11 Songs, 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Azul Se Mira finds norteño idol Adriel Favela balancing gorgeousness and grittiness. It’s easy enough to enjoy the surface beauty of these exuberant corridos. Pushing the guitars to the forefront, Favela stitches elegant tapestries of sierreño-inspired melody on the breezy “Sueño a Lo Grande” and the bittersweet “El de la Segunda Letra.” But if you listen a little deeper, you’ll find surprisingly personal stories of struggle and outlandish tales of bad behavior, though Favela somehow delivers both in the candied voice of born hit-maker.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Azul Se Mira finds norteño idol Adriel Favela balancing gorgeousness and grittiness. It’s easy enough to enjoy the surface beauty of these exuberant corridos. Pushing the guitars to the forefront, Favela stitches elegant tapestries of sierreño-inspired melody on the breezy “Sueño a Lo Grande” and the bittersweet “El de la Segunda Letra.” But if you listen a little deeper, you’ll find surprisingly personal stories of struggle and outlandish tales of bad behavior, though Favela somehow delivers both in the candied voice of born hit-maker.

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About Adriel Favela

Sonoran singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Adriel Favela is a Mexican regional artist specializing in norteño and corridos. Having played music throughout his youth, he began posting videos to YouTube, where he came to the attention of ICON/EBO Music. He recorded his first album, Favela por Herencia, at the age of 18. He signed to Gerencia Music 360 in 2014 and released his sophomore album, Mujeres Tu Tipo, that year, placing two singles -- "Es Tiempo de Guerra" and the title track -- on the Mexican regional charts. In July of 2015, he issued the pre-release single "Te Acuerdas de Tu Amiga," which placed higher than either of his previous two. It remained on the charts for 11 weeks; likewise his third album, Tomen Nota, issued a few weeks later, also placed well and had staying power. In July, Favela appeared on Univision's Sabado Gigante and was reunited with his mother. She had crossed the northern border into the United States when he was a boy and, although Adriel was born in San Francisco, California, he'd been raised by his grandfather in Sonora, Mexico. In 2017, Favela returned with the full-length Azul Se Mira, featuring the single "Me Llamo Juan." ~ Thom Jurek

HOMETOWN
San Francisco, CA
BORN
August 26, 1992

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