World Music/CRASHarts Vanessa da Mata
Stunning Latin Grammy–winning singer-songwriter Vanessa da Mata is a huge hit in her native Brazil. Her delicate, crystalline voice blends bossa nova rhythms with R&B, pop, and reggae. A skilled composer, she got her start writing songs for Maria Bethânia, Daniela Mercury, Ana Carolina, and others. Her 2007 duet with Ben Harper catapulted her onto the international stage, and she hasn’t slowed down since, releasing four chart-topping studio albums and several no.1 hits in Brazil.