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Guatemala’s Hidden Gem – MMXLII

Guatemala’s Hidden Gem

Since leaving her native home in Guatemala to pursue her dreams in Los Angeles, singer songwriter Gaby Moreno released her 5th full length album “Ilusión” in early September to much critical acclaim. Moreno has been establishing herself in the music industry for some time now and has reached great musical success.

She has been nominated for an Emmy for co-writing the theme song for “Parks and Recreations” and won a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist. She has also toured with singers Tracy Chapman, Ani DiFranco, Punch Brothers, Hugh Laurie and Calexico, and has shared the international stage with Bono, Andrea Boccelli and Guatemala’s other gem Ricardo Arjona. Most recently, she was selected to sing the themes song for Disney’s first Latina princess “Elena of Avalor”, where she also voices a recurring character.

Gaby Moreno poses backstage with her award for best new artist during the 14th Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas
Moreno may not be a household name in the US, but she is a rockstar in her native Guatemala. She has been described as Guatemala’s little secret, and a representation to a large bilingual population in the US. Her new album is a true testament to her musical influence that has soulful songs in English, Spanish classical ballads, and bilingual inspirations like “Fronteras-Borders”.


In a time of persecution of immigrants (specifically Latinos) in the United States, Moreno’s music helps to build bridges between two different languages through music. Moreno hopes her music extends a hand of camaraderie for many who leave everything behind to pursue their dreams of a better life.



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