Jorge Villamizar

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Jorge Villamizar
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Born Jorge Villamizar
(1970-10-14) October 14, 1970 (age 44)
Montería, Colombia.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • Percussion
Years active 1992–present
Associated acts Bacilos, Alex, Jorge y Lena

Jorge Villamizar (born October 14, 1970 in Montería, Córdoba) is a Colombian musician; singer and composer, leader of the band Bacilos, and one of the most representative Latin American singers. Villamizar came to prominence as the lead member of the band Bacilos.[1] Bacilos released their album Madera in 1999, and in 2000 they recorded their first album with Warner Music, which was nominated for a Latin Grammy award for Best New Artist.[2] Caraluna (2002) was released and won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album, and Villamizar was awarded a Latin Grammy for Best Tropical Song for the second single "Mi Primer Millón".[3] The album Sin Vergüenza won a Latin Grammy and the track"Pasos de Gigante" became the band's only top ten single in the Billboard Top Latin Songs, which peaked at number eight.[4] Bacilos disbanded in 2007 and Villamizar made his debut solo album in 2008.[1] Villamizar has written and co-written songs with Marc Anthony, Obie Bermúdez, Julieta Venegas, El Burro y Esteban and Paulina Rubio.[1]

He has lived in Miami since 1992.[5]

About Jorge Villamizar[edit]

Villamizar was born in Colombia in 1970, and he grew up in Ecuador. From an early stage in his life his mother was a great influence on his interest in music. At age 7 she gave him his first Walkman with a Beatles cassette and at age 12 she taught him to play the guitar. Then it was she who introduced him to the world of the indigenous folk music and all that binds him to his country of origin. Upon coming of age he returned to his native country, where he got into the Naval Academy and discovered his passion for composing. A year later he moved to London to study political science, and two years later transferred to the University of Miami where he founded the band Bacilos, with Brazilian bassist André Lopes and percussionist Puerto Rican, José Javier Freire. In April 2013, Jorge Villamizar was signed under the label Top Stop Music through the multi-Grammy winning producer Sergio George. Currently, Villamizar is in the studio producing his new debut album.

Current Projects[edit]

His new single featuring Elvis Crespo, Maluma, and J.D.B. "Te Vivi" combines the infectious rhythms of the Caribbean, Andean, and urban music. The music video was filmed in La Comuna 13 in Medellin, Colombia, a community that has overcome many difficulties and thrive with the promotion of culture, music and dance. The location and the people featured in the music video are truly representative of the liveliness and colour of Latin America. The Colombian artist currently resides in Miami, Florida, and is part of several social work organizations like WildAid and Musicians On Call .

The Group Bacilos[edit]

The group Bacilos was signed by Warner Music, under which they produced and released the albums Bacilos (2000,) Caraluna (2002,) and Sin Verguenza (2004.) Among their biggest hits are "Tabaco and Chanel", "Caraluna", "Mi Primer Millon", "Pasos de Gigante", among others. In 2007 they performed their last show at the Festival of Viña del Mar. Nevertheless, the end of Bacilos marked a new stage in the career of Jorge Villamizar as a solo artist. His first solo project entitled "Jorge Villamizar" is a collection of autobiographical songs that reflect the bohemian life and encouraging nature of the Colombian singer. In 2010 he won his sixth Grammy for the hit "Estar Contigo" with Lena Burke and Alex Ubago, who pooled their talents to collaborate in a record production.


Bacilos won a Grammy in 2002 for Best Latin Pop Album (for "Caraluna"). They won three Latin Grammys: Best Pop album in 2005 (for "Sin Vergüenza") and Best Pop Album in 2003 (for "Caraluna") as well as Best Tropical song in 2003 (for "Mi Primer Millon" which came from the album Caraluna).


  1. ^ a b c Birchmeier, Jason. "Jorge Villamizar – Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Full List of Nominations". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). July 18, 2001. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ Cobo, Leila (January 10, 2009). "Opening Doors". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 121 (1): 36. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Pasos de Gigante – Bacilos". Billboard. Rovi Corporation. November 20, 2004. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Jorge Villamizar".