Colombian superstar Juanes brings some Latin groove to Sydney and Melbourne 2018. He is a true phenomenon having sold 15 million albums, won 23 Latin Grammys (the most of any artist in history!) In 2016 he was invited on stage by The Rolling Stones to play Beast of Burdon in Bogota and has also recorded duets with Tony Bennett and Nelly Furtado. If you haven’t heard him before, think Jack Johnson with a silky Spanish twist.
Born Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez in Colombia, Juanes began to learn how to play guitar at age seven. During his upbringing in Colombia he also became steadily acquainted with the grief endured by his fellow countrymen: His cousin was executed by kidnappers, and a close friend was killed by gunmen. He also lost his father to cancer.
After his debut album, Fijate Bien (2000), won him a Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist, Juanes broke through to global success with his second album, Un Día Normal (2002). In the United States alone, the album rode the Billboard Latin chart for two straight years, remaining in the Top Ten for a record-breaking 92 weeks. Though his chart-topping was confined to the Latin market in the United States, Juanes was recognized for his global outreach, as Time magazine counted him among its list of "the 100 most influential people in the world today."
He tirelessly toured and by 2005 he had begun topping the singles chart in non-Spanish-speaking countries. By the time he returned with his fourth album, La Vida...Es un Ratico (2007), Juanes had such a global presence, the lead single "Me Enamora,", became a number one hit in 14 countries, setting the stage for another cycle of commercial success which continues to this day. Along the way he has continued to win US and Latin Grammys across many categories.
In 2016 he co-produced a set of 12 thematically linked tracks and enlisted director Kacho Lopez to helm an accompanying film. The finished product offered the tale of an astronaut traveling the space ways to find love through time travel all over the world. Juanes' film bridges science and ancient spiritual and healing traditions. Each song -- including Juanes first Anglo-language cut, "Goodbye for Now" had its own video. Songs were released in weekly installments until the release of the full-length album Mis Planes Son Amarte, hit in mid-May. It debuted at number one on the Top Latin Albums charts and won two Latin Grammys.
Whereas many of his Spanish-language contemporaries undertook English-language crossover campaigns at one point or another in their careers, Colombian singer/songwriter/guitarist Juanes won global appeal in his native language exclusively and became perhaps the biggest and most important popular Latin music artist in the world in the early 21st century. His Sydney and Melbourne shows will give his many Australian fans the chance to dance the night away to his brilliant hits.
Presale – Wednesday 13th Dec 10am AEDT
On Sale – Friday 15th Dec 10am AEDT
Juanes also appears at Bluesfest on Friday 30th and Saturday 31 March, 2018