Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez, known professionally as Juanes is Latin Rock’s leading global ambassador and champion for social change. The 26-time GRAMMY/LATIN GRAMMY winner is the only artist holding two of Billboard’s “Top-5 Latin Pop Songs of All-Time,” has 12 #1 U.S. singles to his credit, millions of albums sold and streamed globally, and dozens of groundbreaking Spanish language TV and special event performances around the world, including The Grammys, The World Cup and Nobel Peace Prize concerts. This year has seen Juanes collaborate with Elvis Costello and Metallica, while his own recent “ORIGEN” album and documentary, which reimagines some of the most important songs and artists that shaped his early musical vision, was hailed as “A Masterpiece” by Rolling Stone, won this year’s LATIN GRAMMY award for “Best Pop-Rock Album” and receive a current GRAMMY nomination.
Juanes has also received numerous international awards for his humanitarian work. Some highlights of which include being named by Time as one of the world’s 100 most influential people; receiving the highest cultural honor given by France, L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and being honored as “The 2019 Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year” recognizing his “creative artistry, unprecedented humanitarian efforts, support for rising artists, and philanthropic contributions to the world”
While he is an internationally recognized artist, Juanes’ roots remain firmly planted in his native Colombia. The country that faced decades of violence and instability, is also home to his Mi Sangre Foundation, a peace-building non-profit organization he co-founded alongside Catalina Cock Duque, a successful social entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in social development, who leads the organization.
Having just celebrated its 15th anniversary, Mi Sangre engages all actors of the ecosystem, including schools, partner organizations, and communities, weaving them together to align visions, encourage collaboration, and empower the next generation to lead the construction of a peace culture. To date, the organization has impacted over 1.5M individuals, building momentum toward true change.
A tireless activist, Juanes’ passionate commitment is driven by the belief that young people can become agents of change.