La Oreja De Van Gogh

Well-regarded as one of the most popular Spanish Pop rock bands, La Oreja De Van Gogh has been quite successful worldwide with each of their album selling million copies. As the name suggests, their artistic inspiration comes from the Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, who cut off the lobe of his own ear.

The band was formed by four men: guitarist Pablo Benegas, bassist Álvaro Fuentes, keyboardist Xabi San Martín, and drummer Haritz Garde while they were in college. They write and compose their own songs, and since their debut in association with lead vocalist Amaia Montero, who they met in a local party, the band officially started their musical journey together.

Amaia is a singer-songwriter from Basque Country who along with other band members worked and presented band’s first album Dile al sol in 1998 under the label Sony BMG. They obtained the contract from the music company after winning the pop-rock music festival in San Sebastián.

La Oreja de Van Gogh’s second studio album El viaje de Copperpot (Copperpot’s Trip) released on September 11, 2000. It is till date considered the band’s most successful album in Spain for which they won an award for Best Spanish Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards held in Germany in 2001.

In 2003 the band released their third album with eight singles Lo que te conté mientras te hacías la dormida which not only received well in Spain and other parts of Europe but also in the United States. This earned them a Grammy Award nomination, for Best Latin Album along with various other individual awards, including the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica.

After some best time and some excellent work by each band members, Amaia Montero decided to quit in her interest to start a solo career after the release of their last album together called Guapa (Pretty) on December 5, 2006. This was La Oreja de Van Gogh’s last album with Montero as lead singer and to the credit; this won a Latin Grammy Award for Best Pop Album.

After Amaia Montero’s departure in 2007, the band held an audition to search for a new vocalist and found Leire Martínez, who was then a participant in the Spanish television show ‘Factor X’.

As the band writes in its official website: ‘after meeting many friends and people, we hooked up with Leire and just enough for a moment in our rehearsal room to feel that the search was over: we returned to be five.’

With Leire, the band released their first single El Último Vals of their new album A las cinco en el Astoria (At five in the Astoria) in September 2, 2008. The album which received a 2009 Latin Grammy nomination for Best Pop Album by a Duo/Group is also counted as the 12th biggest selling album in Spain in the released year.

So, year after year, the band continues to grow with their creation and passion towards music. The band continues to strike the cord while catch the attention of all as their songs typically talk about love, friendship and relationships.

For more information about the albums, world tour, music, and videos, visit the official website.

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