Rita Redshoes surprised the world with her amazing talent last year, when she released, through her Myspace website, a song called "Dream on Girl". Magical and daring at the same time, her voice became part of our daily play list, making this one of the most successful Portuguese songs of the year 2007.
Like many teenagers, she began her musical path in a garage band at age of 15, a band called Atomic Bees who actually recorded an album "love.noises.and.kisses", and toured the country – and were the opening act of The Cranberries concert in Lisbon. Already back then she was one of the audience's favourite voices.
All the success gained with "Dream on Girl", made her one of the artists chosen to be part of a new comers album (Novos Talentos – FNAC 2007") and quickly became it's single. The song, which started immediately to play on the radios, was named song of the year by one of the Portuguese radios, and the media recognized her amazing talent. The video was a huge success, showing the world her "rebirth", Redshoes's gaining life to music again. It became one of the most watched videos on Portuguese web platform Sapo and all this success made her the chosen artist to officially open the Portuguese MySpace.
In 2003, she's invited to play with David Fonseca, one of the portuguese most talented singer-songwriters, and shared with him the song "Hold Still", the third single of "Our Hearts Will Beat As One", his second solo album. Since then she has been touring with him, and has also participated on the recordings of his last successful album "Dreams in Colour". Rita Redshoes started performing live as David Fonseca's opening act during the presentation tour: "Dreams in Colour Live".
"Golden Era", her debut album, was released in March 2008, and went directly to the top 10 of the Portuguese charts on the first week of it’s release, and remained for several weeks, becoming one of the most successful newcomer album ever. "Hey Tom", one of it's gems, was the chosen single. The presentation concert was in one of the most prestigious clubs in Lisbon – MusicBox – the crowd was so eager to see her, that the queue surrounded the building! A sight that became familiar, since almost every concert has sold out venues.
On "Golden Era" Rita Redshoes has made herself all the composition, the piano, synths and some of the guitars. The production was co-worked between her and Nelson Carvalho. In April, it was time for "The Beginning Song", whose video was inspired on the 50's and 60's country music television shows, like Grand Ole Opry, revealing some of Redshoe's musical influences, it instantly became a MTV's favourite. This song is still one of the most played on the Portuguese radios.
Meanwhile, since "Golden Era's" release, Miss Redshoes has done more than 40 gigs and has played also in several festivals, sharing the stage with international artists such as The Chemichal Brothers, Goldfrapp or Tindersticks. She was also Shout Out Louds opening act in their concert in Lisbon.
Rita Redshoes was nominated for the MTV European Music Awards for Best Portuguese Act and won the "Best Newcomer" award from the Portuguese radio "Radio Clube Português". Also internationally, the nomination for the Spanish POP-EYE de la Música 2009 award showed how global her music can be, shown also by her presence at the EuroSonic Noorderslag in Groningen – Netherlands and at the prestigious SXSW – South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, in March 2009. Her song, "Choose Love" was chosen to be the soundtrack of a new Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign called: "Fashion Targets Breast Cancer".
Last November she was chosen by the British band Keane to be the opening act on their European tour concert in Lisbon.
Now Rita Redshoes has been presenting "Golden Era" live, showing her music and talent to sold out venues. Don't miss the chance to see it!
A new star is born! Rita Redshoes!