Gaby Moreno

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Gaby Moreno
Gaby Moreno in a concert playing the guitar
Gaby Moreno in a concert playing the guitar
Background information
Birth nameMaría Gabriela Moreno Bonilla
Born (1981-12-16) 16 December 1981 (age 38)
OriginGuatemala City, Guatemala
GenresBlues, Jazz, soul, R&B
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1997–present
LabelsMetamorfosis, Nonesuch Records
Associated actsRicardo Arjona

María Gabriela Moreno Bonilla (born 16 December 1981 in Guatemala City, Guatemala), professionally known as Gaby Moreno, is a Guatemalan singer-songwriter and guitarist. Her music ranges from blues, jazz, soul, to R&B. Moreno sings in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.[1]

She became known to broader audiences in Latin America after recording a song with Ricardo Arjona in 2011, called "Fuiste Tú". In 2013, she recorded covers of the popular songs "Kiss of Fire" and "The Weed Smoker's Dream" with Hugh Laurie for his album, Didn't It Rain. On numerous occasions beginning in October 2016, she performed with Chris Thile on Live From Here giving her greater recognition among American listeners. Some of her popular covers include "Amapola" and "No Soy El Aire".


María Gabriela Moreno Bonilla was born in Guatemala City on 16 December 1981.

Critical praise

KCRW's Ariana Morgernstern, producer of Morning Becomes Eclectic, featured Moreno in an October 2008 podcast and bestowed "Today's Top Tune" status on her song "Song of You." She said she was "caught by surprise with its organic and understated feel. She sings beautifully both in English and Spanish.[2]

NPR reviewed Moreno's debut record Still the Unknown and said: "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." [3]

In 2006, she won the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest with her song "Escondidos," first in the Latin category, then overall.

In July 2010, Moreno was nominated with her co-writer Vincent Jones for an Emmy in the category of "Outstanding Main Title Theme Music" for their theme song to NBC's Parks and Recreation.[4]

In 2010, Moreno was awarded "Favorite American Latino Indie Artist" at the American Latino Awards (run by American Latino TV).





Gaby Moreno in Reutlingen, Germany (June 2012)






Festival Acústico: Gaby Moreno y amigos

Europe Tour

New York City


Starting 2016 Gaby Moreno is a reoccurring guest on Live From Here


Gaby Moreno released a cover of Trinidadian artist David Rudder's 1998 song "The Immigrants," made with arranger and producer Van Dyke Parks, ahead of the 4 July holiday, with proceeds going to benefit CARECEN.[15]


¡Spangled!, a collaboration between Gaby Moreno and Van Dyke Parks, was released on Metamorfosis & Nonesuch Records. The album includes a bolero from Panama, a bossa nova from Brazil, a song by Moreno, David Rudder's "The Immigrants," and Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, and Jim Dickinson's song "Across the Borderline," performed with Cooder and Jackson Browne.[16]






Year Title Role Note(s)
2013 Hugh Laurie: Live On The Queen Mary Backing Vocals


Year Title Role Note(s)
2017 Family Guy (voice) Episode: "Dearly Deported"
2018–20 Elena of Avalor Marlena (voice) 3 episodes
2019 Undone Herself Episode: "Alone In This (You Have Me)"

Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards

A Grammy Award is an accolade by the Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry.[18]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 Gaby Moreno Best Latin Pop Album Nominated

Latin Grammy Awards

A Latin Grammy Award is an accolade by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 "Fuiste Tú" Record of the Year Nominated
2013 Gaby Moreno Best New Artist Won


  1. ^ "Gaby Moreno". Gaby Moreno. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Gaby Moreno: Song for You". Today's Top Tune. KCRW. 1 July 2008.
  3. ^ Tamara Vallejos (4 December 2008). "Gaby Moreno: 'Song of You'". NPR.
  4. ^ Ann Donahue (8 July 2010). "'Idol,' 'SNL' Join 'Glee' with Emmy Nominatons". Billboard. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Gaby Moreno: Lady Learns The Blues, And More". All Things Considered. NPR. 1 April 2011.
  6. ^ Pareles, Jon (8 July 2011). "Musical Ambition, Defying All Barriers". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Jasmine Garsd (1 August 2011). "Gaby Moreno: Tiny Desk Concert". NPR.
  8. ^ Rachel Devitt (1 May 2011). "LATIN ROUNDUP: TOP 10 LATIN ALT ALBUMS OF SPRING 2011". Archived from the original on 25 May 2012.
  9. ^ Hilda Gabriela (1 March 2011). "Gaby Moreno's "Illustrated Songs" Is All About Going Big, Or Going Home". AB's Top Music News. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  10. ^ Anne Hoffman (1 July 2011). "New Music From The Latin Alternative Music Conference". NPR.
  11. ^ Smriti Mundhra (2 May 2011). "The Best Latin Music You Don't Know: Gaby Moreno". Latina.
  12. ^ Kristina Puga (3 December 2011). "5 Latinos to Look Out for in 2012".
  13. ^ Le-Huu, Bao (1 October 2011). "This Little Underground". Orlando Weekly.
  14. ^ Por Keneth Cruz Y Ángel Elías (1 March 2015). "Gaby Moreno y sus amigos regalaron magia" (in Spanish). Prensa Libre. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  15. ^ "Gaby Moreno and Van Dyke Parks Mark Independence Day Holiday with Release of "The Immigrants"". Nonesuch Records. 3 July 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  16. ^ "Gaby Moreno and Van Dyke Parks' "¡Spangled!" Out Now on Nonesuch". Nonesuch Records. 4 October 2019. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  17. ^ Gaby Moreno on IMDb
  18. ^ "About the Recording Academy". Recording Academy. Retrieved 13 January 2020.