Norka Luque has followed the career of fellow Venezuelan singing sensation, Shakira, for years. Norka knew she had the talent and the ambition to be recording artist and performer like Shakira, but she didn’t know the path to achieving that goal would be filled with the challenging experiences that she faced along the way.
Norka was born to be a singer. At eight, she was cast in a musical that was loosely based on Shakira’s music. She moved to the United States, and she continued to study voice and the piano. She decided to move to France to go to college. She earned a degree in Business Administration, but she also added a few years of singing experience to her resume when she became the lead singer for a group known as, Bad Moon Rising. Bad Moon Rising played in the dance clubs in France, and Norka Luque developed a following because of the tone and character of her voice. She loved the sound of rock, pop, reggae, and R&B. Norka developed a sound that incorporated all those musical influences, and the club rats loved it.
Luque stayed in France, and she worked in Monte Carlo after graduating, but in 2006, she went to a Ricky Martin concert and had an epiphany. She realized music was her first love, so her business career would have to wait. Norka Luque moved to the United States, and she decided to find a job in Miami. Miami was the hub for Latino music, and she had a sound that would rock Latino audiences. Norka found a job in a South Beach nightclub, and she was recognized as a new Latino singer with an unusual voice immediately. Word spread, and Emilio Estefan, the Grammy-winning producer of the Miami Sound Machine, Ricky Martin, Shakira, and others, asked Norka to audition for him and his team of composers. Estefan signed her on the spot, and Norka and the Estefan team went to work on an album.
The first single from the album was released in 2011, and it was good enough to earn her a best female vocalist of the year nomination. Her second single, Milagro, stayed on top of the music charts in Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and the United States for weeks. Her third single was released in 2016, and it raced up the Latino music charts.
Norka Luque doesn’t sound like Shakira, but she is following in her footsteps as far as making to the top of the music industry. Norka was born to be a star, and the world knows that now.