networks portal. The album features 14 tracks composed by Marcelo Camelo, two performed exclusively by pianist Clara Sverner, a guest artist in the recording. Besides her, Mallu Magalhães and accordion player Dominguinhos are also present on the album. The song Janta, which has the participation of Mallu, was listed by Brazilian Rolling Stone as the best track of 2008.
In April 2010 the tracks for what would be the second album of studio of Marcelo's solo career was in the final process of recording and the propio author had already announced that the dc unnamed point would be released in three months. However Camelo decided to change everything and moved to São Paulo lived with his wife and returned to his old town Rio de Janeiro he says after handling titled Toque Dela: "To my demands, I was missing another type of aesthetic I made a strategic stop to hear what he had written. He brought [the tracks] to Rio, and they sound totally different here and in Sao Paulo. Already on the plane disk is changing. "
Marcelo is the composer, singer and solo player of the biggest hit of Los Hermanos, the song Anna Julia, which became a world hit with Jim Capaldi's english version, featuring himself in vocals, Deep Purple's Ian Paice in drums, The Jam's Paul Weller in bass and the beatle George Harrison in guitar (playing the solo). The song also received Spanish version by Los Hermanos, Italian version by Daniele Groff, among others.
With Los Hermanos
As a solo artist
With Banda do Mar
- Banda do Mar (2014)
- Rolling Stone's best of 2008 (January/2009) (Portuguese)
- Folha de S.Paulo - Marcelo Camelo volta apaixonado em novo album (Portuguese)
- BBC news (August/2001) (Portuguese)