Brazilian-Canadian singer-songwriter, Larisa Santiago has recently released two singles, “No Soy Tu Niñera” and “Home“, which are both available for streaming on Spotify.
Santiago shares on “No Soy Tu Niñera”,
“I went into the studio with producer Medylandia for a session and we began bouncing ideas around and I said: ‘Why don’t we write about a girl who one day puts her stake in the ground and claims her independence?”
Check out the single below and find out more about Larisa via our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hey guys, my name is Larisa Santiago and I am a Brazilian-Canadian singer-songwriter from Toronto. I moved to Canada 8 years ago from Brazil, when I was 17 years old, all by myself. My plan at first was to do an exchange program during High School, but then I fell in love with Canada and decided to stay. I finished high school at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, BC and then I came to Toronto in 2013, graduating from UofT’s International Relations Program in 2017. Music has always been part of me since I was a kid and my goal to have moved to Canada was to pursue it here. At the moment, I am doing music full time and I currently have 2 singles out in all music platforms: No Soy Tu Niñera and Home. I’m also working on an EP and I plan to have it released by next summer of 2020.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
My music is very mixed. I am a Pop, Latin-Urban and EDM artist. I also write in 3 languages: Portuguese, Spanish, and English. I love incorporating these languages because they are part of who I am and of my identity. They are part of my artistry. I like making upbeat, dancy music while sending a message to the audience – I want people to relate to my music, or to have some sort of feeling with it. I also want them to feel independent, fun and sexy.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
I have two upcoming shows. One is at The Garrison on November 2nd with Afrowave and my other performance will be at Belleza Latina 2019, on November 9th at London, Ontario. I’d describe my live performance as very energetic, while I sing live to tracks managed by the DJ. I love dancing and just singing my heart out on stage while making the audience feel engaged with me.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
I’d suggest No Soy Tu Niñera. It’s a very powerful song that really resonates with me. It’s about empowerment and following your dreams, in a very fun, dancy way.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
My favourite Canadian artists are Shawn Mendes, Drake, Jessie Reyes, Alessia Cara, Loud Luxury, Delaney Jane, Bülow, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine. I also love Nelly Furtado, Céline Dion, and Brian Adams.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.