1. Cludia Cristina Leite Incio Pedreira (Brazilian Portuguese: is a Brazilian singer-songwriter who is also known by popular nickname Claudinha.
2. The group’s line-up remained the same throughout their history and during that time the group achieved a string of consecutive diamond-certified hit singles in Brazil and five golden and platinum albums from 2003 to 2007, as granted by the Brazilian Association of Record Producers (ABPD).
3. Leitte embarked on a solo career and released her first solo album Ao Vivo em Copacabana (2008), recorded live in front of an audience of over 700,000 people.
4. The album became a commercial success and spawned four successful singles including the lead single from the album, “Exttravasa,” which hit number one on the Brazilian charts, becoming one of the best selling singles of the year along with topping radio airplays.
5. 2010 saw the release of Leitte’s first studio album As Mscaras which topped Billboard’s Brazilian Albums chart and earned her a Latin Grammy Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album nomination.
6. She is one of the most powerful and popular female acts in Brazil and Latin America, having sold over a million records and being the recipient for many awards including a Latin Grammy and three World Music Awards nominations for 2014 alone.
7. Aside from her musical career, since 2012 she also serves as coach and mentor on the Brazilian version of television show The Voice.
8. Cludia Cristina Leite Incio was born in So Gon?alo, Rio de Janeiro, to Ilna Leite and Cludio Incio.
9. Her family lived in So Paulo and were visiting So Gon?alo at the time of her birth.
10. At that time, she was enrolled in her neighborhood church’s religion classes while still in high school.
11. Leitte would often secretly skip church to attend dance and acting classes.
12. Before becoming a full-time professional singer, she tried law school, communications and music at college – only to drop out at a later point.
13. She would go to college in the morning and hit bars and festivals for small singing gigs at night.
14. At first, her family was not very supportive of her artistic desires, but eventually changed their minds after a period of financial crisis in which Leitte’s job proved an essential figure to the family’s income.
15. Leitte later got her entry in the industry as a backing vocal for local singer Nando Borges.
16. During the 1990s, she worked in a variety of groups before founding and making a name for herself in Babado Novo, most notably Companhia do Pagode and Nata do Samba, where she met guitarrist and songwriter Srgio Rocha, who went on to be the musical director for Babado Novo and much of Leitte’s solo career.
17. After unsuccessful forays into other bands and rhythms, in November 2001 Leitte decided to create a Salvador-based ax band along with fellow Nata do Samba bandmate Srgio Rocha.
18. They named it Babado Novo and recruited musicians Buguelo, Alan Moraes, Luciano Pinto, Nino Balla and Durval Luz to join them.
19. They were managed by Cal Adan, who also managed successful group o Tchan!.