Salvador Sobral

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Salvador Sobral
Salvador Sobral RedCarpet Kyiv 2017.jpg
Sobral on the Eurovision Song Contest
red carpet in Kiev in 2017
Background information
Birth name Salvador Vilar Braamcamp Sobral
Born (1989-12-28) 28 December 1989 (age 27)
Lisbon, Portugal
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active 2009–present
Labels Valentim de Carvalho
Associated acts

Salvador Vilar Braamcamp Sobral (Portuguese pronunciation: [saɫvɐˈðoɾ viˈlaɾ bɾɐ̃ˈkɐ̃p suˈβɾaɫ], born 28 December 1989) is a Portuguese singer, who won the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine for Portugal with the song "Amar pelos dois", written and composed by his sister Luísa Sobral.[1] In doing so, he gave his country its first ever win in the contest since its debut in 1964, ending the longest winless run by a country in Eurovision history (53 years). He and his entry hold the Eurovision record for the highest-scoring winner, having earned a total of 758 points under the current voting system, after winning both the jury vote and televote.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Sobral was born in Lisbon and has lived there most of his life. He was born into a formerly noble family,[4][5] the son of Salvador Luís Cabral Braamcamp Sobral and Luísa Maria Cabral Posser Vilar. His paternal grandparents are Salvador José de Almeida Braamcamp Sobral and Maria Elisa Perestrelo de Matos de Figueiredo Cabral; and his maternal grandparents are João Luís Posser de Andrade Vilar and Luísa Maria de Melo Breyner Freire Cabral. The politician Hermano José Braamcamp de Almeida Castelo Branco is his great-great-great-great-grandfather.

At the age of ten, he participated in the TV programme Bravo Bravíssimo, and at 20 he was one of the ten finalists of Ídolos, the Portuguese version of the Idols franchise. As a finalist, he sang music by Stevie Wonder, Leonard Cohen and Rui Veloso.[6]

He studied Psychology at the Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada (pt), in Lisbon. He spent time in Mallorca as an Erasmus student, where he started singing in bars.[7]

Salvador Sobral is a fan of Chet Baker and bossa nova singers including Caetano Veloso and Chico Buarque.[7] He speaks five languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English, a little Italian and Catalan.[8]

Career[edit]

2009–2010: Ídolos[edit]

In 2009, he competed on season three of Ídolos, Portugal's version of the Idols franchise.[9] He finished seventh in the competition. His sister, Luísa Sobral, is also a singer who previously placed third on season one of Ídolos.[10]

2011–2014: Barcelona and first concerts[edit]

Salvador Sobral, accompanied by pianist Júlio Resende, in the FOLIO festival in Óbidos, singing poems by Alexander Search (one of Fernando Pessoa's heteronyms).

After he left the Psychology program, he applied to the Taller de Músics, a music school in Barcelona, where he finished his studies in 2014.[7] In 2015, he participated in the Vodafone Mexefest and EDP Cool Jazz festivals.[11][12]

2016–present: Excuse Me and Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

On 2 August 2016, Sobral released his debut single "Excuse Me" as the lead single from his debut studio album. On the same day he released his debut studio album Excuse Me.[7] The album peaked at number 10 on the Portuguese Album Chart. "Nem Eu" was released as the second single from the album on 27 October 2016. In 2017, Sobral was confirmed to be taking part in Festival da Canção 2017, with the song "Amar pelos dois".[13] He went on to win the competition on 5 March 2017, and represented Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.[14]

Sobral could not perform in the first rehearsals because of a heart condition and an operation that forced him to rest ahead of the performance in the semi.[15][16] His sister took over the role of singer during the first rehearsals.[15] He won the final with 758 points, which under the current voting system represents the highest scoring winner who won the contest.[17][18]

In July 2017 he participated in the Super Bock Super Rock festival in Lisbon, accompanied by the pianist Júlio Resende with whom he has a project titled Alexander Search.[19]

On 5 September 2017, he announced via Facebook that he will interrupt his career temporarily due to health concerns, following a last concert on 8 September, in the gardens of Casino Estoril, in Cascais. "It is not a secret that I have a fragile health; I have a problem. It is, unfortunately, time to hand over my body to science and to abandon my life of concerts and music; time to leave for a while from this civilian world and go to another where, certainly, my problem will be fixed. Unfortunately, I do not know how long this will take."[20]

Activism[edit]

Sobral wearing the "S.O.S. Refugees" shirt.

Sobral drew attention to the European migrant crisis by attending the first semi-final winners' press conference in an 'S.O.S. Refugees' shirt.[21] "If I'm here and I have European exposure, the least thing I can do is a humanitarian message," he said. "People come to Europe in plastic boats and are being asked to show their birth certificates in order to enter a country. These people are not immigrants, they're refugees running from death. Make no mistake. There is so much bureaucratic stuff happening in the refugee camps in Greece, Turkey and Italy and we should help create legal and safe pathways from these countries to their destiny countries," he added, earning a round of applause.[22]

Later the EBU imposed a ban preventing him from wearing the shirt for the remainder of the contest.[23] The EBU argued that Sobral's shirt was being used as a "political message", violating the rules of the contest.[23] Sobral argued at his winners' press conference, however, that it held a humanitarian message, not political one.[24]

During a concert in Ourém, Sobral announced on 19 June 2017 that he would donate all the profits from the sales of his CDs sold to the people of Pedrógão Grande and the relief efforts in the town after it was severely damaged by wildfires the previous day.[25]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
POR
[26]
AUT
[27]
BEL
(Fl)

[28]
BEL (Wa)
[29]
NLD
[30]
SPA
[31]
SWI
[32]
Excuse Me
  • Released: 2 August 2016
  • Label: Salvador Sobral
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 65 23 92 35 38 31

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
POR
[26]
AUT
[27]
BEL (Fl)
[28]
FRA
[33]
GER
[34]
NLD
[30]
SPA
[35]
SWE
[36]
SWI
[32]
UK
[37]
"Excuse Me" 2016 22 Excuse Me
"Nem Eu" 25
"Amar pelos dois" 2017 1 22 30 4
[38]
43 35 1 33 6 97 Non-album single
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
POR
[26]
"Nada Que Esperar" 2017 56 Excuse Me
"Ready for Love Again" 61
"After You've Gone" 64
"Change" 70
"Autumn in New York" 79
"Ay Amor" 88
"Something Real" 91

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

Sources[edit]

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  9. ^ "A hora da decisão final no Festival da Canção". Jornal de Notícias. 5 March 2017. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "O Tivoli foi a casa de Luísa Sobral, Comunidade Cultura e Arte" (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 21 February 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
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  12. ^ "Salvador Sobral e HMB vão actuar no EDP Cool Jazz". Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  13. ^ "Conheça os intérpretes da 1.ª Semi-final do Festival da Canção 2017". RTP.pt (in Portuguese). 18 January 2017. Archived from the original on 31 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
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  20. ^ "Salvador Sobral anuncia pausa na carreira por motivos de saúde" [Salvador Sobral announces break in his career due to his health]. Público (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-09-06. 
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  22. ^ "Eurovision contestants share emotions after qualifying for final". Kyiv Post. 10 May 2017. Archived from the original on 12 May 2017. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Leonor Andrade
with "Há um mar que nos separa"
Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest
2017
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Ukraine Jamala
with "1944"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
2017
Succeeded by
Incumbent