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Cássia Eller
Birth name Cássia Rejane Eller
Born December 10, 1962(1962-12-10)
Origin Brazil
Died December 29, 2001 (aged 39)
Genres Rock music, Música Popular Brasileira
Occupations Singer
Instruments vocals
Years active 1990-2001

Cássia Rejane Eller (December 10, 1962 - December 29, 2001) was a Brazilian musician. She was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1962, but spent most of her adolescence in Brasília.

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Career

In 1990 she returned to Rio and her recording career took off. Her most popular album is the live recording Acústico that she did for MTV Brasil (essentially the Brazilian version of an MTV Unplugged album), and her best-known hit songs are her cover of Malandragem, originally written by Cazuza and "Segundo Sol" (Second Sun).

Eller is known for her fusion of rock and MPB, and for her extremely deep and husky singing voice. She is also notable as one of Brazil's most prominent lesbian artists. Her sexuality, along with her musical style, has caused some to draw comparisons with Ani DiFranco and the Indigo Girls as well as Melissa Etheridge.

Death

Eller died in December 29, 2001 after being rushed to hospital in Rio de Janeiro by a girlfriend. She was admitted in a delirious and incoherent state during which she suffered a series of heart attacks; a police investigation concluded that these were due to a heart condition rather than to drug use.

She was 39 years old, and at the time of her death, left a young son behind, Francisco (known as "Chicão"). His custody was assumed by her partner of 14 years, Maria Eugênia Vieira Martins, after almost one year of fight in Brazilian justice. All Cássia's family approved this outcome, except her father, Altair Eller[1][2].

Eller still has a devoted following in Brazil, and her popularity after her untimely and unfortunate death has continued to grow. Her music continues to be played daily on various Brazilian radio stations and her CDs are still prominently for sale in stores.

Discography

Studio albums

  • 1990 Cássia Eller
  • 1992 O Marginal
  • 1994 Cássia Eller
  • 1997 Veneno AntiMonotonia
  • 1999 Com Você... Meu Mundo Ficaria Completo
  • 2002 Dez de Dezembro

Live albums

  • 1996 Cássia Eller Ao Vivo
  • 1998 Veneno Vivo
  • 2000 Cássia Rock Eller
  • 2001 Acústico MTV

Compilations

  • 1997 Minha História
  • 1997 Música Urbana
  • 1998 Millennium
  • 2002 Série Gold
  • 2003 Perfil
  • 2004 A Arte de Cássia Eller
  • 2004 I Love MPB
  • 2005 Novo Millennium
  • 2008 Raridades

DVDs

  • 2000 Com Você... Meu Mundo Ficaria Completo
  • 2001 Acústico MTV
  • 2003 Álbum MTV
  • 2006 Cássia Eller ao Vivo no Rock in Rio

References

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Rita Lee
Latin Grammy Award for Best Brazilian Rock Album
2002
Succeeded by
Os Paralamas do Sucesso







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