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Silvana Estrada

About this Artist

Mexican indie star Silvana Estrada released her new EP 'Abrazo' on the heels of her two Latin GRAMMY nominations for "Best Singer-Songwriter Album” and “Best New Artist”. She was awarded the 2022 Latin GRAMMY for Best New Artist at just 25 years old. The new EP 'Abrazo' is a combination of songs originally recorded during the 'Marchita' album sessions as well as a couple recently recorded tracks. Silvana explains that the song "Brindo" was born out of joy and gratitude. She says, "I needed a song that encompasses the feeling that floods me every time I think about my path and my work. The idea of creating human connections through music. 

'Abrazo' follows the breakthrough release of Silvana's debut album 'Marchita'. The album was spotlighted as a "Best Album Of 2022 So Far" in The Guardian, NPR Music, The Needle Drop, Billboard and SPIN.

"Marchita" came to Silvana after falling in love for the first time, and a breakup that ultimately led her to embrace herself and fiercely defend her own unique voice. Silvana talks about the withering of what was, but finally, the sprouting of something new.

Silvana has performed and recorded with artists including Natalia Lafourcade, who like Silvana, grew up outside Veracruz as well as Andrew Bird, Devendra Banhart and the LA Philharmonic. 

A multi-instrumentalist, Silvana most often plays the Venezuelan cuatro guitar, whose small body and warm sound suits her hands and syncs with the rolling variations of her vocals. Raised singing Mexican son jarocho and baroque choir music, and schooled in jazz, she is an iconoclast who dismisses musical trends for a personal, poetic style that goes straight to the heart of listeners. “My music is made of who I am,” she says.

Silvana's childhood home was the setting for her recent NPR "Tiny Desk (Home) Concert." She grew up in a house where not only music, but instruments, were made. Both of Silvana's parents are luthiers, and a path was worn to their home in Coatepec, a mountain town in Veracruz, by the musicians who arrived daily to commission a new violin or cello, or have their instruments repaired.