Guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer Rafael (pronounced Hafael) Moreira, began performing at age six in Brazil. Since then, he has performed as lead guitarist and backing vocalist with some of music’s most recognized artists, including Paul Stanley (KISS), Don Felder (The Eagles), Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), P!nk, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, Dave Navarro, Natasha Bedingfield, Tommy Lee, Sheryl Crow, Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, Melissa Etheridge and international stars Vasco Rossi, Utada and Koshi Inaba (B’z). For seasons three and four, Rafael was featured as the lead guitarist for the hit NBC television show The Voice.
In the summer of 2013, Rafael took the stage for his biggest gig yet: a solo performance of his own rock version of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for 70,000 live fans and over three hundred million viewers worldwide to open the Bridgestone Libertadores Cup final soccer match between Atletico Mineiro vs. Olimpia at Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Recognized for his virtuosity on guitar, Rafael gained his broad fan base while appearing in the House Band for CBS’s Rock Star: INXS and Rock Star: Supernova. Appearing on the show catapulted Rafael into an online sensation, making him the talk of the day on show-related blogs worldwide as well as on-air mentions from the likes of Dave Navarro, who was quoted raving: “Rafael Moreira is one of the greatest Guitar Players in the world!”
Rafael has significant television experience including just about every early, daytime and primetime talk show in the US, and appearances on major television shows throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. Notable television appearances include Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Good Morning America. Rafael also gained national attention for his performances on American Idol’s “Rock Week” 2009, The American Music Awards, MTV’s Rock the Cradle and the 2009 ESPY Awards on ESPN (on slide guitar with Wyclef Jean). Rafael also joined other renowned guitarists Joe Satriani, Steve Luthaker and Richie Kotzen to judge the annual Guitar Player Magazine “Guitar Hero” Competition.
All of Rafael’s achievements contributed to his landing the cover of legendary publication Guitar Player Magazine online for his musical artistry and ability to unite fans around the world, as evidenced by his 100,000+ fans on Facebook.
Also recognized for his songwriting talents, in 2009 Rafael reached a music publishing agreement with Bug/Chrysalis Music, the world’s largest independent music publisher. Bug/Chrysalis Music represents the works of world-renowned artists including musical luminaries Johnny Cash, Pete Townshend and Stevie Ray Vaughan as well as contemporary hit makers Kings of Leon and Wilco.
As a songwriter and producer Rafael has worked with many different artists like Ty Taylor (Vintage Trouble, CBS’s Rockstar), Scilla Siekmann (Eurovison finalist), Chris Van Duyn, Lara Karuna, Keyrei plus his own albums. Rafael also has written music for TV shows such as the prime time series Cold Case, video games (Spawn), documentary and feature films, plus trailers for Hollywood blockbusters like Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Rafael’s debut instrumental album Acid Guitar (an eclectic instrumental blend of Rock, Jazz and Brazilian music with vocal lines complimenting the song’s melodies and soulful, shredding guitar solos) further established him with record buying audiences worldwide as well as a preeminent musician and relentless performer, whose instincts and passions are balanced by his versatility and technical dexterity.
Furthering his musical diversity, Rafael went on to form his current rock trio “Magnetico”, releasing Songs About The World – their debut album with a rebel spirit – attracting listeners with a combination of musical fortitude and years of experience rocking fans around the globe. Since its inception, Magnetico has played shows in Europe, Asia, South America and the U.S. The band is currently completing their newest collection of songs for release in early 2014.