Cristina Clara was born in Vila Nova de Famalicão, in the North of Portugal.
Her passion for literature and performative arts, especially theatre, became apparent from an early age.
In 2005 Cristina Clara finished her nursing degree in Porto and moved to Lisbon. In this city she spent her time between the hospital and drama and singing classes.
In 2008, she made her debut as a fado singer in a theater play. Since that moment Cristina Clara received several invitations to sing in historic Fado houses like Café Luso in Bairro Alto, which was the very first one.
Cristina became absolutely fascinated by the ritualistic ambience of Fado, its stories and the prominence given to the poems.
Versatile and intuitive, it is impossible to fit Cristina Clara into a single genre. Her interpretative skills are the result of a constant dialogue between her own inner world and her circumstance. The album "Lua Adversa" [Adverse Moon] is a musical portrait of this experience.
Cristina Clara is interested in promoting a dialogue between different traditional identities and urban songs, considering them as major expressions of the history and affective heritage of the people.
Her artistic identity is particularly influenced by lusophone artists, not only from Portugal but also from Brazil and Cape Vert.
Her new album, "Lua Adversa" [Adverse Moon] mirrors this experience, namely the approach to Brazilian choro, its affinity with Fado narratives and the rapport with new composers who ignited her own desire to compose and write.
Lua Adversa [Adverse Moon], an appropriate name for an album that mirrors the various phases-faces of Cristina Clara and her creative process! Handpicked words, songs that tell stories, and a brilliant team of musicians who, more than accompanying her, were true agents in her path, chosen for their role in the plot.
"I belong to the stars/Who come to teach me/The calendar of this arbitrary fate/And the vagaries of using it..."