The daughter of Brazilian singer-songwriter Claudio Fontana moved to the U.S after met Matthew, an American from Pittsburgh who had been teaching English in Rio de Janeiro for four years, and while she was performing in Sao Luis, state of Maranhão. They fell in love and married in 2001 in Sao Paulo. Shortly before the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in 2001, the couple decides to pack and move to New York. In 2002, Marcele was selected for Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Jazz residency, culminating in a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, to then settle in Boston as she had received a scholarship to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music where she earned her bachelor’s degree.

While in Boston, Marcele performed in jazz clubs and recorded the song “The Moment” with Berklee saxophonist/faculty Dan Moretti. In 2005, she relocated with her husband, this time to Los Angeles. The native of Sao Paulo has performed with many musicians in the L.A music scene and recorded music for the Sci-Fi channel miniseries The Lost Room. She also co-wrote the song “Amor Puro” with drummer Adam Topol (Jack Jonhson). Currently (*2018) Marcele is working on an album with bassist Nando Raio (Andra Day) while teaching world music for kids (1 to 5) and pre-school for the city of Beverly Hills, and “work as a mom” of two – www.facebook.com/marcele.berger

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