Denise Stahlie Rivera
Full name: Denise Stahlie Rivera
Denise Rivera, born in La Paz, Bolivia was raised in Madrid Spain and the United States, lives since 1998 in the Netherlands.
Artistic name: Denise Rivera
Occupation: singer/songwriter, voice-over, TV presenter
Languages: English, Spanish, Dutch
After graduating from Boston College (University in Massachusetts, USA) in 1991 she moved back to Spain and worked as TV host for national television (Antena 3) and also presented several programs for local (Madrid) and International Satellite Television.
Through her television work she came in contact with the music world and formed her own soft rock band (Sweet Jane), sung commercials/jingles for television and radio and ended up touring and recording with spanish artists like Antonio Flores, Marta Sanchez, La Union, Enrique Iglesias and Nacho Cano (from pop group Mecano). She also released three dance albums and recorded vocals for the movie soundtrack “Demasiado Caliente para tí”
After touring through Spain and South America with Nacho Cano (after releasing an album with the same name) “El lado Femenino” tour in 1997 as lead vocalist (single “La fuente del amor”) she moved to the Netherlands.
In 1999 Denise participated with the group “Colorz” for the National Dutch Song Festival and worked with John Ewbank and duo Fluitsma and van Tijn writing lyrics in Spanish for several of their compositions (for Sony International). She also collaborated with Edsilia Rombley and Jodi Bernal (vocals and vocal coach) on their respective albums. (see discography)
In 2001 she started her own band Denise Rivera , an acoustic, latin pop band and began writing her own compositions. Her band has had the priviledge to perform all over the country including in theaters together with the Frisian Youth Orchestra and The Basic Big Band in 2007-2008 (director Theo Brouwer) amongst others.
In 2004, realeased her latin single album “Vaya Caramba”.
In 2004, became the lead vocalist for the Salsa formation Denise Rivera y Salsa Caliente and released a swinging Cd in 2005.
Since 2006 Denise has been recording dance/trance albums/tracks with well-known Dj’s like Ferry Corsten, Cosmic Gate, Stoneface and Terminal, Robbie Rivera, DJ Joop, Bart Claessen and Armin van Buuren thanks to producers Adrian Broekhuyse and Raz Nitzan. In 2007 she performed two tracks in AHOY, Rotterdam for Ferry Corsten’s Masquerade Full on Ferry. In 2008 she performed together with Lady Gaga in New York for the New York Megajam (see discography and dance/trance)
In April 2008 her first complete Latin acoustic album UN NUEVO SER was released in the Benelux including several of her own compostions as well as melodies from artists like Sade, Marco Borsato and de Kast with her own Spanish texts and a Latin production.
The album UN NUEVO SER was presented on Television talk show DE WERELD DRAAIT DOOR after a performance she and her Salsa band gave for Queen Beatrix on Queen’s day in Makkum, Friesland 2008. The famous “dancing salsa with Queen Beatrix” picture made international news not to mention the cover of several national newspapers and magazines in the Netherlands such as de Telegraaf. During the promotion of the album she was interviewed in magazines and newspapers like de Telegraaf, La vie en Rose en Nieuwe Revu amongst others. In 2008 she won second place in the Holland Casino Latin Live competition for “best Latin artist in Holland” and in 2009 performed together with Dutch artists like Cor Bakker and Candy Dulfer. In February of 2010 she was asked to sing for Mark Rutte (the current Dutch prime minister) during the kick-off of his campaign and will soon release her Latin acoustic album in China. The album (Un Nuevo Ser) is currently being promoted and played on several radio stations in Spain and South America and is doing very well on the international itunes!
In 2010 the album UN NUEVO SER has been released in China by TOP MUSIC (a label of Sony Music BMG) and already has sold the first thousand copies.
Since 1998 works as voice over (Stem actrice) and is a frequently asked voice in Spanish, English and Dutch for websites, navigation GPS systems, CD-roms, Documentaries, Corporate videos, TV and radio commercials, movies, cartoons, language courses etc. and works with top recording agencies and studios in the country. The organization MAMA CASH has won several prizes with its documentaries over human and womens rights. She recently recorded the voice-over for the documentary “NEDERLAND EN WATER” (Holanda y el agua) voor the EXPO in ZARAGOZA 2008.
Denise is also a great impersonator of princess Maxima and can be heard in several commercials and a navigation systems (Such as TOM TOM) using the Argentine princess’s voice.