Latin American Musician Spotlight: Alejandro Lerner
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 9:45PM
Jeanne Bielejeski in Latin America, Latin Grammys, Latin Music

I am continuing to peruse the nominees and winners of the 2009 Latin Grammy Awards to learn more about popular Latin Music and Latin Musicians.

I select the artists and songs that I like and that provide good examples of the Spanish language in context through the song's lyrics. So far, the songs that are easiest to understand in Spanish for beginners are love songs or ballads.

Here's a link to a previous blog post which describes the way music can play an important and entertaining part in learning Spanish: 2009 Song of the Year 

Now, onto the spotlight artist, Alejandro Lerner. He is from Argentina and has been a successful Latin musician since the 80's. I found a biography you can link to which describes quite an impressive professional resume. He has maintained success for decades: Alejandro Lerner Biography from Artists Direct

Alejandro has also composed music for other artists, in many cases for the Latin market in the U.S., and produced award winning music for television. He has collaborated on albums for Paul Anka, Celine Dion, and the popular Latin musician, Luis Miguel. 

If my translation serves correctly, I found an interesting tidbit of information on a Spanish blog: he recorded an album in 2003 of children's songs which was only sold in gas stations in South America. The proceeds went to La Fundación Hospital Garrahan.

His album, "Enojado" (Angry) was recorded in 2007 which featured various guitar players from bands of other famous musicians such as Sting, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton. His song, "Verte Sonreir" (To See You Smile) from this album was nominated for 'Song of the Year' in 2009. Here is the YouTube video embedded below with a link to the Spanish lyrics for your learning and listening pleasure.

"Verte Sonreir" Spanish lyrics by Alejandro Lerner


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