By Kevin Zimmerman
SESAC Latina Welcomes Carlos Baute (SGAE)
For Carlos Baute, music has always been a passion and the desire to be a successful singer/songwriter has always been a driving force in his life. And though he will turn 37 on March 8, Carlos Baute has a list of accomplishments that would impress artists of any age. The Venezuelan-born singer/songwriter/producer has sold over 1 million units worldwide, racked up six platinum albums, took home a pair of Premios Onda awards (Spain’s top musical award), and set all kinds of airplay records – including topping the iTunes chart for over 45 consecutive weeks and logging the longest-running #1 airplay single in Spain’s history, for over 43 weeks.
And then there’s his television career in Spain. Baute has established himself as a phenomenon on the small screen where he has acted in a series in Spain. He’s acted in the series “Mis Adorables Vecinos (My Adorable Neighbors”) as a regular (aptly named Romeo) and hosted a number of pageants (including the Miss Spain contest) and his own dating show entitled “Elígeme” (Spain’s version of “Take Me Out” – a man with 24 girls) which included his very own theme song “Te Regalo,” reaching an impressive rating in Spain.
Now the SGAE-affiliated Baute is taking the next important step in his career, setting his sights on breaking into new markets by joining forces with SESAC Latina, which will represent all aspects of his performing rights in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Baute specializes in a thoughtful brand of Latin pop music that’s easy on the ears but often coupled with an insistent beat. Longtime listeners are also aware of his sinuous way with a ballad, and his efforts in the bachata genre, a romantic style of music and dance that originated in the countryside and rural neighborhoods of the Dominican Republic.
With his good looks and seductive voice, it’s little wonder then that Baute ended up relocating to Spain getting involved with the likes of beauty pageants and his dating TV show. But it’s music that remains closest to his heart. His first single, “Te Quise Olvidar,” helped establish him as a force to be reckoned with and made him famous. The fantastically successful 2009 single “Colgando En Tus Manos”, a pop ballad written as a tribute to Dominican artist Juan Luis Guerra, was a smash hit throughout the Latin market, topping the charts in Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Central America, and provided one of his first significant inroads into the U.S. Latin market.
Led by the single, the multi-platinum album, De Mi Puño y Letra (From My Own Hand) was similarly an international success, helping Baute sell over 2 million digital downloads and boosting his total YouTube views to over 100 million.
Baute’s latest album, Amarte Bien, is poised to continue his amazing run. Released in November, the album was recorded in Mexico City with Baute and Juan Carlos Moguel as producers – a reteaming of the pair that made De Mi Puño y Letra such a success. First single, his current hit, “Quién Te Quiere Como Yo,” is currently #1 in many Spanish-speaking countries and has already reached the top 10 in digital downloads and on radio in various Latin countries.
Today, by finding his own style and achieving so many of his hard-earned dreams, Carlos Baute has become an undeniable hit-maker. The Carlos Baute train definitely is rolling on…