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Kany Garcia

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Biography

Singer/songwriter Kany García emerged in 2007 as her native Puerto Rico's fastest rising pop/rock star. The daughter of Spanish former priest Antonio and puertorriqueña Encarnita García de Jesús, Kany grew up in a home filled with music in the town of Toa Baja. The youngest of three musically inclined siblings, Kany began studying classical music as a child. Already well versed in cello, music theory, and voice, Kany began attending the renowned Escuela Libre de Música at age 13. In her mid-teens she abandoned the idea of a career in classical music in favor of pursuing her passion for songwriting. When the time came, García continued her studies at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico. In her early twenties, a brush with fame became a brush with death for the budding artist. Following a successful audition for the television program Objectivo Fama, she fell asleep behind the wheel, barely surviving a near-fatal car accident. The hospital stay cost her the opportunity to appear on the show. This setback did not keep García from the craft that she loved. Continuing to write and perform led to talks with Sony BMG some years later. While being courted by the music industry superpower, Sony invited her to share the stage with Franco De Vita at an engagement in Puerto Rico. Her performance was met so warmly, it garnered the evening's only standing ovation, and an offer of a recording contract followed shortly thereafter. Her debut album, Cualquier Día, was released in July of 2007 and reached number ten on Billboard's Latin Pop Albums chart. In 2008 she won a pair of Latin Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album. Her follow-up, 2009's Boleto de Entrada, entered the Top Latin Albums chart at number six. Its single, "Feliz," landed inside the Top Five of the Latin Pop Songs chart. The album was nominated for a Latin Grammy. García toured extensively for the next year and lent her voice to recordngs by Tego Calderon (El Que Sabe, Sabe) and Gilberto Santa Rosa (Irrepetible). Her third self-titled album was issued in July of 2012. It debuted at number one on various charts in Puerto Rico and the United States. It netted four charting singles and a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. She followed it with the concert recording En Vivo in 2014. When not touring she wrote and recorded with producer David Kahne (Paul McCartney, Lana Del Rey). The pre-release single "Perfecto Para Mi" arrived in the fall of the following year, scoring well inside the Top 40 of the Latin Pop Songs chart and showing high visibility on streaming charts. García's fourth studio album, Limonada, was issued in May of 2016. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez

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Birth Name:

Encarnita García

Born:

1982 in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

Genre
Years Active:

'00s, '10s

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