Elsa y Elmar Takes John Lennon Latin Prize
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.”
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.