El Sueño de Morfeo

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El Sueño de Morfeo
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From left to right: David Feito, Raquel del Rosario and Juan Luis Suárez.
Background information
Also known as ESDM
Origin Asturias, Spain
Genres Pop-rock, Celtic, Powerpop [1]
Years active 2002–present
Members Raquel del Rosario (vocals)
David Feito (acoustic guitar and backing vocals)
Juan Luis Suárez (electric guitar)
El Sueño de Morfeo presenting their Eurovision Song Contest 2013 song

El Sueño de Morfeo (English: Morpheus' Dream) is a Spanish band from Asturias. Their musical style is pop-rock fused with Celtic, folk rock and indie pop elements.[2] They represented Spain at Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with the song "Contigo hasta el final (With you until the end)".

History[edit]

2002: Beginnings as Xemá[edit]

The band was originally formed in 2002 under the name Xemá, with a clear influence of Asturian folk music.[2] Their debut album, Del interior, was released that same year, but failed to generate commercial success. This album was recorded while David Feito, from Asturias himself, and Raquel del Rosario, from the Canary Islands, were giving music lessons at the Colegio Internacional Meres in Siero, Asturias, together with teachers Andrés Alonso (keyboard and accordion) and Antón Fernández (bass guitar and guitar). After the launch of this first album, the band had to decide if they would go on as Xemá or create a new project, opting for the latter.

2003-2006: "1+1 son 7" and El Sueño de Morfeo[edit]

After Juan Luis Suárez joined David and Raquel in 2003, they decided to find a new name for the band. They considered names like "Pupitre Azul" (Blue Desk) or "La Hija del Caos" (The Daughter of Chaos), and eventually chose El Sueño de Morfeo.

In 2004, Raquel auditioned for the Spanish TV series Los Serrano and gave a demo of their songs. The production company Globomedia asked them to cover the theme song of the series, "1+1 son 7", together with Fran Perea in an episode that would air on 30 July 2004. The group received a significant push in their career from this appearance. They received a recording deal from the music branch of the production company, Globomedia Música.[3]

Their first album as El Sueño de Morfeo, an eponymous album, came out in March 2005, produced by Manel Santisteban. Their first single "Nunca volverá" had been released in January 2005, becoming an instant sales hit in Spain. It ranked third on the year-end singles chart.[4] Their following singles, "Ojos de cielo," "Okupa de tu corazón" and "Esta soy yo" cemented their popularity. They toured Spain with more than 100 concerts and they did a promo tour through Latin America. That same year they took part in a tribute album to Duncan Dhu, where they covered "Una calle de París".

In 2006, they recorded a cover of "I Will Survive" for a Cruzcampo spot, titled "Tómate la vida". Raquel recorded a duet with Diego Martín, "Déjame verte", and El Sueño de Morfeo recorded the Spanish version of "Our Town", "Reencontrar", for the Spanish edition of the Cars Movie Soundtrack. The launch campaign of television channel La Sexta featured them as well, with their song "Sonrisa especial".

2007-2008: Nos vemos en el camino[edit]

Raquel in an El Sueño de Morfeo concert.

The third studio album, second as El Sueño de Morfeo, Nos vemos en el camino, was recorded during 2006, and released in April 2007. One of the album tracks, "Un tunel entre tú y yo", was presented in a further appearance on Los Serrano. The first single from that album was "Para toda la vida", followed by "Demasiado tarde".

The two following singles were collaborations with Nek: "Para ti sería" and "Chocar". The album was re-issued with a DVD and including new tracks and the collaborations with Nek. The band toured through Spain in 2007 and did a mini-tour in 2008 as well.

2009-2010: Cosas que nos hacen sentir bien[edit]

In early 2009, they recorded a new album in Los Angeles. Its first single, "Si no estás" was released in April 2009 and the album, Cosas que nos hacen sentir bien, in May 2009. The first single was followed by "No sé dónde voy" and "Gente". The band toured Spain in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, they collaborated with Cómplices, recording one of their most popular songs, "Es por ti", for their 20th anniversary album.

2011-2012: Buscamos sonrisas[edit]

In early 2011, they collaborated with La Musicalité in a new song, "Cuatro elementos", which was number 9 on the Spanish Singles Chart.[5] In February 2011, Raquel competed together with Luca Barbarossa in the 2011 Sanremo Music Festival, where they finished in 5th place with his composition "Fino in fondo".

Their 4th album as El Sueño de Morfeo, titled Buscamos sonrisas was recorded in Los Angeles, produced by Thom Russo. It was released in February 2012, with the first single "Depende de ti" released in advance in mid-November 2011.[6] After releasing the album, the band began a tour of acoustic concerts through Spain in theatres and auditoriums.

2013: Eurovision Song Contest and Todos tenemos un sueño[edit]

On 17 December 2012, it was revealed that the band had been internally chosen by national broadcaster RTVE to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 to be held in Malmö, Sweden, where they competed as ESDM, their acronym.[7] The band presented four candidate songs for the contest. Their Eurovision entry was selected through a special televised live show that was aired on 26 February. "Contigo hasta el final" was chosen by 50% jury and 50% televote. Eventually, in the Eurovision Song Contest hosted in Malmö, Sweden, the song was voted only by 2 countries (Albania and Italy) and ranked 25th from 26 acts participating.

"Contigo hasta el final" and the other three candidate songs for the Eurovision Song Contest were included in a new album titled Todos tenemos un sueño, that was released on 7 May 2013. This album mostly consists of collaborations with famous artists such as Pastora Soler, Álex Ubago, Laura Pausini, La Musicalité and Giorgina covering El Sueño de Morfeo's most popular songs.[8]

Members[edit]

  • Vocals: Raquel del Rosario
  • Acoustic guitar and backing vocals: David Feito Rodríguez
  • Electric guitar: Juan Luis Suárez Garrido
Collaborators
  • Violin: Belinda Álvarez López
  • Bass: Javi Méndez
  • Drums: Israel Sánchez
  • Bagpipes and whistle: Ricardo Soberado

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Chart positions Certifications
SPA
[9]
Del Interior (as Xemá)
El Sueño de Morfeo
  • Released: 3 March 2005 (Spain)
  • Label: Globomedia Música
  • Formats: CD, digital download
4
Nos vemos en el camino
  • Released: 17 April 2007 (Spain)
  • Label: Globomedia Música
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2
  • PROMUSICAE: Gold[11]
Cosas que nos hacen sentir bien
  • Released: 16 June 2009 (Spain)
  • Label: Warner Music Spain
  • Formats: CD, digital download
3
Buscamos sonrisas
  • Released: 14 February 2012 (Spain)
  • Label: Warner Music Spain
  • Formats: CD, digital download
16
Todos tenemos un sueño
  • Released: 7 May 2013 (Spain)
  • Label: Warner Music Spain
  • Formats: CD, digital download
18
"—" denotes albums that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Single Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
SPA
[12]
US Latin Tracks
[13]
"La noche" (as Xemá) 2002 Del Interior
"Nunca volverá" 2005 1 El Sueño de Morfeo
"Ojos de cielo" 35
"Okupa de tu corazón"
"Ésta soy yo" 2006
"Tómate la vida"
"Para toda la vida" 2007 Nos vemos en el camino
"Demasiado tarde"
"Chocar" (feat. Nek) 2008
"Nada es suficiente"
"Si no estás" 2009 8
  • PROMUSICAE: Gold[14]
Cosas que nos hacen sentir bien
"No sé donde voy"
"Gente"
"Depende de ti" 2011 38 Buscamos sonrisas
"Lo mejor está por llegar"
"Contigo hasta el final" 2013 32 Todos tenemos un sueño
"—" denotes singles that did not chart or were not released.

Featured singles[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales, and certifications
Single Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
SPA
[12]
US Latin Tracks
[13]
"Cuatro elementos"
(La Musicalité feat. El Sueño de Morfeo)
2011 9 Cuatro elementos
"—" denotes singles that did not chart or were not released

Other appearances[edit]

List of other album appearances
Contribution Year Album
"Una calle de París"[15] 2005 Cien gaviotas dónde irán... Un tributo a Duncan Dhu
"Déjame verte"[16]
(Diego Martin feat. El Sueño de Morfeo)
Vivir no es solo respirar
"Reencontrar"[17] 2006 Cars (Original Soundtrack) – Spanish Version
"Amanecer"[18]
(El Sueño de Morfeo & Álex Ubago)
2009 40 años con Nino
"Es por ti"[19]
(Cómplices feat. El Sueño de Morfeo)
2010 20 años
"Física o química (Sintonia versión)"[20] Física o química, Vol. 2 (Original Soundtrack)

Music videos[edit]

  • «Nunca volverá» (2005)
  • «Okupa de tu corazón» (2005)
  • «Ojos de cielo» (2005)
  • " Para ti sería" (feat. Nek) (2007)
  • «Ésta soy yo» (2008)
  • «Demasiado tarde» (2008)
  • «Para toda la vida» (2008)
  • «Chocar» (feat. Nek) (2008)
  • «Gente» (2009)
  • «Si no estás» (2009)
  • «No sé donde voy» (2009)
  • «Ven» (2010)
  • "Cuatro Elementos" (feat. La Musicalité, 2010)
  • «Depende de ti» (2011)
  • «Lo mejor está por llegar» (2012)
  • «Contigo hasta el final» (2013)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Work Result
2005 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Spanish Act[21] Themselves Nominated
2006 Premios de la Música Revelation Songwriters of the Year[22] "Ojos de cielo" Won
Best Pop Album[23] El Sueño de Morfeo Nominated
AMAS Awards AMAS de Honor[24] Themselves Won
2007 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Spanish Act[25][26] Themselves Nominated
Premios 40 Principales[27] Best Song "Para toda la vida" Nominated
Best Album Nos vemos en el camino Nominated
Best Group Themselves Nominated
2009 Premios 40 Principales[28] Best Group Themselves Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue8cKo1EcDc&list=UU7cn269s72-8NOZLSmxXFHQ&index=15
  2. ^ a b "El Sueño de Morfeo" (in Spanish). Elepé.com. 
  3. ^ "El sueño de Eurovisión" (in Spanish). El Comercio. 23 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "TOP 10 SINGLES 2005" (in Spanish). PROMUSICAE. 
  5. ^ "LA MUSICALITÉ CON EL SUEÑO DE MORFEO - CUATRO ELEMENTOS (SONG)". SpanishCharts.com. 
  6. ^ "Discografía" (in Spanish). Elsueño de morfeo.com. 
  7. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - All participants". EBU. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "David Feito: "Soy el auténtico Carles Puyol de Eurovisión"" (in Spanish). Eurovision-Spain.com. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Spanish Charts - El Sueño De Morfeo - Albums". Spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Top 100 Albums - Lista de los tituls más vendidos del 05.02.2007 al 11.02.2007" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Top 100 Albums - Lista de los tituls más vendidos del 04.02.2008 al 10.02.2008" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Spanish Charts - El Sueño De Morfeo - Singles" (in Spanish). Spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Ojos de Cielo - El Sueño de Morfeo". Billboard. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Top 50 Canciones - Semana 40: del 28.09.2009 al 04.10.2009" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Disco homenaje a Duncan Dhu para celebrar su 20º aniversario". El Mundo (in Spanish). 4 October 2005. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Vivir no es solo respirar (reedicion): Diego Martin" (in Spanish). Amazon.es. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Cars (Original Soundtrack) (Spanish Version)" (in Italian). iTunes Store (Italy). Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "40 Años con Nino" (in Spanish). Zona de Compras). Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Cómplices adelantan con '20 años' su despedida de la música" (in Spanish). Organge.es. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "Various Artists - Fisica O Quimica, Vol. 2". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "Lisboa ruge con los premios MTV". El País (in Spanish). 4 November 2005. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "Gala de los Premios de la Música". 20 minutos (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  23. ^ "El Sueño de Morfeo opta a tres Premios de la Música". La Voz de Asturias (in Spanish). 10 March 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "Premios AMAS - Edición 2006" (in Spanish). AMAS Awards. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  25. ^ "Justin Timberlake parte como favorito de los MTV Europe Music Awards". La Provincia (in Spanish). 31 October 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  26. ^ "MTV Europe Music Awards - 2007 - Winners". MTV Europe Music Awards. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  27. ^ "Melendi y La 5ª Estación lideran, con 5 nominaciones, la lista de candidatos a los Premios Principales 2007". Los 40 Principales (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  28. ^ "Premios 40 Principales 2009 - Candidatos (por 40TV)". Los 40 Principales (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 January 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Pastora Soler
with "Quédate conmigo"
Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest
2013
Succeeded by
Ruth Lorenzo
with "Dancing in the Rain"