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Kat DeLuna

DeLuna in May 2009
Background information
Birth name Kathleen Emperatriz DeLuna
Born November 26, 1987 (1987-11-26) (age 22)[1]
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Origin Dominican Republic
Genres Pop/R&B, Reggae
Occupations Singer, songwriter, dancer
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2006 - present
Labels Epic (2006-2008)
Universal Motown (2008-present)
Website www.KatDeLuna.com

Kathleen Emperatriz DeLuna (born November 26,[2] 1987[1] in The Bronx, New York) is an American Pop and R&B singer of Dominican heritage, better known by her stage name Kat DeLuna. She is currently signed to Universal Motown, after previously being signed to Epic. She is noted for her Soprano vocal range[3] and has won one Latin Billboard Music Award for her debut single "Whine Up".[4]

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Career

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Early life

DeLuna was born in The Bronx, New York City. As a child, DeLuna spent her time listening to Aretha Franklin and became interested in becoming a singer. At the age of 12, DeLuna was invited by Milly Quezada to sing with her on stage. In her freshman year of high school at Arts High School in Newark, NJ she joined an all-Latina, Hip Hop/R&B group called Coquette. In April 2004, she opened for J Records musician Cassidy as part of Coquette. DeLuna continued to pursue her dream of becoming a solo artist and at 15, she entered a Coca-Cola sponsored karaoke competition and won. After the competition, Cuban salsa singer Rey Ruiz advised DeLuna to start writing her own music.[5] DeLuna signed a contract with Global Music Brand (GMB) founded by Tyrone Edmond.

2007-2008: 9 Lives

DeLuna performing in 2007

DeLuna was finally picked up by Epic Records and she was under both labels. She is managed by Capetown management. Capetown management is run by Damon Degraff and Greg Maurice. Her debut album, 9 Lives, produced by hitmaker RedOne, and written by songwriter Jane't Sewell-Ulepic and Kat DeLuna herself, was released on August 7, 2007. Its peak position on the Billboard Top 200 Albums was #58 on August 25, 2007.[6] It was also the theme for WWE Summer Slam in the same year. Kat became highly successful overseas, especially in Europe. In France, her hit single "Run The Show" was holding #1 position in the airwaves for a few consecutive weeks. At The Latin Billboard Music Awards 2008, DeLuna won the award in the 'Latin Dance Club Play Track Of The Year' category for her debut single "Whine Up"[4]

In September 2008 Deluna performed the US National Anthem at the Texas Stadium during the Monday Night Football game between the Cowboys and the Eagles. The performance garnered media attention because the crowd booed her during the performance.[7][8] "Time" later labeled the performance the 8th worst National Anthem rendition.[9] DeLuna also appeared in rapper Young Berg's debut single Sexy Lady music video.

2009–present: Inside Out

DeLuna premiered a new song called "Calling You", specifying that it was only an exclusive single and not a single from her second album. She premiered the song on her MySpace page and her website. Dawn Richard, ex-Danity Kane member, has confirmed to be writing for Kat DeLuna's upcoming album. DeLuna filmed the video for her third worldwide single "In The End," which was only released in Europe. The video for the single premiered on YouTube in January 2009, along with the unreleased video for "Am I Dreaming?".

In 2009, her single "Unstoppable" featuring Lil' Wayne (featured on the soundtrack of the 2009 film Confessions of a Shopaholic starring Isla Fisher, along with Calling You) was released. She released a video, and set out on a "Gay Club" tour in February 2009 in the United States.[10] Currently she released a new single entitled "Dance Bailalo", labelled "the single of the summer of 2009" by the popular pop culture blogger Perez Hilton. She is currently recording tracks for her 2-disc English/Spanish album, Inside Out. In June 2009, Kat DeLuna performed at New York City's Fashion Industries High School prom, as the star of My Prom Style's official website feature: "Ultimate Prom" fashion reality series. Three aspiring teen designers are competing to design the dress she wears to prom, and the pattern of the winning dress will be produced and sold nationwide by Simplicity Patterns.[11]

After the releases of "Unstoppable" and "Dance Bailalo", Kat DeLuna will release the official first single from Inside Out entitled Push Push in the first quarter of 2010. The song was produced by RADIO and written by Nasri, RADIO, Tiwa Savage and Kat Deluna and features Akon.


In February 2010 she became part of the 50 Latin stars that participated in the Spanish remake of We are the world called Somos el mundo alongside with other Dominican singers : Juan Luis Guerra, Milly Quezada, Eddy Herrera, Romeo(Aventura), Fernando Villalona and Latin artist such as Paulina Rubio, Thalia , Belinda, Luis Fonsi, Chayanne among others.

Discography

Awards

Nominations

  • ALMA Music Awards 2009
    • Female Rising Star

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Johnson, Gregory. "Vixen: Sweet Thing" VIBE, October 2007
  2. ^ , http://twitter.com/KatDeLuna/status/5780076139 
  3. ^ Diego Graglia (8 August 2007). "Opera-trained Kat DeLuna claims her pop music crown". NY Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/latino/2007/08/08/2007-08-08_verdi_to_bachata.html. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  4. ^ a b Webmaster (11 April 2008). "2008 Billboard Latin Music Awards Winners". Billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/awards/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003788413. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  5. ^ "Kat's Biography". Sony Music Entertainment. 2007. http://www.katdeluna.com/biography. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  6. ^ "Discography - Kat DeLuna". http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/discography/index.jsp?pid=854386&aid=961016. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  7. ^ Alice Jean (17 September 2008). "NFL fans boo Kat DeLuna's National Anthem Performance". International Business Times. http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/20080916/nfl-fans-boos-kat-deluna-039-national-anthem-performance.htm. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  8. ^ Paula Duffy (15 September 2008). "Kat Deluna booed after singing the national anthem". Examiner. http://www.examiner.com/x-426-Sports-Examiner~y2008m9d15-Kat-Deluna-is-booed-after-singing-the-national-anthem. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  9. ^ Dan Fletcher (April 2009). "Top 10 Worst National-Anthem Renditions". Time. http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1889754_1889752_1889726,00.html. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  10. ^ Monica Herrera (26 January 2009). "Kat DeLuna to Embark on a Gay Club Concert Tour". Latina.com. http://www.latina.com/entertainment/music/kat-deluna-embark-gay-club-concert-tour. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  11. ^ . Hearst Communications Inc. http://www.mypromstyle.com. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 

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