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Carrión, Angel

Author, composer, interpreter, musician and poet, Angel Carrión was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

An author, composer, musician and poet Carrión is foremost, an acute observer, a portrayer of the world that surrounds him, through music and words. A soft spoken, creative, dynamic and intelligent artist, Carrión’s voice and captivating music has crossed frontiers. He has tried through his art, to overcome language barriers to touch and exalt the human spirit.

Initially known as Angel Javier, his first album, En Cada Lugar, on the Capitol/EMI Latin label was released in 1990. The album was a broadcasting success. Sales sustained the album on Billboard magazine’s Top Latin Albums chart during a year, including 21 consecutive weeks among the top spots and reaching number one.

Carrión made his first United States tour in 1990 after the album’s release, visiting New Orleans, Miami, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Tampa, Orlando, Chicago, Union City, Philadelphia, Boston and New York. The next year he made a Puerto Rico with over 50 stage appearances.

Industry and critical recognition followed the success of his hit 1991 single, “Quiero amarte al aire libre”. That year Carrión received the Diplo Award as “Novel Artist of the Year” and the Paoli Award as “Revelation Singer of the Year”. He was also nominated for Lo Nuestro Award, brought by Univision and Billboard magazine, in the categories “Revelation Artist of the Year” and “Tropical Video of the Year.”

The next yesr, Carrión released his second CD, Siempre Contigo, also on the Capitol/EMI Latin label. Again, Carrión went on tour following the release; this time to Spain, USA and Mexico.

Travelling to Spain in 1993, Carrión went searching for experiences and sounds for his next production, and settled in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, in Barcelona, where he established contact with Catalan musicians. There, he composed and recorded during the summer and autumn.

In 1994, Carrión returned to the University of Puerto Rico, School of Social Sciences, to resume his studies in Sociology but he continued with his musical career, releasing another album, Historias de azul o gris on the EMI Latin label that same year. The album included such songs as “Sueños perdidos”, “Loco por ti” and “Última voluntad” becoming the first salsa artist to to record a full compact disc in the pop genre.

Living in the San Juan area, Carrión’s music during his period at the University of Puerto Rico was influenced by the urban landscape. In his own words, this is the period of “the penumbra of objects, the early ghosts, the shadows, the wait, the life in captivity and the men like dogs,” where the sadness and chaos of the external world reflects his own. No doubt, this time set the stage for future compositions.

Setting off to study at California State University, in 1997, Carrión also published articles about musical genres and brief reviews, in specialized magazines. He also returned to Spain to and record four songs, one of them with Josep Mas “Kitflus”, arranger and Musical Director of Joan Manuel Serrat, in Barcelona.

Over the course of the next few years, Carrión continued composing and special projects, including the release of his fourth album, Sonidos Urbanos in 2003. The record consisted of all original works including such notable songs as “Simiente” and “Hay hombres como perros“. The song reflects more than a talented young artist; it is the insight of a self-assured man who can properly measure the world around him in a dimension beyond mere time and space.

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Discography

Sonidos Urbanos (2003)

Historias de azul o gris (1994)

Siempre Contigo (1992)

En Cada Lugar (1990)

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