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Kat DeLuna Biography

Born Kathleen Emperatriz de Luna in the Bronx, Kat moved with her family to the Dominican Republic as a small child. When she was 12, she got her first taste of the spotlight, singing before a huge audience when she was brought up on stage to perform with Milly Quezada, the Queen of Merengue. Kat's family moved back to the U.S. when she was 14, and with ambitions to make it as a singer, she entered the New Jersey School of the Performing Arts in Newark. Not long after, she became a member of Coquette, a Latina R&B vocal group. The height of their fame came as an opening act for J Records rapper Cassidy in April 2004.

When she was 15, Kat won a karaoke contest sponsored by Coca-Cola with her interpretation of "I Will Always Love You." An encounter with Cuban salsa legend Rey Ruiz inspired her to take up writing her own songs and pursue a solo singing career.

Kat later joined GMB Music Group and secured a recording deal with Epic, who released her debut single "Dale Duro!" featuring Jae Millz and Chaka Dee. In May 2007, they issued "Whine Up" featuring Elephant Man. The song's video clip premiered on MySpace in June. The track became her first bona fide hit stateside, reaching No. 29 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. "Am I Dreaming?" was released in July, a couple of weeks prior to her debut album, 9 Lives, which appeared in August 2007.


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