Ive Mendes released her self-titled first album, produced by Robin Millar back in 2002 on the label, ‘Mr Bongo’. Since it’s release, her songs are proving just as popular as they were back then and are still featured on CD compilations, TV and ad campaigns across the world.
She is famously known as the ‘Brazilian Sade’ and one of the pioneers of the new Brazilian sound in the international market. Ive became part of this new generation of Brazilian’s doing something called ‘Nu Brazil’ and is proud to be part of that. She is a complex composer and singer with a unique sound, someone who’s music you can not really label by genre.Ive has the ability to make the transition between Bossa and influences of Modern Soul, Smooth Jazz and Pop, with an originality that makes her unique in the market. Asia refer to her as the Smooth Pop-Jazz Diva because of her ability to be complex in her transitional musical style. She is one of the only Brazilian singers today with this amazing cosmopolitan approach to music. This is what opened doors for her music in places that other Brazilian singers had never approached before, making her mark in many territories like in Latin America, Mexico, Europe, Asia, America and finally Brazil. Her worldwide success is sustained by her renowned intimate live performances with her extraordinary individual charm and charisma that is simply mesmerizing on stage.
Her eagerly awaited new album ‘Magnetism’ (produced by Ive Mendes with and the late Mark Smith) was released as a double album in Poland in October 2009 with Sony and has already reached Platinum sales status with amazing reviews so far.
Accolades have come from the UK, US, Europe and Asia for both her recorded work and her live shows. Ive Mendes is an immensely talented, attractive and professional singer/songwriter who has that global appeal for which most artists strive.
Her self titled debut album went Top 20 in Greece in it’s first week and has spent 6 weeks in the top 10 in the Philippines, Singapore, Spain Portugal, Poland, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Ive has been busy since her self titled album was released in 2003. She has had many live shows, interviews, Radio and TV appearances in the UK, Poland, Spain, Philippines, Portugal, France, Australia, Italy, Greece, Serbia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Japan. Her music is spreading across the world more recently to Eastern Europe and generating massive interest from Poland, Russia and Germany.
Ive Mendes’ music often carries a chill out vibe which takes her albums beyond the genres of ‘World Music’. This stemmed from what inspired her and what she was listening to at the time of writing the first album, notably Cafe Del Mar and Buddha Bar compilations, which gave her own music that same appeal and she was delighted with the result. Many songs from the first album, ‘Ive Mendes’ can now be found on chill out compilations worldwide.
Ive Mendes first self-titled album release in 2002 co-incided with the UK Acoustic movement of that time, carrying influences of Dido and Katie Melua which really helped generate interest of her album in the UK, which listeners discovered purely by word of mouth…the rest is history!
Live – Ive has delighted audiences at top London venues including the famous ‘Jazz Café’, ‘Shepherds Bush Empire’, ‘The Pigally Club’, ‘Momo’ and ‘Guanabara’ to name but a few. She has played at exclusive film premieres and corporate parties, namely the ‘Casino Royale’ James Bond film premiere and private corporate events such as ‘Remy Martin’, ‘Yahoo.com’ and the ‘Mercy Home Show’.
Press – She has generated interest from the UK Press and appeared recently in UK Newspapers and Magazines such as The Sunday Times, Time Out, Loaded, She Magazine, HMV Magazine, What’s On, Music Media, Undercover, Lady, Hit Sheet, OK Magazine and Hello Magazine.
TV – Since 2003, Ive has done a TV piece for Reuters, presented a documentary about Quarter Horses for an independent UK TV Channel and the hit song “If You Leave Me Now” provided the soundtrack for Ralph Lauren Perfume in Cinema Screen Advertising. More recently “A Beira Mar” featured in the US TV Show starring David Duchovny called, “Californication” in 2007.
Radio – Ive has airplay on BBC Radio 4, Smooth Radio (Jazz FM), LBC, Radio London, BBC Radio 6 Music, Just Chill, Saga Radio and Prime Time Radio.
Corporate – The music of Ive Mendes can be heard in shops all over the UK including; Top Shop, H&M, Zara, Mango, Mamma Mia, Strada, Made In Brazil, Momo, Cafe Nero, and Starbucks. Also played in the top London hotels such as the Chesterfield in Mayfair and the Kensington Gardens Hotel.
Poland has shown a massive interest in Ive Mendes from the very beginning and Ive became increasingly more popular through word of mouth. This is clear by the history of her sales in Poland; the first album very quickly going Gold and the new album Magnetism currently at Double Platinum status. Ive adores her fans in Poland and enjoys playing there immensely.
Live – Ive has had countless live shows in Poland over the years, more notably the Woman Of The Year Awards in Warsaw, Gala Festival, Polish Radio Hall, Fabryka and the Pilsner Urquell Jazz Festival in Gdynia.
Press – Following the success of these shows, Ive has featured interviews in Angora Magazine, Cosmo, Elle Magazine, Superex, Viva, Gazeta Wyborcza (Krakow), Poniedzialek (Poznan), Sukces Magazine,Viva, Co Jest Grane (Gdynia), Newsweek Magazine, Olivia Magazine and a major feature in Twoj Styl Magazine (with promo CD).
TV – She has recently appeared on Breakfast TV, TVN Styl Show,Stratosphera TV and recently sang in the final of the TV Show “Dancing with the Stars 2009” .
Before any promotional tour of Spain, Ive had already made her mark there. Ive’s sales in Spain gave her a Gold status in only 5 days on all listening posts throughout Fnac and Corte Ingles (over 90 stores).
Live – Since touring, she has taken Madrid and Barcelona by storm with many live shows in Spain, namely the Internacional Festival de Jazz de Cartagena, Teatro Liceo, Salamanca, Sala luz de Gas (Barcelona), Centro de Historia de Zaragoza, Teatro de Bellas Artes, Festas de primavera (Lugo), EOS Living (Brazil with Love) and Cadena 100 Madrid (Club 100 en vivo).
Press – Ive has been featured and interviewed in Newspapers and Magazines such as; El Pais, Diario De Navarra, El Mundo, Rolling Stone, Marie Claire, Elle Magazine, Top Music, Shangay Musica, Tendencias Magazine, El Progreso (Lugo), El Periodico and many more.
TV – with many appearances on renowned youth TV channel ‘Flaix’
Ive fell in love with Portugal and with her Portuguese fans. So much so, she wanted to live there! Portugal felt like home to her at the time of the loss of her second brother, so the language and the friends that she made there really made her part of the Portuguese world of fashion and music.
Radio – Ive has airplay on RAC 105 , RNE3 , RNE5, Club25 , Onda Cero and Onda Rambla.
Live – Ive made her name in Portugal doing her first show at the re-opening of the ‘Teatro Cinema Batalha’ in Porto. Following that, she has had sell-out shows in Lisbon and more recently performed at the ‘Cool Jazz festival’, ‘Alquimista’, ‘Delta festival’ and the ‘Algarve festival 2009’ amongst other exclusive party performances such as the Birthday of Fashion Designer, Ermenegildo Zegna and private shows at ‘Spa Villa Sol’.
Media – She has been interviewed on ‘Fashion TV’ during Fashion Week amongst other popular TV Shows like Herman Jose and also on many Radio Stations in Portugal. ‘Radio Marginal’ was one of the first radio stations to embrace Ive’s music which took Portugal by storm. Her success in Portugal led to many features in the popular ‘Ola Magazine’.
Ive fever continues to Asia!
Live – Ive has played shows at the famous ‘Blue Note’ and ‘Motion Blue’ in Japan, also at the Streetscape Grand Launch Party at the Shangri-la Plaza in Manila.
Media & Press – She’s has been featured in Magazines such as Man’s Style, Bazaar, Here, Oggi Magazine, Formosa You, TV Game, Style, T.Mag, Bang!, Play, Cash, Dangeki, Next, Manila Bulletin, MMTA, Lure Magazine and on NHK and Stardigio Radio.