María Luz Casal Paz

(Luz Casal) (born in Boimorto, La Coruña, Spain, 11th November 1958) composer. In Gijón she studied piano and ballet, and, in addition, she formed part of a Rock group called Los Fannys that made versions of other artist's songs. In 1977, she went to Madrid, where she made her first recording called: "La guapa" (The beautiful). From that moment, she started composing her first songs and in 1980 she released her first single with a multinational company, "El ascensor" (The elevator). She started the recording of her first solo album, in Madrid, Brussels and Amsterdam, which was released in September 1982 and was named: "Luz". The album was produced by Carlos Narea and included songs composed by herself and by Roque Navaja. After that, with the following albums she became an important figure in Spanish pop music. She recorded a cover version of Étienne Daho's French language song "Duel au Soleil" in Spanish called "Un nuevo día brillará", which became a hit song. In 1992, she enjoyed great success with her appearance in the soundtrack of Pedro Almodóvar's acclaimed film "High Heels" singing Agustín Lara's theme "Piensa en mí". This massive hit made her a European superstar, especially admired in France. In January 2007, Luz Casal was diagnosed with breast cancer and seven months later, she revealed to the Spanish media that she had overcome her disease, turning her into an example of overcoming. In 2007 Luz released a new single "Se Feliz" (Be Happy) from her new album, Vida Tóxica (Toxic Life), inspired by her experience with chimotherapy. On 29 September 2009, she published a new album called La Pasión (The Passion), an album in which the singer paid homage to the most important bolero singers from the 1940s to the 1960s. In that album, she made versions of songs such as "Alma Mía" (My Soul), "Cenizas" (Ashes), and "Historia De Un Amor" (The History Of A Love). This album went gold in Spain and platinum in France.
Select Recordings: Albums: El ascensor (Single) (1980); Luz (1982); Los ojos del gato (1984); Luz III (1985); Quiéreme aunque te duela (1987); Luz V (1989); A contraluz (1991); Como la flor prometida (1995); Un mar de confianza (2000); Con otra mirada (2002); Sencilla alegría (2005); Vida tóxica (2007); La Pasión (2009)
Awards: In 2001 she was awarded, along with Pablo Guerrero, the Goya Award for Best Original Song with "Tu bosque animado", from the film El bosque animado. In 2009 received the Medal of Arts and Letters of France