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Life: The Driving Force Behind a Latin GRAMMY Nomination

November 2, 2009

The path to a Latin GRAMMY nomination can be a long and harsh one for many artists but that has not been the case for a talented musician from Huehuetenango, Guatemala. His name is Alan Villatoro. Alan Villatoro

Residing in Houston, Texas since 2002, this gifted artist received the news that many can hardly achieve after multiple attempts. The news came straight from the Latin Recording Academy. Villatoro achieved a 2009 Latin GRAMMY nomination in the “Cristiano” (Gospel) category with the release of his second album in the U.S., “Tuyo Soy” (I am Yours). But even though this may sound like a remarkable achievement, the inspiration behind the album was anything but a fairy tale.

According to Alan Villatoro, “Tuyo Soy” is a dedication to life, from a very personal experience. He adds that the creation of his album, “…was a very close experience with low self esteem and suicide that lead me to a place of surrender and understanding. Surrender all that I was and let Him (God) take over; and understanding my place in his story.” His message -through the songs and album- is one of happiness and joy. According to Alan, “This album reaches out to those that live or have lived this harsh reality letting them know that the way out is life and not death.”

Beyond his personal experience, Alan finds more inspiration within his family and his spiritual connection with God. He targets a relatively young Spanish speaking audience; those in the 20 to 35 year old range. The songs of the album combine different styles such as bossa nova and pop and for the most part they are dynamic and full of adrenaline, as Alan explained in an interview after releasing his album. But the main song (Tuyo Soy) take a softer approach, perhaps because of the more special meaning that it has for Alan.

To deliver such a top quality album, Alan also received the support of other local musicians such as Javier Solis, Michael Zuñiga, Héctor Gallegos, and Sean Gaskin. Other musicians include veteran guitarist Ramón Stagnaro and the acclaimed drummer Lee Levin who has worked with celebrities such as Shakira, Barbra Streisand, Alejandro Sanz, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, and Christina Aguilera, among others.

Alan is certainly a Houston star that is rapidly achieving national recognition in a very competitive industry. He has the merits, the talent to achieve the award.

The Latin GRAMMY Awards will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be aired live on Univision (Channel 45 – Houston) this Thursday, November 5.

About the Latin GRAMMY
The Latin GRAMMY Awards were launched in 2000 with a very successful first annual telecast aired on CBS. It was the first primarily Spanish-language prime-time program carried on network television. Like the GRAMMY Awards, the Latin GRAMMYs recognize artistic and technical excellence in the recording arts and sciences by peer vote. It has already come to represent the height of achievement in Latin recording.

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  1. November 3, 2009 7:21 pm

    Congratulations, Alan! Wow, now I can say I knew you when you did Rita Fajita!!! Well, ahem…I mean the MUSIC for Rita Fajita!!! Not the other thing…

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