Kany Garcia (Puerto Rico)
Sound: A Younger, Moodier Celine Dion
A 2004 car accident forced this soulful 26-year-old to withdraw from Univision's talent-search show Objetivo Fama. But during her stay in intensive care with several broken bones, she recieved a life-altering visit. "Gloria Estefan was in PR on promo when a radio station told her what happened," says Garcia, whose Sony BMG debut, Cualquier Dia, nabbed Latin Pop Album of the Year (New Artist) and Latin Pop Airplay Song of the Year (New Artist) at April's Billboard Latin Music Awards. "She came to see me, and it was one of those moments you never forget."
Genre: Jazz/Cumbia/Bossa Nova
Colombian-born singer/songwriter Monica Giraldo had released two independent albums, but it was only after winning Billboard's songwriting contest for Best Latin song in 2007 that the eyes from the music industry were on her. She recently released her first commercial album Todo da Vueltas.
The son of famed samba musician John Nogueira, Diego is being called a power force of the new generation of Samba enthusiasts. His first album, an entirely live recording, was released last year, and he's already shared the stage with dozens of music legends from Brazil and beyond.
Genre: Brazilian/Bossa Nova
Her first album, Brasileiro, debuted last year and proved the timelessness of Brazilian music, and now Roberta Sa is ready to release her second, called What a Beautiful, Strange Day to Be Happy, this time combining the traditional bossa nova sounds of her first record with a distinctly political message.
Ximena Sarañana (Mexico)
Sound: The Mexican Fiona Apple
At 22, this singer/songwriter with a quirky vintage flair has put together a mature, soulful debut. By the time she released Mediocre in Mexico last February, Sariñana had already built a huge fan base on MySpace, adding 600 new friends a day, bringing her total to 30,000 and counting!