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Salvador Sobral

Salvador Sobral is a singer who manages to put across a unique musical sensibility and magnetism on stage. He will represent Portugal in Kyiv with the song Amar Pelos Dois (For The Both Of Us), penned by his sister Luisa.

Salvador Sobral studied Psychology, but his overwhelming passion for music took over and he has proved to be one of the great promises in the Portuguese and Spanish music scene. While he lived in the United States and in Barcelona, where he studied at the prestigious school Taller de Musics, he carried out several musical projects: he composed for himself but at the same time he created audacious performances inspired by Chet Baker, took in bossa-nova and lent his songs the sweet sonorities of Latin America.

His voice, always in the right place and over which he has full, flawless control, and the magnetism with which he wins people over when he’s on stage, have awarded him the best reviews from the specialised press, colleagues and, most importantly, from the ultimate judge; the public. Excuse Me (2016), his debut album, was a musical co-production of Júlio Resende, Leonardo Aldrey and Salvador himself.

Things you should know about Salvador Sobral

What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?

Simplicity, emotion and spontaneity.

What are the three most impressive facts about you?

Being truth, genuine and emotional.

Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?

Nope, I just prepare to sing with all my heart.

Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?

It can be good for my career, for people outside of Portugal to know and recognise my work.

About the composer

Born in Lisbon 29 years ago, Luísa Sobral is among the most important songwriters and singers of the new generation of Portuguese musicians and she is also one of those rare cases of "love at first song". She presented herself to the public in 2011, with her debut album The Cherry On My Cake, which was surprisingly mature for such a young artist. It was a reflection of four years abroad as a distinguished student at the Berklee College of Music, where she graduated in 2009.

Many times she had to play and sing in American restaurants and bars to help cover costs, which turned out to be decisive real-time education for her stage career. In Luisa, her fourth album (2016), there is a stronger bond with her listeners, showing the artist has entered a new level of creative maturity, ahead of her age, as always. Luísa states she wouldn’t change the turmoil of her life for anything in this world. The stage is her home. And she kindly invites us to visit her. And makes us feel at home.

Lyrics of Amar Pelos Dois

Si un jour quelqu’un
Demande de mes nouvelles
Dis-lui que j’ai vécu
Pour t’aimer
Avant toi
Je n’ai existé
Que fatigué et sans rien à offrir

Ma bien-aimée
Écoute mes prières
Je te demande de revenir
Que tu me veuilles de nouveau

Je sais
Que l’on n’aime pas seul
Peut-être que doucement
Tu pourras réapprendre

Si ton cœur
Ne veut pas céder
Ni sentir la passion
S’il ne veut pas souffrir
Sans faire de plans
De ce qui viendra après
Mon cœur
Peut aimer pour nous deux
Se um dia alguém
Perguntar por mim
Diz que vivi
Para te amar
Antes de ti
Só existi
Cansado e sem nada p'ra dar

Meu bem
Ouve as minhas preces
Peço que regresses
Que me voltes a querer

Eu sei
Que não se ama sozinho
Talvez devagarinho
Possas voltar a aprender

Se o teu coração
Não quiser ceder
Não sentir paixão
Não quiser sofrer
Sem fazer planos
Do que virá depois
O meu coração
Pode amar pelos dois
If anyone ever wonders about me
Tell them I have lived solely to love you
Before you I only existed
Worn out and with nothing left to give

My love
Listen to my pleas
I beg you to come back
To want me again

I know
That one can't love by oneself
But maybe with time
You will learn to love me as well

If you heart
Won't be wiling to give in
Won't be willing to feel
Won't be willing to suffer
Without making plans of what will come ahead
My heart can love for both of us instead