Two-time Grammy Nominated ELSTEN TORRES has been a bilingual pop-rock frontman while writing smash hits on the Latin pop and tropical charts for other artists.
Born in Havana, Cuba and raised in New York City, the quintessential singer-songwriter who’s proud of his roots (despite the fact that his father was a political prisoner in Cuba) and is influenced by artists from Beny Moré to Elvis Costello to the Beatles, ELSTEN is admired by his peers for his rock-solid commitment to artistry.
In 1997, ELSTEN’s band Fulano de Tal (which means “John Doe” in Spanish) debuted with the album Normal. Shortening its name to Fulano in 2000, the band returned with Etc. This album contained the song “Caramelo,” which was subsequently covered by Mexico’s No. 1 rock star and diva, Alejandra Guzmán.
Word of ELSTEN’s vivid, organic songwriting gifts spread quickly, and during the 2000s he wrote hits for such artists as Obie Bermudez (the Grammy-nominated “Todo el Año” that was #1 on the Billboard Charts for 5 consecutive weeks), Julio Iglesias (the Billboard “Top 10” and BMI awarded “Los Demás”), Luis Fonsi and Michael Stuart.
In 2006, he released Individual under the Fulano moniker. But as the title suggests, it’s a solo album. Featuring the wistful, tropical-folk ballad “Olvidaré” and the sardonic, Elvis Costello-meets-Rob Thomas rocker “Mercy,” Individual wasn’t easy to categorize but delighted audiences ready for something unpredictable and heartfelt.
ELSTEN’s peers in the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences gave Individual their ultimate blessing, nominating it for a Best Latin Pop Album Grammy in 2007; it was the only indie-distributed release among the category’s five nominees.
Representing a new generation of bilingual singer/songwriters, in early 2008, he embarks on a new phase of his career, signing a management deal with UNO MUSIC and becoming a full-fledged solo artist, performing and recording as ELSTEN TORRES for the first time.