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Francesca Maria Gambelli is an Italian born performing artist and songwriter who began entertaining stages at the young age of 10. Her professional career as a performer began after moving to New York City and includes well known artists such as Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Ricky Martin, Jay-Z, Celia Cruz and others. As a choreographer, her clientele names include The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, MTV European Music Awards, Gloria Gaynor, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj to name a few.
Her music career started with a demo she recorded in Morocco, while hired as a choreographer for the Royal family. One year later, her single Money Shake premiered on HOT 97 in NYC and its accompanying dance went viral. She began collaborating with top international producers Cisa & Drooid to create a sound which portrays her international flavor and multifaceted personality.
Through their projects together, she discovered a deep passion for songwriting, a tool that allows her unique personality, zest for life and her experiences to shine through. From this collaborative process, Francesca's dance hit Dale Dale was created, released worldwide by Universal Digital Media achieving tremendous success especially in the Zumba community reaching approximately 15 million people in over 185 countries. Her music’s popularity led her to perform in more than 25 countries, landed her a feature on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and an international contract with Sony Music Entertainment.Her new single “ Jambo Funkey” is a combination of Afrobeat and Funk and delivers a powerful message of self worth as the key to one’s happiness and success. “ Bothe these musical cultures have inspired me so much since I was little and bringing them together on my new single is a dream come true for me” Francesca says.Francesca Maria's mission as a performing artist is to make the world dance, whether it's through her melodies, lyrics or choreographies.