11 Songs, 31 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mexican-American troubadour Adriel Favela plays his guitar with a grit that recalls norteño’s folk roots, but he sings his unflinching corridos with the seductive pull of a Latin-pop crooner. For his fifth album, the Sonora artist adds an unexpected color to his musical palette: roaring banda horns. The elegant-but-explosive brass only heightens the drama on Favela’s tales of romantic woe like “Para Que Me Quejo,” while guests like Enigma Norteño spur him to bring even more soul-baring excitement to rustic standouts like “El Samo.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mexican-American troubadour Adriel Favela plays his guitar with a grit that recalls norteño’s folk roots, but he sings his unflinching corridos with the seductive pull of a Latin-pop crooner. For his fifth album, the Sonora artist adds an unexpected color to his musical palette: roaring banda horns. The elegant-but-explosive brass only heightens the drama on Favela’s tales of romantic woe like “Para Que Me Quejo,” while guests like Enigma Norteño spur him to bring even more soul-baring excitement to rustic standouts like “El Samo.”

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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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