After a 20-year career, Luis Miguel, has obtained practically all the honors an artist could aspire to receive: seven Grammys, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the opportunity to sing and record a duet with Frank Sinatra and over 50 million records sold world wide. Miguel will be promoting his lates album “ 33” in El Paso on Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. at the Don Haskins Center.
The success of this 33-year-old artist, who was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Mexico, has a simple explanation: quality and perseverance.
In 1986, Miguel released his fifth album “Soy Como Quiero Ser” and began his collaboration with the producer and composer Juan Carlos Calderon. For the sales of this album he received five platinum and eight gold records.
In 1988, he recorded his sixth album, “Un Hombre Busca Una Mujer.” Seven singles were released from this album which occupied the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart for more than a year.
Six singles from the album entered the Mexican Top 100 simultaneously, and Miguel toured Latin America and the United States with unparalleled success. That same year he received the European Excellence Award from Spain, he became the first Latin Artist to win the Best-Selling Artist category at the World Music Awards in Monaco. Miguel also won two Antorcha de Plata awards at the Via del Mar Festival, and subsequently solidified his reputation as the greatest Latin -American artist of his generation.
When Miguel embarked on his 1999-2000 World Tour in Spain, he completed over twenty performances on the Iberian Peninsula and sold out concerts in countries like Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Venezuela.
In the year 2000, Miguel continued his “Amarte es un Placer” tour which included 21 shows in Mexico’s famed Auditorio Nacional, setting the record for the artist with the most consecutive shows at this venue. He received four platinum records and four gold records for the sales of the “Amarte Es Un Placer” album.
In May of that year, he won the Billboard "Best Male Artist Pop Album of the Year" award and finished his 1999-2000 Tour. In September 2000, Miguel won three Latin Grammys at the first-ever "Latin Grammy Awards" ceremony for: Album of the Year, Best Pop Album and Best Male Pop Vocal Album for the song "Tu Mirada." In October 2000, “Vivo” was released, which was recorded live in concert in Monterrey, Mexico.
In 2001, Miguel again won the Billboard "Best Male Artist Pop Album of the Year" award for “Vivo.” In July 2001, this album was nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Album at the second annual Latin Grammy Awards ceremony. Throughout that summer, he recorded and produced his new Boleros album titled “Mis Romances.” The album was officially released on Nov. 13, 2001. The first single of the album, titled "Amor, Amor, Amor," was selected as the main theme song for the Mexican soap opera "El Manantial."
On Nov. 29, 2001, Luis Miguel hosted the official release of his new album at a press conference held in the United States. In January 2002, the second single of “Mis Romances,” titled "Como Duele" reached the top of the Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks, the chart of the most requested Latin songs in the United States.
In May 2002, Miguel won Billboard’s Best Male Artist Pop Album of the Year award. “33” is a mix of pop songs and romantic ballads. All the material was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Miguel. All eleven songs are original and modern. The writers of the lyrics include Miguel, Armando Manzanero, Juan Luís Guerra and Kike Santander.
Miguel has put his seal on the first single of “33”, the only song written by Dominican Singer Juan Luís Guerra, “ Te Necesito.” The back-up vocals are provided by American group Take 6. Like all the other songs on the album, the words of “Te Necesito” are sincere and poetic. It promises to bring success to the album and the tour.
Armando Manzanero has written a great deal of the songs that Miguel performs. The legendary Manzanero continues to work diligently with Miguel, and together they have created a remarkable album.