Olga de Souza
Olga Maria de Souza
16 July 1968
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(m. 1990; div. 1992)
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Olga Maria de Souza (born 16 July 1968) is a Brazilian-Italian singer, model and dancer. She is best known as the frontwoman of the Italian group Corona, produced by Francesco "Checco" Bontempi, a.k.a. "Lee Marrow".
Souza was born on the Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of Vigário Geral in 1968, into a musical family. Her father was a musician and her mother was a cook. She worked as a clerk at the Caixa Econômica Federal bank for a few years before deciding to travel around the world. She arrived in Italy in 1990. There, in 1993, after supposedly being discovered performing in a club by producer Emanuele Asti, he made her part of Italian music project Corona, where she was hired to lip sync to the vocals of Jenny B. and Sandy Chambers.
Works with Corona
Corona released their first single, "The Rhythm of the Night" in 1993, which featured the vocals of Italian singer Jenny B. The song remained at No. 1 in the Italian charts for 13 weeks. An album of the same name was released in 1995 in Europe and topped the charts in several countries, gaining a platinum disc after selling more than 1 million copies. The group began its first world tour, and the album was released in the United States. All the other tracks on the album were recorded by Sandy Chambers.
Corona's second album Walking On Music, was released in 1998 (the last album which featured Sandy Chambers as the lead vocalist). In 2000, a third album, And Me U, was released. A new sound, new vocals. This time the vocals for this new album were provided by sisters Bernadette "Brandy" Jones and Bambi Jones (who died of cancer in 2010). Corona participated as a guest in a concert named Angel Live, dedicated to John Paul II in 2006, and in that same year she released her comeback single called "Back In Time", which was the first single that featured Olga de Souza as the original vocalist. Souza returned to America in 2007, where she continued her tour with the band. Corona released its fourth album named Y Generation in 2010, on POP Records.
In 1996, Souza debuted as a host on the Italian television singing competition Festivalbar. She was a successful TV performer and was later invited to host a show named "Dance Machine" in France. Since May 2014, she has appeared as a contestant on the game show "Hora do Faro" aired on Brazilian TV channel Rede Record.
Souza married a Brazilian in Italy in 1990, but they divorced in 1992. In 1998, the magazine IstoÉ Gente cited her as the Brazilian who paid the most taxes in Italy, in reference to her fortune. In 2002 she was married in Miami to the Italian businessman Gianluca Milano, with whom she lives today. In 2010, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera quoted that Souza's fortune was 10 million euros. In 2013, she said that "they already have their sock" with a house in the neighborhood of Morumbi in São Paulo, a place within the same state, a house in Rome, a house in Rio de Janeiro, a house in Portugal, a house in Spain and a "good financial life". "My husband taught me how to save, but I like to buy rare and branded things, sometimes I buy shoes and bags and hide them in the garage, I put talcum powder to disguise it," she said. Souza also has her own label in Italy, 1st Pop, a subsidiary of Universal Records.
- De Angelis, Matteo (30 April 2009). "Torna il ritmo di Corona, la regina degli anni '90 "La dance? ora piace anche ai più giovani"". il Resto del Carlino (in Italian). Archived from the original on 4 May 2009. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
- "My Biography". Corona's official website. Archived from the original on 15 April 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
- "Corona volta ao Brasil nos 20 anos de 'The Rhythm of the Night': 'Hit eterno'". Archived from the original on 6 August 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
- "Eu não era cantora profissional, diz Corona sobre o auge da fama". 13 February 2014. Archived from the original on 24 November 2020. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
- "Corona: 'il mio nuovo ritmo della notte' - Corriere del Mezzogiorno". corrieredelmezzogiorno.corriere.it. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 2 June 2022.