Junior Eurovision winner María Isabel sets her music career aside due to anxiety problems

July 29, 2021


María Isabel, winner of Junior Eurovision 2004, announced today through she stops her musical career. The singer has told in an Instagram post that she suffers from anxiety and this prevents her from moving forward.

My people. I have made this decision: I’m leaving the world of music. I'm leaving everything that I once loved but being in the musical industry is very difficult for me today. It's tough and it makes me angry, especially since I've never stopped fighting. But for other issues I’m in the obligation of having to take a breath, a time to think, meditate, and know the way forward. I could say that I will return, but that will only happen if I finish understanding how this works. I suffer from anxiety and it is difficult to deal with it on a daily basis and more in this world.
I will tell you about this in more detail but, now, with tears in my eyes I can only say thank you. Thanks to all the people who have not left me alone on this path for 17 years. I feel fortunate for all the blessings that God has given me and continues to give. You are the best followers I have been able to have since I was a little girl. You have always taken me to the top. That is the most incredible thing that can happen to a person who has always fought for a dream: to be valued and recognized. But it is time to meditate, to think, to work hard... and may God decide the way. I love you so much.

María Isabel

(Photo: Jesus Briones / GTRES)

María Isabel, a successful career after Eurovision Junior

Seventeen years after her Junior Eurovision victory, María Isabel is now 26 years old and that lovely and smiling girl who raised the trophy in Lillehammer is today a very talented and hardworking woman. 

Her success after Junior Eurovision made her to record albums, movies and participate in numerous television shows. In 2010, the artist decided to pause her musical career to finish her studies. A few years later, the Andalusian artist returned to the stage and she tried to represent Spain in Eurovision 2016 with the song “La vida sólo es una”, finishing fourth in the national final. Now, she was in one of the key years for her music career after signing a contract with the Roster Music company.

She published new songs with this company in 2019, “Tu Mirada”, of urban pop genre, and “Flamenkita”, which fuses reggaetón, urban pop and flamenco influences. Before the pandemic restrictions, the artist travelled to Miami where she was working with major producers and recorded two new songs: “Dos de la Tarde”, which again fuses reggaeton sounds with Latin pop, and “Sentir cosquillas”, in which she shows the fusion of trap, flamenco, hip-hop and reggaeton.

Last summer, María Isabel published the song “Esa Carita” together with the Spanish hitmaker Juan Magán, being a success in the Spanish radios. María Isabel also participated in a popular television program in Spain for solidarity purposes, donating the money from her prizes to the Protective Association of Animals and Plants from Ayamonte, her hometown.

Now, María Isabel must stop her musical career due to her health problems. From the Eurovoxx team we wish her the best support and we thank her for her courage in making visible the importance of her mental health. We won’t lost our hope to see her back on stages.

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