“I grew up with songs in my heart and dreaming of a career in music. I am happy that my record company was able to take a chance on me. Now I want other young artists who are passionate about music to have the same chance to follow their dream. If recordings were protected for longer in Europe, record companies would be able to invest even more in discovering and developing exciting new talent.” David Bisbal
Spanish singer David Bisbal first won attention for being the second finalist of “Operación Triunfo,” a reality program similar to the U.K’s “Pop Idol.” He soon made a reputation for himself as Spain’s newest pop star with his 2002 debut album, Corazón Latino (Latin Heart), which spawned such successful singles as “Ave María” and “Lloraré Las Penas.” He has since released Bulería (2004), Todo por Ustedes (DVD, 2005), David Bisbal (2006) and a new album, Premonición (2006). In his short career as a singer, Bisbal has already collected many awards, including two Premio Ondas Awards (2003, 2006), a Grammy Latino Award, a World Music Award and Billboard Awards.
As for his love life, Bisbal has been involved with the also popular Spanish singer, Chenoa, who got the 4th place in the same reality show. Currently, the two are no longer together.
Childhood and Family:
David Bisbal Ferre was born on June 5, 1979, in the city of Almería, Spain. He has two older siblings, a brother named Jose Maria Bisbal (born 1968) and a sister named Maria del Mar Bisbal (born 1971).
As a son of a boxer, his father wanted him to follow in his footsteps, but David preferred music. So, at age 18, he left school and then auditioned for an orchestra, Orquesta Expresiones. He also worked in a nursery, taking care of plants.
Dropping out of school at age 18, David Bisbal, who once worked at a nursery, began his musical career by joining an orchestra called Orquesta Expresiones, in which he served as singer. He got his huge break when he became the second finalist of the reality show “Operacion Triunfo,” a show that would later be mirrored in the United States by Protagonistas De La Musica. After the success, he penned a deal with record company Vale Music that sent the Spanish artist to Miami for a recording.
Bisbal’s first album, Corazón Latino (Latin Heart), was released in 2002 and was a smash hit in Spain as well as all over Latin America. It peaked at No. 1 in Spain and sold over 2 millions worldwide, thanks to such top hits as “Ave María” (2002), “Lloraré Las Penas” (2003) and “Dígale” (2003). Led by the massive victory, Bisbal was set to have a 2002-2003 tour that covered places like the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and a good amount of the rest of South America and Central America, as well as the United States. For his brilliant work, Bisbal was handed a Premio Ondas for Best Album, a Grammy Latino for Best Revelation Artist and a World Music, in 2003.
The pop singer continued to score a massive hit with his follow-up effort, Bulería (2004), which also became a No. 1 hit in Spain. With over 1 million copy sold in the country, he won a Diamond CD, the n°1 album of the year 2004. “Bulería” (2004), “Oye El Boom” (2004), “Desnúdate Mujer” (only for LA, 2004), “Esta Ausencia” (2004, only for LA), “Camina y Ven” (2004), “Me Derrumbo” (2005) and “Cómo Olvidar” (2005) were no. 1 hits. In 2005, Bisbal launched his first DVD, Todo por Ustedes. Recorded during his Spanish and American tour, it became the highest selling DVD for more than a month in Spain and was well-received in America too.
In 2006, Bisbal performed “Let’s Make History,” featuring Joana Zimmer, a main song on the soundtrack of the German movie The Air Bridge (Die Lufbrucke). The same year, he released David Bisbal, an album only for Europe, which includes all his Spanish hits and three new English songs: “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine” (Anymore), “Cry For Me” and “Stop Loving You.” This was followed by Bisbal’s newest album, Premonición (2006). Its first single, “Quien Me Iba A Decir,” was officially released in August 25, and the sophomore “Silencio” was expected release on December in Spanish Charts. Like its predecessors, Premonición is a great success too. Bisbal himself took home his next El Premio Ondas, this time for Best National Artist (2006).
- Premio Ondas: The Best National Artist, 2006
- “Medalla de Oro” of Andalucía, 2006
- “Micrófono de Oro,” 2006
- Billboard: (win 3 categories), 2004
- World Music: 2003
- Grammy Latino: The Best Revelation Artist, 2003
- Premio Ondas: The Best Album, Corazón Latino, 2003