Nazaré was born in Xapuri, in the state of Acre, on the border of Peru and Bolivia. In April 1978 she made her first single, 'O chero da Carolina', which was an immediate hit, followed by her first LP, 'Nazaré' and in 1979 the album 'Amazonia'.
In 1980, she released her third album 'Natureza', including the song 'Amarelinha--La Marella' which became a hit. On October 27th she gave a memorable performance at L'Olympia in Paris, which led to a double album, 'Nazaré Pereira á L'Olympia'. Between 1980 and 1985 she recorded compilations with David Byrnes in the U.