Bebel Gilberto (born Isabel Gilberto de Oliveira on May 12, 1966 in New York City) is an American-born Grammy Award-nominated Brazilian popular singer often associated with bossa nova. She is the daughter of João Gilberto and singer Miúcha. Her uncle is singer/composer Chico Buarque. Bebel has been performing since her youth in Rio de Janeiro.
At the age of seven, Bebel made an appearance on her mother's first solo album Miucha. At age nine, Bebel performed with her mother and jazz saxophonist Stan Getz at a jazz festival in New York's Carnegie Hall. Back in Brazil, Bebel performed and recorded for the soundtrack of the children's musical Os Saltimbancos, written by Sergio Bardotti and Chico Buarque. Later on Bebel joined an experimental theatrical group and was a member of the founding team of the performance space Circo Voador (Flying Circus) at Ipanema Beach. In this group she met singer/songwriter Cazuza, who became a close friend and soon a major rock star in Brazil during the 1980s.
At this time Bebel started to write songs with collaborators such as Dé and Cazuza, co-writing "Preciso Dizer Que Te Amo", which became a national hit and won several music awards. Bebel's first solo album was the 1986 EP Bebel Gilberto for Warner Music. In 1991 Bebel moved to New York, where she performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in a special tribute to Brazilian star Carmen Miranda (directed by Arto Lindsay also featuring Naná Vasconcelos and Laurie Anderson). Bebel...