The most successful female Latino vocalist of all-time is Gloria Estefan. Estefan has sold millions of records, and she and her husband produced a hit Broadway musical. Her producer husband, Emilio Estefan, has played a major role in her career. Estefan has won 19 Grammys, and he is considered the best Latino music producer of all time. Emilio has also been instrumental in shaping the career of Shakira, the Colombian-born singer that has sold more than 10 million albums. Shakira is on track to pass Gloria Estefan if she continues to perform. But there is always someone waiting in the wings to become a star. Emilio Estefan believes the next big female Latino star is Norka Luque. Luque is the 30-year-old Venezuelan-born singer he discovered in 2008. Breaking into the Latino music world isn’t for the weak. But thanks to Estefan and composer Archie Pena, Norka has been accepted with open arms in the Latino music scene.
Norka always wanted to be another Shakira. At the age of eight, she was cast in a musical in Venezuela that honored Shakira and her music. Norka’s parents decided to leave Venezuela and move to the United States, so Norka could get a better education. While Norka attended school, she studied voice and piano. When it was time for college, Norka decided to go to France to study. Norka was comfortable in France. She earned a degree in business and in fashion and the culinary arts. Norka didn’t leave music behind while she was in France. She found a job as the lead singer in a rock band called Bad Moon Rising, and she developed a reputation as a talented rocker. But she wanted to use the knowledge she gained in business, so she accepted a job with a financial firm in Monte Carlo.
In 2007, Norka went to a Ricky Martin concert, and that’s when she knew she had to return to the States and get back into the music business. In 2008, Emilio Estefan signed Norka and the pair went to work producing her first single. In 2011, her first single climbed the charts in Latin America, and she was nominated for the best female vocalist of the year award. In 2012, her second single, Milagro, got rave reviews from music critics in the United States and abroad. Norka’s 2016 release, Tomorrowland, is another hit. Norka is doing what she loves, and audiences love her for doing it.
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