Kat DeLuna

Biography

Kat DeLuna was born in The Bronx neighborhood of New York City in 1987, though her family moved to the Dominican Republic soon after. By the age of four Kat's natural singing ability had become apparent, and she began writing songs on her own before her tenth birthday. Around this time her parents relocated back to the United States, this time to Newark, New Jersey where Kat attended the prestigious New Jersey School of the Performing Arts, an intensive fine arts program whose alumni include Whitney Houston and Tisha Campbell.

While at the New Jersey School of the Performing Arts Kat became heavily involved in the local Latino music scene, joining the all-girl Latin hip-hop group Coquette and performing alongside such notable acts as Cassidy, Milly Quezada, and Rey Ruiz. Kat's broad vocal ability - said to extend over a five octave range, after intensive training in high school - has lent favorable comparisons to that of fellow Latino artists Selena and Mariah Carey. Combining elements of urban R&B and hip-hop with Latin-inspired Dance rythms, Kat's hard work and unique musical style landed her a recording contract with Epic records in 2006.

9 Lives, Kat's debut album, was released on Epic in August 2007. Though it has sold fairly modestly, 9 Lives has received considerable acclaim and has produced a number of popular singles. Her first single "Whine Up" with dancehall legend Elephant Man rose to the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in 2007, while her second single "Run The Show" (featuring rapper Busta Rhymes) nabbed the #3 spot in 2008. Kat is slated to release her next single "Am I Dreaming" featuring vocalist Akon sometime in 2008.

From Discogs:

Born: November 17th 1987 in The Bronx, New York, USA

From Lastfm:

Kat DeLuna (born Kathleen Emperatriz DeLuna on November 17, 1987 in Bronx, New York) is a crossover artist. Signed to Epic Records, she sings songs in both English and Spanish. At a young age, DeLuna and her family moved to the Dominican Republic. While there, at age 12, DeLuna performed on a stage where she was heard by Milly Quezada who commended her vocals. However, at age 14, her family moved back to the United States, to Newark, New Jersey, and DeLuna attended the Newark Arts High School.

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Kathleen Emperatriz "Kat" DeLuna (born November 17, 1987) is an American pop singer of Dominican heritage. DeLuna has a soprano vocal range. Her debut single, "Whine Up", reached the top ten in Belgium and France, peaked inside the top forty of the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. Her debut album, 9 Lives, was released in 2007. It peaked at number fifty-eight on the Billboard 200 and charted within the top twenty of Belgium and Poland. In 2008, DeLuna began work on her second studio album, Inside Out. It was released in Belgium in 2010, peaking at number sixteen.

In 2007, DeLuna won "Best New Artist" at the Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2007 awards. In 2008, she won "Best New Artist" and "Best Urban Artist" at the TMF Awards. DeLuna's single, "Whine Up", won the award for "Latin Dance Club Play Track Of The Year" at the 2008 Latin Billboard Music Awards. She also won a Casandra Award in 2008 for "Best International Artist".

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