Gaby Moreno, Emmy Nomination for "Parks and Recreation" (NBC) Theme Song

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Guatemalan Singer/Songwriter receives an Emmy nod, tours with Tracy Chapman and Ani DiFranco, and performs at one of Europe's top festivals.

Four days after her performance with a full orchestra to the largest audience she’s ever seen, the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, Gaby Moreno received the exciting news that she and her co-writer Vincent Jones received an Emmy nod for “Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Song” for their theme song to NBC’s show “Parks and Recreation” starring SNL alum Amy Poehler.

Gaby notes: “It’s an absolute thrill and honor to be nominated for doing something I love! It’s been a whirlwind year and a half and I want to take this opportunity to thank all of my fans and friends who have helped make these dreams come true for me.”

This news caps off an exciting first half of the year for Gaby Moreno. An independent artist originally from Guatemala City, Guatemala, Gaby moved to Los Angeles on her own in 2001 with one goal: to make a living as an artist. Since that time she has excelled. Having dabbled in the record label game back when that mattered, she has since broken ties with any previous labels and publishers and has found substantially more success in the last 18 months as an independent artist.

The good news for Gaby started with winning the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (and subsequently opening for Fergie), the first ever Latin song to take that honor. Gaby then released her debut record “Still the Unknown” (independently) to rave reviews. Tastemakers at world-renowned Los Angeles public radio station KCRW gave the record high marks, with “Morning Becomes Eclectic” producer Ariana Morgenstern saying "her debut recording, Still the Unknown, caught me by surprise with its organic and understated feel. She sings beautifully both in English and in Spanish." Also Tamara Vallejos's review from NPR included: “Whether Moreno decides to stick with pop, soul or Latin (or a fusion of all three) for future releases, Still the Unknown is a promising debut that indicates she won't go unnoticed for much longer.”

The success of her debut record got Gaby attention from some great company, Grammy award-winners Tracy Chapman and Ani Difranco. Gaby was contacted by Tracy Chapman to tour as direct support in 2009. Ani Difranco then asked Gaby to tour as direct support for legs of her 2009 and 2010 tour.

The 2010 Academy Awards brought some unexpected news for Gaby: The documentary "The Cove," a film in which she sang the Charlie Chaplin song "Smile," was nominated and won an Academy Award for Best Documentary.

The Academy Award news came as Gaby was rehearsing music with a new friend of hers, Van Dyke Parks. Upon a chance meeting with legendary producer/arranger/artist Van Dyke Parks, Gaby was asked to sing the lead in his newest orchestral arrangement. After months of preparation, VDP and Gaby unveiled the arrangement with their performance (assisted by the Danish National Youth Orchestra) at the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark July 4, 2010. The Roskilde Festival is one of the five biggest annual music festivals in Europe and routinely sees upwards of 80,000 festival-goers.

The first week of July continued to bring great news as Gaby was told that fans voted her their “Favorite American Latino Independent Artist” in the awards. Gaby was up against some worthy opponents (Frankie Negron, Los Hollywood, Maleco Collective) but won by a landslide. Look for Gaby’s interview and performance with American Latino on TV soon.

Gaby and her fans are excited for her recent “Parks and Recreation” Emmy nomination. An Emmy win would cap off an exciting and impressive run for this young Guatemalan talent.

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Jake Versluis
Verse Management Corp.


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