As she was releasing her debut single “Something Real” on May 1st, it was clear that New York-based Brazilian-American singer and songwriter Milla Santana was grandly announcing herself into the industry. The Bahia, Brazil-born artist combined rhythms of bossa nova (a style native to her country of birth) with contemporary R&B elements to create a track that belongs to the present as much as it bears Latin music heritage. Gifted with a soulful voice, Milla Santana weaves a song that should be well received by even the most ardent of R&B/soul purists. “Something Real” is both haunting and pleasurable in equal measure.
Prior to her official debut, she’d excelled as a background vocalist for big-name acts such as Demi Lovato, H.E.R and Nick Jonas as well performing across New York City. In a crowded creative space, the emerging singer stands out.