Giovana left her native country of Panama 15 years ago in pursuit of the opportunity to live an artistic and creative life as a musician. Her music is a reflection of that journey, built upon her Panamanian roots, and blended with influences of Jazz, Afro-Peruvian, Latin Pop, and world music styles that have inspired her while living and performing in the US.
Giovana started her musical journey by performing in the tri-state area as a pianist/vocalist and co-founder of the Latin music group “Rhythms & Roots” as an educator and entertainer. “Rhythms & Roots” allowed her to work with outstanding musicians in the Philadelphia and New York area such as guitarist/arranger Enrique Lopez, bassist Jorge Bringas, percusionist Marvin Diz, Nestor Villar and Francois Zayas.
In 2005 Giovana was selected as a vocalist to perform with the Philadelphia Music Project’s Latin orchestra led by Salsa legend Johnny Pacheco and Cuban composer/pianist Elio Villafranca. Giovana’s recording debut was a song entitled “Prende la Vela”, on Elio Villafranca’s critally acclaimed debut album “Incantations”.
Her debut album “Introducing Giovana”, is a musical diary of sacrifice, growth, and perseverance told through original songs and new arrangements of classics and folkloric music from her homeland of Panama. The CD is produced and arranged by Grammy nominated producer/pianist/ arranger Elio Villafranca who was an integral part of this project from start to finish. Musicians on the recording include: Elio Villafranca (piano), Yunior Terry (bass & violin), Juancho Herrera (guitar), Francois Zayas (drums), Hector Morales (cajón), and Renatto Thoms (percussion).
Giovana sings from a natural place fueled by emotion. She has an ability to connect with her audience making her a fresh voice to listen for in the New Latin Art music arena.