Elevated World Tour 2017
Leroy Sanchez, Mario Jose
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.”
With the release of his highly anticipated independent EP Elevated, Leroy transcends the bounds of YouTube fame and emerges as a multi-faceted singer-songwriter and hit maker in his own right. Its just-dropped lead single, the infectiously seductive “Man of the Year,” is quickly capturing the hearts of millions of fans excited to hear a fresh side of the multi-talented singer-songwriter’s artistry. People magazine calls it “a soulful, lovesick bop reminiscent of Justin Timberlake and Ed Sheeran.” Pop culture tastemaker Perez Hilton affectionately states, “This is such a good slow jam! And we’re a sucker for a guy who sings in his falsetto!”
Earlier in 2017, Leroy did his first-ever headline tour throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe and was excited to see so many of the venues sold out. Later this year, reflective of his status as an international star, he will be touring in support of Elevated, with dates scheduled for the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. “I’m so excited about traveling to and performing in fascinating new places and bringing joy to people by sharing the full range of what I do.”
“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."
A San Francisco Bay Area native, Mario Jose is a seasoned singer-songwriter, powerhouse vocalist, and true entertainer. Mario attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and was a part of the award-winning a cappella group Pitch Slapped. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career as a solo artist.
Mario has had the privilege to share the stage and studio with music icons including Pentatonix (opening for them on tour), Prince, Justin Bieber, Meghan Trainor (New Orleans Jazz Fest 2017), John Legend (NBC’s Duets), Michael McDonald, Philip Bailey (of Earth, Wind & Fire), John Elefante (of Kansas), Jim Peterick (of Survivor), Bill Champlin (of Chicago), Paula Cole, Lalah Hathaway, Ben E. King, Post Modern Jukebox and many more!
In October 2016 Mario released his debut EP ‘Heart Of Gold’ which soared to #33 on the iTunes Pop Charts and also had songs featured on the MTV Movie & TV Awards, iHeart Radio Music Awards and the independent feature film ‘WTF’.