Alfred García

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Alfred García
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Alfred García at the Eurovision Song Contest's Eurovillage in Lisbon in 2018.
Background information
Birth nameAlfred García Castillo
Born (1997-03-14) 14 March 1997 (age 22)
El Prat de Llobregat, Catalonia
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • trombone
  • guitar
  • keyboard
  • drums
Years active2012–present
Associated acts

Alfred García Castillo (born 14 March 1997) is a Spanish singer. He gained national recognition when he took part in series nine of the reality television talent competition Operación Triunfo, where he finished in fourth place, and also represented Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, alongside Amaia Romero, with the song "Tu canción", finishing in twenty-third place.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

García was born on 14 March 1997 in El Prat de Llobregat, Catalonia. He began formal training in vocals and trombone at the age of seven. García is also a self-taught guitarist, drummer, and keyboardist.[4] He received musical training at the Unió Filharmònica del Prat.[5] García is studying for a degree in audiovisual communication, as well as being in his third year of a higher degree in music and jazz and modern music studies at the Taller de Músics, a music school in Barcelona.[5][6]

Career[edit]

2012-2016: Beginnings[edit]

At the age of fifteen, García released the self-produced and self-published album Beginning. At the age of seventeen, thanks to the musical project La Capsa, he recorded his first single "She Looks So Beautiful", written by himself and produced by Argentine musician Esteban García. The single won the Audience Award at the Festival Cara B in Barcelona.[5][7] García has also released a musical short film, A Free Christmas Story.[6]

In 2016, García participated in season four of talent show La Voz, the Spanish version of The Voice. He performed John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change" in the Blind Auditions, but none of the coaches turned for him.[8] Also in 2016, García released the self-produced and self-published acoustic album Inblack (Volume One).[9]

2017-2018: Operación Triunfo and the Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Amaia and Alfred performing at the Eurovision Pre-Party in Madrid in April 2018.

In 2017, García auditioned for series nine of reality television music competition Operación Triunfo. On 23 October 2017, he was selected to enter the show's "Academy". On 29 January 2018, during the special live show "Gala Eurovisión" of Operación Triunfo, he was selected by public vote to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 along with his girlfriend Amaia Romero, with the song "Tu canción".[1] During the finale of Operación Triunfo 2017 on 5 February 2018, García finished in fourth place.[3]

Amaia and Alfred were the second to perform at the Eurovision final, held on 12 May 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.[10] They placed twenty-third out of the 26 participating countries with 61 points: 43 from the professional juries and 18 from the televote.[11]

2018-present: 1016[edit]

Alfred performing at the 2019 Arenal Sound festival.

Two days after returning from the Eurovision Song Contest, García started to record 1016, his first studio album with a major record label, Universal Music Spain.[12] The album was preceded by the 1016 Is Coming tour in festivals across Spain in Summer 2018.[13] In addition, García performed at a special charity concert of Operación Triunfo 2017 at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid on 29 June 2018, and made special guest appearances at concerts by David Bisbal or Love of Lesbian, among others.[14][15][16][17]

"De la Tierra hasta Marte", the first single from 1016, was released on 5 December 2018. The album was released on 14 December 2018 and debuted at number 2 on the Spanish Albums Chart.[18][19] In support of his debut studio album, 1016, García embarked on the 1016 Tour, which began on 28 February 2019 and is set to end on 9 November 2019.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
SPA
[20]
Beginning
  • Released: 2012
  • Formats: Digital download
  • Self-published
Inblack (Volume One)
  • Released: 24 December 2016
  • Formats: Digital download
  • Self-published
1016
  • Released: 14 December 2018
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
  • Label: Universal Music Spain
2
1016. El Círculo Rojo (Reissue)
  • Released: 1 November 2019
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
  • Label: Universal Music Spain

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak position Certifications Album
SPA
[22]
"Tu canción"
(with Amaia Romero)
2018 3 Non-album single
"De la Tierra hasta Marte" 12
  • PROMUSICAE: Gold[24]
1016
"Wonder"
(featuring Pavvla)
2019 95
"Londres" 58

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Cicatriz"
(Isma Romero featuring Alfred García)
2019 Non-album single

Selected releases from Operación Triunfo 2017[edit]

Title Year Peak position Certifications
SPA
[22]
"City of Stars"
(Amaia Romero & Alfred García)
2017 61
"Que nos sigan las luces" 2018 19
  • PROMUSICAE: Gold[25]

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak position Album
SPA
[22]
"Et vull veure"
(featuring Amaia Romero)
2018 64 1016

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Category Nominee/work Result Ref.
2016 Festival Cara•B Audience Award "She Looks So Beautiful" Won [26]
2018 Premis Ciutat del Prat Amics del Prat Alfred García Won [27]
2019 Premis Enderrock Best New Artist Alfred García Nominated [28]
Best Non-Catalan Language Artist Alfred García Nominated [29]
Best Singer-Songwriter Album 1016 Nominated [30]
Best Singer-Songwriter Song "Et vull veure" Won [31][32]
LOS40 Music Awards Del 40 al 1 Artist Award Alfred García Nominated [33]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Adams, William Lee (30 January 2018). "Spain: Alfred & Amaia win OT Eurovision Gala with "Tu canción"". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  2. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (30 January 2018). "Spain: Alfred & Amaia will fly to Lisbon!". ESCToday. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b Ortiz, Laura (6 February 2018). "Amaia gana 'OT 2017'". FormulaTV. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  4. ^ Diéguez, Antonio (12 December 2017). "Los caminos de Amaia y Alfred antes de encontrarse en 'Operación Triunfo'". El Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Alfred García". Festival Connexions (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Alfred es concursante de OT". RTVE (in Spanish). 20 October 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  7. ^ "El Prat al Día: Alfred García guanya el premi del Públic del Festival Cara B". El Part al Día (in Catalan). 16 February 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  8. ^ "El día que Alfred de OT no hizo girarse a ningún coach de La Voz". El Diario (in Spanish). Vertele!. 17 November 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  9. ^ Hoh Tang Serradell, Man (21 December 2016). "Alfred Garcia se nos pasa al jazz con "Georgia"". Young España (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  10. ^ Redacción (11 May 2018). "Amaia y Alfred serán los segundos en actuar en el Festival de Eurovisión". Diari de Terrasa (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Lisbon 2018 Grand Final". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Alfred graba un disco en solitario". diariovasco.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Alfred empezará su gira '1016 is coming tour' el 20 de julio". 20minutos.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  14. ^ EFE (30 June 2018). "Amaia vuelve a brillar en el concierto solidario de OT en el Bernabéu". Diario de Navarra (in Spanish). Madrid. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  15. ^ Hermida, Noelia (30 June 2018). "Operación Triunfo reúne a 60.000 personas en el Bernabeu". La Nueva España (in Spanish). Madrid: Editorial Prensa Asturiana, S.A. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  16. ^ "La sorprendente actuación de Alfred en el concierto de David Bisbal". Diario de Navarra (in Spanish). Pamplona. 23 June 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  17. ^ Bianciotto, Jordi (10 June 2018). "Love of Lesbian, cumpleaños épico". El Periódico de Catalunya (in Spanish). Barcelona. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  18. ^ "Así suena De la Tierra hasta Marte, el single de Alfred tras OT 2017". eldiario.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  19. ^ "Top 100 Álbumes: Semana 51". Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  20. ^ "Discography – Alfred García (Albums)". spanishcharts.com. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  21. ^ "Álbum1016".
  22. ^ a b c "Discography – Alfred García (Songs)". spanishcharts.com. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  23. ^ @portaldemusica (9 May 2018). "CERTIFICADO #DiscoDePlatino 💿 para #TuCanción de @Amaia_ot2017 y @Alfred_ot2017 que ocupa el 🔝2️⃣6️⃣ de ventas de canciones en España 🇪🇸ow.ly/zun0c #TopCanciones" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  24. ^ @portaldemusica (12 February 2019). "CERTIFICADO #DeLaTierraHastaMarte de @alfredgarcia consigue su primer #DiscoDeOro 📀 y se hace con el 🔝9⃣8⃣ de la lista oficial de canciones en España 🇪🇸 #TopCanciones ow.ly/ycdk30nFvwf" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  25. ^ @portaldemusica (21 August 2018). "CERTIFICADO #QueNosSiganLasLuces de @alfredgarcia vuelve a entrar en lista de ventas de canciones en el 🔝4️⃣2️⃣ y consigue 📀 #DiscoDeOro #TopCanciones ow.ly/RG1530luzu1" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  26. ^ Suitfil, Mercedes (22 February 2016). "El Festival Cara-B demuestra su éxito con la segunda edición". Earsgasm Web (in Spanish). Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  27. ^ "Alfred García i els Castellers del Prat són els guardonats d'Amics d'El Prat del 2018". Amics del Prat (in Spanish). 12 September 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  28. ^ "Alfred García, K-liu i Suu són els finalistes a millor artista revelació del 2018". Enderrock (in Catalan). 9 February 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  29. ^ "Alfred García, Ramon Mirabet i Rosalía, els finalistes a millor artista en llengua no catalana del 2018". Enderrock (in Catalan). 10 February 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  30. ^ "Alfred García, Joan Dausà i Judit Neddermann, nominats a millor disc de cançó d'autor del 2018". Enderrock (in Catalan). 12 February 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  31. ^ "Alfred García, Joan Dausà i Judit Neddermann són els nominats a Millor cançó de cançó d'autor del 2018". Enderrock (in Catalan). 12 February 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  32. ^ "El palmarès dels Premis Enderrock 2019". Enderrock (in Catalan). 6 October 2019. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  33. ^ "Los 40 Music Awards 2019". Los 40 (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 October 2019.

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Preceded by
Manel Navarro
with "Do It for Your Lover"
Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest
2018
(with Amaia Romero)
Succeeded by
Miki Núñez
with "La venda"