Camila Luna never expected to be nominated for a Latin GRAMMY—twice!
Luna is a 24-year-old Miami-based singer/songwriter who has been creating music since the age of 18. In 2015, just months after graduating from the University of Miami, Luna nabbed her first-ever Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best/Pop Rock Album.
It seems as if the Latin Recording Academy can't get enough of Luna's trippy, tropical, and fresh music because she's once again nominated at the 2017 awards show for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album with her recent production, Flora y Fauna.
The Puerto Rican-born singer and her family moved to Miami when she was only 3 years old. There, she discovered her passion for music.
"From a very young age, I knew I wanted to do something with writing and reading," Luna told VIX. "I was super shy as a kid, but after awhile my uncle taught me how to play the guitar. I was writing poetry and started putting those things together."
Luna said she didn't have many friends growing up; in fact, her BFFs were art, chapter books, and puzzles. After discovering a love for music, she schooled herself on making music.
"I self-taught myself for many hours in my room," she said. "When I was 18, I majored in poetry at UM and felt something was missing and always had this dream of making music." The rest, as they say, is history.
Luna, who is influenced by artists such as Shakira, Lana del Rey, and The Police, describes her music as trippy/Caribbean meets indie/pop music.
Of her nominated album, she says it's "pretty crazy."
"You can tell it’s very different from everything that’s playing on the radio right now," she said to VIX. "You can expect a lot of lyrics that are surreal and different types of melodies. I love everything from rock to pop to reggaeton to tropical sounds—you can expect a huge mix of things. I’m always aiming for my music to have a Caribbean vibe because I’m Puerto Rico, Mexican, and Venezuelan."
Considering she already has two Latin GRAMMY nominations up her sleeves, Luna says her life and career hasn't changed much.
"I’m still doing my Masters, I still go to school, I go to work, I self-manage everything, and I live a completely 100 percent normal life, but it’s all very surreal," she said. "For me, this has been a great opportunity to make connections and network."
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