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Iorc, January 2017
|Birth name||Tiago Iorczeski|
|Born||November 28, 1985|
|Origin||Brasília, Federal District, Brazil|
|Instruments||vocals, acoustic guitar, piano|
|Labels||Som Livre (2008–present)|
|Associated acts||Sandy, Anavitória|
Tiago Iorczeski (born November 28, 1985) is a Brazilian singer-songwriter and record producer. As a child, he lived in England and in the United States. Despite having no musical background in his family, Tiago started playing the acoustic guitar at age 8.
In 2007 his single "Nothing but a Song" gained popularity and led to the release of his debut album Let Yourself In, which gained notoriety after several of Tiago's songs were featured on Brazilian primetime soap operas, TV ads, and films. Tiago started touring across the country, and in 2009, was the opening act on Jason Mraz's Brazilian Tour.
Let Yourself In was released in Japan, where "Nothing but a Song" peaked at number 11 on Billboard's Japan HOT 100 Chart, and in South Korea, where the public granted Tiago a Best Foreign Artist Award for his performance at the 2010 Grand Mint Festival. The same year, the single "Fine" was featured on the popular South Korean TV series Personal Taste.
His second studio album Umbilical had New York-based Andy Chase as producer and was simultaneously released in Brazil, South Korea and Portugal on October 2011. Digital releases in the United States and Japan followed.
The Umbilical Tour had its debut on March 14 at the 2012 South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, and included performances in Portugal and Brazil.
Iorc's family moved to Cambridge, England, when he was 10 months old, and Britain became his home for the first years of his life. He was 8 when he began playing the acoustic guitar.
Chase—who had worked with groups such as The Smashing Pumpkins, Tahiti 80, and The Divine Comedy—pre-produced Tiago's album, then met with him in Rio de Janeiro for recording sessions. After two weeks finishing basic tracks with the band, they headed to New York City for final recording and mixing at Stratosphere Sound—recording studio Chase co-owns with former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and Fountains of Wayne band member Adam Schlesinger.
"It was Tiago's voice that first drew me in. I had only heard a few songs from his debut album but there was a fragility and honesty in his voice that I connected with. I intentionally didn't study that album too much once I knew we were going to work together because I didn't want to feel I had rules about what genre to keep him in, or what production constraints we had to adhere to based on that first effort. I could sense there was immense potential in Tiago and his band, but I wanted to move them away from that clean, careful sound and see the music evolve towards something darker, grittier and more complex, which I felt would make his unusual voice stand out even that much more. Tiago is both a classic and a contemporary soul – combining the best of singers like Nick Drake and bands like Radiohead. I hope people can enjoy getting as caught up in the mastery of his lyrics and his beautiful, textural voice as I have". — Andy Chase
|2008||Let Yourself In||
|2007||"Nothing but a Song"||11||Let Yourself In|
|"No One There" (promo)||—|
|2011||"Story of a Man"||—||Umbilical|
Awards and nominations
|2016||Latin Grammy||Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album||Troco Likes||Nominated|
|Best Portuguese Language Song||"Amei Te Ver"||Nominated|
|2017||Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album||Troco Likes Ao Vivo||Won|
|Best Portuguese Language Song||"Trevo (Tu)" (with Ana Caetano)||Won|
|2019||Song of the Year||"Desconstrução"||Nominated|
|Best Portuguese Language Song||"Desconstrução"||Won|
- Fuscaldo, Christina (September 1, 2012). "Conheça Tiago Iorc, músico que só compõe em inglês e já emplacou dois hits em trilhas de novelas" (in Portuguese). Grupo Globo. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
- Cabo, Leila (November 14, 2019). "Latin Grammys 2019 Winners: Complete List". Billboard. MRC. Retrieved September 9, 2020.