Claudia Alejandra Menkarski (born July 21, 1966), known as Claudia Brant, is an Argentine composer, producer and singer in diverse genres and multiple languages (Spanish, Portuguese and English).
Approximately 1,200 of her songs have been recorded by different artists in diverse genres and multiple languages (Spanish, Portuguese, English, Korean and French). She was appointed Senior Vice President of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame and named Trustee of the NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences).
Claudia Brant was born on July 21, 1966 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Influenced by her parents, she grew up listening to a diverse range of music, and learned to play the guitar and other instruments.Diego Torres and Cristian Castro recorded her songs, which led her to Los Angeles, California. Later, she returned to Buenos Aires, where she studied architecture.
Claudia started professionally composing at age 19 or 20. She signed with Warner Music at the age of 22 and released her first two albums with them. The first of them, “Claudia Brant” released it in 1991. It was in 1991 when she won the Festival OTI in Mexico with the song “¿Dónde estás ahora?” (‘Where are you now? )”. In 1995, Brant won the Villa del Mar festival. In 1996 she released “Tu marca en el alma”, also with Warner Music. Brant moved in Los Angeles in 1998. Between 2006 and 2007 she began working with regional Mexican music exponents. In 2008, Claudia and Luis Fonsi (with whom she has worked since 2005) composed the song; “No me doy por vencido“, which he also recorded. The song reached # 1 in the United States’ Latin charts, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and most of Central and South America. “No me doy por vencido” was named Billboard Magazine’s “Song of the Decade” after holding the #1 spot on the Latin Charts for 19 consecutive weeks, a new record at the time.
She has also released five solo albums that include songs written for other artists. She composed songs like “Más” (More) by Ricky Martin; “Gritar” (Scream) and “Respira” (Breathe) by Fonsi; “Camina conmigo” (Walk with me) by Ha*Ash; or “Hasta el final” (Until the end) by Il Volo.
In 2011, she released the album Manuscrito (Manuscript), an album containing her own versions of musical hits she composed, but previously sung by other artists: “No me doy por vencido”, of Fonsi, “Ni Rosas Ni Juguetes“, of Paulina Rubio, etc.
Claudia recently opened her new company in LA, Brantones On Demand, to specialize in music for film and TV. Her songs have been featured in numerous films, including Ladron que roba a ladrón and Spare Parts.
In September 2018, she released her sixth album SINCERA through Sony Music Latin, for which she won the Grammy for “Best Latin Pop Album” in January 2019 and her song “Mil e Uma” was nominated for “Best Portuguese Language Song” at the Latin Grammys in November 2019. The album was recorded at East West studios in LA and was produced by Ezequiel “Cheche” Alara and Antonio “Moogie” Canazio. It includes 4 duets featuring Antonio Carmona, Alex Cuba, La Marisoul Hernandez and Arnaldo Antunes.
In March 2020, she started the “Canción de Autor Oficial” initiative, a non-profit organization that seeks to promote songwriters’ craft, defend their rights, and support the education and development of musical talent. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, “Canción de Autor Oficial“ teamed up with MusiCares for a live event concert series online to raise money for the COVID-19 relief fund, destined for those musicians who have been affected.
She is currently in the studio working on new material with Piso 21, Ximena Sariñana, Llane, Joey Montana, Sharlene, Luz Casal and Elsa y El Mar.