|Alejandro Sanz Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||December 18, 1968|
Alejandro Sanz is a Spanish musician, singer, and composer, best known as the winner of numerous awards such as the Latin Grammy Awards, Grammy Awards, and winning a Latin Grammy for “Album of the Year”. At the age of 19, he released his debut studio album Los Chulos Son Pa’ Cuidarlos (1989), which went relatively unnoticed. His 4 next albums – Viviendo Deprisa (1991), Básico (1993), Si Tú Me Miras (1993), and 3 (1995) fared well commercially, but his 5th studio album, titled Más (1997), brought Alejandro a greater international success. His 6th studio album, El Alma al Aire (2000) sold more than a million copies within the 1st week, and in 2002, he recorded and released his 2nd live album, MTV Unplugged, which made Alejandro the 1st Spanish artist to achieve that feat.
In 2005, Alejandro was skyrocketed to worldwide recognition by his collaboration with singer Shakira on their single La Tortura, that reached number 1 on multiple worldwide charts that year. He also recorded and released studio albums No Es lo Mismo (2003), El Tren de los Momentos (2006), and Paraíso Express (2009), before being signed by Universal Music Group (UMG), and releasing his 10th studio album – La Música No Se Toca (2012), followed by Sirope (2015). On April 5, 2019, he released his 12th studio album, titled #ElDisco, which featured a track Mi Persona Favorita in collaboration with Camila Cabello. Alejandro Sanz has a massive worldwide fanbase, with more than 20 million followers on Twitter, more than 7 million followers on Facebook, more than 5 million followers on Instagram, and more than 2 million subscribers on his YouTube channel.
Alejandro Sánchez Pizarro
Alejandro Mango, Alexander the Great
Alejandro Sanz received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, United States on November 6, 2013.
Musician, Singer, Composer
- Father – Jesús Sánchez Madero (Books Salesman) (d. 2005)
- Mother – María Pizarro Medina
- Others – Teófilo Sánchez (Paternal Grandfather), Concepción Madero (Paternal Grandmother), José Pizarro Torres (Maternal Grandfather), María Medina González (Maternal Grandmother), Antonio Pizarro Álvarez (Maternal Grand-Grandfather), Francisca Torres Amador (Maternal Grand-Grandmother), Francisco Medina González (Maternal Grand-Grandfather), María Muñiz Martínez (Maternal Grand-Grandmother)
Alejandro Sanz is represented by –
- Creative Artists Agency (CAA) (Talent Agent, Manager) in Los Angeles, California, United States
- Avory Endorsements (Talent Agent Commercial) in Barcelona, Spain
Latin Pop, Latin Ballad, Pop Rock, Latin Rock, Soft Rock, Flamenco
Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Saxophone
- Warner Music Group (WMG)
- Universal Music Group (UMG)
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
70 kg or 154.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Alejandro Sanz has dated –
- Jaydy Michel (1997-2005) – He began dating Mexican fashion model Jaydy Michel in 1997, and after 2 years together, got married to her on December 30, 1999, on a beach in Bali, Indonesia. However, the marriage wasn’t legally binding or recognized by the state, neither in Mexico, Indonesia, nor Bali. Alejandro later stated that an official marriage confirmation wasn’t necessary, because for him, Jaydy was his wife, and he was her husband, and that marriage by heart was enough validity for both. They have a daughter together, named Manuela Sánchez Michel (b. July 28, 2001). The pair went their separate ways in 2005.
- Valeria Rivera (2002-2003) – He had an affair with the Puerto Rican fashion designer for around a year, between 2002 and 2003. They also have a son, Alexander, born on November 18, 2003. The unwanted publicity due to his admittance of the affair led to a very short relationship and the eventual crumbling of his marriage to Jaydy 2 years later.
- Raquel Perera (2007-Present) – Raquel was Alejandro’s assistant at one point and they found out there was a chemistry between them that went beyond professional communication. On May 23, 2012, after 5 years of dating, the pair got married in a private ceremony in Sabadell, Barcelona. Their 1st child, son Dylan, was born on July 12, 2011, in New York, New York, United States, while their 2nd child, daughter Alma, was born July 24, 2014, in Madrid, Spain.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Spanish (Andalusian) descent.
Due to advancing age, his hair has turned ‘Salt and Pepper’.
- Slim physique
- Salt and pepper hair and facial hair
- Raspy voice
Alejandro Sanz has endorsed his own clothing and accessories store via OnStage Merchandising.
Alejandro has appeared in TV commercials for –
- Freixenet (1998)
- YouTube Music App (2019), alongside Ed Sheeran and Camila Cabello
Best Known For
- Working with well-known singers and bands such as Alicia Keys, Calle 13, Ivete Sangalo, Shakira, Camila Cabello, Juanes, and others
- His albums Los Chulos Son Pa’ Cuidarlos (1989), Viviendo Deprisa (1991), Básico (1993), Si Tú Me Miras (1993), 3 (1995), Más (1997), El Alma al Aire (2000), No Es lo Mismo (2003), El Tren de los Momentos (2006), Paraíso Express (2009), La Música No Se Toca (2012), Sirope (2015), and #ElDisco (2019)
- Winning numerous awards such as Latin Grammy Awards and Grammy Awards
Alejandro Sanz released his debut studio album titled Los Chulos Son Pa’ Cuidarlos in 1989 under Hispavox record label. The album consisted of 10 tracks – Los Chulos Son Pa’ Cuidarlos, Tomasa, Se Busca un Lío, El Apartamento, Doña Marina, Tom Sawyer, Señor Papa, Cuando Navegamos, Micaela, and Ajaulili, and featured a masterful mix of flamenco and techno music. The album was met with indifference since he was an unknown musician at the time, which forced him to move away from music temporarily and study business administration.
Alejandro Sanz made his first feature film appearance as himself in Febrero. Cuando la Vida es Carnaval in 2009.
First TV Show
Alejandro Sanz made his first TV show appearance as himself/musical guest in an episode of the talk-show Primero izquierda on December 12, 1991.
Alejandro hasn’t shared information about his workout routine, but he does work out regularly to stay in shape. In February 2017, he announced that after being becoming interested and doing enough research, he began following a vegan diet.
Alejandro Sanz Facts
- He grew up in the Moratalaz neighborhood of eastern Madrid, Spain.
- He recalled he was somewhat a “group troubadour” among kids he grew up with, as he wanted to play the guitar and sing from an early age.
- Alejandro’s dad was a professional guitar player, which influenced him to start playing the guitar as well.
- His mom once broke his guitar because he was preventing her from sleeping due to his loud practice in the early morning hours.
- Alejandro wanted to become a professional flamenco performer, but quickly found out the rules were strict, and instructors would be cruel if you fell off the beat. For that reason, he decided to focus on his own music, but with flamenco influences.
- His original performer name was Alejandro Mango, which was Spanish for “Alexander the Great”, a well known Macedonian conqueror.
- Alejandro claimed that he practically carried his guitar anywhere he went since he was 15 years old.
- Alejandro’s best friend is Miguel Bosé, a well-known singer and actor.
- He spent 2 years in Milan, Italy, working on an album that would become Más (1997). Alejandro studied piano and saxophone in addition to guitar specifically for the album, which featured a lot of pop, tropical, and flamenco ballads.
- His 5th studio album, Más (1997) was a tremendous success, selling more than 2 million copies in Spain, achieving a certified ‘Platinum’ 22 times, and later became the best-selling album in Spanish history. It was on the Billboard Latin Chart for 74 weeks and led to his 1st tour in the United States.
- In October 2011, he collaborated on the Spanish version of the single What More Can I Give by Michael Jackson. The song was made for a charity that supported victims of the September 11, 2001 attack on Twin Towers.
- In 2004, Alejandro became the 1st Spanish musician to give a lecture at the Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. He spoke about the Hispanic culture at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.
- Alejandro suffered a massive mental breakdown in the spring of 2007. At the advice of his doctor, he took a 2-month break from performing, touring, and songwriting.
- He said that the reasons behind the breakdown were a combination of separation from then-girlfriend/wife Jaydy Mitchel, the affair he had with another woman, and a son born from the affair in 2003. His dad also died in 2005, which further broke him down. At the end of therapy, he felt rejuvenated and came back to performing regularly.
- In late 2007, he criticized the president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, for not being democratic, and tried to help the petition that aimed to prevent his re-election but failed.
- To promote his 9th studio album, Paraíso Express (2009), he came up with a video challenge to his fans, asking them to upload a video with their idea of paradise. Artists Laura Pausini, Paulina Rubio, and Shakira also participated in the challenge.
- For his contributions to Latin music, Alejandro received a Latin Heritage Award by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 2011.
- Alejandro credited a world-renowned Spanish flamenco singer Camarón de la Isla as his major influence from the very beginning of his career.
- He also listened to English heavy metal bands in his youth, such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Dio.
- Paco de Lucía, a well-known guitarist, is godfather to his son, Dylan.
- Alejandro and his wife Raquel are godparents to Ella, daughter of Spanish singer David Bisbal.
- Alejandro claimed he truly enjoyed painting, as it helped spark his creativity. He claimed painting taught him that taking risks rarely led to failure and that simply having the courage to take a risk was a success in its own.
- Visit his official website @ alejandrosanz.com.
- Follow him on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, Soundcloud, Spotify, and Last.fm.
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