Bárbara Reyzábal González-Aller (born 28 March 1982), known professionally as Barei, is a Spanish singer and songwriter. She will represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "Say Yay!".
Bárbara Reyzábal González-Aller was born March 28, 1982 in Madrid. She is the daughter of Teresa González-Aller Monterde and Fortunato Reyzábal Larrouy. Her father, who died shortly after she was born, belonged to the Reyzábal family, a family that amassed a fortune through the production of films, investments in real estate properties, and the operation of party venues in Madrid. She has three brothers and sisters: Ignacio Jesús, Julián, and Lourdes. Bárbara studied singing, guitar, musical language, and piano.
Bárbara began her career at 16 recording covers to songs by Christina Aguilera, Laura Pausini or Lara Fabian. In 2001, she participated in the Benidorm International Song Festival together with Gonzalo Nuche as part of a duo known as Dos Puntos with the song "Abrazo del tiempo". At the night of the festival, they finished in second place, but eventually they were declared winners due to the disqualification of the top-place finisher.
Shortly after the festival, Bárbara moved to Miami, where she recorded demos in the Latin pop genre that she decided to keep unpublished. Back in Madrid, she became a regular performer in the city's concert halls.
In 2011, Bárbara, adopting the stage name Barei, published her first studio album, Billete para no volver, an album fully in Spanish language produced by Rubén Villanueva.
After this album, Barei began to publish standalone singles in English language every few months, beginning with "Play" in October 2012. Some of the following singles, like "Foolish Nana" (2013), obtained success. The video of "Another's Life" (2013) got 600,000 views in YouTube, while the video of "Wildest Horses" (2014) got 1.5 million views.
Barei's second album Throw the Dice, released on 7 April 2015, was strongly influenced by British and American pop, funk and soul and included some of the singles she had released the previous two years like "Follish Nana", "Another's Life" and "Wildest Horses". In July 2015, Barei served as the warm-up act for Lenny Kravitz at the Starlite Festival in Marbella.
In September 2015, Barei released "Time to Fight", a song she wrote together with Fernando Montesinos that served as the theme song for Atresmedia's coverage of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League.
As a songwriter for other artits, in 2015, Barei co-wrote the song "La última superviviente" for Edurne, a track included in Edurne's sixth studio album Adrenalina, as well as the song "Encadenada a ti" for Malú, a track included in Malú's tenth studio album Caos and its second single.
On 29 December 2015, the Spanish broadcaster Radiotelevisión Española (RTVE), announced Barei as one of the six candidates in the Spanish national selection, Objetivo Eurovisión, for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. On 19 January 2016, samples of the six songs were released by RTVE, with Barei singing "Say Yay!" written by herself, Rubén Villanueva, and Víctor Púa Vivó. On 1 February, Barei won the Spanish national selection with 114 points, and will represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 to be held in Stockholm, Sweden in May.
Billete para no volver - 2011
Throw the Dice - 2015
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia
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