The 14th annual Latin Grammy Awards category for Best New Artist includes a diverse list of musicians, ranging in genres and countries. These are the 10 new artists who are acknowledged for their productions and are aiming for the trophy at the 2013 Latin Grammy Awards ceremony, which will be broadcast live on November 21 on Univision.
List of nominees for Best New Artist
A Band of Bitches
Genre: Latin Alternative/Mambo/ Electro
Bio: A Band of Bitches (or Una Banda de Perras) is Mexico’s newest party band. It’s composed of five musicians, who hide behind masks and go by the names of Ushka Rapat, Fex, Pace, Some guy with a weird accent and Fuk Dude. The mysterious and confidential group made an explosive entrance in the Latin alternative scene with their 2012 single “Noreste Caliente.” According to their Facebook biography, their genre is “out of this world beats.” Despite the bands underground profile, word on the street is that some of the members may be of Monterrey’s rock group Plastilina Mosh.
Genre: Tropical / Caribbean / Afro-Cuban
Country: Cuba / USA
Bio: After almost 10 years of being the lead singer of Miami’s Afro-Cuban Funk group PALO!, singer/songwriter Leslie Cartaya debuts as a solo artist with her album and single titled “No Pares.” Cartaya was born in Cuba and discovered the many styles of music when she migrated to Miami, Fla. She is best known as the “Princesa del Son,” due to the traditional Cuban rhythms that run through her veins. Her fusion of guaracha, salsa, changui, bolero and rumba can be found in her 19-track solo production, 18 of which were written and composed by her.
Genre: Latin Pop
Country: Dominican Republic / USA
Bio: EliaCiM is a singer/songwriter born in Dominican Republic who migrated to Miami in 2010. He joined producers “Los Gringos” Dan Warner and Lee Levin to collectively record his first album under his own record label, Beautiful Cinco Records. He is creator and composer of all his songs, including his first single “Un Dia de Esos.” EliaCiM was signed by Sony/ATV Music Publishing in 2011 and has composed and written songs for artists such as Luis Fonsi, Amaury Gutierrez and Samo of the Mexican pop group Camila.
Bio: Clarice Falcão began her career by acting in various short films released in 2006. Her musical abilities were noticed when she uploaded her videos on YouTube and received over 10 million views. In 2013, she released her first album, “Monomania,” which was only available on iTunes. Her soft voice and folk fusion made this album the most sold during its debut week and is currently in the top 10 most sold albums on iTunes. A hard copy of Monomania is only sold at Falcão’s concerts.
Bio: Jesus Hidalgo is a Venezuelan artist residing in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He comes from a family of musicians and artists. As a singer, composer and producer, he has had the opportunity to work with artists like Placido Domingo, Bacilos, Oscar de Leon and Rocio Durcal. Hidalgo has recorded six albums and has won many international awards. In addition, Hidalgo and the Pachamama Project present Second System, a multi-media project that integrates environmental conscious with music.
Bio: Juan Luis Londoño (Maluma) is a 19-year-old urban artist whose catchy lyrics and looks have made him a web sensation and idol for the younger crowd in Latin America. Maluma’s latest single “La Temperatura,” featuring Eli Palacios, is climbing the radio charts in the U.S. In addition to his nomination from the Latin Recording Academy, Maluma is also nominated in the category of Best Latin American (Central) Artist at this year’s MTV European Music Awards.
Genre: Latin Pop/Jazz
Bio: Mojito Lite is a Latin pop and jazz group from Bogota, Colombian composed by Laura Mayolo (vocals), Juan Manuel Medina (vocals), Dayhan Diaz (trumpet, keyboard) and Juan Pablo Renteria (piano). In 2012, Mojito Lite captivated viewers with their tropical and Latin jazz versions of Maroon Five’s “This Love,” Tito Nieves “Fabricando Fantasias” and Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine.” Their second production “Una Historia Para Todos,” which is already released in Latin America, will make its debut in the U.S. as of 2014 under the label Akela Family.
Bio: She is best known for her collaboration with Latin superstar Ricardo Arjona in the hit single “Fuiste Tu,” which reached over 100 million views on YouTube. However, this singer/songwriter from Guatemala is an incredible artist of her own. Gaby Moreno earned the respect from fans in Latin America, Europe and USA after the release of her first all Spanish-language album “Postales,” which was released under Ricardo Arjona’s record label Metamorfosis. Moreno’s blend of jazz, soul, blues and vintage rock led to many tours across the globe, including sold out dates in Canada, USA and Europe.
Genre: Latin Pop/Jazz/Classical
Bio: According to Quattro, the best way to understand them is to see and hear them. Otherwise, you won’t get the full experience of this new and innovative ensemble from Los Angeles, Calif. The band is made up of four talented musicians, Giovanna Moraga Clayton (cello/vocals), Lisa Dondlinger (violin/vocals), Kay-Ta Matsuno (guitar/vocals) and Jorge Villanueva (percussion/vocals), who combine their various styles to create a new sound of Latin jazz and classical music. Quattro’s debut album, “Popzzical,” is available online at iTunes and Amazon.
Genre: Instrumental / Latin Jazz / Traditional Folk
Bio: Milton Salcedo is a music arranger, director and producer with a trajectory of over 20 years that began in his home country of Colombia. In 2001, he received his first Grammy for Best Instrumental Pop Album for his work in Nestor Torres “This Side of Paradise.” He has shared stages with reputed artists like Juan Luis Guerra, Carlos Santana, Alejandro Fernandez and Luis Enrique. His latest production, “Espiritu Colombiano,” depicts the multicolor, quality and grand style of the popular traditional Colombian music.