The Panamanian/Colombian singer Miguel Bosè was born on 3 April 1956 in Panama City as Miguel Luchino González Bosé. Born to an actress mother (Lucia Bosè) and bullfighter father (Luis Miguel Dominguín), he became an actor before starting a career in singing. In the 1970s he was a teen idol in Italy before he became popular in Latin American markets. In 2013 Miguel Bosè was named Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy.
Bosé has been a force in Latin music with a career that spanned several albums, film roles, a theater director, and his own TV show. The young Miguel grew up in the arts in a home where Ernest Hemingway and the famous artist Pablo Picasso were friends of the family and he traveled extensively to London, Paris, New York, Milan, and Madrid. At the early age of 15, he had already made his film debut and started his singing career at the age of 21 which eventually led him to international stardom in pop music.
After recording several albums under the CBS label between 1977 and 1982, he had his first hit song with “Bandido” in 1985. Warner Bros. signed him up a year later which led to a more introspective phase with albums such as Salamandra, overseen by the producer Celso Valli who was well-known for his work with Eros Ramazzotti. This production was soon followed by Los Chicos No Lloran and XXX. The live recording “Directo ‘90” was a compilation of many of his biggest hits.
In 1993 Miguel Bosé’s music took on a more political stance with his album ‘Bajo el Signo de Cain’, addressing issues such as the political turmoil in Yugoslavia, ecological concerns, and certain aspects of his stardom. This became his first platinum album and with his international profile as an actor and singer becoming increasingly powerful, he released the album ‘Laberinto’ in 1995. This led to a 125-concert tour of Latin America and Spain to support the album. In 1997 he released the album ’11 Maneras de Ponerse un Sombrero’ and the Greatest Hits album, ‘Lo Mejor de Bosé’ in 1999.
With his popularity continuing undiminished, in the following decade, he released two live albums and 4 more studio albums. In 2000 he recorded a double live album in collaboration with Ana Torroja called ‘Girados’ and in 2002 he won the Grammy for Best Male Pop Performance with the album ‘Sereno’. In 2005 Miguel Bosé stepped outside the box with ‘Velvetina’ in which he experimented with electronic dance-pop.
In 2007 he celebrated 30 years in the music industry by recording ‘Papito’ with numerous Latin music stars with huge names like Shakira, Laura Pausini, Juanes, and Ricky Martin joining him in re-recording duet versions of his greatest hits.
With the single ‘Como un Lobo’ featuring Bimba Bosé, his niece (a successful model and singer in her own right), a younger listenership was attracted to his music. Taking the album on the road resulted in the live ‘Papitour’ effort.
In 2010 he recorded his 18th album ‘Cardio’, produced by Bosé and Nicolas Sorin. Cardio was on the charts all summer in Spain, Italy, and Mexico. In 2014 he released ‘Amo’ which became a Top Five success in Spain and in 2016 his MTV Unplugged set to hit number one in Spain and in Mexico.
In 2010 Miguel Bosé was awarded Honorary Colombian Citizenship for his efforts towards peace in Colombia.
Some have described his music as a global fusion of many different musical influences, at the center of which is the passionate expression of this talented Latin artist who constantly incorporates diverse musical elements into his work.