Liriel, 22, is a recording smash in her native country, having been Brazil's equivalent to this country's American Idol. Her first CD, which also featured, Rinaldo, a young tenor, was the sixth highest selling recording in Brazilian history. Since, she's released two additional CDs and a successful DVD. And a Brazilian toymaker wants to create a Liriel doll.
But with all her fame and the potential for even more, Liriel recently decided not to sign a contract with Brazil's biggest talent agent because she has made a commitment to sing for her church. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is in Utah to display her talents in a number of venues, including performing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at the upcoming LDS General Conference.
Sunday, she performed as a soloist on "Music and the Spoken Word" with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Then, later she offered her talents before South Davis residents during an evening fireside at the North Canyon Stake Center.
She spoke for about 45 minutes to a packed audience that filled the chapel, the overflow area and the entire cultural hall.
She said her goal for years has been to sing with the Tabernacle Choir, but first she had to learn patience.
"I was a little girl, a bit impatient and wanted things to happen right away. I learned I needed to exercise more self control," she said, speaking through a translator.
"I began to pray, fast and do all the things my Father in Heaven wanted me to do. I was trying to kill my pride and stop loving only myself.
"Through humility and my desire to serve Father in Heaven, he began to open doors," she said.
She was discovered while at a Sao Paulo bridal fair, which resulted in an invitation to audition with a TV station. One week later she was singing on television. Soon she was performing before huge television audiences, eventually recording two platinum CDs.
She concluded Sunday's fireside by singing nine vocal selections --ranging from opera classics to Broadway and movie hits -- that showed off her powerful, penetrating voice.
Her dedication to her faith goes beyond refusing to sign with Brazil's leading talent agent. She's happy to realize her life-long dream of singing with the Tabernacle Choir. "I don't have the words to express how my heart feels at this invitation," she said. "I sing for God," she said through her interpreter.
She'll get that honor at LDS General Conference on April 4. The last time a soloist sang at conference was in the 1930s. But LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley heard her sing when he was in Brazil for the rededication of the Sao Paulo Temple, and he asked her to perform in Salt Lake City.
While in Utah, Liriel will also sing in a concert at Kingsbury Hall and at Brazilian missionary reunions, where she'll be able to speak in her native Portuguese.
Then, it's off to Las Vegas, where she hopes to meet fellow Mormon Gladys Knight.
Liriel would like additional training for her voice and perhaps attend Brigham Young University.