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Ednita Nazario Biography


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Born: 1955/04/11
Birth Place: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Years Active: 1961 - present
Genres: Pop, Rock


Ednita Nazario (born April 11, 1955) is a Puerto Rican singer and songwriter who has been performing since the age of six.

Nazario recorded her first song, a Spanish version of “My Love Lollipop” in 1961. In 1966, at age 11 Nazario made her first radio debut. Nazario started alongside singer and photographer José Manuel, and Frankie Sabath, in a band called The Kids From Ponce. The group played at several hotels and television networks, and achieved local success, appearing on various TV shows. However, the group disbanded and Nazario, then 17, was offered her own prime-time TV variety show, “El Show de Ednita,” broadcast by Telemundo Puerto Rico.

In 1973, then 18, she released her first album called “Al Fin...Ednita.” The album spawned a #1 hit with “Te Quiero y No Me Importa.” In the late 1970s Nazario participated in the OTI Festival as a singer with the song “Cadenas de Fuego.” During this time Nazario signed subsequent record deals, first with local label Borinquen, then Ariola, and finally Padosa.

In 1989 Nazario released “Fuerza De Gravedad.” Perhaps helped by her recent marriage and motherhood, the album showcased more focused lyrics and a more mature singer. The album included a duet with Air Supply singer Russell Hitchcock. Her following album “Lo Que Son Las Cosas” in 1991 included a Spanish version of a song made famous by Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti. The album also contained other compositions from her Argentinian ex-husband Luis Angel.

After her breakup from her husband, Nazario refocused her career and released “Metamorfosis” in 1992. In 1993 she sold out a concert at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum which was released as an album the following year. In 1994 she released one of her most acclaimed albums to date, “Pasiones.”

In 1996 she released “Espíritu Libre” which went triple platinum soon after being released. In 1998 she was cast for the lead role in Paul Simon's Broadway musical, “The Capeman,” sharing the stage with Rubén Blades and Marc Anthony.

In 1999 Nazario resurged with “Corazón.” The album, produced and directed by Dräco Rosa, went platinum in one week. In 2001, after signing a new record deal with Sony Music, she released “Sin Límite,” which featured fellow singer and songwriter Tommy Torres as producer.

In 2002 she fulfilled one of her dreams by transforming the Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center into a recording studio and inviting 300 friends to share with her two nights of an acoustic concert. The concert was released in two separate albums, “Acústico I” and “Acústico II.” The performance included a duo with Beto Cuevas, lead singer of the Latin-American band La Ley.

With Tommy Torres again producing, Nazario released “Por Tí” in 2003. The album featured collaborations with Ricky Martin and Luis Fonsi. She followed with “Apasionada,” also produced by Torres. This included collaborations with composer Claudia Brandt, Sin Bandera's Noel Schajris, and Luis Fonsi.

In December 2007 Nazario released her album “Real” produced by renowned producer Armando Avila and Graeme Pleeth. The album was recorded in London, Nashville, Mexico City and Miami, and debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums and Top Latin Pop Albums charts.

Her next album “Soy” was released in 2009 and included production from Tommy Torres, Sebastian Krys and Claudia Brant. “Para el Peor Amante,” Nazario's single was released in early 2012 and was followed by her album, “Desnuda,” later that year.