Luísa Sobral is one of the most important composers and singers of the new generation of Portuguese musicians.
She begins her artistic path after a successful academic career at Berklee College of Music, in Boston. Her first album, The Cherry On My Cake (2011), is an immediate success in Portugal, going Platinum and receiving widespread appraise.
An extensive national and international tour follows. Luísa debuts in Spain, at the Barcelona Jazz Festival and the Cartagena Jazz Festival, and opens the concerts by Ute Lemper at Union Chapel (London), and by Melody Gardot during a tour in Germany and at the London Jazz Festival (Barbican Center). Critics and audiences alike surrender to the talent of Luísa, who is nominated for the Portuguese Golden Globes in the categories of New Artist and Best Individual Performer. The year culminates with a performance on the mythical BBC program ‘Later… with Jools Holland’.
In her second album, There’s a Flower in My Bedroom (2013), Luísa approaches the folk and indie universe. The album features collaborations with artists like Jamie Cullum, António Zambujo and Mário Laginha and goes Gold. At the international level, Luísa continues her affirmation, completing a tour of central Europe and participating in the SXSW festival, in Austin, Texas.
Anticipating the maternity that would come shortly after, Luísa embarks on the adventure of a children’s album. Lu-Pu-i-Pi-Sa-Pa was released in 2014 and grants Luísa the recognition of a younger audience. The single João is a success and, once again the album goes Gold, the second of her career.
For her fourth album, Luísa invites the prestigious American producer Joe Henry, winner of three Grammy Awards and with works signed with Elvis Costello, Solomon Burke, Beck or Madonna. Luísa also challenges some of the best jazz musicians to participate. Names like Marc Ribot, Greg Leisz, Jay Bellerose, Patrick Warren, David Piltch or Levon Henry sign their names in what is considered one of the best Portuguese albums of 2016, Luísa. Luísa Sobral reaches a new level of creative maturity: more authentic, demanding and spontaneous.
Luísa’s composer side has also stood out over the years. She composed for such diverse artists as Ana Moura, António Zambujo, Gisela João, Carolina Deslandes, Marco Rodrigues, Mayra Andrade, among others. In 2017, Luísa was invited by RTP (national television) to compose a song for the Eurovision Song Festival. Thus ‘Amar Pelos Dois’ is born, which Luísa decides to hand over to her brother, Salvador Sobral, to interpret. The fraternal partnership proves to be a resounding success: Portugal conquers its first victory ever at the Eurovision Song Festival. Luísa Sobral received the Marcel Bezençon Composition Award (creator of the Eurovision Song Contest), the SPA Award and the Golden Globe for Best Music. In 2018, together with her brother Salvador, she also received the Martha de la Cal Award given by the Association of Foreign Press in Portugal (AIEP) that distinguished them as Personalities of the Year. In the same ceremony, the President of the Portuguese Republic honored both artists with the degree of Commanders of the Order of Merit, for the ‘unique success’ they achieved.
After extensive national and international tours in countries such as France, Turkey, Israel, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, USA, Morocco, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Brazil, Luísa returns to the studio to record her fifth and most recent album of originals. For the production she invites the Catalan Raül Refree, one of the most prestigious producers and multi-instrumentalists in Spain, who worked with such different names as Sílvia Pérez Cruz, Mala Rodríguez or Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth.
Rosa, released in 2018, is Luísa Sobral’s most personal, mature and intimate album. The beauty of the compositions is enhanced by the exquisite arrangements and the creative complicity between Luísa and Refree. Luisa’s voice and guitars are joined by a trio of woodwinds composed of flugelhorn, tuba and French horn and some elements of classical percussion such as marimba and timpani. Rosa is made up of stories, some real, others less. It is a record where words and melodies take on full prominence.
In 2019, Luísa Sobral returns to touring, now with a new formation. She gives concerts from North to South of Portugal and, internationally, makes her debut in Japan and in Australia, at the prestigious WOMAD Festival in Adelaide.
In 2020, Luísa again expands her creative horizons. In addition to a new single with the Spanish singer Zahara, she debuts O Avesso da Canção, a podcast where she talks to other Portuguese musicians about the art of songwriting. 2020 also marks her debut on stage with her brother Salvador Sobral.
2021, marks the tenth year of Luísa’s career. A new album and tour are a promise.