ADVERTISING
 
Wednesday, February 21   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Is the sexual exploitation of women an issue in your city?




SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Music
 

Spain’s Eurovision song composed by two evangelical Christians

Talent show singers Amaia and Alfred will perform the ballad in Lisbon. Songwriter Sylvia Santoro: “I believe God has put things in the right place and time”.

AUTHOR Evangelical Focus, Daniel Hofkamp, Joel Forster MADRID 30 JANUARY 2018 09:30 h GMT+1
Amaia and Alfred will perform in Lisbon the song authored by Raul Gomez and Sylvia Santoro. / RTVE

Sylvia Santoro and Raul Gomez, two committed Christians, have written the song that will represent Spain at the 2018 Song Contest.



Pre-selected among dozens of songs, the ballad “Tu Canción” (Your Song) beat the eight other finalists in the Spanish Eurovision gala on talent show “Operación Triunfo”. For days, the social media has been abuzz about who should represent Spain at the European music festival.



 



Composer Raul hugs Alfred and Amaia as they are announced as winners. / RTVE

Critics, music industry experts and popular artists agreed that the duo formed by Amaia (19) and Alfred (21) – a couple in real life and known together as ‘Almaia’ - should be the ones to “make Europe fall in love” with Santoro's and Gomez's song.



They got 43% of the votes, with tens of thousands backing the duo. “Yesterday, the Spanish voted wisely, with their heads and with their hearts”, wrote the newspaper El Mundo the day after. A few days eralier, a tearful member of the jury described the song as a “gift”.



“Tu Canción” (Your Song) is about a couple who finds love as if “we danced for the first time”.




I never could imagine



That travelling to the Moon wold be real



You turn everything upside down



When you kiss my forehead and I discover why



I can no longer pretend



 



I feel like I am dancing for the first time



You are the art that sweetens the skin



Of my travelling mind which follows your feet



I feel like I am dancing for the first time, by your side



 



I know that in you I can find



The voice that envelops me if the weather is bad



Everything is perfect if you are there



By my side as we create a new city



 



I feel like I am dancing for the first time



You are the art that sweetens the skin



Of my travelling mind that follows your feet



I feel like I am dancing for the first time, by your side



 



I can no longer pretend



I only want your song, oh



 



I feel like I am dancing for the first time



You are the art that sweetens the skin



Of my travelling mind that follows your feet



I feel like I am dancing for the first time, by your side



                                  Translation: Evangelical Focus




 



SYLVIA SANTORO: “WE ARE VERY THANKFUL”



 



Sylvia Santoro and her husband, Rubén.

“I knew the song had to go through a long selection process. The fact that they chose ‘Tu Canción’ made us very happy. It is difficult to explain. We only know that we are very thankful”, co-author Sylvia Santoro told Spanish website Protestante Digital.



Sylvia is an artist with two published music albums, including worship songs that are frequently sung in evangelical churches. She is a former GBU (IFES, student ministry) worker.



She wrote the lyrics to “Tu Canción” with her nephew Raul, also a musician, who composed the music. Raul was known to the general public since winning another talent show (“El Número 1”) in 2013.



“Raul has been in London in the last few years. He has been receiving training and attending Hillsong church, as well as composing music. Several times we have worked together on the lyrics. I am his number one fan and I believe his talent is a gift from God”, said Santoro.



 



“GOD HAS PUT THINGS IN ITS PLACE”



Several recordings of their Eurovision song have hundreds of thousands of views on Youtube already. Raul introduced the song to Amaia and Alfred in the reality show and was congratulated during the gala after "Tu Canción" emerged as the winner.



 



One of Sylvia Santoro's music albums, Sentido. / Andamio

God is good. If Raul had entered the showbusiness just after winning ‘El Número 1’, when he was 19 years old, he would not have had the maturity he has now, five years later. I believe God has put things in the right place and the right time”, Sylvia says about her nephew.



Santoro is married and has two children and works as adjunct coordinator of international students with a Christian university and as a teacher of Sevillana dance in Seville. After a time of “being a mummy and building a home”, recently she has been thinking of starting new musical projects. “I am composing again, and I am asking God to guide me to wherever he wants me to go”.



 



The song has been much commented on social media, as an illustration by Christian designer Keila Elm shows. / Keila Elm Instagram



The next edition of Eurovision will be held in Lisbon (Portugal) on May 12, 2018.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Spain’s Eurovision song composed by two evangelical Christians
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe

The economist summarises the manifesto “Confederal Europe: Strong Nations, Strong Union” and explains why personal relationships should be at the centre of our economy, education and democracy. 

 
Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation

Pastor Gary Wilkerson talks about what all evangelical Christians can learn from the Protestant Reformation and underlines the need for more churches with both a sound doctrine and obedience to the Holy Spirit.

 
Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe

Is the arrival of thousands of Muslims to Europe a threat to Christianity? What is the growth of evangelical churches in Eastern and Southern Europe? An interview with theologian and Lausanne Movement representative Lindsay Brown.

 
Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues

The World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General participated in the Italian Evangelical Alliance assembly (Rome, 8-9 April). In this interview with Evangelical Focus, Bp Tendero talks about the need to listen to local churches and to face challenges like the refugee crisis and climate change. 

 
Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum

Pritchard explains the vision of ELF, comments on the 2015 event in Poland and reflects on what it means to have an "evangelical identity".

 
Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission

“We want to see the youth not just being equipped, but also being multipliers”, Evi Rodemann director of Mission-Net. The European Congress took place in Germany from December 28 to January 2.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Coexistence in the church - a model for society Coexistence in the church - a model for society

“Gospel, identity and coexistence” were the themes of the General Assembly of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance. Two days in Palma de Mallorca to reflect about the role of evangelical churches in society.

 
'Ungi kulimi changana' 'Ungi kulimi changana'

Educator and journalist Jordi Torrents shares images of the Sekeleka social centre in Mozambique. About 50 children live there, many with some kind of disability. All photos were taken with permission.

 
The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve

For the first time, the President of Portugal attended a worship service in an evangelical church. It was in Sintra, on Christmas Eve.

 
Lausanne younger leaders gathering in Budapest Lausanne younger leaders gathering in Budapest

About 70 people from European countries met at the Younger Leaders Gen gathering in Hungary (19-22 October) to discuss the challenges of the church in the continent and build partnerships. Photos: Evi Rodemann and Jari Sippola.

 
I am not on sale I am not on sale

Young Christians gathered at Madrid’s central square Sol to denounce human trafficking. A flashmob highlighted the work of three evangelical NGOs which support women who escape sexual slavery in Spain.

 
Stamps to commemorate the Reformation Stamps to commemorate the Reformation

Poland, Lithuania, Namibia and Brazil are some of the countries that have issued special stamps on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses.

 
VIDEO Video
 
A marriage story A marriage story

The  great love story for everyone.

 
Be safe on social media Be safe on social media

A video about the way traffickers target teenage girls online, produced by anti-slavery gorup Abolishion.

 
In Mission In Mission

A 360º lyric video about how all followers of Jesus Christ are called to serve God. Duo in Spanish (Alex Sampedro) and Portuguese (Marcos Martins).

 
Heart Heart

A short animation film by Swiss cartoonist Alain Auderset tells the message of the Bible in four minutes.

 
Creation Care and the Gospel, in France Creation Care and the Gospel, in France

The conference drew about 90 delegates from across Europe. Scientists, theologians, activists reflected together on the theme “God’s Word and God’s World”.

 
Philip Yancey interview Philip Yancey interview

An 8-minute interview with Philip Yancey on the role of Christians in a secularised society. Recorded in Madrid, September 2016.

 
An interview with Prof. John Lennox An interview with Prof. John Lennox

New atheism, the definition of "faith", Christianity in Europe, the role of the Bible in mission, and the need to listen more. An exclusive interview recorded at "Forum Apologética" (Tarragona, Spain) in May 2016.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.