Pastora Soler

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Pastora Soler
PastoraSoler2009.jpg
Pastora Soler (2009)
Background information
Birth name Pilar Sánchez Luque
Born (1978-09-28) September 28, 1978 (age 36)
Coria del Río, Seville, Andalusia, Spain
Genres Pop, flamenco
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1994-2014
Labels Polygram (1994-1999)
Emi-Odeón (1999-2005)
Warner Music Spain (2005-present)
Website www.pastorasoler.es

Pilar Sánchez Luque (born September 28, 1978 in Coria del Río, Seville), better known by her stage name Pastora Soler, is a Spanish singer. She is also a songwriter and her compositions usually mix copla or flamenco with pop or electronic music.

Soler represented Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan with the song "Quédate conmigo" and came in 10th place.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

A precocious chanteuse, she started singing coplas and flamenco songs at several events when she was a child. In 1994 she was signed to the record company Polygram to release her first studio album, Nuestras coplas, which consisted of covers of ten classical copla songs by León or Quiroga. Pop and commercial sounds arrived in 1996 with her second album, El mundo que soné, which was the last she published with Polygram.[1]

1999-2004: Fuente de luna, Corazón congelado and Deseo[edit]

In 1999, she was signed to Emi-Odeón and released her third album, Fuente de luna. This album included her first big hit single, "Dámelo ya", which sold 120,000 copies in Spain and was also a number one hit in Turkey.[2][3]

In 2001, her fourth album Corazón congelado was published, produced by Carlos Jean.[2] The same-titled single was selected to be the official theme of the 2001 Vuelta a España.[4] The album received a platinum certification for its sales. Her fifth album, Deseo (2002), was also produced by Carlos Jean; musically it was closer to electronic music than her previous works. This album was also awarded a platinum certification.[2]

2005-2006: Contract with Warner, Pastora Soler and Sus grandes éxitos[edit]

In 2005, she changed record company and signed to Warner Music Spain. Her first studio album with Warner, Pastora Soler, produced by Danilo Ballo and recorded in Madrid and Milan, included more mature music and themes. Its first promotional single "Sólo tú" was a dramatic ballad.[5] The album received a gold certification for its sales.[6] The same year her first compilation album was released, Sus grandes éxitos.[7]

2007: Toda mi verdad[edit]

Her seventh studio album, Toda mi verdad, was released in 2007. Recorded in Tarifa and produced by Jacobo Calderón, it consisted mostly of compositions by Antonio Martínez-Ares. For the first time a composition by Soler herself was included, the song that gives title to the album. The album peaked at number thirteen in the official Spanish album chart[8] and received the Premio de la Música (Spanish Music Award) for Best Copla Album.[9] The tour that followed the release of the album took her to Egypt, where she performed at the Cairo Opera House.[1]

Pastora Soler in concert

2009-2010: Bendita locura and 15 años[edit]

In February 2009, her single "Bendita locura" was released, the single that gives title to the same titled studio album. The album consisted of thirteen new tracks, including a duet with Manuel Carrasco and compositions by David DeMaría, Martínez Ares, Esmeralda Grao, Vanesa Martín, David Santiesteban, José Abraham and Alejandro Sanz. It peaked at number eight in the official Spanish album chart.[10]

In September 2010 she released a CD+DVD recorded live at the Teatro Lope de Vega in Seville that celebrated her 15 years of career as a recording artist, 15 años. It includes her biggest hits, as well as duets with Malú, Miguel Poveda and Manuel Carrasco. The single chosen to promote this album was an acoustic version of "La mala costumbre", a song dedicated to her father that was included in her previous work. The album peaked at number eight in the official Spanish album chart.[11] The album was nominated for the 2011 Latin Grammy Award for Best Flamenco Album. In Spain, it won the Premio de la Música for Best Copla Album and was nominated for Best Album of the Year.[12]

2011-2012: Una mujer como yo and Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Her ninth studio album was released in October 2011, Una mujer como yo, including twelve new tracks. The album debuted at number #3 on the Spanish album chart.[13] On 21 December 2011 she was selected internally by RTVE to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.[14] The song "Quédate conmigo", penned by Thomas G:son, Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson and Erik Bernholm, was chosen as her entry in a special live show on 3 March.[15] On 26 May 2012 she finished 10th in the Eurovision final with 97 points. Commercially, "Quédate conmigo" ranked at number 35 on the year-end Spanish singles chart.[16]

2013: Conóceme[edit]

In 2013, Soler was hired as a judge for the second season of Spanish talent show El Número Uno along with David Bustamante, Mónica Naranjo and Pitingo. The show was broadcast on Antena 3 from 31 May to 5 July 2013.[17] On 10 September 2013 Soler released her tenth studio album, Conóceme.[18] The album was preceded by its first single, "Te despertaré", which was released on 22 July 2013 and debuted at number 17 on the Spanish Singles Chart.[19][20] The album debuted at number 2 on the Spanish Album Chart, becoming her most successful debut with Warner.[21]

2014-present: 20 años and career hiatus[edit]

On 1 December 2014, Soler announced that she would stop her career for a while citing stage fright problems. On 8 March 2014, Soler had fainted on stage in a concert in Seville, and she had postponed or cancelled a number of events afterwards. The announcement came after she left stage during a concert in Málaga on 30 November 2014.[22]

The career hiatus announcement coincided in time with the release of a compilation album to celebrate her 20 years of career as a recording artist, titled 20 años, on 9 December 2014.[22]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • 1994 Nuestras coplas
  • 1996 El mundo que soñé
  • 1999 Fuente de luna #1 Spain, x1 Platinum
  • 2001 Corazón congelado x1 Platinum
  • 2002 Deseo x1 Platinum
  • 2005 Pastora Soler #18 Spain
  • 2007 Toda mi verdad #13 Spain
  • 2009 Bendita locura #8 Spain
  • 2011 Una mujer como yo #3 Spain
  • 2013 Conóceme #2 Spain

Live albums[edit]

  • 2010 15 años #9 Spain

Compilations[edit]

  • 2005 Sus grandes éxitos (Greatest Hits)
  • 2014 20 años

EP[edit]

  • 2012 Especial Eurovisión

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Biografía" (in Spanish). pastorasoler.es. 
  2. ^ a b c "La sevillana Pastora Soler da un paso más hacia el pop y la fusión en su nuevo disco" (in Spanish). El País. 2 November 2002. 
  3. ^ "Spain: Pastora Soler to represent Spain in Baku!". Esctoday.com. 21 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "PASTORA, LA REINA DE LA VUELTA" (in Spanish). Terra. 
  5. ^ "Pastora Soler" (in Spanish). LaHiguera.net. 26 April 2005. 
  6. ^ "CONCIERTO FIN DE GIRA DE PASTORA SOLER" (in Spanish). LaHiguera.net. 27 September 2006. 
  7. ^ "Sus grandes éxitos" (in Spanish). LaHiguera.net. 9 May 2005. 
  8. ^ "TOP 100 ALBUMES; SEMANA 23: del 04.06.07 al 10.06.07" (in Spanish). PROMUSICAE. 
  9. ^ "GANADORES DE LOS PREMIOS DE LA MUSICA" (in Spanish). LaHiguera.net. 4 April 2008. 
  10. ^ "TOP 100 ALBUMES; SEMANA 17: del 20.04.2009 al 26.04.2009" (in Spanish). PROMUSICAE. 
  11. ^ "TOP 100 ALBUMES; SEMANA 36" (in Spanish). PROMUSICAE. 
  12. ^ "Premios de la Música 2011: Pastora Soler" (in Spanish). Que.es. 19 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "TOP 100 ALBUMES; SEMANA 42" (in Spanish). PROMUSICAE. 
  14. ^ "Pastora Soler representará a España en Eurovisión 2012 en Bakú". RTVE.es (in Spanish). RTVE. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "Spain: Pastora Soler will sing Quédate conmigo in Eurovision 2012" (in Spanish). Esctoday.com. 4 March 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "TOP 50 CANCIONES ANUAL 2012" (in Spanish). PROMUSICAE. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Pitingo, Pastora Soler, David Bustamente y Mónica Naranjo, el renovado jurado de ‘El Número Uno’" (in Spanish). Vanitatis.com. 
  18. ^ http://eurocontest.cz/headline/novinky/item/3645-2013-09-14-08-39-05
  19. ^ "Spain: Pastora Soler's Conoceme to be released on 10 September". Esctoday.com. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "PASTORA SOLER - TE DESPERTARÉ (SONG)". Spanishcharts.com. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  21. ^ "TOP 100 ALBUMES (SEMANA 37: del 09.09.2013 al 15.09.2013)". PROMUSICAE. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  22. ^ a b "Spain: Pastora Soler puts her career on hold". Esctoday.com. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Pastora Soler at Wikimedia Commons

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