Cristina Branco

Cristina Branco is a tireless ambassador of Portuguese culture and language to the world. Over the last two decades, she has established herself as one of the most prolific singers today, producing a remarkable discography. Traditional Portuguese music is her main aesthetic root but the influence of Jazz, literature, and the musicians with whom she shares the stage, give her music a universal character and sublime charm.


She began her career in Holland, with the album Cristina Branco in Holland (1997), which became a huge success in that country. In the following years, Cristina’s name exploded throughout Europe, with sold-out dates in countless venues and cities. Her following works, Murmúrios (1998) and Post-Scriptum (2000) reinforced the success of her first album, and Cristina was awarded two Prix Choc, the prestigious prizes given by the French magazine Le Monde de La Musique.


Despite her accomplishments abroad, it was only at the turn of the millennium, with Corpo Iluminado (2001), O Descobridor (2002), a double-platinum album, Sensus (2003), and Ulisses (2005), that Cristina Branco finally began to be discovered and acclaimed by the Portuguese public and press. 


This was followed by Abril (2007), an album with cover versions of songs by José Afonso, Kronos (2009) and Fado Tango (2011), her tenth studio album, which features collaborations with renowned Portuguese authors such as Mário Laginha, Carlos Tê, and Pedro da Silva Martins. The album foreshadows Cristina’s artistic rebirth that would arrive a few years later with Menina.


Considered Best Record of the Year by Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores (SPA), Menina (2016), is the first chapter of a trilogy that includes the kaleidoscopic Branco (2018) and Eva (2020). In these, Cristina brings together unusual collaborations, which cross genres, cultures, and geographies. The result is an innovative interpretation of the traditional musical expression of Fado.


Eva, released in March 2020, reveals Cristina Branco’s depth in ten intimate songs. The album has been presented all over the world, accumulating sold-out shows in countries like Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Holland and France.


In 2022 – as she celebrated her 25th career anniversary – Cristina Branco released Amoras numa Tarde de Outono, album in collaboration with the pianist João Paulo Esteves da Silva.


A new album is expected for Autumn 2023.





“Cristina Branco is a fundamental name in Portuguese popular music of this century” VISÃO


“One of the most beautiful voices of Portuguese music” TIME OUT


“Cristina Branco gives a new life to Portuguese folklore and enriches fado with jazz and world music” FRANCE MUSIQUE



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