Elsa y Elmar Takes John Lennon Latin Prize

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Elsa y Elmar

Colombian indie pop artist and Berklee grad wins songwriting competition’s español category

Colombian singer-songwriter Elsa Carvajal has won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s Latin category. The prize was awarded for “Me Viene Bien,” a song with an ethereal groove recorded by Caraval under the name of her electronic indie pop project, Elsa y Elmar.

Caraval, who is from the Bucaramanga, a mountainside city in Colombia, began studying jazz as a teenager. She is a recent graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where she began recording as Elsa y Elmar.

The singer-songwriter refers to her sound as “spiritual pop.”

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The 2014 Lennon Award Winners were announced on May 1. Winners receive a package of studio gear and other products from contest sponsors.

Elsa y Elmar will compete with artists in eleven other genre categories for the title of song of the year, which brings with it a $20,000 prize. Latin artists Prince Royce, Wisin and Gaby Moreno are among those who involved in the judging of the contest, according to the contest Web site.