Vânia Fernandes was born in Madeira, Portugal in 1984. She is a pop, jazz and fado singer. Vânia Fernandes studied music in Lisbon at the Escola Superior de Música where she specialised in jazz. In her first years, she participated in several jazz events and festivals.
In 2007, she won the talent show Operação Triunfo. One year later, she represented her country in Eurovision with Senhora Do Mar. Her Eurovision entry ended in 13th place and gave Portugal one of its best results in a semi-final where it finished 2nd.
Vânia Fernandes is still active. She has performed in Eurovision related events after her participation in the festival. In 2020, she reunited online to perform her Eurovision entry with Andrej Babić playing the piano.