5 February 1955 (age 67)
Born in February 5th, 1955 at 3:00 AM, in the parish of Ajuda da Bretanha, in São Miguel Island (Azores, Portugal), Jorge Oliveira Ferreira is a Portuguese-American International Recording Artist, singer and songwriter, musician, record producer and businessman. Also known as the "U.S.A.'s Portuguese King of Pop", and sometimes as the "Black Car Man" ("O Homem do Carro Preto" in Portuguese), Ferreira is the President and founder of Portuguese Music World (now Music World, LLC since 2012 as record company and show production company), the world's most famous Portuguese record company. Jorge Ferreira lives in the United States since the age of 13, and currently resides in the town of Westport, Bristol County, Massachusetts (approximately 60 miles/97 km south of Boston). He performs mainly in Portuguese, but also has recorded and performed several songs in English, French and Spanish, as well as for covers, covers translated into Portuguese, and originals.
Became famous in the early 80s thanks to the hit song "Papai", which is Portugal's 5th best selling single of all time in the Top 10 Best Selling Singles of All Time from Portugal's charts with over 1,200,000 sold copies, awarded with numerous Gold and Platinum Records around the world, Jorge Ferreira is the most famous Portuguese singer in the United States and the Portuguese Music's International Ambassador.
In Portugal, Jorge Ferreira is the 4th best selling Portuguese recording artist of all time in the Top 16 Best Selling Portuguese Recording Artists of All Time from Portugal's charts with over 6,000,000 records sold, behind Amália Rodrigues (1st, with 30,000,000), Roberto Leal (2nd, with 17,000,000), and Linda de Suza (3rd, with 8,000,000), and in front of other famous Portuguese artists such as Marco Paulo (5th, with 5,000,000), Tony Carreira (6th, with 4,000,000), Dulce Pontes (7th, with 3.5,000,000), Mariza (11th, with 1,000,000), and Pedro Abrunhosa (12th, with 800,000). From the Top 10 Best Selling International/Stranger Recording Artists of All Time from Portugal's charts, Jorge Ferreira is in front of other famous international singers and bands such as Julio Iglesias (1st, with 5,000,000), Roberto Carlos (2nd, with 1.5,000,000), Daniela Mercury (4th, with 1,000,000), ABBA and Pink Floyd (both 5th, with 650,000), The Beatles and Madonna (both 6th, with 600,000), Shakira, Laura Pausini, Andrea Bocelli, and Michael Jackson (all 8th, with 500,000), and Nelly Furtado (10th, with 100,000).
During his long career, Jorge Ferreira covered numerous international singers and bands' hits. Artists include José Feliciano, The Everly Brothers, Peter McCann, Kris Kristofferson, Padre Zézinho, Max, Frei Hermano da Câmara, Pink Floyd, Procol Harum, Amália Rodrigues, ABBA, Camilo Blades, Fernando Farinha, the Bee Gees, De Electronica's, Amado Batista, Almir Rogério, The Shorts, Os Taras e Montenegro, Bernie Paul, Ronaldo Adriano, The Fevers, Joan Sebastian, Salvatore Adamo, Cesáreo Gabaráin, Roberto Livi, Steam, Aníbal Raposo, Conjunto Académico João Paulo, Dom & Ravel, and Leonard Cohen. In 1996, he also parodied some Portuguese singers and bands' hits along with Fernando Correia Marques, Axel and Nelo Ferreira, all together forming a collective named "Bandalheira Total" and releasing a parody album entitled "Bandalheira Total". Parodied artists include Zimbro, Ágata and Luís Filipe Reis, among others.
Along the years, Jorge Ferreira acquired a big popularity worldwide, and mostly in the United States, Canada, Bermuda, South Africa, Venezuela, Australia, United Kingdom, France, and Portuguese islands of Madeira and the Azores.
Jorge is the youngest of six children of Francisco Ferreira and Maria Rosa Ferreira. From an early age, he showed interested in music and enrolled in the local marching band when he was in elementary school. He quickly mastered the harmonica and trumpet at the age of 7, and later he mastered the accordion. At the age of 12, Ferreira moved to the United States with his parents and settled in the city of Fall River, Massachusetts, leaving in Portugal five brothers who only later will come to keep company to the rest of the family.
Life in America was tough at first. Ferreira attended Fall River schools and began working in an agriculture factory at the age of 16, and performed on the side for weddings and in clubs, helping his parents to yield the household's budget. These difficult times proved worthwhile however, because this side of the Atlantic afforded Ferreira the opportunity to foster his passion for music. What makes his story different, however, is that despite being raised in a Portuguese household in Fall River for many years, he was unable to speak or write the language well.
In the early 70s, Ferreira joined various musical groups and bands in Fall River as a musician and singer such as "Banda Santo Cristo", "Banda de Nossa Senhora da Luz" (Our Lady of Light Band, known as one of the best amateur marching bands in the United States), "Jaywalkers", American country band "Sunrise, Sunset", his first owned band called "Vibrations", and later the most known "Conjunto Venus" and "Conjunto Mars". Soon, the name Jorge Ferreira was everywhere. Those were the days of dancing, evenings in clubs, halls and church halls. The "boy from Bretanha" sang in English and Portuguese, and gradually his voice earned time and space in the evenings of thousands of Portuguese on this side of the Atlantic.
In 1972, at the age of 17, Ferreira signs a contract with American label "Sky Records" and records on studio for the first time, releasing a 45 RPM record entitled "O Cançonetista que Também é Fadista" (The Lyricist who is Also Fadist), that includes the first single "Paizinho Sonhei Contigo" (Daddy I Dreamed of You). Along the 70s, he releases several other 45 RPM singles with different American labels, such as "Sonho do Lar" (1973 - Space Records), among others.
In 1979, with Conjunto Mars, Ferreira releases the first album of his career entitled "Mars". This first record includes Portuguese songs, but also American popular songs covered by Ferreira. It knew a small success.
In 1980, Henrique Galvão, label president of "Henda Records & Video" (one of the first Portuguese record labels in Fall River), contacts Ferreira to make three recordings in Portuguese, but only when Ferreira proved he could sell out halls and theatres, and sell records by the thousands, which he agreed upon for a price. The challenge won, Ferreira signs a three years contract opening the way to new frontiers. A new star was born… Ferreira releases his second album entitled "Amar Como Jesus Amou" (To Love Like Jesus Loved). At the same time, he decides to sell his albums in Portugal, so he signs for that a contract with Portuguese label "Metro-Som".
Ferreira continued recording for Henda Records in America and released four EPs from 1981 to 1983 : "Viva Fall River" (Long Live Fall River), "As Moças da Minha Aldeia" (The Girls of my Village), "Quando Vai Chegar a Paz" (When the Peace will Arrive), and "Viva, Viva New Bedford" (Long, Long Live New Bedford).
In 1983, Ferreira signs a new contract with another Portuguese label, "Rádio Triunfo Internacional", and releases his third album entitled "Viva Fall River" (Long Live Fall River), which becomes a big success, particularly in the United States. He hits the top of Portugal's charts thanks to the eponymous hit song entitling this album. At this time, Ferreira becomes a popular singer and a confirmed artist, and all North America becomes knowing him. Later, he releases another album entitled "Os Olhos de Minha Mãe" (The Eyes of My Mother), containing the hit songs "O Pensar Dum Emigrante" and "Natal Duma Criança". Ferreira performed on tour through the United States, Canada and Bermuda to promote this album.
In 1985, Ferreira releases the album "Papai" (Daddy), on which he performs the eponymous song in duet with his daughter Alison Ferreira, who later will appear on other albums. Becoming an amazing success in the United States, the single "Papai" becomes Portugal's 5th Best Selling Single of All Time with a record sales of 1,200,000 sold copies. Later, Jorge and Alison are invited in Portugal by TV presenter Carlos Cruz to perform the song "Papai" at the TV show "Um, Dois, Três". At the end of the performance, they arouse a spectacular standing ovation in the TV studio, and then, thanks to this successful performance, a producer from the Portuguese show production company "Audição" contacts Jorge to sign a contract. For the first time, Ferreira took the opportunity to perform in tours in Portugal. During his first Portugal Summer Tour, Ferreira earns millions of Portuguese fans show by show.
Later, he releases the album and the huge hit song "Carro Preto" (Black Car). Coming from Brazil, this song, originally entitled "Fuscão Preto" (Black Fuscin) and popularized by Brazilian singer Almir Rogério, talks about the story of a man betrayed by his girlfriend due to the bad luck he got from the black color of his car. Adapted in Portuguese and popularized by Ferreira, this song gain fame in the world of Portuguese music. Becoming Ferreira’s second best-selling single after "Papai", "Carro Preto" sold 800,000 copies in Portugal. Since its release until today, the "Black Car" almost never left the setlist of Ferreira’s live shows. After this huge success, Ferreira becomes the most listened Portuguese singer in the United States and Portugal.
In 1986, Ferreira signs a one year-contract with Portuguese label "DiscoNorte" and releases the album "O Sol Ainda Está Fora" (The Sun is Still Out).
Shortly after, he signs a new contract with Portuguese label "Movieplay Portuguesa", and releases the album "Mãe Já Partiste" (Mom You Passed Away), in tribute to his mother who passed away that year. Later, Ferreira travels throughout other European countries and, for the first time, performs live in France, Switzerland, and Luxembourg.
In 1987, Ferreira goes on tour in South America and performs in Venezuela for the first time. Later, he releases the album "Sonho Desfeito" (Drawn Dream). This album reflects Ferreira's life a little bit.
In 1988, Ferreira moves from Fall River to Westport, MA, with wife and children. He build a computerized recording studio in the basement of his new residence, without corporate name at this time.
Later, he releases the album "Não Há Gente Como a Gente". This album becomes a big success thanks to its hit songs "Bacalhau", "Ao Calor do Sol" (Portuguese adaptation of Joan Sebastian's hit song "Triangulo del Sol"), "25 Rosas" (performed in Spanish), "Carro Negro" (Black Car's Spanish version), "La Nuit" (Salvatore Adamo's cover), and "Carro Branco" ("White Car", the Black Car's continuation telling a positive outcome in the song story). The song "Não Há Gente Como a Gente", inspired from a fan who, after a show in Venezuela, embraced Ferreira and emotionally uttered the phrase "Não há gente como a gente !" (that means in English "There aren't any people like us !"), is a dedication to all worldwide Portuguese immigrants.
In 1989, Ferreira signs a contract with Portuguese label "Ovação Nacional". He names his recording studio "City Limit Track" and writes songs for other Portuguese artists. Some new musicians appear on studio and on stage. One of them, guitarist José Ernesto Barros, will become Ferreira's right-hand man, producing and arranging some albums, and performing in all shows.
Ferreira releases the album "Deixei Meu Coração em Portugal" (I Left my Heart in Portugal), which quickly becomes a success, and then he is invited on several Portuguese radio stations around the world. In October, Ferreira travels to South Africa, performing his first shows in that country.
In 1990, Ferreira releases the album "Olhos Verdes" (Green Eyes). This album perfectly follows the pop trends of this early 90s. Later, Ferreira releases his first live album entitled "Ao Vivo Vol. 1" (Live Vol. 1) and travels to Brazil for the first time, performing in Rio de Janeiro.
In 1991, Ferreira goes on tour in Oceania, performing his first shows in Australia in February. Later, he releases the album "Recordar" (To Remember), containing the hit songs "Portugal Não Dorme no Verão" and "O Camião".
In 1992, Ferreira releases the successful album "Regresso Prometido" (Promised Return), produced with New England producer Paulo Sardinha. This album, with a very marked pop sound, is one of Ferreira’s rare albums that does not contain Portuguese folklore songs.
In 1993, Ferreira signs a contract with record label "Espacial Música", renowned to be one of the most famous Portugal's record companies. Francisco José Carvalho, the President of this company, becomes his new record executive for Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.
Ferreira releases the album "Nos Arraiais" (In the Fairs), containing the hit song "Mãe". He starts inviting American musicians on his recording sessions, and for the recording of this album, he invited saxophonist Paul Weddle and famous trumpet player John Allmark, among others. The result is a success.
In 1994, Ferreira releases the album and the hit song "Era Pouco e Acabou-se" (It was Little and it Finished). With this project, he shows his musical versatility by writing and composing some country songs. On this album's recording sessions, Ferreira invited famous American pedal steel guitarist Buddy Cage (born in Toronto, Canada and became American citizen in San Francisco, CA), member of various country rock bands such as the Canadian band Great Speckled Bird, as well as American bands New Riders of the Purple Sage, Stir Fried and The Brooklyn Cowboys, among others. All the album's ten tracks become hit songs, and particularly the flamenco song "Flamengo de Perdição", inspired by a travel in Spain.
Later, he releases his first Christmas album entitled "Canta Natal" (Sings Christmas), on which his two daughters, Alison and Elizabeth Marie Ferreira, perform some songs on lead and backing vocals.
In 1995, considered by Americans to be the United States' Portuguese King of Pop, Ferreira releases the album "Prova de Amor" (Proof of Love). Californian pedal steel guitarist Buddy Cage came back on studio for this album's recording sessions, on which many diverse other Portuguese and American musicians were invited.
In 1996, Ferreira recorded for a new American label by signing a contract with Manuel Barbosa, president of the record company "Goldstar Records & Video", based in Cambridge, MA. He releases the album and the famous hit song "A Portuguesa é a Mais Linda" (The Portuguese Woman is the Most Beautiful). He hits the top of Portugal's charts thanks to the numerous sales of this album. All songs were written and composed by Elizabeth Marie Ferreira, who will play an important function in the continuation of her father's career. Later, Ferreira releases his second live album entitled "Ao Vivo Vol. 2" (Live Vol. 2).
In 1997, Ferreira releases the romantic album "13 de Maio na Cova de Iria" (May 13 at the Cova de Iria) and celebrates the 25th year of his career. "As Biatas" is the main hit song of this album.
Later, Ferreira founds "Portuguese Music World", that is his own record label based in Dartmouth, MA, with the objective of lowering the prices of Portuguese music in the American and Canadian markets, and to support local Portuguese artists who now have a wider distribution of their products. So becoming record executive in North America, Ferreira prints his own records and those of various Portuguese and American artists. Along that year, he performs in the United Kingdom for the first time.
For Christmas time, he releases his second Christmas album entitled "Natal em Família" (Christmas in Family), on which his last child and first son of six years old, Jordan Ferreira, performs on lead and backing vocals.
In 1998, Ferreira releases the album "Revelações do Milénio" (Revelations of the Millennium), co-arranged by American producer and pianist Joel Hiller. A new musician appears on this album : bass player Roberto Bettencourt. Roberto is the father of Donovan Bettencourt (bass player on the albums "A Portuguesa é a Mais Linda", "Prova de Amor", "Canta Natal", and "Era Pouco e Acabou-se", and band member of Mourning Widows) and the brother of international musician Nuno Bettencourt (now became Rihanna's live guitarist), band member of DramaGods, Mourning Widows, and Extreme. Roberto Bettencourt will become indispensable in Ferreira's shows.
In August, during his annual Portugal Summer Tour, Ferreira tours in Madeira Island for the first time, performing shows in Câmara de Lobos, Porto da Cruz, and Ribeira da Janela.
In 1999, Ferreira releases the album "Açoriano de Raíz" (Azorean of Root). On this album, he invited his daughter Alison to record the song "Papai 15 Anos Depois", that is a new version of 1985 hit song "Papai", 15 years after, with alternate lyrics.
In 2000, Ferreira stops recording for two years and devotes his free time to his private life. He releases the compilation "Eu Voltarei" (I will be Back), containing new versions of the songs "Mãe, Já Partiste" and "Os Olhos de Minha Mãe", recorded with new materials. In addition to these two songs, this compilation contains a selection of Ferreira's best ballads released between 1993 and 1999.
Elizabeth Marie Ferreira starts a solo career as a pop singer and releases an EP entitled "Chuva de Beijos" (Rain of Kisses). Her stage name is Liz Marie.
In 2001, Ferreira releases the compilation and the claimant desgarrada song "A Chupeta" (The Lollipop).
In 2002, Ferreira came back recording and worked with Boston producer Marc Soucy to release the album "Como Este Mundo Mudou" (As This World Moved), partially recorded in Boston and containing the song "Minha Segunda Mãe", written in tribute/remembrance of the tragic events of September 11 Attacks. Ferreira invited in studio local pianist and songwriter Richard London. Marc Soucy conveyed his American pop influences during the production of this successful album, making this one Ferreira's most Americanized album.
In 2003, Ferreira releases the album "Vem Agosto, Vem Agosto" (Come August, Come August), entirely recorded in Meaux, France, and on which he recorded with French band "Malaca Trio", formed by Jean-Marc Debat on guitar, Sébastien Blanche on bass, and Sylvie Morais on vocals. Produced with Ferreira's European live keyboardist Serge Fernandes, this album, very unique with its frenzied latin rhythms, becomes Ferreira's most folksy album.
In 2004, Ferreira releases the album "As Velhas e os Solteirões" (The Old Women and the Bachelors). Became musician and a founding member of progressive/fusion rock band "Mindwalk Blvd", his son Jordan Ferreira appears on electric guitar on this album. French band Malaca Trio came back on this album, recorded in Westport, MA, U.S. and in Meaux, France. Later, Ferreira creates his official website on which some albums are on sale, expanding and promoting it gradually through the web.
Ferreira's label Portuguese Music World, studying the Portuguese markets, comes to a partnership agreement with two major record labels in Portugal, Vidisco and Espacial Música, which agree that Portuguese Music World represents them in the United States and Canada, chopping records' prices on their entire inventory. During that year, Ferreira toured in Asia, the Caribbean and Africa, performing shows in Japan, Philippines, Curaçao, and South Africa.
In 2005, Ferreira releases the album "Bendito Seja Agosto" (Blessed be August), produced with Serge Fernandes and famous Portuguese producer Ricardo Landum, recorded in Pontinha, Lisbon, Portugal and in Westport, MA, U.S., and on which featured Jordan Ferreira and Portuguese trumpet player Miguel Gonçalves. Ferreira creates the Portuguese Music World's official website, managed by Elizabeth Marie Ferreira.
Later, he performs at Venus de Milo Restaurant in Swansea, MA, for "Katrina Event Benefit Concert", a Hurricane Katrina's fundraiser show that features a large lineup of several local and international artists, including Jordan Ferreira's band Mindwalk Blvd. At the end of the show, they total $32,000 to donate to the American Red Cross to help financially hurricane victims and their families in Louisiana, and to rebuild the city of New Orleans.
For Christmas time, Ferreira releases his third Christmas album entitled "Natal Com Jorge Ferreira e Família" (Christmas with Jorge Ferreira and Family), that is a Christmas compilation containing three new songs : "Oh Noite Santa", and Liz Marie's songs "Help me Santa" (featuring Jordan Ferreira on electric guitar) and "Oh Holy Night".
In 2006, Ferreira releases the album "Meu Coração Bate Por Ti" (My Heart Beats For You), recorded in Fall River, MA and produced with local musician and producer Nelson Moreira. Local female singer Nélia (Moreira's wife) and Alison Ferreira appear on this album as backing vocalists.
In October, Ferreira's long time friend and singer Jack Sebastião passes away from a heart attack. The desgarrada song "Jorge Ferreira e Jack Sebastião à Desgarrada", performed by Ferreira and Sebastião and included on this latest album "Meu Coração Bate Por Ti", was the ultimate song that Sebastião recorded before his death.
In 2007, Ferreira travels to Mexico for the first time, performing two shows in Cancún. Later, he releases the album "É Bom é Bom" (It's Good it's Good). He worked very hard and given the best of himself for this project. Very folksy and joyful, this "feet album" incites its listeners dancing. Ferreira's son Jordan given a lot of his time on this album recording electric guitar. Nelson Moreira and his wife Nélia came back in studio, respectively for keyboards and backing vocals' recording. On this album, the song "Olhos Risonhos" is a new version of 1982 song "Olhos Tiranos", that is a Ferreira's Portuguese adaptation of ABBA's hit song "Does Your Mother Know". This version includes new arrangements and alternate lyrics. Another song, "E Cai a Neve", is the Portuguese adaptation of Salvatore Adamo's hit song "Tombe la Neige". This Portuguese adaptation was written by Brazilian songwriter Romeu Nunes. Ferreira's studio drummer Robert Leonardo, now became a famous producer, has made the album's mixings and mastering at his recording studio "Digital Wave Multimedia", based in Fall River.
In 2008, Ferreira performs in England at one of London's largest music venues : the Carling Academy Brixton. Later, he appears at the first Portuguese Music Awards of America, the A.U.A. Awards Show, held in Fall River, MA at the Portuguese Cultural Centre. Ferreira has been nominated twice, winning awards thanks to his two hit songs from his 2007 album "É Bom é Bom" : "Se Ela Encosta é Bom é Bom" (Best Marching Song Award of the year) and "Deixa-me Ir Contigo" (Best Portuguese Folklore Song Award of the year).
Later, he releases the album "Manel Aperta o Cinto" (Manuel, Tighten the Belt). With this album, Ferreira wanted to make an urgent appeal to 2008 financial crisis that has affected all countries in the world. He talks about the life of emigrated workers who resist to daily difficulties and who receive a just sufficient wage to survive, with the constraining obligation to "systematically tighten the belt", blending Portugal's nostalgic melodies appearing during space soul moments of these people. On this call to democracy, Ferreira united several friends who agreed to lend their voices on some songs. Featured artists are Portuguese singer/songwriter José Reza, Portuguese folk singer and accordionist Augusto Canário (band member of "Augusto Canário e Amigos"), and Portuguese-Canadian female pop singer Jessica Amaro. This album was a big success in North America, becoming gold record in the United States two months after its North American release.
Later, Ferreira releases his third live album entitled "Ao Vivo em Ponte da Barca" (Live in Ponte da Barca), recorded on August 23rd, 2006 at Saint Bartholomew Festival in Ponte da Barca, during Ferreira's annual Portugal Summer Tour. Ponte da Barca is a beautiful municipality located in the district of Viana do Castelo (northwest of Portugal). During this show, Ferreira performed his best hits, including four songs from his 2006 album "Meu Coração Bate Por Ti". This live show was also released on DVD format in 2007, announcing Ferreira's 8th DVD and first full live show DVD.
In 2009, Ferreira becomes the most nominated artist at the second Portuguese Music Awards of America, the A.U.A. Awards Show Gala II. Despite his absence at this event due to a Californian tour scheduled for the same period, he won six awards, mostly thanks to his successful 2008 album "Manel Aperta o Cinto" : "Parabéns, Parabéns" (Best Marching Song Award of the year), "Manel Aperta o Cinto" (Best Portuguese Folklore Song Award of the year), "Velhas Com Canário e Jorge Ferreira" (Best Desgarrada Song Award of the year), "Ceia do Emigrante" (Best Fado-Pop Song Award of the year), "Este Natal Santo" (Best Christmas Song Award of the year), and "Ao Vivo em Ponte da Barca" (Best Live Album Award of the year).
Later, after various negotiations, he decides endorsing the promotion of the sumptuous concertinas from the firm "Ranco Antonio Concertinas", partner of famous Italian company "Polverini Accordions", by performing Ranco concertinas for a specific period, in both shows and recording studios.
Later, Ferreira releases the album "Ser Português" (To be Portuguese), announcing the elapsing of the 30th year of his career in music business, and starts a special tour to celebrate this achievement. This album reports the daily frauds and the manipulations under all their forms that predominate in these times, whether financial, human, mediatical or political. Behind present claims, wisdom is searched, and through it are transmitted happiness, love and spiritual messages, as well as a research of glory, wealth and power for everyone who dream to escape one day from the matrix of their more or less monotonous life. Musically, the album goes through various musical rhythms, such as timeless ballads and festive and folk songs. Recorded in Fall River, Westport (United States), and Mississauga (Canada), the album was co-produced by Ferreira, Robert Leonardo and Hernâni Raposo.
In June, Ferreira performs at the prestigious international hall of Casino Herisau, in Herisau, Switzerland, where the stage floor has been milled on a few years ago by Eric Clapton, among others. In September, Ferreira performs an outdoor show in Bermuda, at the large historical and touristic place of King's Square in St. George's.
During that year, label Portuguese Music World gained fame and popularity. Thanks to Elizabeth Marie and PMW staff's devotion, Ferreira succeeds to digitalize Portuguese music massively through the web on numerous lawful downloading platforms. A large number of singers and musicians from all over the world, Portuguese or not and all merged musical genres, met Ferreira to get a discographic distribution in North America. Along the years, Portuguese Music World became the American record label company of many famous Portuguese artists who wanted to acquire a big popularity in the United States and Canada.
In 2010, Ferreira starts the year by appearing at "Operation Haiti", a 2h30 fundraiser show organized to help earthquake victims and their families in Haiti. Ferreira performs in February at the B.M.C. Durfee High School Auditorium in Fall River, MA, sharing the stage with several Portuguese-American artists. Produced by Floriano Cabral, the event was broadcast live on various TV channels and radio stations scattered across the United States. It was also webcast and broadcast live on RTP Azores, in Portugal. At the end of the show, the theleton netted $45,000, all proceeds going to the American Red Cross.
From March to November, Ferreira goes on a World Tour, performing in the United States, France, Portugal, Canada, Venezuela, Switzerland, and Luxembourg. In Toronto, he performs at CNE Bandshell Park, a world renowned stage located at the Exhibition Place, for the 44th Annual CHIN International Picnic, that is one of the world's most famous picnics, attracting approximately 250,000 people every year coming from various countries of the globe.
Later, Ferreira releases the album "Pedaços de Mim" (Pieces of Me). This album consists in new versions of Ferreira's old hits, mostly from the 80s and the early 90s, recorded with new materials. Elizabeth Marie wrote alternate lyrics for a few songs. The only original song is "Ecos Fatais (Pesadelos Reais)". This charity song was performed live on February 6th by Ferreira and other local artists to close the Operation Haiti Fundraiser Concert. Formerly entitled "Haiti", the lyrics of this song was incorporated into "Jugoslávia"'s music score (a 1994 song included on the album "Era Pouco e Acabou-se"). The lyrics were quickly written by Ferreira in a few days before the event. The studio version is shorter than the live version, and some performers have been substituted, making room for Portuguese-Canadian female singers Ana Pacheco and Sarah Pacheco, and Portuguese-Venezuelan singer of Brazilian descent Carlos Kanto. Recorded in the United States and Canada, the album was co-produced by Ferreira, Robert Leonardo and Hernâni Raposo. Their arrangements bring a new cool touch to all these Ferreira's classic songs, recorded with the highest quality in musical materials.
During that year, Ferreira creates his official Facebook page at "Jorge Ferreira Oficial". Then, numerous are the fans who join it, talking with Jorge and leaving comments. Jordan Ferreira founds a new progressive/fusion rock band with other musicians called "ElixirOnMute".
In 2011, Ferreira limits the number of his scheduled shows to spend more time working in his studio, performing only 25 shows that year. In April, he travels to the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy for the first time, performing in the quartier of Lorient.
In June, he is the guest of honor at the 27th Annual Heritage Day of Portugal, held at the Boston State House where he was awarded with a medal. "Being Portuguese it’s what allowed me to be what I am today", Ferreira told those gathered at the House Chamber ceremony. The next day, Ferreira is received and recognized at the White House in Washington, D.C. by American President Barack Obama, in honor of his wonderful contribution for the immigration in the United States, becoming a confirmed Ambassador of Portugal in North American lands.
Later, Ferreira releases the album "Pela Terra e Pelo Mar" (By Land and by Sea). For this album, Ferreira worked very hard, spending several hours working in his studio during several months. Beautiful songs were recorded on different musical genres. The tracklist, very diversified, contains marches, ballads, Portuguese folk songs, pop rock songs, one desgarrada, and one rap song. All these musical genres emphasize Ferreira's well known vocal versatility. On this album, Ferreira tells his lived during his world tours, explaining the image's meaning of the terrestrial globe on the CD's front and back covers. He reveals his experiences with women, with his old loves and friends, and talks about his pride being Portuguese beyond borders and about his "saudade" for the homeland. Other artists were also invited on some songs, such as Mickael Salgado (a young Portuguese fado singer who is blind), Portuguese-French amateur desgarrada singer and Ferreira's friend Manel "Nelinho" da Capela, and Franco-Portuguese rapper O'Antigo on the rap song "Saudade (Foi Assim o Emigrante)", that is Ferreira's first hip hop song ever. The musical quality is at its highest level on this album, recorded in the United States and Canada in various studios. Portuguese-Canadian producer and musician Hernâni Raposo (from Toronto area), who did an excellent job on this album, co-produced this one. This album also marks the return in studio, after an absence of eight years, of well known live guitarist José Ernesto Barros, performing acoustic guitar.
In October and November, Ferreira accompanies his son Jordan, this one going on tour across the United States with his rock band ElixirOnMute. Ferreira joins the tour staff and becomes the bus driver of this Fall Nationwide Tour, attending a large part of his son's shows. With his son Jordan (guitar and vocals), Evan La Ruffa (tour manager) and the other band members (Jon Reshard on bass and Padget Nanton on drums), Ferreira drives them to Boston, Worcester (Massachusetts), Danbury (Connecticut), Butler (New Jersey), Charlotte (North Carolina), Atlanta (Georgia), Oklahoma City (Oklahoma), Austin, El Paso (Texas), Las Vegas (Nevada), Culver City, San Francisco (California), Seattle (Washington), Minneapolis (Minnesota), Kansas City, and University City (Missouri).
In 2012, Ferreira releases the successful album "Kumolinho" (Softass). On this folksy and joyful album, Ferreira promotes the kuduro, a music genre from Angola. He talks about parties and Portuguese feasts, women, loves, his past childhood, the bad sides of money, the worldwide financial crisis, politicians' swindles, social injustices, and the extreme financial distance between richest and poorest people. Many celebrities took part in the recording of this album, such as drummer Robert Leonardo (now living in Cape Verde, West Africa), Portuguese-Canadian musician and producer Hernâni Raposo, Californian young singer of Portuguese descent Joey Medeiros, Rhode Islander cousins Ricardo and Evaldo Estrella (from two-member band "Young Fire"), Ferreira's European tour manager Nicky Lemos (working on a Ferreira's album for the second time), Portuguese-American rapper Brian Couto, and Portuguese-Canadian female singer Sarah Pacheco. Recorded in five recording studios in the United States (two studios in Massachusetts, another one in Rhode Island, and a last one in California) and Canada (one studio in Ontario), this album was produced with Hernâni Raposo, who showed his professional versatility by recording several musical instruments. A short time after its release, the album became an amazing success, and mostly in Portugal where it hit the top of the country’s charts during several weeks thanks to the single "Tiro Liro à Minha Maneira", that was played over and over on various national radio stations. "Tiro Liro à Minha Maneira" became Portugal's 2012 summer hit song. The song was also remixed in a rap version as a bonus track song, and it features Portuguese-American rapper Brian Couto. This rap version marks the second Ferreira's collaboration with a hip hop artist. Other hit songs from the album are "Kumolinho", "Aperta o Cinto P'ra Calcinha Não Cair", "Que Bondade de Mulher", "Por Isso Vivo Sonhando", "Fechei as Portas ao Mundo", and "Pedaços do Meu Passado". Sold to thousands of copies worldwide, "Kumolinho" became one of Jorge Ferreira's best albums ever.
In June, Ferreira performs at the prestigious Hotel Gran Meliá Caracas, in Venezuela. In October, he accompanies his son Jordan for the second time, becoming the bus driver again of a new American tour of Jordan's rock band ElixirOnMute. With the same members as the previous year, Ferreira drives the band to Massachusetts (Boston), New Hampshire (Allenstown), New Jersey (Hoboken), Ohio (Columbus), Indiana (Fort Wayne), Missouri (Kansas City), and Wisconsin (Milwaukee and Madison).
In November, he goes to Belgium for the first time, performing in Saint-Gilles, in the southern suburb of Brussels.
In 2013, Ferreira starts the year in February by appearing at the first edition of the International Portuguese Music Awards (IPMA), an event held in New Bedford, MA at the prestigious Zeiterion Performing Arts Center (popularly known as "Zeiterion Theatre"), and founded by five professional musicians from the Portuguese-American music industry : Gary Sebastião, David Saraiva, Eric Amaral, Floriano Cabral, and José Xavier. Similar to the A.U.A. Awards Show (the Portuguese Music Awards of America) but at a worldwide level, this event brought several international Portuguese singers and bands from the entire world, including Portugal. Ferreira shared the stage with famous international artists, performing a show case to close the event. He won the "Popular" category award (a kind of middle of the road in Portuguese music) with the song "Pedaços do Meu Passado" from the 2012 album "Kumolinho". The live show was aired on several Portuguese TV channels across the United States and on the web, and taped across Portuguese-speaking countries.
A few months later, Ferreira learns of the deaths of two of his former musicians with whom he performed and recorded : Lina Paredinha, who was his live backing vocalist from 2009 to 2011 for Portugal's shows, passed away at the age of 23 from a Glioblastoma Multiforme Stage IV (a kind of primitive brain tumor), and his long time live and studio drummer Bob Miranda (from the United States). Miranda was one of the key musicians from Ferreira's dream team band for two decades. Passed away from a heart attack, he was probably the most competent drummer that Ferreira knew along his career.
During Portugal Day festivities in June, Ferreira performed a large memorable outdoor concert in the United States, at the famous maritime and touristic square of Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Shortly after, he releases the album "À Minha Maneira" (In my Own Way). This album puts in honor the beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira. Ferreira recorded some Madeiran popular songs, talking about Madeiran traditions, his nostalgia for the house of his parents in the Azores, old women, loves, Portuguese traditional feasts, his status as an immigrant in the U.S., the American line dance of the Hully Gully, and his intolerance for idlers, social injustices, thieves, corruption and incompetent governments. Some artists were invited on this project, such as Armando Pimentel, Canadian female singer of Portuguese descent Stephanie Tavares, American rapper of Portuguese descent "The Craft" (stage name of Karl Amaral), Portuguese-American singer Nelson (stage name of Nelson Rego, on backing vocals), and Ferreira's long time musician Joseph Pereira Jr. (on trumpet and trombone, who came back in studio after a long absence of seven years). About songs, Ferreira covered Max's popular song "Bailinho da Madeira" as "Bailinho da Madeira à Minha Maneira", that a rap version (featuring The Craft) is also available as a bonus track song, becoming the third Ferreira's duet with a hip hop artist. Ferreira also covered two hit songs from Madeiran rockabilly old band Conjunto Académico João Paulo, that was very famous in Portugal during the 60s. These songs are "Milena", a 1966 love song, and "Hully Gully do Montanhês", a 1965 rockabilly song recorded with new materials to an impressive and powerful rhythmic rock song. By recording these Conjunto Académico João Paulo's hits, Ferreira wanted to pay tribute to the band’s lead vocalist Sérgio Borges, who passed away in 2011. Ferreira also recorded two new versions of his 1984 ballad song "Chau" : one solo version and one duet version. Portuguese folklore song "À Força Querem Que eu Diga" was recorded with a bagpipe played by Ferreira himself, for the first time of his career. Ferreira searched a professional and competent bagpiper during a long period, but without any find at end. So he took the time trying to play bagpipe for this song, and finally he mastered it. The result gives beautiful celtic melodies. Azorean traditional folk music was also recorded for desgarrada song "Velhas". All songs were recorded in Mississauga, ON, Canada, and for the first time in Ferreira's career, this album was produced by only one man : Portuguese-Canadian musician and producer Hernâni Raposo, who every year brings his personal touch and gives the best of himself on Ferreira's albums. Robert Leonardo worked on this project too, assisting Raposo with his professional experience.
At the end of the year, Ferreira promotes his 2013-2014 tour by performing live for special events. So in September, for the first time of his career, he performed in the State of Idaho, United States, at the Magic Valley Portuguese Hall in the town of Wendell, for Saint Anthony the Great annual Festival. In October, he performed at Le Dôme in Mutzig (Alsace, Eastern France), for the first edition of "Lusartist", that is a talent show organized in France for Franco-Portuguese beginning singers and Portuguese beginning singers from the rest of the world and Portugal, who all have the same goal : to start a professional career in the music industry. During this first edition of the event where twelve finalist artists performed live with band, every singer performed one song in front of the public and the judging panel, this one formed by seven personalities from the music industry who voted for the artist of their choice. Ferreira was named Head Judge at sides of the rest of committee members consisting of well known Franco-Portuguese names from the French territory's music industry, media and business world such as Rodolfo Salvado, Alexandre Cardoso, Carlos Pereira, Artur Silva, Noémie Ramos, and Nicky Lemos. In November, he also performed for Portugal Stars in Switzerland, at Genossenschaft Sporthalle Unterrohr Schlieren, in Schlieren (near Zurich). In this event, six Portuguese pop music international celebrities performed live, so Ferreira shared the stage with famous Franco-Portuguese reggaeton recording artist Lucenzo.
In 2014, Ferreira releases the album "Canta Com os Amigos - Desgarradas Inéditas" (Sings with Friends - Unreleased Desgarradas). Entirely produced by Ferreira and recorded in his home studio City Limit Track in Westport, MA, this special album contains a large majority of desgarrada songs that feature several Ferreira's friends who mostly are renowned artists specialized in Portuguese traditional folk music. These artists are Portuguese pop diva Ágata, Franco-Portuguese rapper In-k (performing in Spanish), Portuguese-Swiss singer and musician Pêga, Portuguese-American folk singer and musician Tony Carvalho (from California), Portuguese-American folk singer António Azevedo (from California), Portuguese female singer and musician Cláudia Martins (lead vocalist of Portuguese band "Minhotos Marotos"), Portuguese young singer and musician Tiago Maroto, Franco-Portuguese singer and musician Mike da Gaita, Portuguese-French amateur desgarrada singer Nelinho da Capela, Portuguese-French singer and musician Carlos Pires, Portuguese-American singer Nelson (on backing vocals), and Portuguese musician Ricardo Ferreira (member of Minhotos Marotos) and Portuguese-French singer and musician Nelson Costa (both on concertina). There are three alternate tracklists for each album's edition : one tracklist of nine songs on the North American and European/worldwide editions (including the additional song "Malhão de Cinfães" on the European/worldwide edition), and one tracklist of twelve songs on the iTunes edition, including the instrumental tracks "Vira dos Namorados", "Vira de Santa Marta", and "Vira do Oito". Desgarrada songs are very long, ranging from 7:17 mn to 10:10 mn. Complicity, teasings, human heat, simplicity, wisdom, enjoyment, fun, humor, and friendship spirit constitute the general atmosphere characterizing this album. Ferreira and friends talk about Portugal and their "saudade" and love for their homeland, their status as immigrants (for immigrant artists), difficulties and feelings felt to take bad knocks from the actual society's everyday life, Azorean old women, old good times and the beauty of Portuguese lands, but also about the incompetent Portuguese government, social injustices and corruption in Portugal. Ferreira covered Portuguese traditional song "Malhão de Cinfães", that is a well-known song in Portugal, popularized by Amália Rodrigues and covered by numerous other artists. This song marks the fourth Ferreira's collaboration with a hip hop artist (In-k) and is the only song in the album that is not a desgarrada, but a Portuguese folklore song. Portuguese-Canadian musician and producer Hernâni Raposo recorded various instruments and made the final mastering, and Robert Leonardo showed his professional versatility by recording additional acoustic guitar and keyboards.
In September, Ferreira performs two large concerts in South Africa, at the mythical international stage of The Big Top Arena at Carnival City Casino and Entertainment World in Brakpan (a Johannesburg's suburb). Several famous international artists have already performed in this prestigious concert hall such as Bryan Adams, James Blunt and Kris Kristofferson, to name a few. In November, Ferreira performs at luxurious hotels in the United Kingdom, in the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey, respectively in the cities of Saint Helier and Vale.
In 2015, Ferreira releases the album "Quem Ganha São as Mulheres" (Who Win are the Women). Very feminist and light, this album puts in honor all women and their power and domination over men in everyday life. Almost all songs turn around the woman's topic. For the first time, Ferreira composed a new music genre coming from Brazil : the "sertanejo". Sertanejo songs "Dona Maria Benta" and "Nunca Mais Ponho a Colher" are precisely "sertanejo universitário" (college sertanejo) songs, a subgenre of sertanejo. "Desgarrada do Carro Preto" is a desgarrada song about what Ferreira’s black car became today (in reference to Ferreira’s famous hit song "Carro Preto"). Invited musicians on this project are Portuguese-French desgarrada singer Mondim, Portuguese folk singer Carlos Ribeiro (both on lead vocals on desgarrada songs), Portuguese-American female singer Ana Lisa (coming back on backing vocals since her latest appearance on Ferreira’s 2009 album "Ser Português"), American singer and musician of Portuguese descent Josh Pereira (on acoustic and tenor guitars), American pianist and producer Joel Hiller (coming back on piano), well-known Cape Verdean singer and musician Khaly Angel (on piano), and Portuguese singer and accordionist Helder Baptista (on concertina).
This album is both visionary and introspective. In the visionary part, Ferreira talks about constraints that men have to undergo in a couple life, sensuality, feminine beauty, seduction, passionate and ardant desire, the intensity of loving feelings, the search of the soul mate, deep love, romanticism, affection, tenderness, sweetness, happiness in love and loving poetry in a relationship, mesmerizing and seductive women eyes, active old women behaving like actual young bimbos, a violent and enlivened domestic quarrel between a drunk husband and his wife, terrifying and interacting neighbors. In the introspective part, Ferreira talks about his long career and the path he followed in his artistic life, his will to continue singing until the end of his career, his good and bad moments spent between friends and various people and now remembered with nostalgia, and his love for Northern Portugal’s region of Minho and for the good full-bodied wine from this region. As usual, friendship spirit, looseness, simplicity, wisdom, the difficulties and the harsh reality that the immigration puts immigrants through, the "saudade" and love for Portugal and the old good times, humor, the sexual meaning words, the verbal sparring matches, teasings, and enjoyment characterize desgarrada songs. Co-produced by Ferreira and drummer-producer Robert Leonardo, this album was recorded in four countries and five different recording studios : one studio in the United States, two studios in Portugal, one studio in France, and one studio in Cape Verde. Leonardo’s studio XL Produções has three offices : its headquarters in Praia, Cape Verde, one office in Lisbon, Portugal, and another one in Fall River, MA, in the U.S. Only Cape Verdean and Portuguese offices were used for recording sessions. Ferreira’s European tour manager Nicky Lemos recorded some instruments in his studio in France, K-Lypso Studio, as well as Portuguese folk musician and producer Henrique Cedovim in his studio O Provinciano, in Portugal.
In August, for the second time since 1999, Ferreira is the Headliner Pop Star at the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament in New Bedford, MA. This Madeiran festival is officially the "World's Largest Portuguese Festival" and the "New England's Largest Ethnic Festival". After a long day during which several American and Portuguese singers and bands performed, Ferreira closes this beautiful event as the 15th artist on Madeira Field's main stage, performing a big outdoor concert in front of more than 100,000 people.
In 2016, Ferreira takes a break by leaving recording studios and puting back all his future projects for 2017. Under Espacial Música's directives (his European record company based in Portugal and managing his discographic distributions in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania), he releases the compilation "Best Of", including 21 classic hits from 1994 to 2013 and a new song entitled "Eu te Amo Portugal" (I Love You Portugal). This song was released in America as a digital single, and only the European basic compilation will remain available outside American continents.
The song "Eu te Amo Portugal" was recorded in reference to the soccer sporting event of the UEFA Euro 2016 (held in France), in order to celebrate and support the course of the Portugal National Soccer Team in this European championship. Through the song lyrics, Ferreira also transmits a thanking message to all Portuguese people who welcomed and supported him, as well in Portugal as within worldwide Portuguese communities. The song, which doesn't belong to Ferreira, was originally entitled "Eu te Amo, Meu Brasil" (I Love You, My Brazil) and was written and composed by Eustáquio Gomes de Farias, singer from Brazilian two-member band "Dom & Ravel", this one became famous in the early 70s thanks to this song that propelled the duo at the top of Brazil's charts. The single was released in 1970 in reference to the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, in order to celebrate and support the course of the Brazil National Soccer Team in this world championship. Later, the song became popularized by the cover of Brazilian pop rock band "Os Incríveis". Cataloged in Brazil as being a song of the Brazilian nation's ufanist exaltation, it was regularly used and performed at various civic events during General Médici's dictatorial military regime. Brazilian folk is the music genre of the original song performed by Dom & Ravel, while the cover performed by Os Incríveis is a military march. Ferreira, as for him, arranged the song to the current musical trend on a kuduro music style. Dom, stage name of Eustáquio Gomes de Farias, passed away on December 10th, 2000 from a stomach cancer, and his brother Ravel, stage name of Eduardo Gomes de Farias, passed away on June 16th, 2011 from a heart attack.
Co-produced by Ferreira and Robert Leonardo, "Best Of" is the fourth Ferreira's album-compilation after "Natal Com Jorge Ferreira e Família" (2005), "A Chupeta" (2001), and "Eu Voltarei" (2000).
In 2017, Ferreira goes on a World Tour, performing in Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Portugal, United States, Germany, and France. In March, he performed at The Clapham Grand, a British theater based in London where some biggest artists from the international stage community have performed, such as Chuck Berry, The Temptations, Madness, Public Enemy, Jamiroquai, Oasis, and Muse. In April, he performed at the Sir John Clancy Auditorium at University of New South Wales in Kensington (an eastern suburb of Sydney), Australia, and in October he performed at Dietrich-Keuning-Haus in Dortmund, Germany.
In April, Ferreira is the official presenter of the 5th edition of the International Portuguese Music Awards (IPMA), an annual event that is held, since 2013, at the prestigious Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford, MA, announcing on stage the various scheduled performances and awarding the winner artists by musical categories.
In July, he participates to a fundraising event organized by TV show presenter Ricardo Farias from Portuguese-American TV channel "The Portuguese Channel". From an untraditional concept, this event consists in becoming a waiter for one all day at the Galito Restaurant in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. So, at lunch and dinner services, Ferreira serves the customers with other Portuguese-American artists, all as waiters. The charitable monetary funds result from customers' tips left to the artists and from the financial participation by the Galito Restaurant's owner, who made a commitment to pay an equal amount to the total amount from collected tips. All proceeds went to various humanitarian associations to help fire brigades and victims' families of the tragic forest fires that knocked the municipality of Pedrógão Grande (located in the district of Leiria, Central Portugal) during summer.
That year, Ferreira releases the album "Antes a Solidão" (Before the Loneliness) under label Music World LLC in North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America on May 10th, 2017, and by label Espacial Música in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania as "Um Peito Conquistador", on July 7th, 2017. It is his 43rd studio album.
Ferreira worked for this album two years before its first official release. A total of 34 tracks were recorded to save finally 15 tracks. The American edition ("Antes a Solidão") contains the complete final tracklist and the Rest of the World edition ("Um Peito Conquistador") contains only 11 songs, without the four latest songs "To Love Somebody", "Prova de Amor", "Words", and "Desgarrada JF & Emanuel". Ten other songs, "A Saudade me Chamou", "São Coisas do Destino", "Mexe Mexe", "Tu és a Luz", "Que Crise é Esta", "Meu Primeiro Amor", "Tony Rato", "Desgarrada da Saudade", "Daqui Não Saio", and "Mundo Que Não Tens Paz", were offered to Portuguese-American singer Manuel Pereira (from New York area) to record his 2017 album entitled "A Saudade me Chamou", on which Ferreira appears on lead and backing vocals. So, nine other songs remained unreleased. The song "Antes a Solidão" is Ferreira’s second kizomba song after "Água Mole", his first kizomba song recorded in 2005 and released in 2006 as an extra song. This album also marks the return of English songs into Ferreira’s tracklists, with three exclusive Bee Gees’ songs : "Massachusetts", "To Love Somebody" (new recording after the 1983 first version), and "Words". As a Bee Gees’ fan, Ferreira always listened them since his youth, planning to cover more songs from their repertoire for his future albums by purchasing copyrights. Ferreira also recorded a new version of his 1995 reggae song "Amor em Prova" (credited as "Prova de Amor" on the tracklist), arranged to a new eurodance version featuring American rapper of Portuguese descent The Craft. So, this version represents the first Ferreira’s eurodance song and the fifth Ferreira's duet with a hip hop artist. To promote this album, Ferreira released several digital singles a few months before the album's first release date in the Americas (on May 10th, 2017). These singles are "Aqui Tens Meu Coração", "Quando Lembro Com Carinho", "Massachusetts", "Vagabundo Pelo Nosso Amor", "Desgarrada "Eu"", "Cara Linda, Cara Linda", "Um Peito Conquistador", and "Eu Não Sei Ninguém me Explica". But paradoxically, the hit song of this album is the non-promoted song "Estava eu a Tomar Banho", that became very popular in Portugal. Invited vocalists are The Craft, Azorean singer and accordionist Emanuel Silva (both on lead vocals on the duets), Portuguese female vocalist Eugénia Oliveira, American female vocalist of Portuguese descent Tammy Torres (performing in English on "Massachusetts" and "To Love Somebody"), and Manuel Pereira (all three on backing vocals). About musicians, among others, it is to note the returns in studio of long time musicians José Ernesto Barros (on electric guitar) and Ray Vasconcelos (on electric and nylon guitars), after an absence of five years. A new musician was invited on keyboards, special effects, and keyboards sequences : Mike Gaudêncio, member of Portuguese-American band "Edge" (from New Bedford, MA). Gaudêncio also teamed up with Ferreira as audio engineer on this album. Another new musician, Portuguese accordionist José Diogo (better known as "Zé Diogo"), member of Portuguese folk band "Amigos de Sobreposta" (from Sobreposta, Braga, Portugal), recorded accordion and concertina.
Love is the keynote of this album ; Ferreira talks about sentimental disappointment and infidelity, lost love, superficial and short-lived relationships, bitterness, rancour and emotional loneliness, physical attraction, secret and unconfessed loves at first sight, possessiveness, the comparison between tears of sadness and tears of joy and what feelings differentiate them, the hope to find the soul mate, the loving sensibility from artichoke heart people who sincerely love, the constant beauty that women release with a lot of intensity, the passion, female charm, cute women with a beautiful and sweet face, seduction, flirting, the wished woman's motivated and adventuress conquest, feminine parade, sensuality, the comfort and the well-being that a woman can bring to a man, love declaration, the sincere love for the soul mate by thinking only of her, with the will to attract her attention and living only for her, demonstrative love, fidelity, and loving feelings' psychology and description. The theme of the immigration and the difficulties lived by all people who endure this condition are discussed too on the song "Um Peito Conquistador". Ferreira talks about a fighting spirit to conquer wealth and better life conditions to return to the homeland one day, as well as immigrants' children born in the host country and immigrants who have succeeded coming back definitively in their homeland with the wealth acquired abroad, but also those who stayed abroad for ever without having acquired the sufficient wealth. An autobiographical part also characterizes this album, on which Ferreira talks about the path of his life, his memories, the nostalgia for the past and his youth, denouncing the infinite time cycle that flies too fast and its marks left on its route, as well as the Earth which continues turning with the generations taking turns. He also tells about where he comes from and how he lived and was educated there. He explains, with humility, simplicity, wisdom and critical mind, how he built up himself in life despite material difficulties encountered during his youth, expressing himself openly and being very honest in his speech. He expresses points of view such as his love for Northern Portugal, evoking with craze, tenderness and nostalgia its local beautiful women and its wine-making, panoramic, musical and festive aspects during summer. With Bee Gees’ covers, Ferreira puts in honor the State of Massachusetts. The lyrics of "Massachusetts" fit like a glove to him, mainly in the desire and the comfort to come back in his American hometown area after a long tour and to go home refinding his family. On the song "Words", Ferreira talks about words reflecting a mood. Words can make happy or can make sad, mostly in the case of a reconciliation after a couple quarrel, with attitudes, moods and, especially, words contributing to this reconciliation. Fantasy, humor and lightness are also other ingredients of this album thanks to the unusual scenario of the hit song "Estava eu a Tomar Banho", that tells the routine of a long-distance trucker who is hastily gone out of his awakening bath by his landing charming female neighbor who rang at his door. Unfortunately for him, his bath towel escapes him from the size just as he opens his door… At last, joy, human warmth, friendship spirit, humility, and wisdom characterize the desgarrada song "Desgarrada JF & Emanuel", featuring Azorean singer and accordionist Emanuel Silva. Ferreira and Silva talk about the island of São Miguel in the Azores, as well as its traditions and its population. The corrupt, demagogic and incompetent local politicians exploiting and abusing this last one, are also deeply criticized. As always, Ferreira expresses his "saudade" for his native homeland.
Co-produced by Ferreira in the United States and drummer-producer Robert Leonardo in Cape Verde, this album was recorded in three different studios : one studio in the United States, one studio in Portugal, and one studio in Cape Verde. Leonardo made the mixing at his Cape Verdean studio XL Produções. To conclude, the final mastering was made at one of the world’s most esteemed and versatile audio mastering studios, the M-Works Mastering Studio in Cambridge, MA, by American chief mastering engineer Jonathan Wyner, renowned and famous to have mastered since 30-plus years for legends such as David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and many other talents within the independent artist community as well as many television soundtracks such as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer - "Once More, with Feeling"", in addition to recording label giants regularly such as Columbia Records, Sony, Warner Brothers, and DreamWorks Studios. No doubt that "Antes a Solidão" is one of the most successful Jorge Ferreira’s albums.
In September, Ferreira releases as a digital single the Bee Gees' hit "To Love Somebody", re-recorded on a duet version that features his second daughter Liz Marie (Elizabeth Marie Ferreira) at his home studio City Limit Track. Liz came back in studio to record with her father after long years, so giving a new breath to her musical career.
In 2018, Ferreira promotes his latest album "Antes a Solidão" by touring on "Um Peito Conquistador Tour 2018", this one starting in February and ending in November. The rest of his free time is spent in his home studio where two new albums will be recorded, and one of the two will be entirely dedicated to the Bee Gees' greatest hits. The official releases will be held in 2019.
For the Day of Portugal, Camões, and the Portuguese Communities celebrations in June, Ferreira is the Headliner Star at the Boston Portuguese Festival 2018. For the first time, he performs a large outdoor concert in the heart of Boston, the State of Massachusetts' capital city, on the City Hall Square's stage at Boston City Hall Plaza. This concert brought thousands of fans and attenders from all States of New England. Indeed, 25 buses, all occupied seats, have drived the majority of the attenders to the festival venue. On official visit to the United States of America, the President of the Portuguese Republic, Mr. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, one of the Festival's guests of honor, delivered a memorable speech to the entire local Luso-American community.
In 2019, Ferreira starts the year in January and February with two shows performed in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, at the Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana for the WinterFest 2019, a winter trip going from January 26th to February 2nd and organized by Portuguese-American travel agency Sagres Vacations, based in Fall River, MA. These shows, presented by TV show presenter Ricardo Farias from Portuguese-American TV channel "The Portuguese Channel", also mark the Ferreira's third coming in the Dominican Republic.
Later, Ferreira releases his 44th studio album entitled "Xaile Negro" (Black Shawl), on February 26th in the Americas and April 12th in the rest of the world. Ferreira continued working with the production team of the previous album "Antes a Solidão", but doing some modifications. The result gives a less consistent and more simplistic album. The only invited artist on lead vocals was American rapper of Portuguese descent The Craft for the song "Prova de Amor" (a Ferreira’s 1995 reggae song originally entitled "Amor em Prova", re-recorded to a new eurodance version). Originally recorded for the previous album "Antes a Solidão", Ferreira re-selected this track for this 2019 new album after making some light musical arrangements and adding the song subtitle "(O Amor é só Um)" to mark the difference of musical arrangements with the version of the previous album. So, this new arranged version represents the Ferreira's sixth collaboration with a hip hop artist. About guitarists, after an absence of ten years, American musician of Portuguese descent Richard "Richie" Medeiros came back in studio (on bass guitar), as well as American musician Steve LaValley (on acoustic guitar). A new musician was invited on concertina : 18 years old Portuguese accordionist Bruno Freitas, from Guimarães, Portugal. In 2015, at the young age of 14, Bruno appeared at the 1st season of Got Talent Portugal (the 3rd season and version of the Portuguese Got Talent series' older versions "Aqui Há Talento!", aired on Portuguese TV channel RTP1 in 2007, and "Portugal Tem Talento", aired on Portuguese TV network and media company SIC in 2011), a talent show adapted for Portugal from the original British TV show "Britain's Got Talent", and aired on Portuguese TV channel RTP1. Competing for a prize of €30,000 and to be known to the general public, Bruno Freitas auditioned for the 4th episode of Got Talent Portugal 2015, covering melodies on concertina from famous hits such as "Bailinho da Madeira" (by Madeiran singer Max), "Morena Kuduro" (by Portuguese singer José Malhoa) and "Hallelujah" (by Canadian-American singer of Jewish descent Leonard Cohen). Playing concertina with dynamism, enthusiasm and self-confidence, he won his audition but was eliminated in the first round of the semi-finals due to the judges' preference for the performance of competitor João Oliveira. On October 14th, 2018, Bruno joined Portuguese folk band "4 Mens" as drummer and concertina player. The hit songs from this Ferreira's new album are "Xaile Negro", "Nunca Igual ao Meu País", "Eles Sabem Quem São", "Tudo Por Causa de Ti", "Adeus Adeus", and "Ano Novo".
The various topics outlined in the album are divided into four distinct parts : introspective, festive, feminine and experimental. "Xaile Negro" and "Eles Sabem Quem São" are the ballads forming the introspective part. On "Xaile Negro", Ferreira talks about an old black shawl symbolizing his mother’s affection for him, which belonged to his grandmother and that also symbolized the affection of this one for her daughter. He talks nostalgically about his mother through this black shawl, telling that it accompanied and protected them into their joys, sorrows and anguishes, and in the most difficult moments. Giving a sentimental value to this clothing that covered him more than once when he was a child, Ferreira divinizes his mother and asks God to reward her for all the love she has given him. On "Eles Sabem Quem São", Ferreira settles personal accounts with some of his friends. He sends them a message that calls into question their loyalty and sincerity, as well as their idea about friendship. The song title, "Eles Sabem Quem São" ("They Know Who They Are" in English), is a message not only to hypocrites, but also to sincere and trustworthy friends, whose number is rather small. Doubt, sincerity, trust and distrust are the feelings expressed around friendship, which is the main theme of this song. A duality marks the text of this song, in which Ferreira criticizes the false friends, arrogants for most of them and having been unavailable for him in difficult times, but also where he emphasizes the importance of keeping and continuing to maintain the friendly ties of sincere and authentic people who share with him the same conception of friendship. Next, "Tristeza Aqui Não Há" and "Ano Novo" are the songs forming the festive part. Joy, fun, good mood, loving passion, and lightness are the ingredients of "Tristeza Aqui Não Há" ("There’s No Sadness Here" in English), in which Ferreira talks about a big Portuguese open-air night feast where all people are enjoying and dancing until dawn, whether children, teenagers or adults of all ages. For the first time, Ferreira wrote a song about the New Year’s Eve entitled "Ano Novo", whose the chorus was covered from an old Portuguese traditional ditty. On this song, he wishes a Happy New Year to his audience with happiness and much peace, love, prosperity and health, while remaining uncertain as to whether the New Year will be good or bad. The experimental part is represented by the songs "Nunca Igual ao Meu País" and "Adeus Adeus". "Nunca Igual ao Meu País" is a song about Portugal. As is his way, Ferreira mentions all regions of the country : the North and its friendly, welcoming and spontaneous people ; the Central Region and its high mountains of pure air, as well as the Sanctuary of Fátima (place of the famous Catholic pilgrimage of the country) ; the South, its blue sea and its warming sun ; the beautiful islands of Madeira and Porto Santo (from the Madeiran archipelago) ; and the Azores islands and their impressive and wonderful nature, as well as their fields of colorful and sunny flowers. Ferreira says he has traveled to many countries, and there, has contemplated various beautiful monuments and met interesting people, but insists that there is no other country comparable to his native country, Portugal. Written by Ferreira and dedicated to his fans, the song "Adeus Adeus" was specially recorded to be performed at the end of every show. Inspired by an experience regularly lived with intensity in this part of his shows where the atmosphere and the craze are at their climax, Ferreira pays tribute to his audience by warmly thanking him for his support and the magic of his assiduous attendance at his shows. Not knowing when he will be back to perform for local attenders, he but extends the fun on stage by sending an air kiss to all women and a strong distancial hug to all men. At last, the feminine part is represented by the five other songs, "Não há Amor Como o Primeiro", "Tudo Por Causa de Ti", "Vou-te Devorar", "Segredos de Amor", and "Prova de Amor (O Amor é só Um)". On these songs, Ferreira values the first love that he considers to be the most intense, the most passionate, the most tasty, the deepest, the fairest, the most emotional, and the most sincere in the world. He also talks about a woman with a bewitching look having caused a powerful love stroke making blind until losing consciousness and reason, and enclosing the victim hearts behind the bars of a vast sentimental iron prison, talking about the memory of a strong physical attraction, long wet dreams, a woman’s seductive face, eyes and lips, a fiery loving passion accompanied by a passionate sensual desire, a shy man secretly in love for a woman in his entourage for whom he fantasizes, and who solicits favours from the wind, the sun and the night, in order to help him approaching this woman with skill, discretion and determination, and finally be able to kiss her and fulfill his fantasies, as well as demonstrative love, fidelity, and loving feelings' psychology and description.
Another project was released in the Americas on the same release date as the album "Xaile Negro" : the tribute album "Tribute to the Bee Gees", which is Ferreira's 45th studio album. This project, which is officially the first Ferreira's tribute album and the first Ferreira's English-speaking full album, was initially planned to be released in 2018. Due to some unexpected delays held that year, Ferreira decided to postpone the release date of this album for the next year, which forced him working on finalizing two separate albums : this present one, and his main annual studio album. As a result, he decided to release these two albums simultaneously. So, "Tribute to the Bee Gees" and "Xaile Negro" were both released on February 26th by Music World LLC for the Americas. "Tribute to the Bee Gees" is a tribute album that is digitally available through legal online downloading platforms and physically available in CD format in the Americas only. Indeed, Ferreira asked label Espacial Música if it could be digitally and physically edited and distributed in CD format in Europe and the rest of the world, but he was refused by his European record executive. According to various radio interviews given in North America and Europe, Ferreira revealed to be an unconditional Bee Gees' fan, listening the Brothers Gibb's music since his youth. He said that recording Bee Gees' hits was for him both a long-planned project and a personal pleasure he absolutely wanted to live. He added that despite the fact he bought the copyrights to Barry Gibb at an expensive price to record this album, the goal for him wasn't to record as many record sales as possible, but simply to enjoy himself. On the CD's front cover backside, at the bottom of the page after the credits, Ferreira left this message : "This album is a tribute to the Bee Gees, a band I have always idolized. From the beginning of my career, Barry, Robin and Maurice have inspired me through their incomparable vocals and music. These masterpieces have always fascinated me and motivated me to try to create the highest quality of music throughout my career. I have recorded this CD to express my undeniable appreciation to this talented trio. The Bee Gees continue to amaze me every time I listen to their music. God Bless – Jorge Ferreira."
Dedicated to the Bee Gees' greatest hits, this tribute album includes various famous songs from the late '60s and the early '70s, with good chart performances in the United States for most part of them, and released between 1967 and 1972 such as "To Love Somebody", "I Started a Joke", "Words", "Lonely Days" and "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart", among others. The first three songs from the tracklist, "To Love Somebody", "Holiday" and "Massachusetts", follow the last three Bee Gees US singles' chronological order from 1967, and this detail can explain the fact that Ferreira probably became a Bee Gees' fan in the late '60s, mostly enjoying their 1967 singles released in the United States. Recorded during the sessions from 2017 album "Antes a Solidão", Ferreira re-selected the songs "Massachusetts", "To Love Somebody" and "Words" for this 2019 tribute album after making some light musical arrangements, mainly on drum lines and rhythms, among other details. Very invested in the musical arrangements, he also participated in the instrumental recording of this album by performing piano on some songs. It should be noted that it had been 27 years since he had performed this keyboard instrument in the recording sessions of his annual studio albums.
Co-produced by Ferreira in the United States and drummer-producer Robert Leonardo in Cape Verde, "Tribute to the Bee Gees" and "Xaile Negro" were both recorded in the United States, Portugal and Cape Verde. Leonardo made the mixings at his Cape Verdean studio XL Produções, and the final masterings were made at M-Works Mastering Studio in Cambridge, MA by world-renowned American chief mastering engineer Jonathan Wyner.
In May, Ferreira performs in Meaux, France at Le Colisée de Meaux, touring for the "Xaile Negro Tour 2019-2020". Thanks to the outstanding promotion work done throughout the city of Meaux, as well as in the medias and social networks by the organization of the show, the ASCPM (Association Sportive et Culturelle des Portugais de Meaux), Ferreira performs to a sold-out house after being interviewed by a city councillor from Meaux for departmental newspaper "Magjournal 77". During that interview, he says this is the third time in 30 years that he has performed in Meaux and maintains a lot of contacts with the local Portuguese community. He is also one of the first international artists to have performed at Le Colisée de Meaux since its inauguration in November 2017.
In August, during his annual Portugal Summer Tour, Ferreira achieves the historic exploit of bringing together more than 20,000 people at the Câmara de Lobos Harbor in the municipality of Câmara de Lobos, Madeira Island, for a huge concert at the 27th Black Scabbardfish Gastronomic Festival, making this show his most spectacular performance of the year 2019.
Along his career, Ferreira released 45 studio albums, 4 studio EPs, 34 singles, 51 compilations, 4 live albums, 3 VHS, 10 DVDs, and 184 music videos. He also totals 24 participations in various musical projects.
Today, Ferreira is singer-songwriter, musician, producer, and graduate in musicology. Despite his worldwide success, he continues using the Portuguese dictionary to write his lyrics. The name Jorge Ferreira is known throughout the Portuguese speaking world. Prompted by great entrepreneurs, he commands the largest audiences in the world, and is recognized as one of the world's most beloved artists wherever he goes. Ferreira toured in 16 to 20 countries by year. He was sometimes invited by U.S. authorities to perform the Portuguese national anthem at world soccer championships, mostly when the Portugal National Soccer Team plays in the U.S.A. Now known in Portugal as one of the greatest artists and composers of Portuguese pop music, with an estimate of more than six million albums sold, Jorge Ferreira is the United States' most famous Portuguese singer in so far as first reference in Portuguese pop music, making history with every musical note.
The stage is not Jorge Ferreira’s only home. He can often be found in his recording studio, where he produces his own recordings, as well as the recordings of other local artists and abroad. His brilliant repertoire includes 30 gold records, 8 silver records, and 14 platinum records. Ferreira has added well over 600 songs to his name, of which he recorded 400 himself, as well as 200 other songs recorded by other artists such as José Ribeiro, Luís Manuel, Luís Filipe Reis, Tony Carreira, and many other Portuguese artists from abroad. Ferreira also gived many opportunities to beginning artists in opening his live shows, where some have started their careers. In the United States, he has been named "Portuguese Business Association's Man of the Year" in the city of Fall River in 1995, in honor of his rise from factory floors to world fame and millions in records sales, and was rewarded in so far as "Portuguese Music's International Ambassador" at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City. In Canada, he has been given the key to the city of Toronto by the Mayor of this one, and was recognized by the Governor of Ontario as the first artist to sell out the 16,000 setter of Standard Bank Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa, followed by Stevie Wonder and Tracy Chapman. In South Africa again, he was the only Portuguese artist invited to do three back to back concerts at the Caesar’s Palace of Johannesburg. In California, he was the first Portuguese artist to perform and sell out the Civic Center in San Jose. In Venezuela, he was the first Portuguese artist to perform and sell out the United Nations Park in Caracas. In Paris, France, he was the first Portuguese artist to perform and sell out the famous venues of La Mutualité and La Cigale. In Australia, he was the first Portuguese artist to perform and sell out the big arenas of Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Now became a famous admired and respected international artist, his regular world tours have led him to perform on the big stages of France, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Portugal, Brazil, United States, Canada, South Africa, Venezuela, Australia, Mexico, Japan, Philippines, East Timor, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Gabon, and some Caribbean Islands' countries such as Bermuda, Aruba, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, and Saint Barthélemy. Countless acts have used his well known songs.
Married to Yvonne Ferreira (Principal/Tour Manager of Music World LLC, co-producer for some Jorge's music videos, and former staff member of Portuguese-American commercial radio station "WJFD-FM" in New Bedford, MA), Jorge has two daughters, Alison and Elizabeth Marie, and a son, Jordan (lead band member of ElixirOnMute), all of them with a passion for music.
Much more things could be said about Jorge Ferreira, who as a kid went hungry many times, and received his first pair of shoes at the age of 12, but now his music reaches the farthest corners of the Earth. Only a biographical book, or even a movie could tell his entire life amazing story.
Psychologically, Jorge Ferreira is a shy and reserved man. Simple person, despite his success, he has never ceased to be a humble and friendly man, without never forget the long road that brought him where he is today. In his own way of life, his honesty and sincerity makes him a respected personality and loved by all. Despite to be settled on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, he never forgets his homeland country and his Azorean roots. Untiring fighter, Ferreira is a valorous artist with plenty will to conquer success, always thanking the United States that has presented him the opportunity to perform, record and produce his own music. When he is awarded or when one of his songs becomes a hit, he accepts his success with an impressive image of modesty and shyness.
The ingredients of Jorge Ferreira's success are his wonderful voice, his envious communicative talent with fans and attenders during his shows, his band formed by professional musicians performing high-quality musical instruments, and his own computerized recording studio, City Limit Track, equipped with the latest and best technology. His lyrics reflect all the sorrows, joys, nostalgias and loves of all Portuguese immigrants in the world who, through his songs, search for a way to feel nearer of everything related with Portugal. Ferreira writes his lyrics based on various everyday situations, mixing the American pop rock with the Portuguese pop music. He performs his songs on various music genres, going through country, rock, pop, American pop rock, freestyle music, twist, rockabilly, American folk, and hip hop music (United States), ballads and dance music (United Kingdom), reggae (Jamaica), flamenco (Spain), latin music (hispanic America), lambada and sertanejo (Brazil), Christmas songs and Italian folk (Italy), kizomba and kuduro (Angola), eurodance (Western Europe), fado, Portuguese pop, desgarrada, and Portuguese folklore (Portugal).
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