Spanish singer/songwriter Pablo Alborán became a massive hitmaker beginning in 2011, first in his native country and later on charts around the world. Along with number one albums and singles, he's garnered multiple Latin Grammy nominations, all with his own material.
Born Pablo Moreno de Alborán Ferrándiz on May 31, 1989, in Málaga, Spain, he learned to play guitar at a young age and wrote his first songs at age 12. In time, he was signed to a major-label recording contract with EMI and made his album debut with Pablo Alborán in 2011. Featuring the chart-topping hit single "Solamente Tú," the self-titled full-length effort topped the Spanish albums chart for six weeks straight, making Alborán one of the biggest revelations of the year in Spain. A follow-up single, "Miedo," also charted, and the album eventually went platinum in Spain six times over. The end of the year brought the concert album En Acústico, which produced its own pair of hits, the Spanish chart-topper "Perdóname" (featuring Portuguese fado singer Carminho) and "Te He Echado de Menos."
Touring, as well as writing and recording sessions for Alborán's second album, consumed much of the following year, but by November of 2012, his next single and album (both titled Tanto) had appeared. As hard as it was to conceive, Tanto was an even bigger hit than his first, charting at the top in his native country for many weeks and selling nearly twice as many copies. Two further singles, "El Beso" and "Quién," hit number one in Spain. Alborán's third album Terral followed in 2014. Completely self-written, with co-production by Alborán and Eric Rosse in Los Angeles, Terral was not only a big hit in Spain but became his first number one on the U.S. Latin charts. The singles "Por Fin" and "Pasos de Cero" both reached the top of the charts in Spain, making Alborán one of the country's most popular artists. ~ Jason Birchmeier