Yoandri first impressed La Banda coaches Alejandro Sanz, Ricky Martin, and Laura Pausini with his unmistakable soulful voice during his audition when he sang Bruno Mars's "When I Was Your Man." The now 17-year-old Cuban-American singer/songwriter is beginning a solo career fueled by live shows, a huge fan base (a combined 300+k followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter), and a beautiful original single.
Recognized for his humility, former coach Laura Pausini was a Yoandri fan from the beginning, saying during his La Banda audition that his performance gave her goosebumps. The best advice she gave him while on the show: "to be myself always and to believe in myself," he said. Excellent advice, Laura!
Pausini recently invited Yoandri to open for her concert at San Juan's Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot as part of her Similares tour.
About the experience, he told MNGBlog: "I wasn't able to sing with Laura, but I did enjoy it very much. The audience was amazing and very supportive." It was his first time performing at the legendary venue, and as one could imagine, he said "it was very emotional."
Did you know that Yoandri's single "Niña Escondida" hit No. 1 on iTunes Latin chart? Released in June, the music video has accumulated more than 200,000 views in the past four months. He talks more about the song here (en español).
And to his amazing fan base he sends out this message: "I love all my fans and am more than grateful for every single one of them, and thank you to everyone who reads this interview!"