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Morat Renews Recording Contract With Universal Music Spain

The Colombian band also signed a deal with the label's management company, GTS.

Colombian folk-pop band Morat has renewed its recording contract with Universal Music Spain, the company tells Billboard. Group members Martín Vargas, Simón Vargas, Juan Pablo Isaza and Juan Pablo Villamil also renewed a deal with the label’s management company, Global Talent Services (GTS).

Morat has been with Universal since 2014, when the four then-college students kicked off their careers. They have since collaborated with artists including Paulina Rubio, Juanes, Sebastián Yatra and Alejandro Fernández.

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“With this renewal, we celebrate everything we have enjoyed and achieved, and all of the new joys that will come our way,” Morat said in a statement. “Thank you Universal and GTS for making us feel at home outside of our own country.”

Narcis Rebollo, Universal Spain and Portugal CEO, added: “It is an honor to renew our commitment and future as a recording company and management office for Morat, a band we’ve seen develop, grow and consolidate itself as one of the most relevant pop groups within the current Latin landscape, highlighting its great artistic quality, for both its compositions, interpretations and live performances, as well as its incredible professional and personal human quality and for the many successes and challenges we will continue to reach together.”

In 2016, the band, who got their start hand-delivering CDs in their native Bogotá and playing gigs in local bars, released their first album titled Solo El Amor Y Sus Efectos Secundarios. That same year, they received a Latin Grammy best new artist nomination.

With more than 8 million monthly listeners on Spotify, Morat is currently working on a new album, which will follow their Latin Grammy-nominated 2018 album Balas Perdidas and last year’s A Dónde Vamos? The new album’s first single is scheduled for a February release.