Who is José?
by Julieta Miquelarena
Jose Alvaro Osorio Balvin from Medellin, Colombia, popularly known as J. Balvin, has sold more than 3 million singles sales certified and four million album sales certified worldwide as of 2019. Imagine the numbers now!
He’s one of the 100 most influential people globally, making it into Time magazine’s annual list. Considered one of the Greatest Latin Artists of all time by Billboard, and the winner of 108 awards that include American Music Awards, MTV Europe, MTV VMA, Latin Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Los 40 Music Awards, Premios Juventud, Lo Nuestro Awards; to mention "a few,” Balvin is infinite.
J. Balvin attracts more than 54.874.214 monthly listeners in Spotify and other millions elsewhere that can’t escape his Latin-American realness, charming within his fun—coolest guy in school type of vibes.
With his sixth studio album released this past September, Balvin has been connecting with his audience “from his most authentic self, doing what he wants.”
24 tracks flow in between dancing and more melodic tracks effecting in a new mos emotive perspective from this rainbow that’s J.Balvin. Creating intimacy with his fans and new fans; while collaborating with Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa, Khalid, Maria Becerra, Nicky Jam, Ozuna, Sech, Yandel, and others.
J. Balvin absorbing documentary “The Boy from Medellin” streams now globally on Amazon Prime Video. ‘Jose’ not ‘J.Balvin’ neither ‘Balvin,’ opens up about his challenges to overcome his struggles like depression and anxiety.
The documentary exposes the total rush of complexities we didn’t see before from an artist like J.Balvin who had remain before, pretty private.
Unraveling his authentic self the singer appears to share the hope that many share; that need to making extreme changes over our own, to take the reins of our life, adapting to a much more healthy and balanced path.
Jose welcomed his first child “Río” with his lover Valentina Ferrer, an Argentinian model and entrepreneur, on June 27, 2022.
‘Querido Rio,’ features a recording of Rio’s heartbeats on this new album.
When asked about fatherhood, he spoke about the wishes for his child to be “the happiest kid alive” and his most significant dream on becoming his “best friend.”
Showing himself publicly RAW, vulnerable, the boy of Medellin is doing much more than setting an example for stereotypes and the perception of Latinos in the music market, exceeding any expectations that whoever had.