Madrid-born Alejandro Sanz began playing guitar at the age of seven. He originally intended to be a flamenco performer, but rebelled against the discipline required to master the art. He changed his focus to pop music with flamenco influence.
Sanz is known for his distinctive raspy vocals, which he attributes to his flamenco roots, crediting singer Camarón de la Isla as a major influence.
Sanz has won the Latin Grammy for Album of the Year three times, more than any other artist.