Heineken showcase brings out music executives in support of singer/songwriter Antonio Orozco. (L-R) Sebastian Ducamp, GTS Global Talent Services (manager); Jesus Lopez, chairman Universal Music Latin America and Iberian Peninsula; Orozco, Latin Grammy nominee; Fabrice Benoit, president Universal Spain and Portugal. (Photo: Justino Aguila)
Hours before the Latin Grammys, Barcelona-born Antonio Orozco played his music during the Heineken Acoustic Brunch and announced that in early February he's going on a major 40-city tour.
A professional artist for about a decade, the singer/songwriter with flamenco roots was also celebrating his nomination for song of the year with "Estoy hecho de pedacitos de ti" (I'm Made of Little Pieces of You) featuring Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez.
Orozco is in good company for a nomination that includes other heavy hitters such as Alejandro Sanz, Ricardo Arjona and Juan Luis Guerra, among others.
The crooner's nomination comes after the release of his album D1ez, a compilation set which features some of his most popular songs. It is with this project, along with the Latin Grammy recognition, that the singer and his management decided to launch an extensive tour in Spain starting in February. Additionally, the show will make a stop in Puerto Rico in May 2013.
"The Latin Grammy nomination is a major gift and it's a sign that you are being recognized for hard work," Orozco says. " Universal began a major campaign for my music about 24 months ago and that has made all the difference, too."
Orozco's manager, Sebastian Ducamp of GTS Global Talent Services, says that working with his client for the last two years signifies a move to expand the singer's profile and get his music heard around the world.
"Expanding into the U.S. has been key," Ducamp said. "Right after the Latin Grammys we begin the tour and building on this success."
Heineken, a major sponsor of the Latin Grammys, hosted several events through the week featuring nominees in showcases, events and parties.