Meet the candidates to represent Spain in Stockholm
Victor M. Escudero
Posted 29 December, 2015, 13:10
The six artists that are dreaming to represent Spain at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest are Xuso Jones, Electric Nana, Salvador Beltrán, Barei, Maverick and 2004 Junior Eurovision Song Contest winner, María Isabel. They will perform their songs in a special TV show where viewers will participate in the selection of the Spanish song for Stockholm.
In the following slide you will find more information about the six young talents selected by TVE to perform in the special show where the Spanish entry for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will be chosen:
Jesús Segovia, better known by his stage name, Xuso Jones, was born in Murcia in 1989. He is a singer and songwriter who, already at school, became interested in music. He is also a graduate in tourism and an entrepreneur. He is a self-taught guitar and piano player, which he learned via the internet.
In 2009 he began to upload videos performing his own songs and covers on YouTube and in 2011 he reached two million views. As a result he went to Los Angeles to work with different musical producers, releasing his first album Part I in 2013. That year he also wrote for the soundtracks of several movies and songs for other artists in Mexico, China and Spain.
In addition, Xuso is a familiar face for the Spanish public as he's participated in popular TV shows. Earlier this year Xuso Jones released his new album Vuela where he wrote or co-wrote every track. Xuso Jones lives in Madrid and frequently travels outside Spain to work on new music.
The authors of his candidate song are Andreas Öhrn and Peter Boström.
Monica Vazquez, Electric Nana was born in Madrid in 1987. At 14 she started writing music and playing piano and guitar. She writes, arranges and produces her own songs, creating fresh and original music. Her passion for music makes her an artist able to write different types of music and in several languages (English, Spanish or French), she is bilingual and has a degree in Journalism.
His first stage appearance as Nana Electric dates from 2007 and four years later, in 2011, she rose to fame with the Plan B by Carlos Jean's Plan B and his songs Lead The Way and Gimme The Base, which reached #1. She's also penned songs for soundtracks, commercials and other artists like DJ Nano, Why Five, Check Baby Check or Carlos Jean. Earlier this year she released her first album To Life!, fully written in English by Electric Nana, including a goo mix of rock, folk and electronic music. Her songs are optimistic to celebrate life in its broadest sense.
Electric Nana herself is the author of her candidate song.
Salvador Beltrán (El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona, 1992) is not a newcomer. He cites his Andalusian mother as the reason for his music taste since childhood. At age 13 he started playing guitar and then also the piano. Besides flamenco he also mentions Joan Manuel Serrat as one of his references. Supported by Spanish top star, Alejandro Sanz, he released his first album Change Of Plans in 2012, for which he won Best Newcomer at one of Spain's main music radio stations, Cadena Dial.
Salvador's second album Reflejos de mi camino, came out this year with a repertoire of songs bringing together rock, reggae, bossanova and funky pop, all under his melodic light. Salvador writes all his material which has an international flair not forgetting its pure origins.
Salvador Beltrán and Miguel Ángel Arenas 'Capi' are the authors of his entry for the Eurovision national selection.
Bárbara Reyzábal (1982) is Barei, singer and songwriter with two albums on the market, Billete para no volver and Throw The Dice, and a music career spanning over 16 years, with influences of American pop, soul and black music. Barei, who has studied music theory, singing, guitar, piano and participated in the Benidorm Festival before travelling to Miami, where she began to compose her demos. On her return to Spain she performed in the main stages of Madrid. This year she performed at the Starlite in Marbella.
Barei sings and writes mainly in English and has penned songs for other Spanish artists such as Malu and Edurne, or the Japanese singer J. May and has also done some music works for television. She has an energetic and direct style, trying to cause a commotion on the listeners. Among her references, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, OneRepublic, Maroon 5, Sia or Pink.
Barei's Eurovision hopeful will be written by herself and Rubén Villanueva.
The life of Maverick (Vinarós, Castellón, 1996) has taken a turn with only 19 years of age, when he became one of the finalists in the last edition of The Voice, coached by Laura Pausini. After his first single Princesa Descalza, an album has followed with new songs, one written by Pausini and others by himself, plus some of his best performances in the TV show. Ballads, latin, r'n'b and funk- with a current pop filter- are the styles to be found in his album 18 +1.
Maverick has been singing and dancing in school festivals from an early age and, when he was 5, he took part in the popular Spanish singing competition Veo Veo; at 13 he decided to devote himself to music and, after finishing his studies, he settled in Madrid. This young singer performs many different music styles and has trained his voice in a very wide range.
The authors of the song that Maverick will perform are Juan Magan, Luiggi Olivares and Darling A.Cuevas.
María Isabel López Rodríguez, (Huelva, 1995) rose to fame in 2004 when she was only nine years-old, winning the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with her huge success Antes Muerta Que Sencilla. Her young flamenco rhythm established her as a great little artist.
That song was part of her debut album and she released four other LPs up to 2009. Her success helped her to travel to America and Japan, performing at the best stages and programs in many countries. In 2015 Maria Isabel turned 20 and returned to the music scene with a new album, Yo Decido, which has just been released.
The author of the candidate song of Maria Isabel is David Santisteban.
Stay tuned to Eurovision.tv for dates and further news on the Spanish national selection. The winner of this show will represent Spain at the Grand Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockhom on the 14th of May.