Two time Juno and four time Latin Grammy winner Alex Cuba makes his debut at The Carleton (finally!) on Sunday, September 17th. Show time is 7:30 PM and tickets are $27.50 advanced or $30 at the door.
Born Alexis Puentes in Artemisa, Cuba, was immersed in music when very young age and was in the family business of music at the age of 4 when he joined his father (respected guitarist and teacher Valentin Puentes) and a group of 24 guitarists in a performance aired on Cuban national TV. Alex then went on to study guitar and bass.
In 1999, Alex moved to Vancouver, B.C where he recorded an album titled “Morumba Cubana” alongside his twin brother Adonis, as The Puentes Brothers. Alex then went on to record his solo debut album Humo De Tobaco in which earned him a Juno award for World Music Album of the Year in 2006. In 2007, Alex released Agua Del Pozo which also earned him another Juno award for World Music Album of the Year in 2008. From there, Alex released his third album, a self-titled project Alex Cuba in 2009.
The album features his first ever English track titled If You Give Me Love. The album gained great recognition on an international level. In 2010, Alex took home the award for Best New Artist at the 2010 Latin Grammy Awards, where it was also nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Album. It also followed a nomination for Best Latin Pop Album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards and in 2011 Alex took home a BMI Latin Award for his songwriting on Nelly Furtado’s #1 Spanish hit Manos Al Aire.
In 2012, Alex released his fourth album Ruido En El Sistema, which Alex received his second Socan Hagood Hardy Award for outstanding achievement in Jazz and World Music. He also won his second Latin Grammy Award – this time as a songwriter. Alex alongside his co-writer Yoel Henriquez received the award for Best Tropical Song for the single Toma Mi Vida from Milly Quezada’s album Aqui Estoy Yo. In 2013 He again brought home a Latin Grammy for the video Eres Tu from Ruido En El Sistema, a video produced entirely in his hometown of Smithers.
Songwriting was the focus for the latest album Healer that was recorded in New York, USA and Victoria, Canada. Using a live rhythm section the songs take on a live appeal and Alex traded in horns for guitars and vocal harmonies that take Alex back to his roots. There are five duets with singer-songwriters, five being Canadian: Ron Sexsmith, David Myles, Alejandra Ribera and Kuba Oms, as well as New Yorker Anya Marina, who he met on a songwriting retreat in Tulum Mexico. It is an upbeat, acoustic soul album full of optimism and reality as Alex always has a silver lining on melancholy of any form.