Singer and songwriter, born into a family of actors, writers and painters, Vanessa Falabella is a Spanish and Italian descendant, born in Belo Horizonte, who started acting in TV commercials, doing voice over works and singing jingles for Radio and TV since she was a child.
She grew up listening to MPB, bossa nova, samba, jazz, funk and soul. After graduating from Tourism college in Brazil, she decided to take vocal and English lessons in New York, where she lived for ten years and had the chance to perform in legendary venues like Town Hall, Joe’s Pub, Zinc Bar, Lincoln Center’s Brazilfest out-of-doors, Metronome, The Supper Club, Café Wha?, besides recording with internationally renowned musicians.
In 1994, she recorded with the Rain Forest Band in Miami, her first album composed in partnership with two other Brazilian musicians, Magrus and Claudio Spiewak.
In 1997, she starred as a singer and composer of Criara Project, produced by Frank Ferucci and Scott Lehrer and released in the United States on Metro Blue Records, and worldwide on Emi Records
She was the first Brazilian singer to start the “Brazil Nights” series at “Café Wha?” -- a club in Greenwich Village, New York city, that has been the birthplace of legends like.Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, and many others – and her stage has attracted large audiences for over 3 years.
She wrote tunes with Rob Bargad, Rahj, Luca Mundaca, Zooga Mallaga, Tony Cedras, Itaal Shur, Frank Ferrucci, Noriko Yamamoto, and other songwriters.
Moreover, she has worked and recorded with many Brazilian fellow-citizens composers and took part in several music festivals in the US, Europe and Japan.
As a singer, she recorded albums and shared the stage with Sadao Watanabe, Gato Barbieri, Steve Sacks, Philippe Saisse, Jason Miles, Frank Ferruci, Hiram Bullock, Will Lee, Rick Braun, Rob Bargad, Philip Glass, Cliff Korman, Richard Bona, Dominique Dalcan, The Brand New Heavies, Romero Lubambo, Eumir Deodato, Cyro Baptista, Hélio Delmiro, Luizão Maia, Bebel Gilberto, Nana Caymmi, César Camargo Mariano, Mauro Refosco, Naná Vasconcelos, Vinícius Cantuária, Ticco da Costa and others.
In 2005, Falabella released the album Vibe on Sony BMG label in Brazil, where she sings United States oldies hits (70’s, 80’s & 90’s hits) with a jazzy bossa-nova version.
In 2008, she released "Falabella de Cartola 100 anos", an album-tribute to Cartola -- one of Brazil's most respected songwriters, considered to be a figure in the development of samba -- with Cartola’s classic songs sang in a modern, refined version.
In 2009, she performed with Sadao Watanabe in Japan and with Clube da Esquina (Milton Nascimento, Toninho Horta, Lô Borges) in the United States at Jazz Festival in New York.