Alejandro Sanz is Spain’s most commercially successful singer ever. He is also famous throughout the Spanish speaking world. He’s been a professional musician and singer since the age of 16 and has sold more than 21 million records worldwide. If you’ve never heard of him, you’re really missing something wonderful. If you have, you know what a superstar he is. Whether you’re familiar with him or not though, here are some little known facts about this amazing singer.
Although he had every intention of being a singer, Alejandro took business management classes to make his parents happy. Then he signed with Warner Brothers records in 1991 to record Viviendo Deprisa (not a particularly popular Sanz record anymore) and he was immediately catapulted to fame. No more business classes.
He hit international stardom in 1997, when he released Mas, and then after releasing a follow up album, El Alma al Aire, he tried to conquer the US market. In 2001, he became the first Spanish singer to perform for MTV Unplugged, which began his career search in the USA. A little known fact is that Alejandro’s biggest dream has always been to make it big in America. He has won 14 Latin Grammy awards and won 1 regular Grammy award in 2006, but true fame in America has escaped him. Well-known in the Latin music world, many people say he’s not more famous because his English speaking skills are low. He also releases almost all of his songs in Spanish, although there have been rumors that an English album is going to be coming out in the next year or so.
Another little known fact is that, during his search for US fame, he has collaborated with some of the best musicians of the day releasing songs and videos with Shakira, The Corrs, Calle 13, Malu, Destiny’s Child and Juanes.
One fact that most fans don’t know is, as well as being an accomplished guitar player, song writer, and singer, he’s also a talented photographer. He recently exhibited his photographs in New York city for a benefit to help the people of the Guajira region in Venezuela, who the United Nations had just named as the second-poorest people in the region.
Sanz has been married once to Mexican model Jaydy Mitchell with whom he has a daughter, Manuela. A little known fact though is that he’s also rumored to have another child with a Puerto Rican woman, Valeria Rivera. This was shocking as he was still married to Jaydy Mitchell at the time the child was conceived. When the news broke, it put all of Spain into a flurry and produced hours of gossip TV fodder. Sanz, however, has remained closed mouthed about the whole thing.
Sanz has been heard to say he likes ‘real women’. He’s inspired by women like Maria Callas, Shakira and flamenco singer Lole Montoya because he “likes women not princesses”.
For more information on Alejandro Sanz, check out his official website or some of his many videos on YouTube, then buy some of his cds. You won’t be disappointed.