1. Alejandro Sanz (Spanish pronunciation: born Alejandro Snchez Pizarro; December 18, 1968) is a Spanish singer-songwriter and musician.
2. For his work, Sanz has won a total of fifteen Latin Grammy Awards and three Grammy Awards.
3. He has won the Latin Grammy for Album of the Year three times, more than any other artist.
4. The singer is noted for his flamenco-influenced ballads, but he has also experimented with rock, salsa, and hip hop.
5. Born in Madrid, Sanz began playing guitar at age seven, taking influence from his family’s flamenco roots.
6. Sanz released his debut album at age nineteen, although he did not gain commercial success in Spain until his second release, Viviendo Deprisa.
7. His next two records, Si T Me Miras (1993) and 3 (1995) also fared well commercially, but it was his 1997 breakthrough album Ms that garnered international success.
8. El Alma al Aire followed in 2000, selling more than a million copies in its first week.
9. In 2002, he became the first Spanish artist to record an MTV Unplugged album.
10. His collaboration with Shakira on the 2005 single “La Tortura” reached number one on several charts worldwide.
11. His albums No Es lo Mismo (2003) and El Tren de los Momentos (2006) showed Sanz experimenting with more diverse styles of music, while his most recent release, Paraso Express (2009) served as a return to form for the musician.
12. He signed to Universal Music Group in 2011 and released his ninth studio album, La Msica No Se Toca, on September 25, 2012, followed by Sirope on May 5, 2015.
13. Sanz was born in Madrid, Spain, on December 18, 1968, the youngest son of Mara Pizarro and Jess Snchez. Sanz recalled that “Back then, kids grew up on the street…I was a bit like the group troubadour; the one who played the guitar and sang.
14. He was exposed to traditional flamenco music as a child while vacationing each summer in his parents’ native Andaluca in southern Spain. Originally, Sanz intended to become a flamenco performer, but he found the music teachers to be overly strict.
15. Commenting on his early experiences, Sanz explained, “Flamenco can be very hard on beginners.
16. If you lose the rhythm, they toss you out with, ‘You’re no good, boy!’
17. But it’s also a marvelous education, because you either learn to play or else.”
18. As a teenager, Sanz performed in various venues in his hometown.