From Ileana Cabra’s bolero ballads and powerful vocals to Mon Laferte’s jazz/blues-inspired style to Morat’s rootsy pop-rock sound, this year’s Latin Grammy’s Best New Artist nominees are some of the most diverse and promising rising talents in the Latin music industry.
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The story sounds like a fantasy that the members of Morat dreamed about when they were college students in Bogotá, but the fledgling band’s rootsy pop-rock sound actually pleased Paulina Rubio enough to convince the Mexican star to record one of the band’s song with them. The song, “Mi Vicio,” went to no. 1 in Spain, and marked no. 12 on the Billboard Latin Pop Airplay chart. The group subsequently signed with Universal Music Latin, releasing Sobre el Amor y sus Efectos Secundarios this past June.
The edgy younger sister of Eduardo Cabra and René Pérez, founders of the Latin Grammy-winning band Calle 13, showed off her powerful vocals in her debut album iLevitable. Produced by Calle 13’s drummer Ismael Cancel and arranged by Cabra, the LP includes timeless boleros and ballads with a twist of Latin funk and trova folk. The Puerto Rican singer and songwriter, who was also featured on some Calle 13 tracks, previously told Billboard that she didn’t do music to get recognized, “What I like is music, and above all singing. It’s about giving everything I have and letting it go. Sharing what I am doing and enjoying it, that’s my main objective.”
Inspired by artists like Bob Marley and the Beatles, Brazilian singer and songwriter Ian Ramil lands not only a nomination in the Best New Artist category but also gets a nod in the Best Portuguese Rock Album category for his second studio album Derivacivilização.
?There’s no doubt that Mon Laferte is having one of the best years in her career. The Chilean singer and songwriter, whose unique vocals and powerful blues and jazz-inspired ballads with cabaret influences, is also about to headline her first U.S. Tour this fall — which kicks off Nov. 6 in Washington, D.C.
Considered one of Colombia’s promising rising stars, Manuel Medrano has captivated an audience with his incomparable voice and romantic lyrics. The singer and songwriter released his debut self-titled album which includes beautiful ballads like “Una y otra vez,” “Cómo hacer para olvidarte,” and “Si pudiera.”