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Alejandro Sanz

Concert in Santiago de Compostela (2007)
Background information
Birth name Alejandro Sánchez Pizarro
Born 18 December 1968 (1968-12-18) (age 41)
Origin Madrid, Spain
Genres Latin Pop
Occupations Singer, Songwriter
Instruments Singing, Guitar, Piano
Years active 1991–present
Labels Warner Music Benelux
Website AlejandroSanz.com

Alejandro Sanz (born Alejandro Sánchez Pizarro on December 18, 1968), is a Spanish singer-songwriter and musician. Sanz has won 15 Latin Grammy Awards and two Grammy Awards and has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.

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Biography

Alejandro Sanz (Madrid, 1968) wisely unites modernity and tradition, but adding his very particular requirements, since the spirit of flamenco acts like a thermometer reading his states of mind, and helping him manipulate whimsically –a smile always in the way- the very roots of his solid and prolific musical career. These impressions are reflected in a convincing discography affirming Alejandro’s peculiar attitude on the stage, where his voice breaks to meet the sentimental expectations of those who listen to him. In his extensive catalogue nothing looks half-finished. You can find tears and dancing, cigarettes’ smoke and absence. The same way, his pictorial and photographic productions are only another vehicle to make the mind of the observers explode. Because Sanz is a fireworks artist, and he is able to laugh in the face of that sorrow he sings about, since he is inviting us to a party.

In his records you can listen to the sound of cities, of objects, of his own family. Alejandro’s parents, Jesús Sánchez Madero and María Pizarro Medina, born in Algeciras and Alcalá de los Gazules (Cádiz-Spain), opened for him the gate of sound, as their life was coming and going (Jesús was member of two bands). From Andalucía and its endless fiesta to Madrilenian districts like Pueblo Nuevo and Moratalaz, Alejandro’s childhood was rooted in straightforward flamenco, in an atmosphere of bulerías, farrucas and martinetes; but he also lived the playful side of this genre, sevillanas, rumbas, tanguillos and alegrías. All of this forged his musical spirit, a spirit that has definitely infected the best international pop music. His first toy was an "exin castillos", but his favourite toy was a tape-recorder. His parents give him a guitar when he was 7 - he would torture everybody playing it everynight - however he was very convinced that he wanted to be a shoemaker. His more interesting living were when he was a child in his parents' country, Andalucia, where he went each summer. " I don´t know how old I was, because I was still a child, but my oldest memory is about Alcala de los Gazules, my mother's town: we were there, in the town square, playing hide-and-seek with my brother and other friends when I realized that everybody started to pick a fight with a girl, I don't know why, but the poor girl was having a bad time. I didn´t think twice and I went to defend her and face everybody. I felt like the brave prince, I was happy because people went away and they left her in peace, we were very good friends from that moment".

His father had got an artistic agency, but he had taken part in some groups and recordered as studio singer. His sponsor was Manuel Alejandro, a song genious and doubtless, the most important Spanish composer, author of the most important Raphael and Rocio Jurado's hits and other singers.

When he was 13 he would moved Madrid, Moratalaz neighborhood when he'll became a normal boy with usual friends " I always got angry with my girlfriends about boys things, I remember that with the first one, Marta, I was always because she liked going upper-class discos and I and my friends hated them and I was always with my guitar, trying to play Paco de Lucia's songs. My two favourites songs were ' Pongamos que hablo de Madrid ' and ' Dejame ' of ' Los Secretos '. I don't know how many versions I did ! I was singing them to my neighborhood friends all day and they were listening to them down in the street ever and more everyday."

Alejandro has felt devotion for his family. He has his family photos in his wallet. He bought a Mercedes to his father when he could do it and he set up a hairdresser for his mother. In 1994 he left Moratalaz and he moved a luxurious neighborhood in the north of Madrid, with secret address that his fans would find it soon. A big house with 600 m2 in 4 floors. He is still living with his family.

" I was going to a professional academy called Teide and it was near from Mayor Square. I was wanted to be administrative. It was a little school that I remember with a big smile. When I got there I was a bit lout. I had been expelled from institute because I was breaking doors, jumping tables... I was a good boy but I was not understand when I got to the new academy. I was a misfit. I want to know nothing about people and I thought nobody could understand me. Then, thanks to Vicente, the Principal - who Alejandro would take to work with him carrying his red tape - and my classmates I found a new world and I started interesting in everybody."

One of his biggest frustration is that he could have had more learning, so he try developing constantly. He love reading and his favorite writers are Becquer, Tagore, Rosalia de Castro. He has got almost as a rule reading and writing before going bed. Well, he is writing almost every time he always takes a little notebook or a tape-recorder because he can have an inspiration any time. He writes sheets and sheets of paper. " You need write a lot if you want what you write was good" and he has a discipline. " My favourite time working is at late night. I spend my time at home many days, I go out a couple of hours at night to meet my friends, and at one or two I go back my room and I start working."

His musical likings are very varied and get pop or melody songs, Flamenco, Jazz, etc. His favourite cities are Madrid and Sevilla. He doesn't read horoscope, but superstitious he is a bit, he doesn't let anybody from his team wear yellow on the stage. He's untidy but very punctual. He has got a place where he can be close to sun in his house, because he likes having a sunbath. He likes big salads, with rice, oysters, fideua, shellfish and he hates all kind of entrails. He drinks isotonic drinks in concerts "It's an idea I took from Sergio Dalma" and he takes a shower and changes his clothes every time he goes in and out of his house. He likes going to a gym everyday and he loves tennis, his favorite sport. To travel he prefers train over car or plane.

Awards and Sales

Sanz has won a total of 15 Latin Grammy Awards and 2 Grammy Awards. He has won the Latin Grammy for Album of the Year three times, more than any other artist. He has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide. all of his albums have been certified Platinum. He has released a total of 10 Albums and 6 DVDs.

  • 11 albums released
  • 6 DVDs
  • 25 million copies sold
  • 200 platinum recordings
  • 15 Latin Grammy Awards
  • 2 Grammy Awards

Personal life

Sanz was married to Jaydy Michel, a Mexican fashion model and actress with whom he had a daughter. Sanz and Michel married in Bali on December 30, 1999; however, this marriage was never legally recognized in either of their home countries. The couple divorced in 2005. Their daughter, Manuela Sánchez Michel, was born in 2001.

While married to Michel, Sanz had a son called Alexander with Valeria Rivera, a Puerto Rican fashion designer. Over the years, Sanz has refused to registry his son with Rivera, interviewed by the media the fashion designer has asked Sanz to legally recognise Alexander as his son and develop a close relationhsip with him.[1]

Discography

Studio albums

Hoy yo te diré hasta mañana, no sé cuánto tiempo estaré perdido en tu mirada / I will tell you "See you tomorrow" and I don’t know how long I will be lost in your eyes.- "Los dos cogidos de la mano". This was the first hit in Alejandro Sanz’s career. An album whose content seems to run dizzily, marked by Alejandro’s very necessity of growing up in the artistic scene, something he would achieve very soon with his following recordings. From this point on, he would never stop. The single "Pisando fuerte" helped him enter Latin American markets, whose audience understood that special touch, typical of the slums, that Alejandro added to the humble, direct pop of the album. In Spain, Viviendo deprisa reached ten platinum recordings (1.000.000 copies sold).

Palabras de un lenguaje nuevo que he construido para nosotros, para el amante perseguido que tiene que esconder su voz / These words belong to a new language I have invented for us, for the chased lover, who have to hide his voice.- "Si tú me miras". Produced by Miguel Ángel Arenas, Si tú me miras is a step forward in the composer’s process of artistic maturity. In order to complement his own musical background, Sanz contacts musicians such as guitarist Paco de Lucía, among others, who contribute their talents to give shape to this album enhancing the singer’s abilities.

Veloz caballo de acero, tu gasolina mi sangre y su cuerpo se mezclaron en el suelo. - Fast iron horse, your gasoline, my blood and her body were mixed on the ground. "Se le apagó la luz". Most artists have to wait long until they make a live recording. But Sanz was different. His successful repertoire was solid enough to present his audience with Básico, a collection of songs which made evident Alejandro’s high level on stage. It was an encounter with Alejandro, in a natural atmosphere, before a growing and eager audience.

  • 1995: 3

Vuelve pronto, te esperamos mi soledad y yo/ Come back soon, my solitude and me are waiting.- "Mi soledad y yo". This year Sanz starts a series of collaborative efforts with musician and producer Emanuele Ruffinengo, who co-produces the album with Miguel Ángel Arenas. With Alejandro Sanz 3 the Spanish singer became international. And he has the pleasure of singing in Italian and Portuguese. Recorded in the city of Venice, by the lagoon, the singer’s third release consolidates the favour of popular audiences: he starts to listen to the clamour of the spectators, those who pack arenas and big venues in order to feel the touch of the Madrilenian artist.

Llévame si quieres a perder, sin ningún destino, sin ningún forqué. Lead me to loss if you want, without a destiny, without a reason- "Corazón partío". After having perfected his knowledge of piano playing, Alejandro composes nearly 30 songs out of which he chooses 10 to shape "Más". And Sanz achieves superstar status. Curiously enough, this doesn’t reduce his acute poetic sensitivity nor the refined instrumentation designed together with Miguel Ángel Arenas and Emanuele Ruffinengo. This year he received one Amigo Award (best national male artist), the Ondas Award (best national artist), and he is granted several Spanish Music Awards, as Best National Artist, Best Composer, Best Album for Más, and Best Single and Best Video for "Corazón Partío". One year after the release of "Más", Alejandro Sanz was granted another Amigo Award in the category of Special Tribute, and received a new Ondas Award to the Best Song for "Corazón Partío". Furthermore, in 1999 he is named Best Selling Spanish Artist in the World Music Awards, he is awarded a Gold Recording and a Platinum Recording in USA and launches a DVD selling more than 500.000 copies in Spain. "Corazón partío", the third single taken from this album, became an international hit, topping the charts in 18 countries. For 67 weeks, it was the best selling album in Spain, where Alejandro gave 56 concerts (four of them at Madrid’s Las Ventas Bullring). He also starts a tour through Latin America and receives in Brussels his second Platinum Europe Award, presented by former President of the European Community Romano Prodi, after having sold 2 million copies of Más in Europe (the album has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide to date).

A veces te cuento por qué este silencio, y es que a veces soy tuyo y a veces… del viento Sometimes I tell you why I am silent, sometimes I am yours and sometimes the wind’s.- "Cuando nadie me ve". Sanz confesses: "I am so sure of being happy that I indulge in it". This is the prologue giving life to El alma al aire. His entering the Criteria Studios (The Hit Factory of Florida) in Miami endowed his music with intense arrangements and an extraordinary string section. In this release, Alejandro presents us with interpretations coming from the soul, melodies where the voice seems to break. It is, simply put, one of his most suggestive and emotional albums. This release broke all the selling records in Spanish recording market, selling one million copies on the first week. It was nominated in the category of "Best Latin Pop Album" in the 43rd edition of the Grammy Awards; and it was the absolute winner in the 2nd edition of the Latin Grammy Awards, being granted four awards: Recording of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year.

In 2001, El Alma Al Aire was released in a special edition including Alejandro’s duets with Irish band The Corrs.

Miami endowed his music with intense arrangements and an extraordinary string section. In this release, Alejandro presents us with interpretations coming from the soul, melodies where the voice seems to break. It is, simply put, one of his most suggestive and emotional albums. This release broke all the selling records in Spanish recording market, selling one million copies on the first week. It was nominated in the category of "Best Latin Pop Album" in the 43rd edition of the Grammy Awards; and it was the absolute winner in the 2nd edition of the Latin Grammy Awards, being granted four awards: Recording of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year. In 2001, El Alma Al Aire was released in a special edition including Alejandro’s duets with Irish band The Corrs. The worldwide tour of El Alma Al Aire started on February 17, 2001 in Caracas (Venezuela). For two months, Alejandro Sanz visited with a huge success all Latin American stages, with shows in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Chili, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Argentina. He offered 24 concerts, 9 of them at prestigious Auditorio Nacional in México DF, attended by 100.000 people. This first stage of the tour ended in Argentina, where 35.000 people packed Vélez Sarsfield Stadium in Buenos Aires. In May, Alejandro started touring throughout the USA, playing in such legendary stages as New York’s Radio City Music Hall, where the concert was sold out. Other towns included in his American tour were Miami, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston, McAllen and El Paso.

In June Alejandro Sanz started touring Spain, playing in the main Spanish capitals. Sanz achieved an unprecedented attendance to his shows: more than 400.000 people pressed together in football stadiums. One of his most popular concerts was held at Madrid’s Vicente Calderón Stadium, where, some days before the show, the 60.000 tickets for the concert were sold out.

In 2001, the New York Daily affirms: "The smooth rhythms and profound passion of Sanz’s Unplugged account for his being the most important Spanish pop star". Re-visiting his hits with acoustic instrumentation, Alejandro was the first Spanish artist to record an Unplugged album for MTV, turning to Humberto Gatica’s talents as producer and arranger. The album includes a previously unreleased song entitled "Y Sólo Se Me Ocurre Amarte", and the artists records a flamenco track for the first time, Manuel Molina’s "Todo es de Color". Later on, in 2002, Alejandro is granted the Oye Award to Best Male Pop Artist at Ciudad de Mexico’s Auditorio Nacional. With MTV Unplugged he gathered 3 Latin Grammy Awards (Album of the Year, Recording of the Year and Song of the Year for Y Sólo Se Me Ocurre Amarte). After having sold more than 250.000 copies of his MTV Unplugged in USA and after having the Nº 1 in the "Top Latin Albums" Billboard chart, Alejandro Sanz came back to stage with four shows in USA in June 2002.

For the second time in one year, he gave a concert at the Radio City Music Hall in New York, gaining critical applause and audience praise. The rest of the concerts were given in Los Angeles (Greek Theatre), Miami (James L. Knight Center), San Diego (SDSU Open Air Theatre) and were completely sold out.

Alejandro Sanz was also awarded 3 Spanish Music Awards (Best Song for Y Sólo Se Me Ocurre Amarte, Best Album for MTV Unplugged and Best Video for El Alma Al Aire), the Luna Award (México) to Best International Ballad and the Gardel Award (Argentina) to the Best Male Artist and the Album of the Year for MTV Unplugged.

In 2005 Alejandro Sanz continued searching for materials for his next album. While waiting for music to come, he collaborated with Shakira in the mega hit "La Tortura", absolute number 1 in all international charts, a wild duet in an encounter never to be forgotten. New York presented them in the Saturday Night Live, where they performed the duet live.

Alejandro took part as well in the tribute to Serrat, singing in Catalan "Paraules d’amor", one of the most surprising contributions to this homage to Catalan artist. In December he presented his photo exhibition Fotos de ida y vuelta, together with renowned art director Jaume de Laiguana. The exhibition included more than 50 pictures taken by Alejandro when he was touring to promotion his album No Es Lo Mismo. The funds raised by this exhibition were destined to Spanish NGO Infancia sin Fronteras, which is currently working in Albania, El Salvador, Honduras and Sri Lanka, among other countries.

PARAISO EXPRESS is Alejandro Sanz's eighth studio album. This new album is a return to the key great compositions of Alejandro's career in the vein of his unforgettable MAS album. It returns to his beginnings by recreating the beautiful energy of that moment without forgetting the lessons learned. With this album Alejandro has discovered true paradise as a composer.

References

  1. ^ Valeria Rivera videointerview by the Mexican newspaper El Universal (Mexico City), January 2010.

http://www.alejandrosanz.es/biography http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHhDNXHI9co

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