Salvador Sobral won the Portuguese national selection show ‘Festival da Cancao’ in March 2017 and will represent Portugal at Eurovision 2017 in May. We delve deeper into the singer’s history in the music industry with 10 Things About…Salvador Sobral!
1. Salvador Vilar Braamcamp Sobral was born in Lisbon on 28 December 1989 and is a Portuguese singer. Although he was born in Lisbon, he also resided in the United States and Barcelona as a child.
2. Salvador studied Psychology at the Higher Institute of Applied Psychology in Lisbon, but his enormous passion for music was something he decided to pursue full time after graduating.
3. After spending four years in the United States, Sobral moved to Barcelona to study jazz at the prestigious Taller de Músics school.
4. In 2009, he competed on season three of Ídolos, Portugal’s version of Pop Idol. He finished seventh in the competition. His sister, Luísa Sobral, is also a singer who prior to Salvador’s appearance, previously placed third on the first season of Ídolos.
5. In Barcelona, in early 2014, Sobral sang vocals for the pop-indie band Noko Woi. The band’s first album earned them an invitation to play at one of the stages of the 2014 edition of the Sónar Festival in Barcelona.
6. During the time he lived in the United States and in Barcelona, Salvador Sobral developed several musical projects including composing songs for himself and writing material for his debut solo album.
7. That album, entitled ‘Excuse Me’, was edited by Valentim de Carvalho, and is highly influenced by Sobral’s musical influences, particularly Jazz. The album which was released on 18 March 2016, features the musical co-production of the pianist Júlio Resende, the talented Venezuelan composer Leonardo Aldrey and Salvador Sobral himself.
8. Most of the album’s tracks are composed by Salvador Sobral and Leo Aldrey who explore original themes and music in the songs.
9. Salvador Sobral has played with several of the most prominent names in Brazilian jazz.
10. Sobral’s Eurovision song ‘Amar Pelos Dois’ received 12 points from the televote and 10 points from the jury in the final of Festival da Cancao 2017. The overall total of 22 points meant that he comfortably finished in first place ahead of nearest rival Viva La Diva whose song ‘Nova Gloria’ gained a total of 18 points.
Listen to ‘Amar Pelos Dois’, Salvador’s song for Eurovision 2017: