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Carlos Alberto Sánchez (born in Girardot, Colombia, 1974),[1] better known in the entertainment world as Charlie Zaa, is a Colombian singer. Zaa is the son of singer Luis Humberto Sánchez.[1]

Charlie Zaa
Birth nameCarlos Alberto Sánchez
Also known asCharlie Zaa
Born (1974-01-30) January 30, 1974 (age 45)
OriginGirardot, Colombia
GenresSalsa, Bachata, Bolero
InstrumentsSinging, Guitar
Years active1996–present
LabelsSonolux (1996-2001)
Ole Music (2002-2005)
Zaa Latino (2009-)

Early and personal lifeEdit

Zaa was a singer in two Colombian salsa orchestras: "Grupo Niche" and "Guayacán".[1] When he launched his career as a solo artist, he decided to switch to the bolero rhythm.[2] This career decision was made in the mid 90s.

On July 23, 2004, Zaa suffered a severe abdominal pain as he was about to begin a concert in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He couldn't perform that day, having to be taken to a local hospital. Zaa was then flown to Miami, Florida, where he remained hospitalized until he was diagnosed with a kidney condition. Soon after, his personal doctor corrected the problem in a surgery performed in his native Colombia.[3]

Music careerEdit

Charlie Zaa has recorded over 10 albums since launching his career as a solo artist. His record Sentimientos, in which he sings some past hit songs, sold over three million copies throughout Latin America and the United States.[1] His albums Sentimientos and Un Segundo Sentimiento led to him winning the 1998 Artist of the Year award at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.[4] For his fourth album, Zaa returned to the Sonolux studios in Bogotá, where he made his first album Sentimiento, and to his original producer, Milton Salcedo, and recorded old romantic standards, boleros and waltzes, in an attempt to replicate the success of Sentimiento.[5] Zaa's album De Un Solo Sentimiento was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award in 2002.[6] In 2011, Zaa's album De Bohemia reached the top of the Billboard Latin Albums chart.[7] Some of Charlie Zaa's music was inspired by Julio Jaramillo.[8]



  1. ^ a b c d "Charlie Zaa", Contemporary Musicians (2005). Gale. Retrieved from Galenet Biography Resource Center on Oct. 10, 2008.
  2. ^ Emerick, Laura (May 3, 1999). "Charlie Zaa at the Cinco de Mayo Festival". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on October 21, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2008.Many of his hit songs are the work of Ecuadorian native Julio Jaramillo. "It was definitely a pan-American affair: a Mexican cultural celebration headlined by a Colombian singer [Charlie Zaa] who specializes in boleros ..."
  3. ^ "Singer Charlie Zaa Has Kidney Surgery". AP Online. July 24, 2004. Archived from the original on October 21, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2008.
  4. ^ "Charlie Zaa regresa a los boleros y a la bohemia" (in Spanish). Río Negro Online. December 17, 2001. Retrieved October 10, 2008. ""Es una música que une generaciones", afirmó el colombiano, que se consagró en este género con sus primeros discos "Sentimientos" y "Un segundo sentimiento", que le llevaron a ganar en 1998 el premio Artista Revelación del Año en los "Latin Billboard Award", entre otros reconocimientos."
  5. ^ Cobo, Leila (April 7, 2001). "Charlie Zaa Revisits Colombian Roots". Billboard. Retrieved October 10, 2008.
  6. ^ "Selected Nominees for the Third Latin Grammy Awards". Billboard. August 2, 2002. Retrieved October 8, 2008.
  7. ^ "El colombiano Charlie Zaa sube al primer lugar con su disco "De Bohemia"" (in Spanish). EFE. November 3, 2011. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  8. ^ Tota (May 9, 2003). "Colombiano Charlie Zaa anuncia disco con éxitos Julio Jaramillo" (in Spanish). Tropicana Bogotá. Retrieved January 5, 2018.