Fernando Osorio: Handwritten Feelings

    Known throughout the world for being the author of songs that have made us laugh, cry, fall in love, forgive, and even live, Doral proudly welcomes this Colombian born, Venezuelan at heart.

    “Thursdays are for remembering.”

    That’s what Fernando’s #tbt is called to share anecdotes of his songs with his followers. “I am very fortunate to be able to share these stories of my life and my career.”

    In his #tbt he receives thousands of comments from all over the world, however, there were two that caught his attention. The first was a Russian girl who was learning Spanish and used his music to practice the language. Another case was that of a Chilean artist who tattooed the phrase “Ríe, llora” (Laugh, cry), from the song by Celia Cruz, on one of his arms. Thanks to that phrase and that song, this artist regained the desire to get ahead after living through a very delicate situation.

    What inspires you?

    “The life that surrounds me, the one that sensitizes me to the point of wanting to write about something that I saw, felt, or someone told me about.”

    Hall of Fame of Latin Composers

    With almost 40 years of artistic career, Fernando Osorio became part of the Hall of Fame of Latin Composers last year. “Getting recognition of this kind is the result of a long journey that immortalizes my work, I have enjoyed it and I appreciate it very much, I continue forward and I still can’t believe it.”

    Fernando Osorio during The 5th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards – Pre-Telecast – Backstage and Audience at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by R. Diamond/WireImage)

    Many call you master, do you consider yourself as such?

    “We are all masters and we are in this journey of life that touches us and we coincide at times. Yes, I consider myself a master but not because I believe myself to be more than others, but because I know that I am a master, just like you, children, or anyone else, we all teach something, when they call me that, I take it as a compliment, a caress.”

    What is your masterpiece?

    “I do not know if I already wrote it but for me every song has taken me to another, and to another, and to another, and so on. So each one, in its own way, has been important. Perhaps some have stood out more than others and reached more people, such as “Solo con un beso” (With just a kiss), “Sé mi aire” (Be my air), “La negra tiene tumbao” (The negra has tumbao), “Vivir” (to Live), “Estando junto a ti” (Being beside you), are songs that have been emblematic and are part of my repertoire to remember.”

    Fernando considers his songs are like his children because they arrive through him, he brought them to the world and each one of them finds its own way and they become important personalities. Those that stand out, do it even more than the author, that’s why he says that his songs are more famous than him. “Thank God for allowing me to bring you to this plane.”

    Last year, when Pope Francis visited Colombia and walked the red carpet,  singer-songwriter Fonseca sang the song “Puede Ser”  (It can be) which he had written with Fernando.

    “That meant a wonderful spiritual message, it makes me keep in mind that music and the arts in general come from God, I discovered that I loved music when I played in a church in Cumbres de Curumo in Caracas, spirituality accompanies me everywhere because it is something sacred to me, that this song was chosen so that Fonseca could sing it to Pope Francis, wow, these are Godly things.”

    By Daniela Giampapa-Bendayán

    Credits: Fernando Osorio @fernforests