“No matter how many times I listen to Gaby Moreno, I always react as if it were the first time: She’s simply breathtaking. Her voice is passionate and stylistically malleable as she glides back and forth easily between bossa nova and bluesy rock.” — Jasmine Garsd, Tiny Desk Concerts
Armed with a warm, soulful sound, Gaby Moreno creates music that offers an intoxicating invitation into her musical world for English and Spanish speakers alike. Since moving to Los Angeles from her native Guatemala, the singer-songwriter-producer has released 7 albums, earned a Grammy nomination for her albums Alegoría (Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album, 2023) and Illusion (Best Latin Pop Album, 2017), and won two Latin Grammy Awards (Best New Artist, 2013 and Best Traditional Tropical Album, 2023). She has shared the international stage with pop music luminaries such as Bono, Andrea Boccelli, Tracy Chapman, Ani DiFranco, Punch Brothers, Hugh Laurie, Buena Vista Social Club, Calexico, David Gray, and many more. Through her various projects, Moreno has redefined Americana as the only prominent Latina in the genre today, opening the doors for other marginalized voices and transforming the landscape overall.
In addition to her critical acclaim within the music industry, Moreno has also amassed a long list of accolades within the TV and film worlds. Most famously, she co-wrote the seminal theme song for cult classic TV show, ‘Parks and Recreation’. Her moving version of the classic song “Cucurrucucú Paloma” was chosen to play at the end of the emotional episode “God Bless America” for the last season of Netflix’s original show, “Orange Is The New Black”. Most recently, her music was featured in Guillermo Del Toro’s new Netflix show ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ as well as receiving a 2023 Guild of Music Supervisors Awards nomination for her song on the film ‘Valet.’
In 2023 Moreno released her new project X Mí (Vol. 1) via the trailblazing label Cosmica Artists. Ushering in a new chapter for the beloved artist, X Mí (Vol. 1), pronounced “Por Mi”, is a collection of rich and soulful acoustic songs that have remained dear to her heart for years now in both English and Spanish. It’s lined with her one-of-a-kind sound that has garnered large critical acclaim and the attention of some of today’s most esteemed artists. Later in 2023, the album received a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. In November 2023, Moreno received a Latin Grammy award in the “Mejor Album Tropical Tradicional” category for her work as a producer on Omara Portuondo’s ‘VIDA’, further showcasing her immense skill as both an executive producer and all-around musician.
Along with her dynamic work within entertainment, Moreno has cemented a long trajectory as a champion for immigration rights and social issues dear to her. Recently named the first Unicef Goodwill Ambassador from Guatemala, she is focused on mentoring young female artists and creatives.