Berklee Summer in the CityNella
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Marianella Rojas, better known as Nella, was born in Margarita Island, Venezuela in 1989. She has been singing since the age of nine. As the years went by, she studied and was influenced by the amazing talent of such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Mayra Andrade, Concha Buika, and Christina Aguilera, just to name a few.
In 2008, Nella participated in the TV show Latin American Idol. When she returned to Venezuela, she was invited to sing backup for nationally recognized artists such as Oscarcito, Victor Drija, Edmundo Benavides, and Diveana, and opened for Train, Shakira, and Alejandro Fernandez. Currently studying at Berklee, Nella has been invited to perform with renowned artists such as Luis Enrique, Los Amigos Invisibles, and Alejandro Sanz. She also performed at the Latin Grammy Awards 2013 in Las Vegas, where she was one of the lead singers representing Venezuela, and at the Clinton Foundation's Future of the Americas event in December 2014.
During her time at Berklee, Nella has been writing her own music, which she describes as world music that mixes rhythms from Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, and other South American countries with a bit of pop, some jazz, and African elements.
Watch Nella perform "Mi Niña Lola":