In November 2010, Ely Guerra received a Latin Grammy award for Best Alternative Album “Hombre Invisible”.
The road to visibility…
Since she was a child, Ely, who had lived in two of the most important cities of Mexico City Guadalajara and Monterrey, found shelter and warmth when writing personal phrases that she ventured into her incipient musical road. She also discovered the awesome power and accurate intonation of her voice during this period.
At age 8 this precocious and creative girl begins to play guitar in a lyrical way and at age 9 she writes her first song. Then, she is part of the school choir where she receives the first singing lessons and she understands that the register of her voice is the one of a Mezzo-soprano.
I see myself, I see you, a compass is not necessary.
The road first took her to Evergreen State College arts school in Olympia, Washington. Then, on her return she would sign her first recording contract with BMG, where she recorded her eponymous debut in 1992. In Madrid, by the hand of Teo Cardalda (from Spanish band Cómplices), Ely began the design of her first production.
By 1996, in constant work, she receives another chance to record her second album with EMI Music Mexico, the company with which she launches her subsequent albums till that year when she made a deep and professional decision to digitally edit her sixth album called Hombre Invisible (Invisible Man) through mapamondo.com in November 2009. This enterprising artist also starts running her own Homey Company to organize an agile and professional way to grow the project with a fresh and new vision.
The curtain keeps on rising
Ely records with EMI Pa’morirse de amor album.
For which she travels to London where she records and mixes during the winter of 1996/1997 with Scottish producer, Sandy McLelland.
The album in this process is a breakthrough while EMI allows her to promote it: Lotofire (1999), it is about 10 unreleased tracks worked hand in hand with Andres Levin (Producer) and Kenji Shimoda (audio engineer) during 6 months in New York.
From Levin’s home studio, the light booth of an empty theater, she recorded everything you hear in Lotofire, receiving renowned musicians who came with camaraderie such as Chris Whitley (deceased), Steve Barber, Mark Ribot, Larry Mullins, Greg Cohen, Evynd Kang, Vinicius Cantuaria, and Arto Lindsay.
Never the same, not invisible, just ... different.
When the moment of her fourth album Sweet & Sour, Hot y Spicy (2004) arrived, Ely was a brunette with an incredible afro hairstyle, far away from the platinum blonde with short straight hair in the previous album, creating a striking visual attraction ratified by each one of the songs in the album.
For this production Ely brought up 21 themes she wished to debug and choose to record with 5 different producers, with the musicians who always accompanied her on stage and with personal and technical resources in studios located in Mexico City and Monterrey, N.L. She made them with Mexican producers and colleague musicians Emmanuel del Real, Daniel Goldaracena, Toy Hernandez, Sasha Triujeque, and American producer Thom Russo, whom she brought from California to record in Mexico.
Eight months of hard work, where her colleagues on stage Hernán Hecth (drums), Ezequiel Jaime (bass), Nicolás Santella (piano) and Francisco Lelo de la Rea (guitar) are the main column of this “voluptuous” work along with Ely that takes them together through the path of music once again.
In the absolute enjoyment.
The full band takes up the way in Mexico introducing the album in almost all the country.
Ely also performs an unplugged in Santiago, Chile, at the Quilmes Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the Rock al Parque Festival in Bogota, Colombia, she performs in Venezuela before coming back to our country and playing for the second time at the Vive Latino Festival (2004) and she continued her tour then in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Then, in the absolute enjoyment for the English audience, Ely makes a single performance at the Royal Festival Hall (The Line Festival) London, England, where she is considered the “Latin alternative sensation” 2004.
A spot of light that filters information…
“Ely Guerra has been compared to PJ Harvey and Joni Mitchell, not to mention fellow Mexican music diva Lila Downs… It’s no surprise that the album is called Sweet and Sour, Hot y Spicy; Ely shares a lot of different sides of herself on it. Indeed, Guerra’s decade-long career is an illustrious one, but this album is a real bright spot”.
Editorial Reviews, Amazon.com
Unveiled from the Metropolitan.
Ely performs for the first time at the emblematic Metropolitan Theater in Mexico City, hence her first live album, a double enriched album with 20 songs and a loving art that has made this album a collector’s item.
This is how she gets to 2009, to Hombre Invisible (Invisible man) her sixth album, but to the beginning of a new way of making, presenting, and sharing music.