Joana Amendoeira is considered to be one of the most important Fado singers of the "New Generation." In her singing, Fado gains a new glow, a new attitude, without disregarding tradition. Indeed, born in 1982, Amendoeira is the youngest fadista from Portugal performing today. Her career took off in 1994 after a performance at the Lisbon Grand Fado Gala, where she received enthusiastic praise from the jury and the audience. In the following year, she won the Female Interpreter Award at the Oporto Gala. Since then she has been performing non-stop around Portugal and the world. With musical direction by Custódio Castelo, À Flor da Pele is imbued with an intensity that belies the artist's youth. The album's concept was to feature a Fado group, and not just a Fado singer with her accompanying musicians. Artists in the band include guitarists Pedro Amendoeira and Pedro Pinhal and Paulo Paz on bass. Their efforts are inspired by the belief that to create a strong and meaningful project, one has to live each moment in the edge.