Survivor, Astrud Gilberto. (Bossa Bova, Latin jazz, and Brazilian jazz singer)
As a true Taurean, Astrud Gilberto delivers an honest experience to her listeners. Patches of saddened truths in her lyrical form bestow patient wisdom from her tone + delivery. In her teens Astrud befriended a group of musicians; her best friend Nara Leao introduced her to Joao Gilberto, whom she married a couple month’s after meeting. Joao and Astud would sing duets, or her would accompany her on guitar. In 1963 Astrud came to the US with Joao, as he had a commitment to record on the Getz Gilberto album. Stan Getz asked Astrud to sing on the record as well.
There is a common misconception that Astrud Gilberto was discovered by Stan + Creed Taylor.
In the 60’s the public at large thrived on stories about movie stars being discovered at drug stores, and the idea of a “housewife” suddenly being discovered as a well known singer, was a good selling + promotional campaign for Verve Records.
A year after recording, Joao had been invited by Stan to perform as a “special guest” of his quart at the “Cape Au Go Go.” On the days approaching the engagement, Joao’s had an injury that prevented him from playing the guitar, so Stan invited Astrud to appear instead. This was her first appearance on stage, and she was paid “slave salary” at the time. She was also in the process of separating from Joao Gilberto, and supporting their son on her own. Several individuals and companies took advantage of Astrud. However, she doesn’t believe in badmouthing anyone when reporting her truth. She tries to release her frustrations to the Cosmic Forces, and the burden becomes lighter.