The Info List - Jorge Drexler

Jorge Abner Drexler Prada (born September 21, 1964) is a Uruguayan musician, actor and doctor specializing in otolaryngology. In 2004, Drexler won wide acclaim after becoming the first Uruguayan to win an Academy Award, which he won for composing the song "Al Otro Lado del Río" from The Motorcycle Diaries.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Awards and nominations 5 Discography 6 References

Early life[edit] Drexler was born in Montevideo.[1] In 1939 his father, a German Jew, fled to Uruguay
with his family at the age of four to escape the Holocaust.[2][3] His family also fled to Bolivia
and lived there. At the time, only Bolivia
among South American countries was widely open to Jewish immigrants. And over six decades later as his gratitude to Bolivia
he made a song, which is included in Bailar en la Cueva.[3] His mother is a Christian of mixed Spanish, French, and Portuguese descent.[2] Drexler was raised Jewish,[2] but does not follow any organized religion.[4] Like much of his family, he studied medicine and became an otolaryngologist—an ear, nose and throat specialist.[5] Drexler began playing piano at age five, before attending guitar and composition classes.[6] Although he had an interest in music, he became a doctor like both of his parents.[7] He attended medical school in Montevideo.[2] During his time in medical school, Drexler took a break to hitchhike through Brazil.[2] He also studied music and recorded two albums, which were only released in Uruguay. Career[edit]

Jorge Drexler
Jorge Drexler
performing with Tiê at the 2011 Rock in Rio
Rock in Rio
Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In 1995 he was invited to Madrid
by well-known Spanish songwriter Joaquín Sabina, who introduced him to other important Spanish singers. Drexler went to Spain to record the album Vaivén in 1996 with Spanish musicians. Vaivén included some old songs from his previous releases mixed with new compositions. He moved to Spain and recorded another four albums: Llueve (1997), Frontera (1999), Sea (2001) and Eco (2004). In 2001, Drexler co-wrote two songs for Spanish singer Rosario Flores
Rosario Flores
("Agua y Sal" and "Rosa y Miel") for her album Muchas Flores.[8] Drexler's song "Al Otro Lado del Río" appeared in the internationally acclaimed film The Motorcycle Diaries. Though Drexler himself sang the song on the movie soundtrack, he was not allowed to perform the song at the 2005 Academy Awards, since "he was not popular enough," according to Spanish newspaper El País; Spanish actor Antonio Banderas and Mexican-American musician Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana
sang the track instead.[9] Upon winning, Drexler recited two verses of the song at the podium.[10][11] Drexler became the first Uruguayan to win an Academy Award, and this was also the first for the country.[10] After that, he released 12 Segundos de Oscuridad (2006); this album contained ten original songs and two covers: "High and Dry" from British band Radiohead
and "Disneylandia" from Brazilian Titãs. Although he lives most of the year in Spain, his albums were partially recorded in Uruguay
with Uruguayan musicians. Juan Campodónico
Juan Campodónico
and Carlos Casacuberta, former members of rock band El Peyote Asesino, had produced Drexler's albums from Frontera to 12 Segundos De Oscuridad. In 2008, he released a double live album, recorded in diverse concerts in Spain: Cara B (2008), mainly filled with songs previously unreleased. During 2009, Drexler worked with Colombian performer Shakira
on the Spanish-language versions of her singles "She Wolf", "Did it Again" and "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", and recorded Amar la Trama
Amar la Trama
(2010) in Madrid, Spain in just four days, with musicians playing live on studio. Drexler described the album as playful, without "the melancholy and anguish" of 12 Segundos.[12] His album "Bailar en la cueva", released in 2014, shows a new facet of the artist leaning towards rhythm and dance, a contrast to his previous albums which he describes as more introspective and nostalgic. In particular, he has pointed out that it is a very different album to the last one, describing it as the opposite pole to "Amar la Trama".[13] His music is a combination of Uruguayan traditional music (candombe, murga, milonga, tango), bossa nova, pop, jazz and electronic music, which results in very personal compositions with original arrangements. The words also play an important role in his songs. Apart from love, reflections about identity, race and religions are a constant in his work. Personal life[edit] Drexler was previously married to singer-songwriter Ana Laan. His girlfriend is Spanish actress/singer Leonor Watling, with whom he has two children. Watling sings in the band Marlango.[14] Awards and nominations[edit] Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Jorge Drexler Aside from his Academy Award for Best Original Song, Drexler has been nominated four times at the Grammy Awards, for the albums Eco (2004), 12 Segundos de Oscuridad (2006), Cara B (2008), and Bailar en la Cueva (2014); and received two Latin Grammy Awards, for Best Singer-Songwriter
Album and Record of the Year in 2014. For his work writing Spanish-language versions of singles by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, he has received five ASCAP Latin Awards.[15][16][17] Drexler also received a Goya Award in 2010 with the song "Que El Soneto Nos Tome Por Sorpresa", written for the Spanish film Lope; the same year he was named Commander of the Order of Isabella the Catholic for his musical contributions.[18] Overall, Drexler has received 13 awards from 46 nominations. Discography[edit]

La Luz Que Sabe Robar (Ayui, 1992) Radar (Ayui, 1994) Vaivén (Virgin, 1996) Llueve (Virgin, 1997) Frontera (Virgin, 1999) Sea (Virgin, 2001) Eco (Warner, 2004) 12 Segundos de Oscuridad (Warner, 2006) La Edad del Cielo (Warner, 2007) Cara B (Warner, 2008) Amar la Trama
Amar la Trama
(Warner, 2010) Bailar en la Cueva (Warner, 2014)[3][19] Salvavidas de Hielo (Warner, 2017)


^ " Jorge Drexler
Jorge Drexler
talks about his album '12 segundos de oscuridad'". Archived from the original on October 25, 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-22.  ^ a b c d e Gurza, Agustin (February 27, 2005). "A songwriter's dream has disappointing end". Los Angeles Times. Eddy Hartenstein. Retrieved February 7, 2012.  ^ a b c "From Alt.Latino, Five Conversations With Latin Music's Finest". NPR.org(Alt.Latino). 1 August 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2015.  ^ "Ecos de Drexler" (in Spanish). Montevideo
COMM. Desde hace mucho tiempo he perdido mi fé en todas las religiones organizadas. No creo en Dios.Al menos no de la manera en que se lo describe habitualmente.  ^ Rohter, Larry (2005-07-12). "Latin American Singer's Rainbow Coalition of Identities". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-22.  ^ Bonacich, Drago. " Jorge Drexler
Jorge Drexler
- Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 7, 2012.  ^ Gurza, Agustin (March 2, 2005). "Opening Doors". Los Angeles Times. Eddy Hartenstein. Retrieved February 7, 2012.  ^ " Muchas Flores – Rosario Flores". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved February 7, 2011.  ^ Hernández-Santos, Elsa (March 1, 2005). "Justicia poética para Jorge Drexler". El País
El País
(in Spanish). Prisa. Retrieved April 16, 2015.  ^ a b "Drexler gana primer Oscar uruguayo". BBC Mundo
BBC Mundo
(in Spanish). BBC. February 28, 2005. Retrieved April 16, 2015.  ^ "Drexler critica a la organización de los Oscar por prescindir de él para interpretar su canción candidata". El Mundo (in Spanish). Mundinteractivos. Retrieved April 16, 2015.  ^ Ayala, Ben-Yehuda (2010-09-16). "Shakira: The 'She Wolf' Billboard Cover Story". Billboard. Archived from the original on February 2, 2013. Retrieved 2010-09-20.  ^ Drexler, Jorge. "Making of Bailar en la Cueva". Youtube. Jorge Drexler. Retrieved 16 April 2017.  ^ " Leonor Watling
Leonor Watling
y Jorge Drexler, padres por segunda vez". Europa Press. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2018.  ^ "18th Annual El Premio ASCAP 2010 – Pop/Ballad". ASCAP Latin Awards. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. March 23, 2010. Retrieved April 22, 2015.  ^ "19th Annual El Premio ASCAP 2011 – Pop/Ballad". ASCAP Latin Awards. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. March 24, 2011. Retrieved April 22, 2015.  ^ "19th Annual El Premio ASCAP 2011 – Television". ASCAP Latin Awards. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. March 24, 2011. Retrieved April 22, 2015.  ^ "Jorge Drexler, nominado a los Grammy y premiado por la corona española". Ciudad (in Spanish). Argentina: Ciudad. September 11, 2010. Retrieved April 16, 2015.  ^ "The Latin Grammys: Mexican Romance, Uruguayan Mellow And More". NPR.org(Alt.Latino). 13 November 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 

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Jorge Drexler

Awards and nominations

Studio albums

Amar la Trama


"Al Otro Lado del Río" "Una Canción Me Trajo Hasta Aquí"

Featured songs


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Academy Award for Best Original Song


"The Continental"

Music: Con Conrad Lyrics: Herb Magidson (1934)

"Lullaby of Broadway"

Music: Harry Warren Lyrics: Al Dubin (1935)

"The Way You Look Tonight"

Music: Jerome Kern Lyrics: Dorothy Fields
Dorothy Fields

"Sweet Leilani"

Music and lyrics: Harry Owens
Harry Owens

"Thanks for the Memory"

Music: Ralph Rainger Lyrics: Leo Robin (1938)

"Over the Rainbow"

Music: Harold Arlen Lyrics: E. Y. Harburg (1939)

"When You Wish Upon a Star"

Music: Leigh Harline Lyrics: Ned Washington (1940)


"The Last Time I Saw Paris"

Music: Jerome Kern Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Oscar Hammerstein II

"White Christmas"

Music and lyrics: Irving Berlin
Irving Berlin

"You'll Never Know"

Music: Harry Warren Lyrics: Mack Gordon
Mack Gordon

"Swinging on a Star"

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen Lyrics: Johnny Burke (1944)

"It Might as Well Be Spring"

Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Oscar Hammerstein II

"On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe"

Music: Harry Warren Lyrics: Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer


Music: Allie Wrubel Lyrics: Ray Gilbert (1947)

"Buttons and Bows"

Music: Jay Livingston Lyrics: Ray Evans (1948)

"Baby, It's Cold Outside"

Music and lyrics: Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser

"Mona Lisa"

Music and lyrics: Ray Evans and Jay Livingston
Jay Livingston


"In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening"

Music: Hoagy Carmichael Lyrics: Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer

"High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin')"

Music: Dimitri Tiomkin Lyrics: Ned Washington (1952)

"Secret Love"

Music: Sammy Fain Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster (1953)

"Three Coins in the Fountain"

Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Sammy Cahn
Sammy Cahn

"Love Is a Many Splendored Thing"

Music: Sammy Fain Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster (1955)

"Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)"

Music and lyrics: Jay Livingston
Jay Livingston
and Ray Evans (1956)

"All the Way"

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen Lyrics: Sammy Cahn
Sammy Cahn


Music: Frederick Loewe Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner
Alan Jay Lerner

"High Hopes"

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen Lyrics: Sammy Cahn
Sammy Cahn

"Never on Sunday"

Music and lyrics: Manos Hatzidakis
Manos Hatzidakis


"Moon River"

Music: Henry Mancini Lyrics: Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer

"Days of Wine and Roses"

Music: Henry Mancini Lyrics: Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer

"Call Me Irresponsible"

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen Lyrics: Sammy Cahn
Sammy Cahn

"Chim Chim Cher-ee"

Music and lyrics: Richard M. Sherman
Richard M. Sherman
and Robert B. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman

"The Shadow of Your Smile"

Music: Johnny Mandel Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster (1965)

"Born Free"

Music: John Barry Lyrics: Don Black (1966)

" Talk
to the Animals"

Music and lyrics: Leslie Bricusse (1967)

"The Windmills of Your Mind"

Music: Michel Legrand Lyrics: Alan and Marilyn Bergman (1968)

"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"

Music: Burt Bacharach Lyrics: Hal David
Hal David

"For All We Know"

Music: Fred Karlin Lyrics: Robb Royer
Robb Royer
and Jimmy Griffin (1970)


"Theme from Shaft"

Music and lyrics: Isaac Hayes
Isaac Hayes

"The Morning After"

Music and lyrics: Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn (1972)

"The Way We Were"

Music: Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics: Alan and Marilyn Bergman (1973)

"We May Never Love Like This Again"

Music and lyrics: Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn (1974)

"I'm Easy"

Music and lyrics: Keith Carradine
Keith Carradine

"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)"

Music: Barbra Streisand Lyrics: Paul Williams (1976)

"You Light Up My Life"

Music and lyrics: Joseph Brooks (1977)

"Last Dance"

Music and lyrics: Paul Jabara
Paul Jabara

"It Goes Like It Goes"

Music: David Shire Lyrics: Norman Gimbel (1979)


Music: Michael Gore Lyrics: Dean Pitchford (1980)


"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)"

Music and lyrics: Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross and Peter Allen (1981)

"Up Where We Belong"

Music: Jack Nitzsche
Jack Nitzsche
and Buffy Sainte-Marie Lyrics: Will Jennings (1982)

"Flashdance... What a Feeling"

Music: Giorgio Moroder Lyrics: Keith Forsey and Irene Cara (1983)

"I Just Called to Say I Love You"

Music and lyrics: Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder

"Say You, Say Me"

Music and lyrics: Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie

"Take My Breath Away"

Music: Giorgio Moroder Lyrics: Tom Whitlock (1986)

"(I've Had) The Time of My Life"

Music: Franke Previte, John DeNicola and Donald Markowitz Lyrics: Franke Previte (1987)

"Let the River Run"

Music and lyrics: Carly Simon
Carly Simon

"Under the Sea"

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Howard Ashman (1989)

"Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)"

Music and lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim


"Beauty and the Beast"

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Howard Ashman (1991)

"A Whole New World"

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Tim Rice
Tim Rice

"Streets of Philadelphia"

Music and lyrics: Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight"

Music: Elton John Lyrics: Tim Rice
Tim Rice

"Colors of the Wind"

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz (1995)

"You Must Love Me"

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice
Tim Rice

"My Heart Will Go On"

Music: James Horner Lyrics: Will Jennings (1997)

"When You Believe"

Music and lyrics: Stephen Schwartz (1998)

"You'll Be in My Heart"

Music and lyrics: Phil Collins
Phil Collins

"Things Have Changed"

Music and lyrics: Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan


"If I Didn't Have You (Disney song)"

Music and lyrics: Randy Newman
Randy Newman

"Lose Yourself"

Music: Eminem, Jeff Bass and Luis Resto Lyrics: Eminem

"Into the West"

Music and lyrics: Fran Walsh, Howard Shore
Howard Shore
and Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox

"Al otro lado del río"

Music and lyrics: Jorge Drexler
Jorge Drexler

"It's Hard out Here for a Pimp"

Music and lyrics: Juicy J, Frayser Boy and DJ Paul
DJ Paul

"I Need to Wake Up"

Music and lyrics: Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge

"Falling Slowly"

Music and lyrics: Glen Hansard
Glen Hansard
and Markéta Irglová
Markéta Irglová

"Jai Ho"

Music: A. R. Rahman Lyrics: Gulzar

"The Weary Kind"

Music and lyrics: Ryan Bingham
Ryan Bingham
and T Bone Burnett
T Bone Burnett

"We Belong Together"

Music and lyrics: Randy Newman
Randy Newman


"Man or Muppet"

Music and lyrics: Bret McKenzie
Bret McKenzie


Music and lyrics: Adele
Adkins and Paul Epworth (2012)

"Let It Go"

Music and lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez


Music and lyrics: John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn (2014)

"Writing's on the Wall"

Music and lyrics: James Napier and Sam Smith (2015)

"City of Stars"

Music: Justin Hurwitz Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (2016)

"Remember Me"

Music and lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez

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Latin Grammy Award for Record of the Year

"Corazón Espinado" by Santana (Rodney Holmes, Tony Lindsay, Karl Perazzo, Raul Rekow, Benny Rietveld, Carlos Santana, Chester D. Thompson) featuring Maná
(Fher Olvera, Alex González, Juan Calleros, Sergio Vallín) (2000) "El Alma al Aire" - Alejandro Sanz
Alejandro Sanz
(2001) "Y Sólo Se Me Ocurre Amarte" by Alejandro Sanz
Alejandro Sanz
(2002) "Es Por Ti" by Juanes
(2003) "No Es lo Mismo" by Alejandro Sanz
Alejandro Sanz
(2004) "Tu No Tienes Alma" by Alejandro Sanz
Alejandro Sanz
(2005) "La Tortura" by Shakira
and Alejandro Sanz
Alejandro Sanz
(2006) "La Llave de Mi Corazón" by Juan Luis Guerra
Juan Luis Guerra
(2007) "Me Enamora" by Juanes
(2008) "No Hay Nadie Como Tú" by Calle 13 (Residente, Visitante) featuring Café Tacuba
Café Tacuba
(Rubén Albarrán, Emmanuel del Real, Enrique Rangel, Joselo Rangel) (2009) "Mientes" by Camila (2010) "Latinoamérica" by Calle 13 (Residente, Visitante) featuring Totó la Momposina, Susana Baca
Susana Baca
& Maria Rita
Maria Rita
(2011) "¡Corre!" by Jesse & Joy (2012) "Vivir Mi Vida" by Marc Anthony
Marc Anthony
(2013) "Universos Paralelos" by Jorge Drexler
Jorge Drexler
(2014) "Hasta la Raíz" by Natalia Lafourcade
Natalia Lafourcade
(2015) "La Bicicleta" by Carlos Vives
Carlos Vives
& Shakira
(2016) "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi
Luis Fonsi
& Daddy Yankee
Daddy Yankee

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