Rafael de Utrera

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Rafael de Utrera
Birth name Rafael Usero
Born (1973-07-14) 14 July 1973 (age 44)
Utrera, Spain
Genres Flamenco, Jazz, Blues
Occupation(s) singer
Years active 1990 - present
Associated acts Paco de Lucía, Vicente Amigo
Website www.rafaeldeutrera.com (in Spanish)

Rafael Usero (born July 14, 1973) is a Spanish flamenco singer more commonly known of his stage name Rafael de Utrera.

Biography[edit]

Born in Utrera, Rafael de Utrera began singing flamenco at a young age with the influence of his father, who owned a flamenco club in their hometown of Utrera. At the age of ten, Rafael had already performed around Andalucia with his brother. Rafael became more well known in the world of flamenco in the year 1997 when famous Spanish flamenco dancer Cristina Hoyos invited him to join her cast on her world tour.[1] In 2000, Rafael's abilities as a singer gained more recognition when he was a finalist in the singing competition the XI Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla. Briefly after, in 2001, Rafael de Utrera made his final breakthrough when Paco de Lucía himself asked Rafael to accompany his world tour in Europe, Japan, and America.[2]

Since then, Rafael has been touring frequently around Europe and North America. He has collaborated on albums with artists such as José Mercé, José Antonio Rodríguez, Niño de Pura, the documentary of the life of Paco de Lucia, Vicente Amigo’s latest album with Alejandro Sanz, Enrique Morente, and La Niña Pastori. The most recent collaboration was with the Netherlands Metropole Orchestra under the direction of Vince Mendoza where he recorded a live album called “Proyecto Lorca”.[3][4]

At the moment, Rafael is performing with the guitarist Vicente Amigo and his cast including his wife, flamenco dancer Carmen Lozano. He's also started to record his first album which will be released 2012.

Discography[edit]

Year Title Label
2012 TBA Studiotrece

Collaborated acts[edit]

Year Title Artist Label
2002 Pozo y Caudal Niño de Pura Senador
2007 Córdoba... En el tiempo. José Antonio Rodríguez Universal
2008 A Contratiempo Paco Escobar Autoproducción
2009 Paseo De Gracia Vicente Amigo Sony BMG
2009 EL VIENTO - THE GARCÍA LORCA PROJECT Vince Mendoza & The Metropole Orchestra ACT Music

DVD[edit]

Year Title Artist
2008 Córdoba en el tiempo. en vivo. José Antonio Rodríguez

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