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Leroy Sanchez’s whirlwind journey from his bedroom in Abechuco, a small village (pop. 3300) in the rural Basque region of Spain, to global YouTube superstardom began as a whimsical lark in 2007. Curious about the video platform and inspired by others posting covers of pop songs, the talented 15 year old grabbed his acoustic guitar, turned on the webcam, and sang his soulful version of Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway.” The synergy between Leroy and his growing legion of fans made him an unstoppable, ever-evolving viral sensation that, over the past ten years, has resulted in over 3 million subscribers, 323 million views – including an astounding 42 million views alone for his cover of Adele’s “Hello.”
“When the opportunity to do my first EP came along, I started thinking about where my career is at right now,” he says. “My fans have been so kind and gracious to me, and I feel really excited about sharing a whole other side of my artistry with them on Elevated. I’ve loved making the videos, but writing, recording and releasing a full project, of original music, is like entering a fresh new world of creative possibilities. Another reason I called it ‘Elevated’ is that every song, even the ones that start out kind of sad, ultimately has an empowering message.”