Morat is a Colombian folk-pop quartet from Bogotá featuring childhood friends Juan Pablo Villamil Cortés (voice, banjo), Juan Pablo Isaza Piñeros (voice, guitar), Alejandro Posada Carrasco (percussion), and Simón Vargas Morales (bass). Their sound melds contemporary and folk instruments with expert songwriting that walks the edges of traditional folk songs, hook-laden pop, punk, rock & roll, corridos, mariachi, cumbias, vallenato, and much more, as evidenced by their 2016 debut long-player Sobre el Amor y Sus Efectos Secundarios (Love and Its Side Effects). The album showcased a bright, sunny anthemic sound complete with four-part harmonies, pop hooks, expert songwriting, and smooth organic-sounding production. Their singles and albums have charted across Latin America and have made real inroads in the U.S. They backed Alejandro Fernandez on "Se Qwue Te Duele," and placed inside the Top 40. In five short years, they netted a Latin Grammy nod, won four Cadena Dial Awards, and have been certified gold and platinum numerous times. Their sophomore outing, Balas Perdidas in 2017, boasted the number one single and his collaboration with Juanes on the single and video for "Besos en Guerro" rang up more than 20 million views during its first week of release.
Morat was formed in 2015 by childhood friends Juan Pablo Villamil Cortés (voice, banjo), Juan Pablo Isaza Piñeros (voice, guitar), Alejandro Posada Carrasco (percussion), and Simón Vargas Morales (bass). Their sound combines what Billboard called "Perfect summer road trip pop in Spanish, with banjo adding an Americana touch." The band was assembled when these friends and classmates graduated from high school. They made their recorded debut with the 2015 single "Mi Nuevo Vicio," whose version with Paulina Rubio reached the charts not only in Colombia but also in Spain (number one) and Mexico as well as inside the Top 20 on the Latin Songs Airplay chart. They followed with the EP Grabado en Madera, that included the chart-topping digital single "Cómo Te Atreves." Their debut long-player for Universal, Sobre el Amor y Sus Efectos Secundarios, included no follow-up singles. While on a promotional tour, they began writing their second album. A slew of singles hit the airwaves and streaming services including "Del Estadio al Cielo," "Amor con Hielo," and "Ladrona."
In April of 2017, "Se Que Te Duele," a collaborative single with Alejandro Fernandez, peaked inside the Top 50 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, followed by the full-length Sobre el Amor y Sus Efectos Secundario...Y Unas Cuantas Cosas Más in June. It peaked at number five on Spain's album charts and was certified gold and later platinum. It netted them a Latin Grammy nomination and its singles, including "Cómo Te Atreves" were all certified five-times platinum. After wildly successful tours of Spain, Colombia, and Argentina, Morat re-entered the studio. Throughout 2017 and 2018, singles and videos were released, among them "Amor con Hielo," "Yo Contigo, Tú Conmigo" (feat. Alvaro Soler), and "Besos en Guerra" (feat. Juanes), and all were certified multi-platinum and charted across Latin America.
In 2018, Morat released their sophomore long-player, Balas Perdidas. Its title-track single reached number one in Mexico, followed by gold and platinum certifications, tours of Mexico, the U.S., and Latin America. They also received a Latin Grammy nomination in the Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album category. Throughout 2019, Morat delivered singles and videos that registered at radio and on You Tube. They began 2020 with "No Termino" and followed with "Nunca Te Olvide"; both landed on the airplay charts in Spain, Argentina, and Mexico. In the early spring, just as coronavirus was shutting down the globe, Morat released the single "Bajo La Mesa" (feat. Sebastian Yatra) and followed it in May with "La Bella y La Bestia" in collaboration with Reik. ~ Thom Jurek