Dulce Pontes was born in 1969 in Montijo, a town in the District of Setúbal, near Lisbon. She trained as a pianist, and started a career in singing after entering a competition in her hometown at the age of 18. She soon became an actress on Portuguese television and theater. In 1991, she won the national music festival with her song "Lusitana Paixão", (known in English as "Tell Me"), which led her to represent Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest. She finished 8th in the competition, which is to date the fourth-best finish for a Portuguese performer. Pontes started her career as a mainstream pop artist, but over the years she has evolved to become a world music singer. She blends traditional fado with contemporary styles and searches out new forms of musical expression. She introduced musical traditions of the Iberian Peninsula in her work, rediscovered many long forgotten popular tunes and found use for obsolete musical instruments. Her work is inspired and influenced not only by Iberian musical tradition, but also Arabic, African, Brazilian and Bulgarian sounds. She sings mostly in her native Portuguese.
With her second albúm ‘Lágrimas’ (1993) Dulce Pontes stimulates a sociological effect that has no precedents, such as re-discover the fado when it was dying and the new generation was not interested in it. It is not possible to conceive the new-fado of this first decade of XXI century without the decisive contribution of the singer from Montijo. Dulce Pontes, leaded the popularization of the music sang in Portuguese language trough all the world. The reinterpretation of ‘Canção do mar’ was going to be during the next years the most universal Portuguese song of all times and with more international versions. The song was part of the soundtrack of the Brazilian soap opera ‘As pupilas do Senhor Reitor ’ (1994). The same interpretation of this song of Ferrer Trindade was the main theme of the soundtrack of the movie ‘Primal fear’ (1996), of Gregory Hoblit, with Richard Gere and Edward Norton as main characters.
Dulce Pontes has collaborated with Cesária Évora, Joseph Carreras, Caetano Veloso, Marisa Monte, Carlos Núñez, the Chieftains, Kepa Junkera, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, George Dalaras, Andrea Bocelli (O Mar e Tu, duet sung by Pontes in Portuguese and Bocelli in Neapolitan, for his 1999 album Sogno), and others. Her album Focus is the fruit of a collaboration with Ennio Morricone . The collaboration between Pontes and Morricone had its climax with a CD signed by both artists. In the vortex of this spectacular success (more than 800.000 records sold) she recorded in 1995 the double live CD ‘A brisa d coração’ recorded into the Coliseu of Porto.
Dulce Pontes constantly touring the world. All her concerts are sold-out and bring ecstatic audience reactions and standing ovations. Dulce Pontes received various internationally acclaimed awards, such as Amigo award for the best latin performer from the Asociación Fonográfica y Videográfica Española, and the International award Tenco, awarded from the Italian Club Luigi Tenco, Maria Carta Award, Award “Micrófono de oro”.
Up to date Dulce recorded and published 9 CD’s.