Latin Grammys: Get to know Best New Artist nominee Pablo Alborán
You may not readily recognize the name Pablo Alborán, but after the 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards telecast on Thursday, November 10, that should change. At only 22, the Spanish singer (who was born and raised in Malaga and is half French on his mother’s side) has accomplished what can take many people years to do — he’s earned the hearts of listeners and the acclaim of critics.
Barely known before 2011, Alborán spent the last few years gigging steadily across Spain in mostly small venues and eventually released his self-titled debut album in February. Just months later, he found himself nominated for not one, but three Latin Grammys — including Best New Artist. But he’s been working towards this dream since the age of 7, when he first learned how to play piano and guitar.
With a voice reminiscent of David Bisbal, a poetic romanticism that’s rubbed off from his mentor Alejandro Sanz, and a good dose of hunger, this is certainly not the last we’ll hear of Alborán. Next up is an acoustic re-release of his debut album, after which Alborán says he’s moving to Mexico to get inspired for round two.
We got to know Alborán a little better from a balcony of the Raffles Cafe at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, the site of the upcoming awards show on Thursday night. In one of the more anticipated performances of the night, Alborán will perform his single, “Solamente Tu,” with Demi Lovato.
Though he’s still a bit shy about speaking English, Alborán said he’s working hard to master the language (he already has no problems understanding it). He promises to be completely fluent the next time we talk.