By Dan Kimpel
Noel Schajris | Balancing unprecedented success with humanitarian efforts
Basking in the glow of his recent #1 single, SESAC Latina affiliate Noel Schajris (SACM), who rose to fame as a member of Latin pop super-duo Sin Bandera, has quickly gained fame as one of the most prolific and versatile songwriters in all of Latin music. In the past six months, his works have been recorded by such heavyweights as Diego Torres (“Guapa” - #1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks chart), Paulina Rubio (“Ni Rosas Ni Juguetes”), and Alicia Villarreal (“Caso Perdido”). As a recording artist, his solo album titled Uno No Es Uno, which was released last July, has reached platinum sales status in Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, and his native Argentina.
Fluent in three languages (Spanish, English, and Portuguese), Noel has flirted with international crossover success through collaborations with Bryan McKnight, Brazilian singer-songwriter Jair Oliveira, and John Legend, with whom he wrote and recorded “No Importa” (from his album Uno No Es Uno).
Such a dizzying amount of success has not gone to his head. On the contrary, he is fiercely dedicated to giving back to the community. In an effort to help with Haitian earthquake relief efforts, he recorded a song for the “Voces Por Haiti” project, which has already raised 3 million Mexican pesos (and counting) for the Mexican Red Cross. He has also showed solidarity by lending his voice to the Alberto Plaza-backed project “Que Cante La Vida,” with proceeds going to the victims of the devastating earthquake in Chile.
The remainder of 2010 promises to be chock-full of success stories for Noel. His compositions will be featured in new albums from Grammy Award winners Luis Fonsi, Reik, Luis Enrique, Pepe Aguilar, and Latin pop stars Fanny Lu and Ha-Ash, among others. Additionally, a deluxe anniversary edition of his album “Uno No Es Uno” will be released in August and will feature various bonus tracks, including a duet with SESAC Latina affiliate German Montero, as well as exclusive video content.