MI SUCCESS STORY: RAFAEL MOREIRA
Guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer Rafael 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).
At the age of 19, Rafael enrolled at MI, and said of his experience, “all of the sudden I felt like I belonged somewhere for a change.” Upon graduating, Rafael became a top touring guitarist for artists like Christina Aguilera and Pink, and fronted his own band (Magnetico). Further enhancing his career, Rafael was featured as the lead guitarist on the third and fourth seasons of NBC’s The Voice. He 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.
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.