Barei (singer)

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Barei
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Barei in 2016.
Background information
Birth nameBárbara Reyzábal González-Aller
Born (1982-03-29) 29 March 1982 (age 37)
Madrid, Spain
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Piano
  • Guitar
LabelsUniversal Music Spain (2016)
Associated acts
Websitewww.bareimusic.com

Bárbara Reyzábal González-Aller (born 29 March 1982), known professionally as Barei, is a Spanish singer and songwriter. She represented Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "Say Yay!".

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Bárbara Reyzábal González-Aller was born March 29, 1982 in Madrid. She is the daughter of Teresa González-Aller Monterde and Fortunato Reyzábal Larrouy. Her father, who died shortly after she was born, belonged to the Reyzábal family, a family that was dedicated to production of films, investments in real estate properties, and the operation of party venues in Madrid. She has three siblings: Ignacio Jesús, Julián, and Lourdes. Bárbara studied singing, guitar, musical language, and piano.[1]

Career beginnings[edit]

Bárbara began her career at 16 recording covers to songs by Christina Aguilera, Laura Pausini or Lara Fabian.[1] In 2001, she participated in the Benidorm International Song Festival together with Gonzalo Nuche as part of a duo known as Dos Puntos with the song "Abrazo del tiempo".[2] They got the second place. Shortly after the festival, Bárbara moved to Miami, where she recorded demos in the Latin pop genre that she decided to keep unpublished.[3] Back in Madrid, she became a regular performer in the city's concert halls.[4]

2011–2014: Billete para no volver, and standalone singles[edit]

In 2011, Bárbara, adopting the stage name Barei, published her first studio album, Billete para no volver, an album fully in Spanish language produced by Rubén Villanueva.[1][3] After this album, Barei began to publish standalone singles in English language every few months, beginning with "Play" in October 2012. Some of the following singles, like "Foolish NaNa" (2013), obtained success. The video of "Another's Life" (2013) got 600,000 views in YouTube, while the video of "Wildest Horses" (2014) got 1.5 million views.[2]

2014–2016: Throw the Dice[edit]

Barei's second album Throw the Dice, released on 7 April 2015, was strongly influenced by British and American pop, funk and soul and included some of the singles she had released the previous two years like "Foolish NaNa", "Another's Life" and "Wildest Horses". In July 2015, Barei served as the warm-up act for Lenny Kravitz at the Starlite Festival in Marbella.[1]

In September 2015, Barei released "Time to Fight", a song she wrote together with Fernando Montesinos that served as the theme song for Atresmedia's coverage of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League.[5]

As a songwriter for other artists, in 2015, Barei co-wrote the song "La última superviviente" for Edurne, a track included in Edurne's sixth studio album Adrenalina, as well as the song "Encadenada a ti" for Malú, a track included in Malú's tenth studio album Caos and its second single.

2016: Eurovision Song Contest 2016[edit]

On 29 December 2015, the Spanish broadcaster Radiotelevisión Española (RTVE), announced Barei as one of the six candidates in the Spanish national selection, Objetivo Eurovisión, for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. On 19 January 2016, samples of the six songs were released by RTVE, with Barei singing "Say Yay!" written by herself, Rubén Villanueva, and Víctor Púa Vivó.[6] On 1 February, Barei won the Spanish national selection with 114 points, and represented Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 held in Stockholm, Sweden in May.[7] In the final she placed 22nd.

Following her win on Objetivo Eurovisión, Barei was signed to Universal Music Spain.[8] On 22 April 2016, a re-issue of her 2015 album Throw the Dice was released, including three new tracks: "Say Yay!" and previously unpublished songs "Who Plays the Drums" and "Super Ranger".[9]

2017–present: After Eurovision[edit]

On 3 March 2017, after ending her relationship with Universal Music, Barei released the standalone single "I Don't Need to Be You", a song against bullying.[10] An accompanying music video being released on 3 March 2017 went on to successfully gain over 1.4 million views on YouTube.[11]

Barei released three new singles on three consecutive weeks on 23 June, 30 June and 7 July 2017, "Wasn't Me", "Forget It" and "Worry, Worry" respectively, the latter a collaboration with rapper Porta. The former single preceded and was included on Barei's third studio album, You Number One, released on 4 May 2014.[12][13] The same-titled single was released on 20 April 2018.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Reyzábal gave birth to a girl and a boy, named India and León respectively, on 26 December 2018.[15]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
SPA
[16]
Billete para no volver
Throw the Dice
  • Released: 7 April 2015
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
  • Label: Barei Music
Throw the Dice (reissue)
  • Released: 22 April 2016
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
  • Label: Universal Music Spain
28
You Number One
  • Released: 4 May 2018
  • Formats: Digital download
  • Label: Barei Music
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released.

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
SPA
[17]
FRA
[18]
SWE
[19]
"Play" 2012 Billete para no volver
"Another's Life" 2013 Throw the Dice
"Foolish NaNa"
"Wildest Horses" 2014 36
"You Fill Me Up (My Yang)"
"Time to Fight" 2015 Non-album singles
"Get Up and Go"
"Say Yay!" 2016 36 184 63 Throw the Dice (reissue)
"I Don't Need to Be You" 2017 You Number One
"Wasn't Me" Non-album singles
"Forget It"
"Worry, Worry"
(featuring Porta)
You Number One
"You Number One" 2018
"Bitter Cold" Non-album single
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
SPA
[17]
"Impulso"
(B-Fighters featuring Barei)
2017 N/A
"Las chicas buenas"
(Chenoa featuring Barei)
2019

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Bareivisión: Te lo contamos todo sobre la representante española en Estocolmo 2016" [Bareivisión: We tell you everything about the Spanish entrant in Stockholm 2016]. Eurovision-Spain.com. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Los aspirantes a Eurovisión 2016 (I): Barei" [The aspirants for Eurovision 2016 (I): Barei]. Olevision.com. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b "La increíble historia de Barei: de Benidorm a Eurovisión pasando por Miami, Japón, Malú y 'Velvet'" [The Incredible Story of Barei: from Benidorm to Eurovision going through Miami, Japan, Malú and Velvet]. Teleprograma. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Barei completa el cartel de aspirantes a representar a España en Eurovisión 2016" [Barei completes the panel of aspirants for representing Spain at Eurovision 2016]. RTVE.es. 29 December 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  5. ^ "'Time to fight', la sintonía de Champions Total" ['Time to fight', the theme song of Champions Total]. Atresmedia. 10 September 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Eurovisión 2016: ¡Escucha el #euroavances de las canciones de los aspirantes!" [Eurovision 2016 listen to the #euroavances of would-be 2016 Eurovision songs!]. RTVE (in Spanish). 19 January 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  7. ^ Escudero, Victor. "Barei to represent Spain in Stockholm!". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  8. ^ López, Tony. "Barei ficha por Universal Music Spain". FormulaTV.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  9. ^ Hdez. Salmones, Clara (22 April 2016). "Barei presenta los temas de su disco: el que más le duele, el que dedicaría a un hater..." Los 40 Principales (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  10. ^ García Hernández, José (3 March 2017). "Barei le planta cara al bullying en su nuevo single I don't need to be you". Eurovision-Spain.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  11. ^ bareiVEVO (2017-03-03), Barei - I Don't Need to Be You, retrieved 2017-06-23
  12. ^ Adell, Daniel (23 June 2017). "Barei adelanta tres canciones de su nuevo álbum a partir de hoy, una cada viernes". Eurovision-Spain.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  13. ^ "You Number One". iTunes.
  14. ^ "You Number One - Single". iTunes.
  15. ^ "Barei da a luz a sus hijos y lo comparte con todos sus seguidores". diezminutos.es (in Spanish). Diez Minutos. 26 December 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  16. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Barei: Albums". Spanish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  17. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography Barei: Singles". Spanish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  18. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Barei". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  19. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Barei". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Edurne
with "Amanecer"
Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest
2016
Succeeded by
Manel Navarro
with "Do It for Your Lover"