Multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ivan Lins is one of Brazil’s most beloved music superstars. His career has spanned 35 years and 27 records, with over 350 songs recorded in Brazil and hundreds more around the world.
Ivan Lins first hit was “Madalena”, followed by “O Amor É o Meu País”, “Começar de Novo”, “Desesperar Jamais”, “Aos Nossos Filhos” and “Vitoriosa”, all sung either by Lins himself or by Elis Regina or Simone, the two great interpreters of his work. Lins’s collaboration with Vitor Martins produced “Aos Nossos Filhos”, “Desesperar Jamais” and “Abre Alas” which became anthems of opposition against the political dictatorship of the time. In 1979, he began working with Quincy Jones, which opened the door to the international market. Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRea, Manhattan Transfer, George Benson and, more recently, Barbra Streisand, Sting and Jane Monheit have recorded his music.
In 1981, his song “Dinorah, Dinorah” won a Grammy Award, and in 1982, “Velas” won him another Grammy. In 1989, Lins released the album Love Dance in English and, in 1991, Awa Yiô – meaning “We Go” – in Portuguese. He recorded with the Cuban group Irakerê, which won him a following throughout Latin America. In 1997, he was nominated for a Grammy in the Latin Jazz category for the CD The Heart Speaks, together with Terence Blanchard.
In 2005, he was awarded a Latin Grammy for Best Album of the Year for Cantando Histórias and the first official DVD of his career went gold, selling more than 25,000 copies. In 2006, his CD Acariocando was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award in the category Best Singer-Songwriter Album and named one of the best albums of the year in the category MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) by Brazilian magazine ISTOÉ Gente.