Bárbara Tinoco was born in Lisbon (Portugal) on November 16, 1998, is a Portuguese singer and songwriter. She became known for her participation in the talent contest The Voice Portugal, in 2018. Two years later, she reached 2nd place at the Festival RTP da Canção, by winning the public vote. In 2021, she won the Golden Globe for Best Performer.
She started learning guitar at home with her father. Despite not being a professional musician, she had inherited the family business, a musical instrument store, where Barbara spent many hours as a child. Her first instrument was a ukulele, given to her by her grandfather.
She enrolled in the degree of Musical Sciences at NOVA FCSH, but it was in a masterclass given by João Gil for Antena 1 that she began to consider a path in music more seriously.
She took her first step towards stardom in 2018 when she decided to participate in The Voice Portugal talent contest. During the Blind Audition she sang a version of Jolene by Dolly Parton, but could not get any of the judges to turn their chairs. However, she ended up being challenged to sing one of her original themes.
Composed by the artist when she was only 16 years old, “Antes Dela Dizer Que Sim” became a viral success, becoming her debut single, released the following year.
Following her participation in the television program, Tinoco was approached by Pedro Barbosa, manager of artists such as Miguel Araújo or The Black Mamba, and it was from there that she turned professional. In 2019, she assured the first parts of the João Só tour concerts. In 2020, she was considered the Breakthrough Artist at the Play-Premios da Música Portuguesa.
She participated in the RTP da Canção Festival in 2020, alongside Tiago Nacarato, who wrote and composed the contest theme, “Passe-Partout”. The theme won the public vote, but the final result placed Elisa as the winner. Tinoco’s interpretation reached 18 points, two less than the winning theme.
In 2021, she released the first extended records. Released in April, Desalinhados is an EP of collaborations in which each theme has a different guest: António Zambujo, Carolina Deslandes, Diana Martinez, Tyoz, Bárbara Bandeira and Carlão. In October, she edited her debut album, Bárbara,. The artist’s first LP included several singles released until then.
He debuted at a festival when he performed at Rock In Rio Lisboa, in 2022.
Tinoco listed Miguel Araújo, Suzanne Vega and Julia Michaels as some of her musical references.