Luísa Sobral

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Luísa Sobral
Luísa Sobral Red Carpet Kyiv 2017.jpg
Luísa Sobral at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev
Background information
Birth nameLuísa Vilar Braamcamp Sobral
Born (1987-09-18) 18 September 1987 (age 32)
Lisbon, Portugal
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2003–present
Associated actsSalvador Sobral

Luísa Vilar Braamcamp Sobral ComM (Portuguese pronunciation: [luˈizɐ viˈlaɾ bɾɐ̃ˈkɐ̃p suˈβɾaɫ]; born 18 September 1987) is a Portuguese singer and songwriter.

She came to prominence in 2003 after placing third during the first season of Ídolos, the Portuguese version of Idols television series. After going on hiatus to attend the Berklee College of Music, she released her debut album, The Cherry on My Cake, in 2011. She later composed "Amar pelos dois", which won the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 for Portugal and was performed by her brother Salvador Sobral.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Luísa Sobral was born and raised in Lisbon, and also lived in the United States for a period of time as a child. Her younger brother is Salvador Sobral, who is also a singer. Through her father, she is related to Hermano José Braamcamp de Almeida Castelo Branco, a 19th-century Portuguese nobleman and politician of Italian and Dutch descent.

In 2003, at the age of 16, Sobral auditioned for season one of Ídolos, the Portuguese version of Idols. She eventually placed third in the competition. After Ídolos, Sobral went on a hiatus from music in order to focus on her education. She moved to the United States to study music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, graduating in 2009. Her move to the United States, made her compositions more distinct, a mixture between Portuguese, Brazilian, French and North American musical traditions, reflecting her musical influences in her classic soft-spoken singing style.

2011–present: Professional career[edit]

Luísa Sobral returned to the music industry in 2011, releasing her debut studio album, The Cherry on My Cake.[2] The album peaked at No.3 on the Portuguese albums chart.[3] In 2012, she performed with Jools Holland and Melody Gardot. She went on tour with Gardot.[4]

Her second studio album, There's a Flower in My Bedroom, was released in 2013, and her third, Lu-Pu-I-Pi-Sa-Pa, the following year. In 2016, Sobral released her fourth studio album, Luísa, recorded in Los Angeles at United Recording Studios with Joe Henry and Greg Leisz. During the same year, she wrote "Amar pelos dois" for Portuguese national broadcaster RTP1's Festival da Canção 2017. At the invitation of the broadcaster, wanting to change the public perspective in which Portugal had never gotten past sixth place, Luísa and Salvador Sobral represented musicians who were unknown outside of Portugal.

Salvador Sobral, her younger brother, sang "Amar pelos dois", a bossa-nova-inspired jazz ballad that was written by Luísa Sobral.[5][6][failed verification] It clearly won Festival da Canção, and was thus chosen to represent Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.[7] Because Portugal is not included in the Big 5 countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom) that are able to reach the final without participating in the semi-finals, the song had to go through the semi-final stage before reaching the final. Luísa and Salvador Sobral learned that the song had risen to the top of betting agencies' polls, beating such as Francesco Gabbani's "Occidentali's Karma".

During rehearsals for the contest in Kiev, Sobral had to stand in for Salvador as a performer due to his health issues. During the final on 13 May 2017, the song was declared the winner, becoming the first victory for Portugal and the record-holder for the most points received by a song in the final.[8] Sobral performed the song with Salvador during his winner's encore performance, as she did after he won Festival da Canção 2017.[9] The song and the winning performance in Kiev made Luísa and Salvador Sobral household names overnight in Portugal. They were received like heroes by hundreds of fans upon their arrival at Lisbon Airport.

In 23 April 2018 Sobral and her brother were given the Portuguese Order of Merit, both receiving medals of Commanders (ComM). This award was given by Portuguese president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Luisa Sobral announced her pregnancy in January 2016, although she did not reveal who the father of the child was.[11] Her son, José, was born in 2016.[12] In December 2017, she announced that she was pregnant with her second child.[13] On 13 May 2018 she gave birth to a daughter, Rosa.



Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
The Cherry on My Cake
There's a Flower in My Bedroom
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Universal Music Portugal
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
  • Released: 2014
  • Label: Universal Music Portugal
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
  • Released: 18 November 2016
  • Label: Universal Music Portugal
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
  • Released: 9 November 2018
  • Label: Universal Music Portugal
  • Formats: Digital download, CD


Title Year Album
"Not There Yet" 2011 The Cherry on My Cake
"Mom Says" 2013 There's a Flower in My Bedroom
"My Man" 2016 Luísa


  1. ^ "Eurovision 2017: Portugal's ballad wins contest". BBC News. 2017-05-14. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  2. ^ "Luísa Sobral Lança Single "Not There Yet"". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Top 30 Artistas – Semana 12 De 2011". (in Portuguese). 14 February 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Luísa Sobral no programa de Jools Holland". Cotonete. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest Kyiv 2017". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Conheça os intérpretes da 1.ª Semi-final do Festival da Canção 2017". (in Portuguese). 18 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  7. ^ Foster, Luis (6 March 2017). "Portugal: Salvador Sobral Wins Festival Da Canção 2017 with "Amar pelos dois"". Wiwibloggs.
  8. ^ "Full coverage: Eurovision 2017". 13 May 2017. Retrieved 13 May 2017 – via
  9. ^ Vincent, Alice (14 May 2017). "Portugal win Eurovision with a song that meant something – Salvador Sobral, Amar pelos dois, review". The Telegraph.
  10. ^ a b "Eurovisão. Irmãos Sobral nomeados comendadores por "êxito singular"". Publico (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  11. ^ "Luísa Sobral está grávida" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Luísa Sobral vive 'estado de graça' mas com contenção" (in Portuguese). Move Notícias. 5 December 2017.