Luísa Sobral

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Luísa Sobral
ComM
Luísa Sobral Red Carpet Kyiv 2017.jpg
Luísa Sobral at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev
Background information
Birth name Luísa Vilar Braamcamp Sobral
Born (1987-09-18) 18 September 1987 (age 30)
Lisbon, Portugal
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active 2003–present
Labels UMG
Associated acts

Luísa Vilar Braamcamp Sobral ComM (Portuguese pronunciation: [luˈizɐ viˈlaɾ bɾɐ̃ˈkɐ̃p suˈβɾaɫ]; born 18 September 1987) is a Portuguese singer and songwriter.

She came to prominence in 2003 after placing third on season one of Ídolos, the Portuguese version of Idols, after going on a hiatus to attend the Berklee College of Music, she released her debut album, The Cherry on My Cake, in 2011. She later composed "Amar pelos dois", which won the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 for Portugal, performed by her brother Salvador Sobral.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Luísa Sobral was born and raised in Lisbon, and also lived in the United States for a period of time as a child, her younger brother is Salvador Sobral, who is also a singer. Through her father, she is related to Hermano José Braamcamp de Almeida Castelo Branco, a 19th-century Portuguese nobleman and politician of Italian and Dutch descent.

In 2003, at the age of 16, Sobral auditioned for season one of Ídolos, the Portuguese version of Idols, she eventually placed third in the competition. After Ídolos, Sobral went on a hiatus from music in order to focus on her education, she moved to the United States to study music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, graduating in 2009.[2] Her move to the United States, made her compositions more distinct, a mixture between Portuguese, Brazilian, French and North American musical traditions, reflecting her musical influences in her classic soft-spoken singing style.

2011–present: Professional career[edit]

Luísa Sobral returned to the music industry in 2011, releasing her debut studio album, The Cherry on My Cake,[3] the album peaked at No.3 on the Portuguese albums chart.[4] In 2012, she became the third Portuguese artist to perform with Jools Holland, performing with Melody Gardot, she later went on tour with Gardot.[5] Her second studio album, There's a Flower in My Bedroom, was released in 2013, and her third, Lu-Pu-I-Pi-Sa-Pa, the following year.

In 2016, Sobral released her fourth studio album, Luísa. Recorded in Los Angeles, at the United Recording Studios, the album sets a new plateau for Luísa's song writing and song production. With the input of Grammy award winner producer Joe Henry and musicians like Greg Leisz, Luísa is a clear and mature departure from her previous works.

The same year, she composed and wrote the lyrics to the song "Amar pelos dois" for Portuguese national broadcaster RTP1's Festival da Canção 2017, at the invitation of the broadcaster, in need to change the Portuguese's public perspective on the Festival, in which Portugal had never gone past 6th place, Luísa and Salvador Sobral represented, among other contestants, the new breed of talented Portuguese artists that are unknown outside of Portugal.

"Amar pelos dois", a bossa-nova inspired jazz ballad composed by Luísa Sobral, with lyrics in Portuguese and sparse minimalistic string arrangement, done by Portuguese composer Luis Figueiredo, was sung by her younger brother, Salvador Sobral.[6][not in citation given] It clearly won Festival da Canção, and was thus chosen to represent Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017,[7] because Portugal is not included as the Big 5 countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom) that are able to reach the final without taking part on the semi-finals, the song had to go through the semi-final stage before reaching the final. During that time, Luísa and Salvador Sobral started getting a full understanding that the song, unknown to the Eurovision public and news reporters just a few months ago, had risen to the top of betting agencies polls, beating clear favourites and crowdpleasers, like Francesco Gabbani's "Occidentali's Karma".

During initial rehearsals for the contest in Kiev, Luísa had to stand in for Salvador as a performer, due to his health issues, during the final on 13 May 2017, the song was declared the winner, becoming the first-ever win for Portugal, and the all-time record-holder for the most points received by a song in the final.[8] Luísa performed the song with Salvador during his winner's encore performance, like she did after he won Festival da Canção 2017.[9]

The song and the winning performance in Kiev made Luísa and Salvador Sobral household names overnight in Portugal, being received like heroes by hundreds of fans upon their arrival at Lisbon Airport after the final.

In 23 April 2018 she received - along with her brother, Salvador Sobral - the Portuguese Order of Merit, both receiving the medals of Commanders (ComM), this honorific award was given by the Portuguese president himself, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.[10]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
The Cherry on My Cake
There's a Flower in My Bedroom
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Universal Music Portugal
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
Lu-Pu-I-Pi-Sa-Pa
  • Released: 2014
  • Label: Universal Music Portugal
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
Luísa
  • Released: 18 November 2016
  • Label: Universal Music Portugal
  • Formats: Digital download, CD

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Not There Yet" 2011 The Cherry on My Cake
"Xico"
"Mom Says" 2013 There's a Flower in My Bedroom
"My Man" 2016 Luísa
"Alone"

Personal life[edit]

Luisa Sobral announced her pregnancy in January 2016, although she did not reveal who the father of the child was,[11] her son was born in 2016.[12] In December 2017, she announced that she was pregnant with her second child,[13] on 13 May 2018 she gave birth to a daughter, Rosa.

She is the sister of Salvador Sobral, she composed the song Amar pelos dois for Salvador, which was the winning song of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. After he won, they performed the song as a duet.

Orders[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eurovision 2017: Portugal's ballad wins contest". BBC News. 2017-05-14. Retrieved 2017-06-02. 
  2. ^ "Bairro Alto – Luísa Sobral" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 13 May 2017. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Luísa Sobral Lança Single "Not There Yet"". A-trompa.net (in Portugal). Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "TOP 30 ARTISTAS – SEMANA 12 DE 2011". Afp.org.pt (in Portuguese). 14 February 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "Luísa Sobral no programa de Jools Holland". Cotonete. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Conheça os intérpretes da 1.ª Semi-final do Festival da Canção 2017". RTP.pt (in Portuguese). 18 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  7. ^ Foster, Luis (6 March 2017). "PORTUGAL: SALVADOR SOBRAL WINS FESTIVAL DA CANÇÃO 2017 WITH "Amar pelos dois"". wiwibloggs.com. Wiwibloggs. 
  8. ^ "Full coverage: Eurovision 2017". 13 May 2017. Retrieved 13 May 2017 – via www.bbc.com. 
  9. ^ Vincent, Alice (14 May 2017). "Portugal win Eurovision with a song that meant something – Salvador Sobral, Amar pelos dois, review". telegraph.co.uk. The Telegraph. 
  10. ^ "Eurovisão. Irmãos Sobral nomeados comendadores por "êxito singular"". PÚBLICO (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-04-23. 
  11. ^ "Luísa Sobral está grávida" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 14 May 2017. 
  12. ^ "LUÍSA SOBRAL: RELEMBRA MOMENTOS DA GRAVIDEZ". VIP. 12 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "Luísa Sobral vive 'estado de graça' mas com contenção" (in Portuguese). Move Notícias. 5 December 2017. 
  14. ^ "Eurovisão. Irmãos Sobral nomeados comendadores por "êxito singular"". PÚBLICO (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-04-23.