2018 Edition of the Latin Grammy Acoustic Sessions
Begin in Mexico With Luis Fonsi
The Latin Recording Academy will begin the 2018 Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Sessions series with the first concert on Jan. 24 in Mexico City thanks to the presenting sponsorship of Mastercard and Santander, as well as with official level partnership from Buchanan’s Scotch Whisky and The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
The star of this glamorous night, which will be abundant with celebrities and rhythm, will be five-time Latin GRAMMY winner and current GRAMMY nominee in three categories for the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards, Luis Fonsi. With a solid career and public admiration of two decades, Fonsi has propelled Latin rhythms throughout the world with his song “Despacito” and the more recent “Échame La Culpa.” Fonsi has dominated the No. 1 spot and broken record sales, airplay, and global streaming records.
The Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Sessions are a series of exclusive live concerts that connect audiences with some of the most talented Latin artists. The 2018 series will kick-off in Mexico City and will continue with other featured artists in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as other important cities in Latin America and the United States.
In addition to showcasing established music stars, the Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Sessions contribute to the development of new talent such as Raquel Sofía, who will be the opening act during the special event, which will be held at El Restaurante El Lago in Mexico City. Raquel Sofía was previously nominated for a Latin GRAMMY in 2015 for Best New Artist.
“It is very exciting to present extraordinary musicians on acoustic stages throughout Latin America,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., Latin Recording Academy President/CEO. “This is why we are beginning the year with two Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Sessions in two key countries: Mexico and Argentina.”
The Latin Recording Academy is working with Mastercard and Santander for the second year as the presenting sponsors of this event. For Santander this event is important as it permits them to position itself in the entertainment sector by offering unique benefits to its clients. The alliance between The Latin Recording Academy and Mastercard represents the efforts between two brands that are leaders in their fields, to offer the best and most exclusive experiences. This year, Buchanan’s 18 Special Reserve, the official spirits sponsor of the event and the highest expression of Casa Buchanan’s, celebrates the greatness of Latin music represented by the Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Sessions by serving guests innovative cocktails and the perfect taste of Buchanan’s 18. The Latin Recording Academy will bring to Mexico and to this event a glimpse of its partnership with Las Vegas, the host-city of the Latin GRAMMY Awards, with a performance from Tap Dancing Twins Sean and Jon Scott from ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace, who will also add to the evening’s festivities.
About Luis Fonsi
Award-winning Puerto Rican performer, composer, instrumentalist and producer, with two decades of a successful artistic journey, which has converted him into one of the top stars of Latin music globally. Since his first album, Comenzaré (1998) to his most recent global hits “Despacito” and “Échame la Culpa” (2017), Fonsi has succeeded in crossing borders and winning millions of people over with the quality of his performances and an extensive list of radio hits. Throughout his career, he has held the top spots with his record sales, has performed on the most important stages in Europe, Latin America, and the United States, and has received important awards from the music industry for not only his music but philanthropic work.
About Raquel Sofía
Raquel Sofia, graduate from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, has worked as a chorus singer alongside famed artists such as Shakira and Juanes. In 2015, she launched her first album, Te quiero los domingos, which reached the number one spot on the iTunes Latino Chart. She composed and performed on the official album for HBO’s Game of Thrones Mixtape. Her success as a performer was recognized by The Latin Recording Academy, who nominated her for Best New Artist at the Latin at the 16th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards in 2015. In 2016, she participated as an invited vocalist on two songs premiered by super group Levee Walkers, composed of members from Pearl Jam, Guns ‘N’ Roses and Screaming Trees. During 2017 she launched various singles from her next album 2:00 AM, which will debut Jan. 26.