AboutAlejandro Sanz, born Alejandro Sánchez Pizarro on December 18, 1968 in Madrid, Spain, is a Spanish pop/ballad musician. The second son of María Pizarro Medina from Alcalá de los Gazules, and Jesús Sánchez Madero from Algeciras, Sanz began playing guitar at the age of seven and composing his first songs three years later. After moving to Moratalaz from the neighborhood of Pueblo Nuevo at age 16, he began attending management classes. At the same time, he recorded his first album.
In 1991, Sanz released his official major label debut, Viviendo Deprisa, with Warner Brothers, becoming a well-known singer in Spain thanks to his hit Pisando fuerte. The album sold a million copies and made Sanz a star in his homeland. He released Si Tu Me Miras in 1993, with contributions from Nacho Maño, Chris Cameron, and Paco de Lucía. In 1994 he releases Basico, a remix album of the best songs from the previous ones. In 1995, he recorded 3 in Venice, Italy.
His next album, Más (1997), launched him internationally, with famous singles such as Corazón partío and Amiga mía. It also became the best selling album of all time in Spain, with almost 3 million copies sold. The album stayed for 77 weeks on the top of many Spanish and Latin-American charts. He won the World Music Award for Best Selling Spanish Artist in 1999 in Montecarlo. In 2000 he released El Alma Al Aire which broke into the Billboard Hot 200 in the United States for the second time, as Más had done before. In 2001 he recorded live in Miami a MTV Unplugged album. His 2003 album No Es Lo Mismo won a 2004 Grammy Award for best Latin Pop Album, after selling two million copies in two months following its release. The year 2004 saw also the release of his Greatest Hits album. This 3-CD album came with some previously unreleased songs.
In 2005 he and Colombian singer Shakira became the first Latin duet to perform live at the MTV awards ceremony in Miami, with the performance of their hit La Tortura. La Tortura became one of the most popular Latin songs of 2005 and was a hit throughout Latin America, Europe and even in America.
He has also recorded the single "Una Noche" with the Irish band The Corrs in 2000 as well as "Me Ire", and with Lena in 2005 the song "Tú Corazón".