The music business is cutthroat, according to some of the musical greats that have spent years trying to make it to the top. It’s not easy singing to stardom. It takes a certain type of individual that is willing to pay the price for fame and fortune. In order to make it in the music business these days, musicians must have a lot of talent and a head for business. Norka Luque, the young Venezuelan singer, has what it takes to make it to the top in the music industry. She has been planning for the day when the world recognizes her for her talent as well as for her business sense.
Norka’s story is not much different than the stories told by other musicians that started with nothing and found a place on the top of the music charts. Norka was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, and she began to sing in public when she was eight. Norka’s parents knew she had the gift, but the opportunities in Venezuela were limited. Norka wanted to pursue a musical career, but her parents also wanted her to get a business degree, so they convinced her to move to France to study business administration. Norka loved living in France. The French have a special love for music, and Norka wanted them to hear her music. She joined a small band that played in dance clubs on the weekends. The band had a rock and roll, reggae sound that was great dance music. Norka’s voice turned that sound into an unforgettable beat, and the clubs where the band played were always filled.
But Norka had a bigger vision in mind. She wanted to live in Miami and follow in the footsteps of her childhood idols, Gloria Estefan, and Shakira. Norka knew she had a voice that could make it to the top. All she needed was a break. That break came when Emilio Estefan heard her sing. Estefan is best known for producing “Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine.” Emilio immediately offered Norka a record contract. Her first single was released in 2011. Her second single hit the Latino Dance Charts in 2012, and Norka was on her way to the top.
Norka also had help from music composer Archie Pena. Pena collaborated with Estefan on her first hit single as well as her second single, “Milagro.” Norka’s third record, “Tomorrowland” was released in 2016, and it is on its way to the top of the Billboard Dance Charts.
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