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SalsaBlvd | Roberto Blades | Biography
SalsaBlvd | Roberto Blades | Biography
Singer, songwriter and producer Roberto Blades, Rubén Blades' younger brother, was born into a musical family.
Their father played bongos, their mother sang and played piano, and oldest brother Luis was also a percussionist.
older brothers grew up in Panama where they were born, Roberto
moved to the U.S. when the family was pressured to leave the country in 1973, when he
was 11 years old.
grew up in Miami, making that city his
At 17 he was working at McDonald's and singing just for the family, considering joining the Air Force.
But an audition for the salsa group Inmensidad
led to touring with the group, and at 18 he
was signed to the Fania record label.
He stayed with Fania as a songwriter and singer for 10 years, with hits such as "Ya no regreso contigo" and "Lagrimas."
But in contrast with his
brother Rubén, much of his
success has been writing, producing, and arranging music for other artists.
In 1982 he signed with Emilio Estefan Enterprises.
...Roberto BladesOnce upon a time, Panamanian songwriter Roberto Blades wanted to be an Air Force pilot.
But as fate would have it, he
opted to go into music and, in some ways, is still flying high.
Tough luck for the U.S. Air Force
turned into an opportunity in music for Blades
.Through hard work and discipline he
became one of the most sought-after songwriters in Latin music of the past decade."I didn't pursue music; it pursued me, Blades insists, remembering the time when a music teacher from Tallahassee met with his parents, telling them he could learn more in a day than most students could in a year.By 1981, Blades teamed up with other talented musicians in Miami to form the hardcore salsa group Inmensidad.
The band was signed by premier tropical/salsa label Fania, which then offered Blades
a contract, where he
remained for 10 years, writing several hit songs, including the classic "Lagrimas."
One of Blades'
most unique characteristics is the way he
composes new songs; he
simply hears the song in his
head as if he
was listening to the radio - lyrics, melody, instrumentation, and arrangement.
In 1992 Blades
signed with Emilio Estefan Enterprises
as a writer and producer, which led to two Grammys: one as songwriter of Marc Anthony's hit "Dimelo (I Need To Know)" and the other as producer of Gloria Estefan's "Alma Caribena."He
was also named BMI's Songwriter of the Year at the 2001 Latin Awards in Los Angeles.
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Notable personnel to emerge from ...
Notable personnel to emerge from Inmensidad included singer / composer Roberto Blades (Rubén's younger brother) and timbalero Alex León (his brother Alvaro played bongo with the band).
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The Cherry Casa unit signed its first Latin songwriter and producer, Roberto Blades, in May 2003.
Grammy winner and frequent nominee, Blades had earned songwriting credits for seven number one Latin singles, including Marc Anthony's hits, "Dimelo (I Need to Know)" and "Muy Dentro de Mi (You Sang to Me)".
Blades had also worked with Gloria and Emilio Estefan, among other Latin artists.
To take a peek into Roberto ...
To take a peek into Roberto Blades' musical career is like travelling through an endless path full of hits in each aspect of his artistic life.Roberto began his professional career in October, 1981 with Orquesta Inmensidad.
This crucial moment marks the beginning of his
extraordinary performance as a singer, songwriter, producer and arranger.A few months after his
was called upon to work with the legendary group Fania All Stars.This event led to the president of Fania Records laying eyes on the young Panamanian and extending him a contract effective immediately, inviting him to join the legendary label.
With Orquesta Inmensidad
, Roberto Blades
was part of a real revolution in the history of salsa.In 1982, with Roberto
as singer and under the musical arrangements by Raul Gallimore, the song Ya No Regreso Contigo pioneered a new style and established the beginning of what today's known as Romantic Salsa.
continued with Orquesta Inmensidad
during the albums Alegria and La Salsa de Hoy, and with them he
sang what would become salsa classics, like his
famous hit L,grimas.
In 1986, Roberto Blades
solo stint, also acting as a producer in his
first five solo albums.This phase reflects his
diverse creative tones as an inborn and wholesome musician.His
first production was followed by Haciendo M,sica with the outstanding song Poquita Fe.His
songs go beyond poetry, exploring highly contemporary social conscience, with a message in every phrase.Viviendo, his
third production , clearly reflects his
ideals on the song Casco.After that, he
created Radio Bemba and the album A Buena Hora, where the song Si Estuvieras Conmigo reached the highest levels of popularity.In all his
delivers a full and unique style, joining the passion and rhythm that have always characterized him.
...As producer and songwriter, Roberto has also collaborated with such artists as Jon Secada, Thalia, Alejandro Fern,ndez, Albita, Rossie O'Donnell and Ricky Martin.
Also, the performing rights organization of the U.S., BMI, recognized Roberto
as the Songwriter of the Year 2001.
latest production Encore, under the label L,deres, Roberto
conquers our hearts with his
captivating voice and a display of incomparable acoustic elements.His
more than 25 years experience in stages and recording studios deliver a brilliant performance of the songs we have once sang along to.L,grimas, Ya No Regreso Contigo and Si Estuvieras Conmigo come back with a fresh and renovated texture and with "the strength of today's arrangements," according to Roberto
himself.This is an exceptional production, with new songs like the first single Dime Cual Es Su Nombre and the mega hit Por Tu Amor, the one that gave Roberto his
third GRAMMY® Award, this time as an interpreter.
The second edition of the Caracas Pop Festival, on March, 2002 marked Roberto's return to the stage.From there, he
pours all his
talent as a world-class star and brings his
fervent audience to the point of ecstasy.As producer and songwriter of songs full of profound lyrics and beautiful melodies, and as a bold performer of any genre, Roberto has redefined his status as a musician to the highest level and makes us feel that his endless path of hits is just beginning.