Gian Marco Zignago

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Gian Marco Zignago
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Background information
Also known asGiani, Gianmarco
Born (1970-08-17) 17 August 1970 (age 48)
Lima, Peru
GenresPop, Rock, Vals
Occupation(s)Musician, Singer, Composer
InstrumentsGuitar, Piano, Charango
LabelsSony Music

Gian Marco Javier Zignago Alcóver (born 17 August 1970, Lima) is a Peruvian singer-songwriter. He has won the Latin Grammy Award to the Best Singer-Songwriter Album three times. First in 2005 for his Album "Resucitar",[1] in 2011 for his Album "Días Nuevos",[2] and in 2012 for his Album "20 Años". Gian Marco was named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in Peru.

His mother is the well-known Peruvian actress and singer María Regina Alcóver Ureta, and his father was the late Peruvian composer and singer Javier Óscar Florencio Zignago Viñas, known in the musical world as Joe Danova (of Genoese descent[3]).


Childhood Beginnings[edit]

Gian Marco was born in Lima, Peru on August 17, 1970. His mother is the Peruvian actress and singer María Regina Alcóver Ureta, and his father the Peruvian composer and singer Javier Óscar Florencio Zignago Viñas, best known as Joe Danova. As the son of artists, Gian Marco was introduced to music at very early age. The art surrounded him during his childhood. Gian Marco grew up listening to the songs of his father, and watching his mother perform in theater.

As a child he traveled with his parents and learned to love the life style of an artist. At age 12, Gian Marco sang for the first time on television in the Argentine TV show “Domingos Gigantes" (Giant Sundays), broadcast by Channel 9 in Buenos Aires under the direction of Orlando Marconi. A year later, Gian Marco sang in Caracas on the TV show “La Revista de los Sábados" (The Saturday Magazine) impressing viewers that enjoyed a thirteen-year-old child singing a popular song titled "Eva Maria". At the age of six he recorded a 45 rpm together with his father entitled "Navidad Es" (Christmas Is).[4]

Gian Marco attended elementary school, middle school, and High school at the Colegio Santa Margarita[5] located in Monterrico, a middle-class neighborhood in the district of Santiago de Surco, [Lima|Lima]. He played the guitar and sang in all school activities. In 1981, at age 11, Gian Marco recorded a song for the musical "Papito Piernas Largas” (Daddy Long Legs). His mother also participated in the play. During his youth, Gian Marco participated in a series of artistic events, singing and acting, developing his talents and preparing for what would become a successful career. After finishing school, at the age of 18, Gian Marco traveled to Santiago de Chile to pursue a graphic design career. Although things were going well for him in the graphic design field, Gian Marco continued to feel the pull of a music career. In order to prove himself as an artist, he began playing in the most popular venues in Santiago and Viña del Mar where he began to make a name for himself.[5]

First album[edit]

A year and a half later he returned to Lima and one of his songs classified for the Peruvian version of the Festival OTI 1989. He managed to capture the attention of the press, being the most publicized artist at the event. It was there that Discos Independientes proposed recording his first album. At the beginning of 1990 his first production hit the national record market with the title Gian Marco, under the musical direction of Pepe Ortega.

In 1992 he recorded his second album, production with the title Personal, produced in Santiago, Chile by Pepe Ortega. From this recording the songs "Te Extrañaré" ("I Will Miss You") and "Dame un Beso" ("Give Me a Kiss") made the charts that year. In September 1993 he won first place in the national version of the Festival OTI, and gained the right to represent Perú in the "XXII edition of the International Festival OTI" with his song "Volvamos a Empezar" ("Let's Start Over"). The International Festival took place in Valencia, Spain.

Television and national recognition[edit]

In the mid to late 1990s he came back with other successful productions. He began to dedicate himself to composing songs, and he was called to conduct one of the most popular game shows, Campaneando, with Bruno Pinasco. Conducting this program was crucial in gaining the recognition of the wider Peruvian public. His television appearance combined with a prolific period of musical activity. He composed and recorded the albums Entre la arena y la luna, (Between the Sand and the Moon) (1994), Señora, Cuénteme (Lady, Tell Me) (1994), and Al Quinto Día (On the Fifth Day) (1997). His fourth album, Señora, Cuénteme, is a tribute to canción criolla in which he affirms with his music the appreciation that he has for the feeling of native peoples like those in Perú.

International success[edit]

Inspired by his own dreams and a blind faith in his talent, Gian Marco decided to travel to the United States, convinced that he needed to introduce his artistic talent to the international market. He got the attention of Emilio Estefan who hired him as a composer and performer. He worked with Estefan on a couple tracks for Mandy Moore's self-titled album. This did not stop him from working on his own material, and he published A Tiempo (On Time) (2002) under the label Crescent Moon/Sony; this album was heard on the most significant radio stations in the world, and sold more than 50,000 copies in Spain. The album earned him with three Latin Grammy nominations and confirmed him as the most significant Peruvian sing-songwriter of recent times.

In that same year, Gian Marco recorded the theme song for the Americas Cup (Soccer) that would be played in Perú in 2004. The song entitled "Más allá de los sueños" ("Beyond Dreams"), became a resounding success. In 2003, he received the "Artista Revelación Latino" (Emmerging Latin Artist) prize in the Musical Arts Awards of the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores de España (SGAE) (Spanish General Society of Authors and Editors).

Later came the album Resucitar (Resurrection) (2004), a much more organic album that, as he says "doesn't sing as much about lost love as the previous one, it's a more positive album". This disc had unbelievable success, which brought him a Latin Grammy in 2005. Several singles were released from this album: "Resucitar" ("Resurrection"), "Sin querer" ("By Accident"), "Gota de lluvia" ("A Drop of Rain"), "Después de mi" ("After Me"), "Lejos de ti", ("Far from You"), and "Soy" ("I Am").

15 years of career[edit]

On 2005 Gian Marco held a show at the Estadio Monumental de Perú to celebrate his career of 15 years, and had more than 40,000 spectators. Several guests including Regina Alcover (his mother), Mauricio y Palo de Agua, Pelo Madueño and Antonio Cartagena, among others, clothed in this emotional Gianmarco concert. The concert ended with a rendition of "Hoy" ("Today"), which ended with a mix of "huaynos". Grandes Éxitos (Greatest Hits), was released in 2006, by Phantom Records only in Peruvian territory. This album focuses at Gian Marco's fifth album Al Quinto Día (The Fifth Day), and also highlight the best songs of his other works. Also that year, he recorded the song for the animated film Dragones: Destino de fuego (Dragons: Destiny of Fire), where is the performer of the soundtrack, also titled "Destino de fuego".

On November 17, 2006, Gian Marco releases 8, which includes ten unreleased tracks and features the first single in Peruvian territory, a song titled "No te avisa" ("It Doesn't Warn You"), for the rest of the world, the first single was "¿Qué Pasa?" ("What's Up?"), a song in which Gian Marco foray into the rap and gives its followers a somewhat different sound than they normally are used to hear. The album 20 Years, was made to celebrate 20 years of artistic life. There are 20 songs, 18 of which are re-recorded, and two unreleased songs "Invisible" and "In another Life”. The song "Invisible" was composed by Gian Marco and Amaury Gutierrez.


The singer has been making public the Latin American market as a composer, and also has written songs for Marc Anthony ("Este Loco Que Te Mira", "Hasta Que Vuelvas Conmigo", "Caminaré"), Pandora ("Mientras Tanto"), Jon Secada ("Amanecer", "Si No Fuera Por Ti"), Jaci Velasquez ("Bendito Amor"), Obie Bermúdez ("Me Cansé de Ti", "El Recuerdo"), Emmanuel ("En Otra Vida"), Alejandro Fernández ("Canta Corazón", "Tengo Ganas", "Dame Un Minuto", "No Se Me Hace Fácil"), and Gloria Estefan ("Hoy", "Tu Fotografía", "Mientras Tanto"), Luis Enrique ("Parte de este Juego"), among others. Gian Marco has been important brand image as Pepsi, Inca Kola, currently one of the leading companies in mobile telephony in Peru Claro. Is recognized as one of the best songwriter in Peruvian history.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Award Category Outcome
2002 A Tiempo Latin Grammy Award Best Male Pop Vocal Album Nominated
Gian Marco Best New Artist Nominated
"Se Me Olvidó" Record of the Year Nominated
2004 "Hoy" Latin Grammy Award Best Tropical Song Nominated
2005 Resucitar Latin Grammy Award Best Singer-Songwriter Album Won
2008 Desde Adentro Latin Grammy Award Best Male Pop Vocal Album Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
2008 Gian Marco Premios APDAYC Best Pop Rock Artist of the Year Nominated
2009 Gian Marco en Vivo desde el Lunario Latin Grammy Award Best Long Form Music Video Nominated
2011 Días Nuevos Latin Grammy Award Best Singer-Songwriter Album Won
2012 20 Años Latin Grammy Award Best Singer-Songwriter Album Won
2012 "Invisible" Latin Grammy Award Song of the Year Nominated
2013 Versiones Latin Grammy Award Album of the Year Nominated
2013 Lo Mejor Que Hay En Mi Vida Latin Grammy Award Album of the Year (as recording engineer) Nominated
2016 Vida de mi Vida Latin Grammy Award Song of the Year Nominated


Historias (1990)[edit]

  1. Canción De Amor
  2. Domitila
  3. Te Extrañaré
  4. Ojalá No Sea Tarde
  5. Dame Un Beso
  6. Mírame
  7. Dos Historias
  8. Avísame
  9. Somos Dos
  10. ¿Cuántas Horas Más?
  11. Dejame Soñar Contigo
  12. Libres
  13. Corazón Solitario
  14. Shubi Duwa
  15. No Hieras Mi Corazón

Personal (1992)[edit]

  1. Dame Un Beso
  2. Te Extrañaré
  3. Libres
  4. Shubi Duwa
  5. ¿Cuántas Horas Más?
  6. Negrita
  7. No Hieras Mi Corazón
  8. Canción de Amor
  9. Dos Historias
  10. Te Estoy Buscando
  11. Somos Dos

Entre la Arena y la Luna (1994)[edit]

  1. No Puedo Amarte
  2. Gorrión
  3. Quédate
  4. ¿Dónde Estarás?
  5. Parte de Este Juego
  6. Cuando Quiero Amarte
  7. Corazón de Cartón
  8. Tómate el Tiempo Que Quieras
  9. Ya Tienes Dueño

Señora, Cuénteme (1996)[edit]

  1. La Flor de la Canela
  2. Caricia
  3. Camarón (El Gallo de Oro)
  4. Extravío
  5. Jamás Impedirás
  6. Jarana
  7. Gracia
  8. Señora, Cuénteme
  9. Secreto
  10. Cuando Llora Mi Guitarra
  11. El Plebeyo
  12. Ojos Azules (feat. Mercedes Sosa)
  13. Viva el Perú y Sereno
  14. Corazón
  15. Shadia

Al Quinto Día (1997)[edit]

  1. Si Estuvieras Aquí
  2. Verano o Primavera en Abril
  3. Mírame
  4. Sé Que Piensas en Mi
  5. Muero Por Ti
  6. Fragilidad
  7. Corazón en la Ciudad
  8. Déjame Amarte
  9. Funky Aha

A Tiempo (2002)[edit]

  1. Se Me Olvidó
  2. Al Otro Lado de la Luna
  3. Su Encanto en Mi
  4. Te Mentiría
  5. Por Ti
  6. Lamento
  7. Simplemente Espiritual
  8. No Logro Entender
  9. Retrato
  10. Mujer
  11. Ave María
  12. Volveré
  13. Sentirme Vivo
  14. Se Me Olvidó (Versión Salsa)
  15. Se Me Olvidó (Versión Dance)

Resucitar (2004)[edit]

  1. Gota de Lluvia
  2. Después de Mi
  3. Resucitar
  4. Sortearme en Tu Suerte
  5. Sin Querer
  6. Flor de Arena
  7. Si Me Vuelvo a Enamorar
  8. Lejos de Ti
  9. En Cada Recuerdo
  10. Soy
  11. Ayer
  12. Tú y Yo

Grandes Éxitos (2006)[edit]

  1. Sé Que Piensas en Mi
  2. Fragilidad
  3. Mírame
  4. Sin Querer
  5. Se Me Olvidó
  6. Resucitar
  7. Lamento
  8. Lejos de Ti
  9. Si Estuvieras Aquí
  10. Gota de Lluvia
  11. Al Otro Lado de la luna
  12. Corazón en la Ciudad
  13. Después de Mi
  14. Te Mentiría

8 (2006)[edit]

  1. El Amor Es Un Juego
  2. Dibújame el Camino
  3. Cuando Tú No Estás
  4. Quiero Saber
  5. Sin Permiso
  6. ¿Qué Pasa?
  7. No Te Avisa
  8. Loco
  9. Nunca Más Te Ví
  10. Vientos del Sur

Desde Adentro (2008)[edit]

  1. Canta Corazón
  2. Hasta Que Vuelvas Conmigo
  3. Hasta Que la Vida Pase
  4. Tu Fotografía
  5. Mientras Tanto
  6. Tengo Ganas
  7. Me Cansé de Ti
  8. Parte de Este Juego
  9. Sentirme Vivo
  10. Todavía
  11. Hoy
  12. Lamento

En Vivo Desde el Lunario (2009)[edit]

  1. Dime Dónde
  2. Ando Por la Vida
  3. Amores Imperfectos
  4. De Paseo
  5. Desde Hace Un Mes
  6. En Venta
  7. Expreso 2222
  8. Ojos Azules/Adiós Pueblo de Ayacucho/Valicha
  9. Roxanne
  10. Imagina
  11. Sentirme Vivo

Días Nuevos (2011)[edit]

  1. Cuéntame
  2. Más Allá
  3. Respirar (ft. Alejandro Sanz)
  4. Desde Hace Un Mes
  5. De Paseo
  6. Dime Dónde (ft. Juan Luis Guerra)
  7. Amores Imperfectos
  8. Sabes Que Cuentas Conmigo (ft. Diego Torres)
  9. En Venta
  10. Si Me Tenías
  11. Días Nuevos

Versiones (2013)[edit]

  1. Cartas Amarillas
  2. Almohada
  3. Capullito de Aleli
  4. Amor de mis Amores
  5. Come Fly With Me
  6. Perfidia
  7. La Flor de la Canela
  8. Domitila
  9. Ella
  10. Corcovado
  11. Tal Para Cual
  12. La Vida Nos Espera
  13. Si No Fuera Por Ti
  14. Rabo de Nube

Libre (2015)[edit]

  1. Aunque ya no vuelva a verte
  2. Mis Cicatrices
  3. Vida de mi Vida
  4. La Vida Entera
  5. Tengo el Alma Perdida
  6. Tan Fuerte
  7. Siempre Tú
  8. El Amor Que Te Tuve
  9. Quiéreme
  10. Tu Mejor Amigo


Weekly charts[edit]

Song Chart Peak
"Lamento" - En Vivo Desde el Lunario US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard) 38[6]
"Se me olvidó" - En Vivo Desde el Lunario US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard) 39[6]
"Lamento" - En Vivo Desde el Lunario US Latin Pop Airplay (Billboard) 38[7]
"Se me olvidó" - En Vivo Desde el Lunario US Latin Pop Airplay (Billboard) 39[7]
"Resucitar" - Resucitar US Latin Pop Songs (Billboard) 25[8]
"Lamento" - En Vivo Desde el Lunario US Latin Pop Songs (Billboard) 27[8]
"Se me olvidó" - En Vivo Desde el Lunario US Latin Pop Songs (Billboard) 26[8]


  1. ^ Latin Grammy Awards of 2005#Singer-Songwriter
  2. ^ Latin Grammy Awards of 2011#Singer-Songwriter
  3. ^ Origen del apellido Zignago
  4. ^ "Biografia de Gian Marco Zignago". Club Oficial de Fans Internacional de Gian Marco Zignago. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Biografía de Gianmarco". Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Gian Marco, Hot Latin Songs". 2009. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Gian Marco, Latin Airplay". 2009. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  8. ^ a b c "Gian Marco, Latin Airplay". 2004. Retrieved January 3, 2014.

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