There is always a Latin artist trying to break into the mainstream entertainment community. Over four decades ago it was the Miami Sound Machine featuring the vocals of Gloria Estefan (Gloria María Fajardo García). In 1999, the spotlight was on Ricky Martin. Other artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, and Selena Gomez have also walked the path.
As of now, the spotlight is on Norka Martinez Luque. This Venezuelan singer was born in Caracas on February 7, 1986. She developed an interest in singing as a child, and her parents encouraged her to take piano, dance and voice training. She even took part in competitions such as the “The Golden Voice” and the “School Festival of Gaitas” – Venezuelan folk music contest.
After completing her early education, she moved to France to pursue higher education. She majored in Business Administration and graduated with diplomas in Fashion, Culinary Arts, and Marketing. During her time as a student, she stayed in touch with her musical ambition by joining a band, “Bad Moon Rising.” They would tour France performing in different gigs. Her time with the band enabled her to get a taste of the European music community.
Norka Luque’s big break
Norka’s big break came when she met the legendary producer Emilio Estefan. Emilio agreed to work with Norka after he heard her sing. Emilio together with Archie Pena, Hermanos Gaitán, and Luigi Giraldo produced Norka’s first album. This album quickly became a success.
“Como lo haces tú” was her first single from the album. The song became an instant hit in the Latin music community and Norka got a nomination for Best Pop Female Artist of the Year in the “Premios Lo Nuestro.” At the beginning of 2012, Norka premiered her second single “Milagro.”The song amusingly blended the Caribbean and Mediterranean flavors, making it a masterpiece.
“Milagro” was produced in three versions; salsa version, dance version and urban remixed version. The salsa version held the top position in Venezuela charts for 14 straight weeks. The dance version remixed by DJ Ralphi Rosario climbed to the 11th position on the Billboard Dance Club. The urban remixed version was a massive success and dominated the airwaves in Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Her latest single is “Tomorrowland.” She is currently working in on its re-launch later this year.
Norka Luque is heading the right direction. She has a team of great producers and songwriters by her side. As of now, we can say that her success is almost a guarantee.