Canela (pronounced Kuh-NAY-luh) has been singing since she was a child and her mother toured with Diana Ross as a backup singer during most of her childhood. She was brought up by her grandmother in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley. However, her life in California came to an abrupt end when her mother married a Dutch man and they settled in Holland.
In fact, it was in Holland where Canela fully dedicated herself to her musical career. She began working as a dancer and backup singing for her mother, while also taking studio session gigs with local Dutch musicians. Canela moved back to Los Angeles in 1998 to pursue a professional singing career.
Her debut CD was released on Goodfellas Ent./DreamWorks Records and she recorded the majority of the disc with songwriter/producer Rodney Jerkins. Other collaborators on Canela include songwriter/producers Tim & Bob ("It Just Feels Right" and ("One Day"). Lil' Mo, a recording artist in her own right, oversaw "Sponsor (I Need, I Need, I Need)." Canela has a powerful voice and distinctive style that should enable her to have a successful career. ~ Paul Clifford, Rovi