Monday, July 12, 2010

WINNER UPDATE: Gaby Moreno is an Emmy Nominee

Just a few short years ago, Gaby Moreno and her co-writers, Victor Indrizzo and Ari Shine, were named the 2006 Maxell Song of the Year winners. Now Moreno and co-writer Vincent Jones have received the great honor of an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Main Title Theme Song” for NBC’s hit show, “Parks and Recreation.”

Moreno, now a resident of Los Angeles, CA, originally hails from Guatemala City, Guatemala. It was in that Central American country that she first picked up a guitar and began what has now become a very successful musical career. At the young age of fifteen, Moreno was asked to record her own version of the Guatemalan national anthem. It was not long before other people began to take notice of her talents, and she was asked to open for well-known artists such as Ricky Martin.

With her trademark hard work, talent, and dedication, Moreno entered her song, “Escondidos,” in Session II of the 2006 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Not only was the song named a grand prize winner in the Latin category of the contest, it went on to win the 2006 Maxell Song of the Year award, showing members of the music community that Moreno was an artist to watch in the coming years. Indeed, the title of Moreno’s 2008 debut album, “Still the Unknown,” would not describe her situation for long. Her music has since been featured on several mainstream television shows, including ABC’s “Lincoln Heights” and “Ghost Whisperer,” MTV’s “The Hills,” and now NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.”

Following a successful year in 2009 – her cover of Charlie Chaplin’s song, “Smile,” became part of an Academy Award winning documentary, “The Cove” – Moreno’s Emmy nomination in 2010 for “Outstanding Main Title Theme Song” is only confirmation of what industry insiders have known for some time: Moreno is a musical force to be reckoned with, and this is only the beginning of her undoubtedly long and successful career.

To learn more about Gaby Moreno and her Emmy nomination, read Billboard’s press release below.


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