An international super star, and perhaps the most sensational Spanish singer to date, Julio Iglesias is as seasoned an artist, as one can be. Born on September 23rd, 1943, Iglesias hails from Madrid, Spain. While many recognize this star as one of the most memorable voices hailing from Spain, few know that not only has Iglesias studied Law at Complutense University of Madrid, but he was also a professional soccer player. He played the position of goalie for Real Madrid Castilla for a few years before an unfortunate accident caused an untimely end to his potential soccer career. However, it was during his recovery from the unfortunate accident that Iglesias discovered his talent and his passion for music. When his nurse gave him a guitar to keep himself occupied during his recuperation, little did she know that she was igniting a spark in Iglesias that would lead him to become one of the most loved Spanish musicians, not just in his home country, but worldwide.
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1968 marked the beginning of a new chapter in his life when he won the Festival Internacional de la Canción de Benidorm (Benidorm International Song festival) for his original song, La vida sigue igual. Since then, Iglesias has produced some of the best music, in Spanish and English among various other languages. Romantic ballads, powerful and moving lyrics and catchy beats make his music a timeless classic that can be enjoyed by a diverse audience. Iglesias wrote his first song while healing from his accident. His personal journey through the life-changing accident and the end of his soccer career allowed for his creative journey to be sincere, heart-wrenching and honest. Music allowed him to heal, and in turn, it became his way of communicating and connecting with his fans and followers. He was propelled into fame and stardom in the seventies and the eighties with his hits singles, 1100 Bel Air Place, All of You, To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before, and Hey. While he’s famous for his discography in the Latin and Latin Pop genre, Iglesias has gathered a massive fan following internationally with his music in the dance pop and adult contemporary genres and his music in English as well. Apart from his musical genius, he is also famous for his heavily accented voice that breathes a distinctive passion into his lyrics and compositions. With fifty eight studio albums, nineteen compilation albums, over one hundred million records sold worldwide and a singing repertoire in fourteen different languages including French, German and Portuguese. It’s no wonder that Iglesias is perhaps the most popular Spanish star.
As an artist who has succeeded in breaking boundaries and has become an international icon of great music and an unparalleled style, it’s no surprise that Iglesias has received countless accolades and awards over an almost five decade long career. With countless hit singles and multi-platinum selling albums, he has, among various nominations and wins, won a Grammy. Iglesias has been listed as the recipient of the Diamond Record Award by the Guinness Book of World Records for being the highest selling male Spanish musician. He is also an inductee of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Iglesias’ concerts are a memorable experience on their own. He doesn’t just rely on the quality of his music to deliver a class performance. Instead, he engages with the audience and allows them to become a part of the show. Iglesias is known for sharing his life with his fans when performing. Stories from his past and present, jokes, personal experiences and his journey through his life and career puts the audience at ease and makes Iglesias more relatable. His sincerity, both in his performance and his attitude towards his fans, makes his concert an unforgettable experience for the audience.
This year, Iglesias might have turned seventy years old, but he remains full of love and young at heart. In celebration of one of the most successful international music careers of time, Iglesias embarks on a world tour this year to celebrate his forty six year career. For fans that can’t wait to see their idol on stage, Julio Iglesias tickets are now available for purchase.