Queralt Lahoz is undoubtedly one of the Spanish musical sensations of recent years, and now also beyond its borders. Recently awarded with one of the prestigious Music Moves Europe Awards, granted by the European Union, she is one of the artists with more present and future of the entire national scene, leading one of the most groundbreaking and attractive musical proposals of the moment. Soul, hip hop, and dancehall, crossed by Latin, roots, and urban sounds, dialogue gracefully with naturalness on an aura of coplas and boleros that emerge spontaneously from her flamenco origins and her inner landscapes.
Born in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, a center of Andalusian migration on the outskirts of Barcelona, where a large part of her family migrated from Granada, Queralt Lahoz draws on her tradition, on the genealogy of the working women in her life and on her suburban childhood to draw a flowery bridge between past, present and future, which gives her music an unmistakable character. With this combination, the Catalan artist defies convention and can transmit the strength and delicacy of a survivor. Queralt Lahoz has one of the most impressive voices on the scene, with the ability to sing a classic bolero and rap in the purest 90’s style with the same skill.
Her irruption on the national music map came when she released Pureza (SIL Records & Costa Futuro, 2021), her first album, in May 2021, although she already had an EP, 1917, and a few singles. But it was as a result of Pureza, an album full of attitude which is a declaration of principles and autobiographical synthesis, widely praised by the specialized and general press and elevated to one of the best national albums of the year when Queralt’s enormous musical personality ceased to be an open secret. Since then, accompanied by her band, formed by Marc Soto on drums, Pau Garcia on keyboards, and Fede Jahzzmvn as DJ, Queralt Lahoz has offered more than 120 performances throughout the national territory and leaped the stages of Europe and the United States.
2023 will be the year to consecrate herself and take risks, opening new creative stages for an artist and a project whose limit is high in the sky. In January, while winning the Music Moves Europe 2023 award, she performed at the ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag) festival in front of professionals from the international music sector. A few days later, she participated in the Gaudí Awards gala of the Catalan Film Academy, performing Manuel de Falla’s ‘Canción del fuego fatuo’, with the Franz Schubert Filharmonia orchestra conducted by Tomàs Grau. At the end of February it was time to close the period marked by Pureza, with two end-of-tour shows in Madrid and Barcelona in which all the tickets were sold; and from that moment a new horizon opened up for Queralt Lahoz. In the short term, the Catalan artist will perform at the Vive Latino festival in Mexico City, the most important Latin music event, and at the International Live Music Conference in London. She will offer new concerts in Spain thanks to Girando Por Salas (GPS) and release new material. The best-kept secret of the national music scene is no longer a secret: she is a star.