Alejandro Sanz Back in Venezuela Despite Tension with Chavez
Alejandro Sanz Back in Venezuela Despite Tension with Chavez

Alejandro Sanz graciously walked onto the stage at Nokia Theatre looking every bit ready for a voracious audience wanting, leaning and feeling his every step. They devoured his every syllable as the crooner opened his U.S. tour in Los Angeles. Fans could not, would not, sit still.
 
From the moment he hit his first notes it was clear that the singer/songwriter—known for his deep poetic verses and raspy voice—was out to win their hearts again with classics like "Corazón Partido." He also introduced music from his newest project such as "No Me Compares,"  "Mi Marciana" and "La Música No Se Toca," the name of his latest tour and album.
 
Sanz, wearing all black, has everything to be pleased about as he circulates the country with upcoming stops in New York, Washington, D.C., Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
 
It's been a while since we've seen Sanz on a touring live stage and his vibrant demeanor is still part of the overall package that has made him popular all these years.  He has every reason to be happy. A new album, a new tour and a new label (Universal) surely would make an artist happy. But he, too, brings the goods with the kind of romantic ballads that resonate melodically and simply by the sheer nature of the words.
 
The beauty of a Sanz show stems from the simplicity of what's being offered. A showman with charismatic appeal, Sanz' focus truly lies in the composition. And he builds a show around the premise that each song shines brighter than the previous, even when he shifts from the nuances of jazz, R&B and rock to support his arsenal of ballads which have made him one of the most versatile performers of his generation.
 
Sanz has performed with some of the biggest names in music such as Destiny's Child, Shakira, Alicia Keys and Tony Bennett. It's in his nature to collaborate with others. That was a big part of his L.A. concert on May 1, when he introduced Arturo Sandoval, the jazz trumpeter who made the night even more special as he accompanied Sanz on songs such as "No Me Compares" and earlier during a medley, which included "El Alma Al Aire," "La Habana" and "Quisiera Ser." When Sanz lined-up with his back-up singers to perform with them, the show also shined spectacularly.
 
Earlier in the week it was declared "Alejandro Sanz Day" in Los Angeles during a presentation at the Grammy museum.

A day after a city official proclaimed the special day, the Spanish artist continued in the spirit of celebration at Nokia Theatre looking every bit the part: wholesome, fit, and ready to take his fans into his world of music complete with hearty ballads, soulful melodies and an experience bordering on the sublime.
 
He is after all that raspy-voiced singer who poetically delivers the verses that take admirers of his work to another place. It’s no surprise that this week Jesus Lopez, Universal Music Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula Chairman and CEO, gave the entertainer platinum and gold album awards for sales in 18 countries and prizes for three singles that have been No. 1 in 18 countries.

Any artist of any caliber would be pleased with such accolades, but for any serious artist it should start and end with the music. Sanz stands and lives by his words and once again he won our hearts.

"La Música No Se Toca 2013" continues: Radio City Music Hall , New York, May 4; Washington D.C., May 7; American Airlines Arena, Miami, May 9, and Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 12.