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Manuel Medrano

Manuel Medrano

 

Manuel Alejandro Medrano López (October 29, 1987; Cartagena, Colombia), known as Manuel Medrano, is a Colombian pop singer, and songwriter award-winning artist. His musical story began when he failed a school year and, as “penance”, he received from his parents an acoustic guitar. As a self-taught 16 year old musician, he began writing songs, which motivated him to pursue a musical career formally. For many years, he played his music in bars in Bogota while also writing his songs. He also took to making videos on YT, showcasing his unique voice tone and playing skills with acoustic covers of other artists hits. The views began to grow and he started to become viral and noticed. In August of 2014 he released his first independent single: “Afuera del Planeta” a track that circled quickly and got him signed initially by Spotify, obtaining nation-wide recognition and his first radio hit at age 27.

In early 2015, he signed with Warner Music México, releasing his 2nd single “Bajo el Agua” which gained massive radio airplay, and the video released with it got 100 M views that very same year, it currently has 433.251.567 views. Then came 2016, the year in which he won two Latin Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Singer- Songwriter Album.

His first non-album single, “Complicidad” was issued in 2016 and charted not only in Colombia, but in Spain as well.

He has collaborated with artists like: Miguel Bosé, Jorge Drexler, Natalia Lafourcade, Natalia Jiménez, Carlos Rivera, Pau Donés from Jarabe de Palo, Vanesa Martín, Manuel Mijares among others.

He has achieved soldouts in Spain, Argentina, México, Colombia, Perú, Chile, Ecuador and Central America.

This year he delivered three fresh new singles: “Buena” (2019) “Mi Otra Mitad” (2020) and “Cielo” which will be included in his second album to be released in 2021. These new themes explore fresh rythms, like “Cielo” the single featuring Nile Rodgers, founder of the soul funk band Chic and producer of artists like Madonna and David Bowie.

“I’ve always been a funk fan and I feel very honored to have been able to meet him, to work with him, to make him part of my song, to make him part of the history of Colombian music,” he said. “I feel like we connected a lot at work and he pretty much made it his own too.”