Maria Rita

Intro Brazilian recording artist, singer
A.K.A. Maria Rita Camargo Mariano
Is Singer Musician
From Brazil
Type Music
Gender female
Birth 9 September 1977, São Paulo, Brazil
Star sign Virgo
Música popular brasileira

Maria Rita ([maˈɾiɐ ˈʁitɐ]; born 9 September 1977, São Paulo) is a Brazilian singer. Born Maria Rita Camargo Mariano, she is the daughter of famed pianist/arranger César Camargo Mariano and the late Brazilian singing legend Elis Regina and sister to Pedro Mariano and music producer João Marcelo Bôscoli. Her namesake is family friend and famed Brazilian rock legend Rita Lee. She studied at New York University, and worked as a journalist at a magazine for adolescents.


Maria Rita began singing professionally at the age of 24, although she had wanted to sing since she was 14. Her first CD, Maria Rita, launched her career symbolically, with the first cut on her first album, A Festa (The Party), being written by Milton Nascimento, the legendary Brazilian singer-songwriter whose career was launched by Maria Rita's mother, Elis Regina, when she began to sing his songs to the national Brazilian audience. The CD went platinum and was a hit worldwide, making her an international star. She developed her own jazzy vocal style, with singers like Ella Fitzgerald as her model. For her 2013 album Redescobrir she was finally persuaded to perform and record songs her mother had sung. She won the 2004 Latin Grammy Awards for Best New Artist in the General Field, Best Song in Portuguese ("A festa") and her debut album Maria Rita won the Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album award for that year. The world hit that "Segundo" turned out to be, granted her in 2006, two additional Grammys Latinos – Best MPB Album and Best Brazilian Song with "Caminho das Águas" authored by Rodrigo Maranhão – and over 50 shows abroad, with full public and reviews acceptance in the Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Irving Plaza (NY), San Francisco Jazz Festival, among others. Maria Rita was nominated for the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music in 2008. On 28 June 2008, she performed in London for the first time, with a production by Tuba Productions and JungleDrums Magazine.


Studio Albums

Album Title Album details Peak chart positions
Maria Rita Released: 9 September 2003 Label: Warner Music Format: CD, DVD, LP, DD 5 3 20 1
Segundo Released: 9 September 2005 Label: Warner Music Format: CD, DVD, DD 5 5
Samba Meu Released: 9 September 2007 Label: Warner Music Format: CD, DD 10 13
Elo Released: 22 September 2011 Label: Warner Music Format: CD, LP, DD 9 10
Coração a Batucar Released: 11 April 2014 Label: Universal Music Format: CD, LP, DD 1
Amor e Música Released: 26 January 2018 Label: Universal Music Format: CD, DD 1

Live Albums

Album Title Album details Peak chart positions
Redescobrir Released: 6 November 2012 Label: Universal Music Format: CD, DD 9 30
Coração a Batucar – Edição Especial (Ao Vivo) Released: 17 March 2015 Label: Universal Music Format: DD 1
O Samba Em Mim: Ao Vivo na Lapa Released: 24 June 2016 Label: Universal Music Format: CD, DD 1

Video Albums

Album Title Album details Peak chart positions
Maria Rita Released: 2003 Label: Warner Music Format: DVD 2
Segundo: Ao Vivo Released: 2006 Label: Warner Music Format: CD, DVD 15
Samba Meu: Ao Vivo Released: 2008 Label: Warner Music Format: DVD
Redescobrir Released: 6 November 2012 Label: Warner Music Format: DVD 13
O Samba em Mim – Ao Vivo na Lapa Released: 24 June 2016 Label: Universal Music Format: DVD


Album Title Album details
Perfil Released: 2009 Label: Som Livre Format: CD 17


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"A Festa" 2003 9 Maria Rita
"Encontros E Despedidas" 2004 34
"Caminho Das Águas" 2005 21 Segundo
"Tá Perdoado" 2007 3 Samba Meu
"O Homem Falou" 2008 54
"Coração Em Desalinho" 2011 19 Elo
"Pra Matar Meu Coração"
"Me Deixas Louca" 2012 37 Redescobrir
"Rumo ao Infinito" 2014 Coração A Batucar
"É Corpo, É Alma, É Religião" 2015 34
"Bola Pra Frente (Ao Vivo)" 2016 O Samba Em Mim – Ao Vivo Na Lapa
"Amor e Música" 2018 17 Amor e Música
"Reza" 94

As guest 1979 Realce, Gilberto Gil 1990 Made in Coracao, Toquinho/Sadao Watanabe 2003 Pietá, Milton Nascimento 2004 Chico Rey & Paraná Vol. 14, Chico Rey 2005 Coisas de Novela, Fabio Bartoleto 2005 Marcas de Batom, As Leoas 2006 12 Segundos de Oscuridad, Jorge Drexler 2007 Outro Rio, Ricardo Silveira 2010 BandaDois, Gilberto Gil 2010 Entren Los Que Quieran, Calle 13 2016 Alma Brasileira, Diogo Nogueira

Awards and nominations

Latin Grammy

2004 Result
Album of the Year – Maria Rita Nominated
Record of the Year – A Festa Nominated
Best New Artist Won
Best MPB Album – Maria Rita Won
Best Brazilian Song – A Festa Won
2006 Result
Best MPB Album – Segundo Won
Best Brazilian Song – Caminho das Águas Won
2008 Result
Best Samba/Pagode Album – Samba Meu Won
2011 Result
Record of the Year – Latinoamérica Won
2012 Result
Best MPB Album – Elo Nominated
2013 Result
Best MPB Album – Redescobrir Ao Vivo Won
2014 Result
Best Samba/Pagode Album – Coração a Batucar Won

Prêmio Multishow de Música Brasileira

2003 Result
Best New Artist (Solo) Nominated
2004 Result
Best Album – Maria Rita Nominated
Best Female Singer Won
Best Song – A Festa Nominated
Best DVD – Maria Rita Nominated
Best Show Nominated
2008 Result
Best Album – Samba Meu Won
Best Female Singer Nominated
Best Song – Tá Perdoado Nominated

Tied with Paulinho da Viola for MTV Unplugged.

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