Nascimento is a Brazilian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born on October 26, 1942, in Rio de Janeiro but was raised in the city of Tres Pontas, Minas Gerais, which he considered his nourishment center. Nascimento is arguably Brazil’s greatest musician as his voice has been described as ethereal.
He played in samba groups, Evolus Samba and Samba Cana during his early career and later formed The Clube da Esquina with his friend Lo Borges and other members in 1963. In 1967, his big break came when three of his songs were showcased at the prestigious first international pop song festival in Rio de Janeiro. After that, he became a highly sought-after artist by music recording companies producing his first two albums, Travessia(1967) and Milton Nascimento(1969).
Nascimento and some others released Clube da Esquina in 1972. Several singles were also released, including ‘Maria, Maria,’ ‘Cancao da America,’ ‘Bailes da Vida’ and others. His international establishment appeared on jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter’s 1974 album Native Dancer leading to several collaborations with international artists, including Sarah Vaughn, George Duke, Carlos Santana, James Taylor and others.
He once held a concert in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in 1984, which drew over 150,000 fans and has commanded sold out performances in major U.S cities in recent years. Some of his over 25 albums are Anima (1982), Encontrose Despedidas (1985), Yauarete (1987), Miltons (1989) and Txai (1991). He contributed to the song ‘Dancing’ and ‘late redemption’ in 1996 and 2004.
Nascimento, highly revered in the music industry, has won five Grammy awards, including Best World Music Album in 1997 and was awarded an Honorary doctorate of music by the Berklee College of Music in May 2016.