- This is about artist also known as Virginia Labuat. For the musical project with The Pinker Tones, Risto Mejide and Virginia Maestro, see Labuat
|Birth name||Virginia Maestro Díaz|
|Also known as||Virginia Labuat, La Niña Azul, Viki|
|Born||29 September 1982|
|Origin||Linares, Jaén, Spain|
|Genres||Pop, Indie, Jazz, Blues|
|Labels||Sony Music, Columbia Records|
Influences and Early career
Virgínia has said in various interviews that she was exposed to lots of different kinds of music from an early age, especially those of her parents adolescence. Nowadays, she takes most influence from the 50s and 60s, naming Eva Cassidy, The Beatles, Janis Joplin, Solomon Burke, Radiohead, Otis Redding, Ray Charles and Sam Cooke as her favorite artists.
At the age of twelve,influenced by her sisters, she began teaching herself how to play the guitar and she wrote her first songs in a diary, to whom she called "Diario de Sensaciones" (Sensations' Diary). When she was fifteen, she entered in her first band and started to participe in jam sessions. Until her entrance in OT, she had been a part of Fundación Virginia, Little Vicky & the Shout Band, 7Funk, The Flik Flak Duo, Boogie Flu and had shared the stage with such bands as Black Jack Bob & the New Deal and Mingo & The Blues Intruders. Aside from that experiences, she had also been a soprano at the University of Seville choir, where she studied music.
Operación Triunfo 2008
After being turned down on the castings for the second and third series of the contest, finally, in 2008, Virginia Maestro was cast to the sixth series of Operación Triunfo, (roughly Operation Victory) a talent show in Spain. She differentiated herself from other contestants with her distinctive style and song choices, preferring jazz-blues tunes over pop. She was almost voted off the show several times but was saved by the public, until she was named the winner in the finale. During the contest, she gained a fan base who began to call her "La Niña Azul" (the Blue Girl). Therefore, her fan base is often called "La Marea Azul" (the Blue Tide). She is the only contest in history of the OT to reach No.1 on the Spanish iTunes chart, which she accomplished with covers of Creep, My Baby Just Cares For Me and Moonlight Shadow. While in the competition, she received support from Risto Mejide, the most opinionated member of the jury. He would later became the producer of Labuat.
After winning OT and earning a contract with Sony BMG, she became part of the musical project Labuat, which opened for Beyoncé in Spain in May 2009. Her music video of Soy Tu Aire, the first single from the album, is an Internet sensation. On June 2009, "De Pequeño" was released as the second single. " She made an appearance in the sixth gala of OT 2009 singing the song. Also in June, it was announced that a second album is being prepared and that Risto Mejide would not be involved. Carta de Otoño", the only song composed solely by her, was released as the third and last single on October 2009. The first album of the band was nominated for best album of the year.
In March 2010, during an interview for OperacionTriunfo.com, Maestro announced that, due to time conflicts, the Pinker Tones will not produce the new album, leaving her as the only initial member of the band working on the second album. She has also confirmed the album will include her own compositions, in both Spanish and English.
On October 2010, Maestro announced the title of the second album, "Dulce Hogar" (Sweet Home, in Spanish) and that she would use the moniker Virginia Labuat. The first single debuted on 25 January 2011 in Europa FM and was available for download on 8 February 2011, and the whole album was released on 29 March 2011. A limited special edition of the album includes an EP with a few rare songs she had performed live during the previous years, as well some Spanish versions of the English songs. Shortly after the release, the album was already on Spanish Top Charts.
In Operacion Triunfo, Virginia confessed she has never been able to quit smoking. When she entered to the academy, she had a boyfriend, but they broke up soon after. There have been rumors she was dating Risto Mejide, which has been denied by both.
- as part of Labuat
- Solo as Virginia Labuat
|2013||Night & Day||11|
- as part of Labuat
|2009||"Soy Tu Aire"||34||Labuat|
|"Carta De Otoño"||–|
- Solo as Virginia Labuat
|2011||"The Time Is Now"||8||Dulce hogar|
|2012||"I Call Your Name"||–|
|2013||"Dream Man"||31||Night & Day|
|"Night & Day"||–|
- Virginia Maestro: perfil y trayectoria artística
- "Virginia Maestro: perfil y trayectoria artística".
- Ficha de Virginia Maestro Operación Triunfo.com
- Entrevista a Virginia Maestro (26/09/2008) -parte I-
- Virginia arrasa en Itunes Corazón digital.com
- Labuat será telonera de Beyoncé en España
- "Labuat anuncia nuevo disco". Los40.com.
- "Todo sobre el segundo disco de Labuat".
- "Mi vida privada no se mezcla con la de Risto".
- SpanishCharts.com: Virginia Labuat discography