The creative career of Misia has been influenced by two cultures – Portuguese and Spanish. She works with diversity of musical genres, though the dominant part is given to the traditional Portuguese genre – fado – notable for free improvisation.
Misia started her artistic career in her home town Porto where she sang fado songs in small cafes. Then she moved to Barcelona and started working in the show of the most famous cabaret of Catalonia – Paralelo. While performing in Spain, Japan, France and Germany, she gained popularity and soon became one of the most in-demand fado singers.
CDs with her songs won wide recognition and were issued in Japan, South Korea and Spain; they were awarded prizes of the Charles Cros Academy and the Record Critics’ prize (Germany); their circulation reached 250,000. Working on her albums, the singer collaborated with Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires, Fanny Ardant, Miranda Richardson, Ute Lemper, and other artists.