Talking about JUAN GABRIEL is talking about music, lyrics, and feelings. His 30-year career has been the delight of his audiences, not only throughout Latin America, but also in the United States, and Spain.
He is more than an artist, yet a human being, as simple as any, in spite of the success achieved throughout his career. After a poor careless childhood, and 8-year confinement in Juarez City, he could achieve success thanks to his huge talent, effort, and humanity.
JUAN GABRIEL is really one of the most important Mexican songwriters, and has recorded with more than 200 artists. He has sold over 40 million albums. His songs, ballads and “rancheras,” are played and performed over and over again, not only in big cities, but also in the country, cradle of the Michoacanian musician.
A little History...
This extraordinary artist wrote his first lyrics as a child. “NO TENGO DINERO” (I do not have money), “ESTA ROSA ROJA” (This Red Rose), “QUE DIVINO AMOR” (What a Divine Love), “EN ESTA PRIMAVERA” (In this Spring), “SIEMPRE EN MI MENTE” (Always on my mind), marked on the beginnings of the 70’s an era filled with greatest hits.
His rancheras were very praised by the great Jose Alfredo Jimenez, when he said that JUAN GABRIEL would succeed, at the time he said very touched, after he listened “SE ME OLVIDO OTRA VEZ" (I forgot it again): “I would love to have composed this song myself.”
And what can be said about “LA MUERTE DEL PALOMO” (The Death of the Pigeon” (composed at age 13), “SIEMPRE ESTOY PENSANDO EN TI” (I’m Always Thinking about You), “NO VALE LA PENA” (It’s Not Worth It), “LA FARSANTE” (The Phoney), “INOCENTE POBRE AMIGO” (Innocent Poor Friend), “NO ME VUELVO A ENAMORAR” (I won’t fall in love again), among others, always in the same romantic style.
Songs like “AMOR ETERNO” (Eternal Love), the famous poem he wrote inspired in his beloved passed away mother, Mrs. Victoria. Songs full of sorrow, like “HASTA QUE TE CONOCI” (Until I met You), “AUNQUE TE ENAMORES” (Even if You Fall in Love), and “YO NO NACI PARA AMAR” (I wasn’t born to Love), opened the door to other hit to come along: “YO NO SE QUE ME PASO” (I don’t know What Happened to Me), “TE LO PIDO POR FAVOR” (I beg You), and “QUERIDA” (Dear).
But there is also the joyful and dancing JUAN GABRIEL, the young man who earned his living by performing as "Adan Luna" in several nightclubs on Juarez City. Then is when he started to gain the skills that later, he would use into his own spectacles, with the rhythm of songs: “EL NOA NOA” (The Noa Noa), “NADIE BAILA COMO TU” (No one dances like you), “BESAME” (Kiss me), and the powerful "disco" sound of “DEBO HACERLO” (I’ve got to do it).
In 2000, JUAN GABRIEL presented the memorable album “ABRAZAME MUY FUERTE” (Hold me very Tight), which makes of him a storyteller again. Through his music and creative inspiration, he magically tells sometimes his own experiences, and sometimes somebody else’s experiences.
The greatness of the Artist is measured mainly in his ability to renew and rejuvenate himself. There are a few great artists, and few become great. JUAN GABRIEL, who already celebrated 30 years of artistic career, presents what can become the most important album of his life: “Inocente de Ti” (Innocent of You).
JUAN GABRIEL‘s artistic career has been full of awards, nominations, and recognitions. The six-times nominated to the Grammy has been in concerts worldwide. Besides his own hits, he has produced albums for artists, such as Rocio Durcal, Lucha Villa, Lola Beltran, among others. His songs have been recorded with singers like Ana Gabriel, Isabel Pantoja, Raul Di Blassio, and Marc Anthony.
In 1995, he won the “ASCAP” Prize Singer of the Year. In 1996, he got his deserved site in the Billboard Hall of Fama. He has his star on The Hollywood Sign. Lots of his creations have been #1 on the Hit Parade.
“Inocente de Ti”...
“Inocente de Ti” is for me the most wonderful album since Gustavo Farias produced “Gracias por Esperar,” in 1994. And, now, almost ten years later, he and I are reunited.”
JUAN GABRIEL is one of those writers that compose their songs following their own rules. Just so you judge them on their universe. His pieces are extraordinary because of their authenticity. Nevertheless, it has been time since his influence was the obliged reference of the Latin-American song book, JUAN GABRIEL keeps on writing with the same sense of joy and experimentation. As any other singer, he is not looking for the perfect song, but for the song that yields the greatest emotions.
“Inocente de Ti,” is an album produced with supreme taste. The pianist Gustavo Farias did not create an album for JUAN GABRIEL yet a concept: the ballad open to assorted possibilities. The result is brilliant: “Inocente de Ti” is an assembly of timeless themes, marvelous melodies, and simple arrangements, that surpass the author’s landmarks.
Is this the JUAN GABRIEL in “Querida”, “En esta Primavera” or “Se me olvido otra vez”? Yes, he is!!!! But here, the Mexican artist continues bringing new elements to his sonorous universe: from the ballad-rock (Inocente de ti), the modern ranchera (Loco enamorado—Crazy in Love), and the symphonic ballad (Gracias por todo—Thanks for Everything), to the song that blends jazz light, and rhythm & blues (Luna llena—Full Moon).
As a lyrics author, JUAN GABRIEL rules for being different As he writes with clear ideas, with transparent feelings, his songs reach both: popularity and value, very rare elements within a market where the audience is used to listen “disposable” music. The lyrics on “Inocente de Ti”, as in many others of his, are like mini-soap operas: there is drama, and tension, problems, and endings. Although the album is merely romantic, JUAN GABRIEL knows just how to adapt a ballad into a festive song (as in Amandote—Loving you).
JUAN GABRIEL sings them as whom is exposed to auto biographical confessions, but also with the conviction of being the creator of universal stories. One reflects in these songs. By the way, it’s not an accident that a new generation of musicians look up the Mexican artist, considering him as a master in the profession.