Some people dream of becoming a recording artist, but that dream never becomes a reality, even though they have the talent. The music industry can be a monster that takes what it wants from artists and then discards what’s left in a pool of has-beens. Becoming a pop star is a million-to-one shot, but Venezuelan singer Norka Luque hit the jackpot at the ripe old age of 30. Norka is the next big Latino recording artist, and people like Emilio Estefan and Archie Pena are betting that will happen soon. Norka’s second single, Milagro, produced by Estefan and composed by Pena, is a hit in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Venezuela, and it is currently listed on the Latin Music Billboards. Norka has a captivating as well as intriguing style, and her sound is a mixture of reggae, R&B, soul, and a touch of Mediterranean and Caribbean sass.
Norka developed her style and sound while she studied business administration in France. Norka earned a degree in business administration, but she also earned degrees in fashion and the culinary arts. While Norka was studying in France, she joined the group Band Moon Rising as the lead singer. It didn’t take long for Norka to make a lasting impression on the French club scene. While she was singing, she was experimenting with different melodies and arrangements. Norka decided to combine several music genres together, and by the time she left the band, Norka had her trademark sound down pat. Norka accepted a job in a Monte Carlo bank before she made her next big move. That move would change the direction of her life.
After attending a Ricky Martin concert in 2007, Norka decided to move back to the Miami area. Miami was close to her parent’s home in Ft. Lauderdale. It was time to prove something to herself, so she found a job on South Beach singing in a club. The word spread that a new Latino singer was worth hearing on South Beach, and it didn’t take long for that news to reach Emilio Estefan. Estefan is the king of producing Latino music that crosses over into the mainstream music scene. Norka wanted to be a crossover artist, and when Estefan heard her sing for the first time, he knew she could follow in the footsteps of Shakira, and other great Latino crossover artists. Luque is currently promoting her latest single, Tomorrowland. The word is she has another hit on her hands.