Singer, songwriter, actor and entrepreneur, Carlos Vives is one of the most emblematic artists in Colombia and one of the most important figures of Latin music. With more than 20 million records sold worldwide, he is considered a pioneer of the new Colombian and Latin American sound. He was the first Colombian artist to win a Grammy Award and, to date, has taken home 2 Grammys and 11 Latin Grammys. Some of his great hymns are: the cold drop, let me in, fresh fruit, Pa ‘ Mayté, I was born again, the Land of oblivion, dancing with you and the success of the bike, which shares with Shakira.
Carlos Vives, the man who modernized one of the best artistic expressions of Colombia, was predestined to creation and, especially, to music. Through his art, perhaps unwittingly, he was also destined to become the representative of that pure and honest Colombian, who with every act exalts his country.
You live always had the artistic virus to flower of skin. In 1982, with a little over 20 years, he began his career as an actor in the small Giants children’s television program. In the three long years that he was on the screen he showed that, although small, he left traces of giant in his wake. In the year 1984, he graduated as publicist of the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, with a postgraduate in television production. He starred, along with great actors, various series and soap operas including the Pharaoh and Yours is my heart, being remembered for embodying famous characters such as “Gallio” Ramírez and the famous composer Rafael Escalona.
This samarium captivated multitudes in America and in Europe with the rhythms of classics of the province, album with which it broke its own record of sales (triple disc of gold and triple disc of platinum in 1993 and 1995), which held the soundtrack of Escalona. In the same way, he managed to locate in the first places of the pop list songs of jugglers vallenatos like Emiliano Zuleta, Juancho Polo Valencia, Luis Enrique Martínez and Carlos Huertas, among others.
Vives ‘ impetus did not allow him to stay in the comfort of success, but he pushed him to the next level: composing songs of his own authorship. He managed to blend to perfection the coastal charm, the Vallenata force and the freshness of pop in the Land of Oblivion, winning work of triple platinum record in 1996 and, catalogued by the critique as the most important album in the last 50 years for the music industry Colombian.
In 2013, with more than 40 compositions made by the singer-songwriter in the last year, 12 unpublished songs were selected for the new production of Vives: Deep heart. The first single was launched on September 24, 2012, followed by the scoop of his new music video in October. As if it were not enough, Carlos not only gave his followers a new proposal, but the Colombian public was able to enjoy his remembered presence in “La Voz Colombia.”
Deep heart and deeper heart, generated six # 1 in the Hot Latin Songs of Billboard, with successes as when we meet again ft Marc Anthony, dancing with you, the sea of his eyes and I was born again, which became a hymn in Latin America , dominating radio stations in Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Central America and Colombia. The deepest hearted tour turned into the most successful tour in Colombia’s history with more than 200,000 fans filling stadiums in five concerts.
For 2014, at the Latin Billboard Awards, he received the Spirit of Hope Award for his social work and dedication to noble causes. He was appointed by USAID as ambassador for inclusion and ethnic diversity in Colombia and, for his performance in visualize, the Afro-descendant and indigenous population received the Legends Award at the Hispanic Heritage Foundation Gala in Washington, D.C.
He received the American Grammy in February 2015 in the category “Best Latin Tropical Album of the Year”, being the second in his career and one of the greatest achievements for a Colombian artist, registered on the front page of the main newspapers of the country a day Following the ceremony that took place in Los Angeles, USA. Also, Unido2s, touring with Marc Anthony, will remain in history as one of the most blockbuster tours in the United States.
In May 2016, Vives published his new single bike, a duo with his Colombian colleague Shakira. The single debuted as a #1 on Billboard and became the twelfth #1 of Vives in his musical career, highlighting the samarium as the third Latin artist with the most #1 on Billboard. The bike was several weeks in the #1 of Billboard Latin Airplay, continuous months of #1 in Colombia and, in addition to being the most listened to song in the United States, Puerto Rico and Colombia, became the most listened song in Latin America, leading the Billboards in Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala and the 40 main in Spain. The song debuted on Billboard Hot 100, marking the first time you live enters this billboard. In turn, the video debuted in the Top 20 of Youtube’s global videos.
16 recording works speak of Carlos Vives ‘ career. From 1986, when he started singing ballads until then appearing on stage in 1991 singing classic Vallenatos. Henceforth, he would face the world of a new Colombian sound fed by traditional music.
Period of rock and ballads
1986: Por fuera y por dentro
1987: No podrás escapar de mí
1989: Al centro de la ciudad
Período de vallenato – tropical pop
1991: Escalona: Un canto a la vida
1992: Escalona (Volumen 2)
1994: Clásicos de La Provincia (15 veces Disco de Platino, por más de 200 mil copias vendidas)
1995: La tierra del olvido
1997: Tengo fe
1999: El amor de mi tierra
2001: Déjame entrar (Ganador de Grammy americano)
2004: El rock de mi pueblo
2009: Clásicos de La Provincia II
2013: Corazón profundo (Doble Disco de Diamante por más de 400 mil copias vendidas; 3 Latin Grammys)
2014: Más corazón profundo (1 Grammy; 1 Latin Grammy)
2015: Más corazón profundo tour en vivo
2017: Vives, disco número 16 del artista, cuyo primer sencillo es La bicicleta (ft Shakira), obteniendo # 1 en la radio latina y en Billboard.