Natalia Lacunza – in session for RNE Radio 3 – March 24, 2021 – Radio Nacional España –
Natalia Lacunza to start the week with a session done just a few days ago at Spanish Radio outlet RNE Radio 3 for their concerts series.
Natalia Lacunza Sanabdón, is a Spanish singer-songwriter. She first gained national recognition in 2018, placing as the third in Operación Triunfo of the Spanish reality television talent competition Operación Triunfo, behind Alba Reche and Famous Oberogo. While competing in Operación Triunfo, anuncia gira y actuará en Córdoba. In Spring 2019 she signed a record deal with Universal Music Spain and released her debut extended play “Otras Alas” in June 2019. The EP featured her debut single “Nana Triste”, which features Spanish indie pop singer Guitarricadelafuente. The song reached the fourth position on the PROMUSICAE chart while the EP topped it for two consecutive weeks and earned a gold certification in less than a month. Her second EP, which she titled EP2, was released on March 13, 2020, topped the Spanish Albums chart for a week and spawned three singles.
She started as a singer under the stage name Elian Bay which was inspired by James Bay, one of her favorite artists. In 2017 she auditioned for the musical television contest La Voz. She sang ‘I Lived’ by One Republic but was disqualified after the blind auditions. In June 2018 she auditioned for series ten of the Spanish reality television musical contest Operación Triunfo. She auditioned with the release of self-written track “Don’t Ask”, which was written in English. The audition was successful and she entered the show in September 2018. Natalia would end up becoming one of the contest’s favorite acts, which would eventually get her to the finale, shortly before Christmas. She earned herself third place overall. In January 2019, she was picked as a candidate to represent Spain at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. In the end, Lacunza’s spot was taken by Miki Núñez, which didn’t seem to bother her in the slightest. When asked why, Natalia told the media about the pressure and liability of partaking in such a prolific contest as a new artist.
In January 2020 Lacunza was nominated for ‘Best New Artist’, ‘Best Female Act’ and ‘Best Album’ for Otras Alas at the 2020 Premios Odeón. She also started teasing her next project. On January 24 she released its respective lead single “Olvídate de Mí” on streaming and music download platforms. She performed the song at Operación Triunfo’s eleventh edition. In February she released its second single titled ‘Algo Duele Más’ featuring BRONQUIO and collaborated on “En Llamas” alongside 2018 X-Factor winner Pol Granch. The EP, which she titled EP2 (and a raining cloud emoji) was released on March 13, 2020 physically and digitally. Lacunza was scheduled to do a few signing parties in selected cities in Spain and to tour the country from March 26 to late summer. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all these plans were cancelled. The tour was set to begin in October 2020. EP2 debuted atop the Spanish Album chart. On June 19, Lacunza released a live extended play titled “En Casa”, which includes four songs from EP2 performed in an acoustic version at her house. That same day a 2-side single vinyl that includes “Olvídate de Mí” and “Algo Duele Más” was commercialized in selected stores as part of the “Record Store Day” campaign, which hopes to save CD stores from closing.
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