Biography of Alejandro Sanz (1968-VVVV)

Singer and Spanish music composer, born in Madrid on December 18, 1968. Registered in the civil register as Alejandro Sánchez Pizarro, achieved great celebrity in Spain and America with his stage name of Alejandro Sanz, which triumphed with singer-songwriter after have been dedicated with notable success writing songs for other performers.

Although Madrid's birth, has always felt very linked by emotional ties to Andalusia, and especially to the Cadiz land of origin of their parents, Jesús Sánchez Madero and María Pizarro Medina. Of them he/she inherited his love of music, activity that was close-knit his father during his youth years, first as a member of different groups of low resonance (such as "El Trio youth" and "Los Tres of the Bay"), and later as a studio singer.

Result of these professional contacts of his father with the world of music was the relationship of the family Sanchez-medina with the famed composer Manuel Alejandro (1935 -), one of the most inspired creators of the Spanish and Latin American music in the second half of the 20th century, which has had many successful artists of the likes of Raphael (1942-) or Rocío Jurado (1946)-. As if fate had wanted to point out from the beginning the musical career that would follow the small Alejandro, was precisely the famous Jerez composer who sponsored him in the baptismal font.

He grew up as one boy more than the popular district of new town where he/she had his home, although somewhat withdrawn at the time of joining the collective games, because he/she preferred to play with the guitar that the gave at seven years of age. Your favorite entertainment was to make up songs that was recorded in a modest home recorder.

He spent every summer in Andalusia, fascinated by light, the atmosphere, the colors of the South of Spain, as well as the idiosyncrasy of its people. Then, during the long winters in Madrid, remained attached to his guitar, without showing great interest in studies.

When he/she was thirteen years old, he/she moved with his family to the neighborhood of Moratalaz, where he/she started to become a little more in youth gangs, in part due to the beginning of their high school studies. But to see that it was showing little interest in academic life, his parents removed him from the Institute and enrolled him in a vocational training centre, hoping to someday win as an accountant. A few years later, the own Alejandro, already at the top of the American music scene, would hire the director of that school to take care of the complex operations of accounting that generated success.

Still in his adolescence, he/she decided that he/she wanted to devote himself to music, and repeatedly ran away from home with his guitar as a unique background, to scroll through the different tourist places of the Andalusian coast, singing in taverns and restaurants in Exchange for a plate of food. Aware that his career could be in what also was his vocation, he/she began taking guitar lessons and soon got some work in a few recording studios, where hired him to do the vocals and musical accompaniment of some singers who, by then, had reached a high level of popularity, as Tino Casal (1946-1991).

Despite these possible works, went, by that time, serious economic troubles, as in the recording studio just paid him and had to cope with their daily expenses with the money they gave him at home. A strange mixture of flamenco gained his first salary as a "professional" music by the sixteen years of age, shortly before taking the stage name Alejandro Magno and released his first album, and pop - very much in vogue in the eighties - entitled pimps are pa take care of them.

This opera prima went virtually unnoticed for the public and the critics, but allowed him to establish certain contacts with professionals in the madrilenian musical scene. By that time, the Scouts of labels demonstrated to not be very aware of the tastes of the youth of the time, since in many of them rejected a model presented by Alejandro Sanz, with new songs that, over time, would constitute the major part of their successful album Viviendo deprisa, produced by Latin WEA in 1991.

As he/she toured the record offices with its new model, Alejandro Sanz understood that, without departing from the world of music, he/she could earn a living with other activities other than the singer. That was how he/she began to compose lyrics and melodies for other groups and soloists, such as "Los Chicos of Tass" and Juan Carlos Valenciaga, at the time that launched the career of production trying to launch the Group Laventura.

However, the professional relationship established with the WEA latina soon began to bear fruit, and Alejandro Sanz became an idol of the Spanish Youth - primarily from its female sector - the overnight. Proven high sales level that was reached their album Viviendo deprisa, advocates organized a concert in the Pavilion of sports of Real Madrid, for the benefit of the Fund of the United Nations. The recital was held on November 14, 1991, with the venue filled to overflowing, and a delivered public which, as became usual thereafter, chanted songs from Alejandro Sanz lyrics while it was shelling them.

The madrilenian singer undertook, as a result of this early success, a series of tours and concerts that brought his voice to all corners of Spain and many Latin America. Its surprising rise in the music scene in speaking of the 1980s were well captured on seven discs of Platinum which harvested with this album, which sold more than one million copies.

Meanwhile, Sanz was going slowly composing the themes of his next delivery, who was made to wait until 1993. It is if you watch me, an album that produced by the WEA latina, launched definitively to Madrid to stardom. Is good proof of the prestige which, at that time, Alejandro Sanz had already among critics and colleagues the fact that in this work cooperate some figures of the stature of the guitarist Paco de Lucía (1947 -), keyboardist Chris Cameron - who had accompanied on piano or keyboards, to large "monsters" like George Michael (1963)-, Billy Ocean, Alison Moyet or Terence Trent D'Arby - and the musician Nacho Mañó, promoter of a "mythical" group of the scene of the 1980s: "Presuntos Implicados". Paradoxically, this singular work did not achieve sales successes harvested by living fast, despite having these brilliant collaborators and introduce the effort of a Alejandro Sanz far more mature and experienced, both in his role as lyricist as as a musical composer.

Aware of found, at the time, on the crest of the musical wave, in 1994 the madrilenian singer released the compilation album Alejandro Sanz Basic, edited in special, very limited, Chuck as a tribute to his most faithful followers. It's a sound selection of the best songs that had included in his previous work.

But not much time passed while their countless fans have crafted a new original work of his idol, presented under the title of Alejandro Sanz III (1995). Recorded in Venice, this young star of Spanish popular music album made it clear that his fame had already begun to cross the borders of the Iberian Peninsula to place it on the lists of the best-selling albums of different countries in America and Europe.

This work contained the single "The power of the heart", that Alejandro Sanz, away from the experimental tastings conducted in previous albums, was looking for and managed to revive that image again teen idol of the 1990s that had been carved with the tracks from his first album. And, this same aesthetic and commercial, launched within two years a new collection of songs, presented under more sober and simple title (1997), which contained a song that was called to climb to cimeros positions of the lists of best selling discs of all Spanish-speaking countries.

Indeed, "heart broken" became immediately to Alejandro Sanz one of the singers and most award-winning composers of the recent history of Spanish music. In the second edition of the music awards of 1998, the artist from Madrid was the absolute winner of the evening, to be rewarded with prizes to the best author, best pop artist, best item of the year ("heart broken"), best music video and best album of the year (more). In a matter of days, the issue had become a classic of popular music, issued at all times by the radio and television, and heard and hummed anywhere.

Thereafter, the awards - which was already accustomed to Alejandro Sanz in Spain and Latin America - began to rain you in every corner of the planet. In the summer of 2000 it was awarded in Brussels "Platinum Europe", awarded by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) to the soloist (or the band) which, in the course of a year, has sold more than one million copies in Europe. And, the following year, after having released a new album, entitled the soul of the air (2000), Sanz returned to erect in resounding winner at the music awards gala, to be graced with three awards (best pop artist, best pop author and best LP). Shortly after, the recognition came, again, of internationally, because he/she got no less than four awards (best record, best album of the year, best song and best male pop album) in the second edition of the Latin Grammys.

The soul of the air, defined by the author himself and his promoters as "a song full of strength, sensitivity, softness and melody love, also implied to some of the leading figures of the Spanish contemporary music, as Vicente Amigo, Ludovico Vagnone, Alfredo Paixao, Lulo Pérez, Luca Jurman, as well as to some young prospects, like Paquito Echevarría, Chaboli and Josemi CarmonaJosé Antonio Molina, Alfredo Golino and Montse Cortés, were considered very honorable by being able to collaborate with an artist's popularity already reached by Sanz.

Their already fruitful career was enriched, in the first bars of the 21st century, with two new albums, which constituted two separate his strident successes. The first, titled MTV Unpluged (2001), made him again winner at the gala of the 2002 music awards, where he/she was given three awards: best song ("and I can only think of love"), best album and best video; and also, consolidated you as a major international figure in the newly created Latin Grammys, whose third edition (2002) also won three awards: best recording, best album and best song (for the same theme that had been triumphant in the Premios de la Música).

The next album of Sanz, one of the most daring and ambitious of his career, came to light under the title of No is the same (2003), with self-confessed purpose, since this striking item, mark a clear line of separation between his previous works and a new career much more dense and committed (at least, in what depth and intentionality of his lyrics refers). Registry change caused some confusion, both among fans of the lifetime and among those who did not consider themselves followers yours; However, copies of this album returned to dispatch by thousands, and Sanz won other prestigious awards in the field of contemporary music, such as the three awards obtained in the friend 2003 Awards (best artist, best Spanish album and best music video). True, moreover, to its traditional triumphs in the American continent, in February 2004 he/she was awarded a Grammy for best Latin pop album. And, two months later, in the course of the gala of the prizes of the music of Spain, it won five statuettes.

Encouraged by this blatant international impact of their work, Alejandro Sanz undertook a triumphal tour all over the world, which led him to act in different parts of the United States of America (including the New York's Madison Square Garden, where his subjects were accompanied by the crowd of spectators who thronged the local).

At the end of the year of 2004, Alejandro Sanz launched an ambitious disc compilation, titled greatest hits: 91-04 (2004), included the cream of his career to date. Themes have their place in this album ranging from "Mi soledad y yo" up to "It is not the same," passing by other successes that punctuate his thirteen years of professional in the Spanish music market, as "heart departed", "If is it?", "The power of the heart", "Friend of mine", "Stomping", "Viviendo deprisa", "Quisiera ser" and "When no one sees me"; In addition, arise two unreleased songs ("You have no soul," and "where space"), as well as fourteen versions of unique originality and rarity, in which the singer from Madrid formed duo with artists of the stature of Niña Pastori, Paolo Vallesi, Omara Portuondo, Ketama, The Corrs, Moncho and Pepe de Lucía.

During the summer of 2005, the madrilenian singer starred in a successful concert tour all over the world by the Colombian singer Shakira, that duo played a theme on passionate love affair, "Torture", accompanied by a torrid video presentation. Speculated with the sentimental among both singers union, especially to be confirmed, in July of that year, the rupture between Sanz and his wife, the Mexican model Jaydy Mitchel, with whom he/she had a daughter (Manuela).

Sanz had joined it on December 30, 2000, in a strange marriage celebrated by surprise on the Indonesian island of Bali. The specialised press stressed the fact that the known singer had been able to keep their engagement a secret, and there were also those who pointed out that it was a convenience link, agreed by both parties with very different interests: she, to gain fame and prestige by the famous singer, and so project his career model outside their country; and he, to quash rumors circulating in Madrid about his alleged homosexuality.

On 12 December 2006, Sanz revealed in a statement the paternity of a second son, Alexander, of three years, as a result of its relationship with a "woman, oblivious to public life".