Paula Fernandes (born August 28, 1983) is a Brazilian sertanejo and country singer. Born in Sete Lagoas, Minas Gerais, Paula Fernandes started singing when she was eight years-old, releasing her first album two years later. Her second album, named Voarei, was released in 1995, and was inspired by the Ana Raio e Zé Trovão telenovela. She went to the college to study Geography in Belo Horizonte when she was 18 years-old, singing in bars during that time. She recorded one of the theme songs of Rede Globo's telenovela América, named Ave Maria Natureza, releasing the album Canções do Vento Sul soon after that. Paula Fernandes was nominated as Best Popular Singer in the Prêmio Tim de Música Brasileira award for that album. The song Jeito do Mato, from her album Pássaro de Fogo was the theme music of the telenovela Paraíso, and her version of Ivete Sangalo's song Quando a Chuva Passar was the main theme music of the telenovela Escrito nas Estrelas. Paula Fernandes released her first DVD in October 2010, and participated in two Rede Globo special shows, which were the Roberto Carlos' end of the year show, broadcast on December 25, 2010, and Show da Virada, broadcast during the New Year's Day, on December 31, 2010. Her album, Paula Fernandes - Ao Vivo, released in 2011, placed in the 2011 top sellers albums.