Luísa Sobral is one of the most important singer-songwriters of the new generation of Portuguese musicians.
She debuted in 2011, with the album The Cherry on My Cake, very well received by the public and critics. It was followed by There’s A Flower In My Bedroom (2013), with guests like Jamie Cullum, António Zambujo and Mário Laginha, Lu-Pu-I-Pi-Sa-Pa (2014) where Luísa expands her universe beyond the aesthetics of her first records, and Luísa (2016), recorded in Los Angeles by the prestigious producer Joe Henry (Madonna, Elvis Costello, among others) and featuring Marc Ribot on guitars.
Luísa is an active composer and producer. She writes regularly for other artists, such as Ana Moura, António Zambujo, Gisela João, Marco Rodrigues, Mayra Andrade, among others. This dimension of her work shone greatly in 2017: Luísa was invited to compose for the Portuguese Song Contest (Festival da Canção). The result is well known: Amar Pelos Dois – composed by Luísa and interpreted by her brother, Salvador Sobral – gave Portugal its first-ever victory in Eurovision. During this period, Luísa also produced Elisa Rodrigues’ album As Blue as Red (2018), Coreto (2020) by Rogério Charraz and Joana Alegre’s most recent work.
In 2018, Luísa released her fifth album, Rosa. For the production, she invited the Catalan Raül Refree, one of the most prestigious producers and multi-instrumentalists in Spain. Rosa is Luísa Sobral’s most personal, mature and intimate album, privileging, besides her voice and guitar, a trio of woodwinds and elements of classical percussion. The beauty of the compositions is enhanced by the exquisite arrangements and the creative complicity between Luísa and Refree.
In 2020, Luísa once again expanded her creative horizons. She released a new single with the Spanish singer Zahara and debuted her new podcast O Avesso da Canção, where she interviews some of the biggest names in Portuguese music about the art of songwriting. 2020 also marks the stage debut with his brother Salvador Sobral in a series of unreleased concerts in Lisbon and Porto.
Besides being one of the most requested artists in Portugal, Luísa also has an extensive international repertoire. Since 2011, the year she played at the mythical BBC program ‘Later… with Jools Holland’, she has toured in Spain, France, Turkey, Israel, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, USA, Morocco, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Japan, Brazil and Uruguay. Luísa is also a regular presence in international festivals like the WOMAD Festival in Adelaide, the Red Sea Winter Jazz Festival (Israel), the Barcelona Jazz Festival, the Cartagena Jazz Festival, the London Jazz Festival , Cully Jazz and the SXSW festival in Texas, USA.
Recently, Luísa returned with Camomila (2021), a mini-album of lullabies that has captured the hearts of a younger public, and with the single Quero Morar numa Canção (2022).
Luísa’s sixth studio album will be released in October. It was produced by Brazilian multi-instrumentalist and 2022 Latin Grammy winner Tó Brandileone, and will present a distinct aesthetic – more joyful and more pop – from Luísa’s previous albums. In her words “I’ve wanted to make an album like this for a long time: happier and sunnier, an ode to life and the good things that have happened to me”.