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Compass T he A r t s
She was just 3 when she first picked up the
violin, and the guitar and piano soon followed.
By 19, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Miami’s
homegrown prodigy, had graduated from UM
on an opera scholarship with her sights set on
a career in showbiz.
T E X T BY F R A N CE S C A C R UZ
The old adage claims that timing is everything in life, and
it’s certainly the case for the music industry in Miami.
We have some of the very best recording studios and if
going global is on your radar — this is the port city to
the world. Miami has also given birth to many creative
souls, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer being one of those aspiring
talents. Her debut single, Havana, blends her deep raspy
voice with vibrant Cuban sounds, pop hooks and R&B
influences. Although music is her passion, she started
off as an actress, taking part in Nickelodeon’s critically-
acclaimed live-action musical series: The Fresh Beat
Band. She’s since left that and her opera aspirations
behind to focus on bringing her mélange of music to the
world — via Miami, of course; YvetteGonzalezNacer.com.