Ana Free

Ana Free, stage name of Ana Gomes Ferreira (Lisbon, June 29, 1987), is a Portuguese singer and songwriter, who has had a series of Top 5 singles, including a number 1 in Portugal. She is a growing musical presence on the video-sharing site YouTube, with over 29 million views of her videos. Ana Free is also considered a follower of Mia Rose. In fact, in 2008, Ana Free and Mia Rose appeared in public with a new song, “Seen your Face”.

Born in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, raised by her British mother and Portuguese father, Ana grew up with her older brother in Cascais. From an early age she showed a passion for writing poetry and stories and began writing and composing at the age of 10. At age 8, her father started teaching her to play on a small guitar that belonged to her older brother. Over the past 16 years, Ana Free has played guitar fluently and has accumulated over 300 original compositions. Ana took piano lessons for 3 years in her early teens but gave up because she felt she couldn’t play what she liked. She was also passionate about dancing and took jazz, ballet, and tap classes while growing up. During her childhood, she studied at St.Julians International School in Carcavelos, where she acquired her characteristic accent.

Ana was greatly influenced musically by the songs her father used to play for her as a child. She grew up listening to artists such as Eric Clapton, The Beatles, Bob Marley, Carlos Santana, Sam Cooke, Joni Mitchell and Sheryl Crow. She learned to play lots of blues songs on the guitar, which she practiced with her father. As a teenager, she often borrowed her brother’s albums and listened to artists such as Bryan Adams, Guns’n’Roses, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and 4 Non Blondes. She was also a fan of well-known pop artists such as Christina Aguilera, En Vogue, Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child, Spice Girls, and Ace of Base. Among these, she now listens to artists such as Pink, John Mayer, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Jason Mraz, Pixie Lott, Ellie Goulding, Linkin Park and 30 Seconds To Mars, as well as having strong influences from Portuguese, Greek, Spanish and French music.

She had her first live television performance in the summer of 2007 on TVI in Portugal, where she sang “Crazy”, an original song. She is currently recording her first album after the success of her first single, which was released on May 23, 2008, “In My Place”. The popularity of this song led it to be featured on the soundtrack of series and soap operas such as Morangos com Açúcar and Podia Acabar o Mundo.

In November 2008, Ana was invited to record the Portuguese theme “Voa À Teu Coração” during the release of the Disney film “Sininho”, for which she also recorded a music video.

In autumn 2009, Ana recorded her first EP “Radian” in London, with 5 acoustic/pop tracks, which was distributed in FNAC stores in Portugal the following year. In February and March 2010 she debuted this EP through performances in Miami and New York. It was also highlighted through a billboard displayed in Times Square. The tracks selected for this album correspond to the most popular songs on your You Tube channel.

In May 2010, Ana traveled to New York City to work with British film director, music producer and writer, Mark Maclaine, with the aim of filming the music video for “Questions In My Mind”, the first single from the EP “Radian.” She also traveled to Portugal to record a music video with the Portuguese band Hands On Approach, with whom she recorded vocals on the song “Black Tears”, from the album “High And Above”.

Ana is often on tour in Portugal, and occasionally in London and New York, and her performances are recorded by friends and uploaded to their blogs and websites. Ana opened the stage for British singer/songwriter James Morrison in the summer of 2010 and, in November, she opened for Shakira’s show, a moment that Ana considers to be one of the most special and defining moments of her career. Later, she was the only female artist to open the stage for singer Joe Brooks on his UK tour. Some of his most popular songs, with over a million views each, include covers of Nickelback’s “Savin’ Me,” The Rolling Stones’ hit “Angie,” and the World Championship theme “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” by Shakira.

He lived in the United Kingdom and completed a degree in Economics at the University of Kent in 2008 with honors. Ana developed a special taste for topics such as “International Trade” and “Game Theory” and decided to write her dissertation under the title “What is the Impact of Technology on the Structure of Major Record Companies (between 1995 and 2005)”, for which received a distinction. As her online popularity began to increase, Ana was approached by several record labels who wanted to sign her, but it didn’t materialize at the time due to her desire to finish University before making such a big decision. In addition to being fluent in English and Portuguese, Ana also speaks Spanish, French and Greek.

Since 2016, she has lived and worked in Los Angeles.
She is in a relationship with Argentine musician Rodrigo Crespo, from whom she has two daughters and a son.

Ana has contributed to a variety of charitable causes, including giving her name to the Portuguese League Against Cancer (LPCC) in 2009 as an ambassador for cervical cancer awareness. In 2010, the Make A Wish Foundation worked with Ana to fulfill the wishes of a young teenage fan suffering from cystic fibrosis, inviting her and her family to spend 5 days in London, where she was accompanied by Ana in the studio and at the London Eye and attended the sold-out concert at “The Barfly” club.

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