Ian Alejandro Guerin Arroyo (June 23rd 1990) best known by his stage name Ian Guerin, is an independent Mexican recording artist, songwriter and producer. Ian recorded his first song at the age of 9 and has been making music ever since.
He recorded his first covers album called “Ian 1” in 2001 and a follow up called “Magical Me” in 2002. He subsequently recorded a Michael Jackson tribute album called “Revenge” in 2004. Ian had his first live experience, at age 13, when he sang Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” at his high school’s talent show. He then wrote his first song called “How Can I Explain” when he was 14. One year later, at age 15, he recorded his first self-written track; the country oriented song “1 Chance.”
From 2007 to 2010 Ian recorded more than two dozen demos in his home studio. He also produced a Techno Instrumental album called “Spin that S**t,” & remixed more than fifteen famous songs & added self-penned rap verses to all of them. Some of the all new songs he wrote in that time are “Innocence,” “Juntos,” “Black Dress,” “Fake Love,” & “Mirage,” among others. He also recorded big band covers, like “That’s Life” & “Kissing a Fool.”
Ian Guerin released his first official single “Bubblegum” on August 27 2010. The song was written by Guerin & produced by longtime colleague/friend Azhmir Vangort at Vangort Soundworks. “Bubblegum” was released on iTunes and other retailers like Rhapsody, Zune, Amazon MP3, Napster, Shockhound.
Rapper/singer/songwriter/producer DBXXL, whom Ian met via twitter, remixed the song and delivered Bubblegum (Dbxxl’s Eass Eass Eass Remix) also known as “Bubblegum” (Dbxxl’s Boomin’ Body Remix.) DBXXL wrote three new rap verses for the track.
Three months after the release of “Bubblegum” Ian premiered his second official single “I Heart.” The song premiered on all of the singer’s sites and for sale on iTunes and other retailers on December 15 2010, to good reviews. In June 2011 a music video was shot in support of “I Heart.” The official video was directed and produced by Mar Guerin & Daniel Valdés and is currently available on IanGuerinVEVO. That summer Ian headlined a three city mini tour called “The Madsexy Shows” to promote the release of his “I Heart” video.
“Madsexy,” his debut studio album, was released on August 29 2012. To bring his vision to life Ian worked with a variety of producers such as Azhmir Vangort, Jacobo Martinez and Iulius Zarate Lara. Although “Madsexy” was mainly recorded at Vangort Soundworks, & produced by Azhmir Vangort, tracks “Forever Rose” & “Toast to the Good Times” were not. Instead, the first was produced & recorded at Cuarto Armónico by Jacobo Martinez & the second was produced at Cuarto Armónico by Jacobo Martinez & recorded at Zalive Studios by Iulius Zarate Lara.
Three singles from the album were released prior to its arrival. Its first single "Bubblegum” was released on August 27 2010. It became Ian’s first hit peaking at #20 on Reverbnation’s International Chart & became a fan favorite on I Heart Radio. It also gathered over 4000 plays on the now extinct iSound.com, "Bubblegum” remains one of the singer’s most emblematic songs to date. The album's second single "I Heart" was released on December 15 2010, to similar success. It is Ian’s top selling song; doing well even in countries like Indonesia. It is also known as one of the singer’s signature tracks, along with “Bubblegum,” & his top stream on the German, U.K. & U.S.A. Spotify.
“Madsexy” was the third official & lead single to the album. It was released on June 20 2012, along with its music video. With over 50,000 hits on Youtube, “Madsexy” has been reviewed, as “Guerin’s strongest, most, appealing song to date.” "Madsexy" was also Guerin’s debut single on Spotify & Deezer, & though the single version has since been removed, the album version remains a top stream.
On June 17 2013 "New V.I.P." was released as the album’s fourth single & first after the LP’s official release. Although, "New V.I.P." did not have an accompanying music video, it is one of Guerin’s top 5 Streams on Deezer & a Spotify fan favorite in U.K. México & Germany. It is also very popular on Rdio, 7Digital, Shazam searches & Guerin’s only popular song on Xbox Music.
In the summer of 2014 Ian opened his VEVO channel, IanGuerinVEVO, where he released his classic videos & premiered his new single "Pop This Jam (Moondance Version) FT. DJ Gerahv" on September 9 2014. "Jam" quickly became Ian's biggest opening ever, generating over 20K hits on VEVO & over 200K impressions within' 48 hours. Meanwhile, Pop This Jam (Hip Hop Version), a collaboration between Ian & Australian producers Phat Records, was released on October 21 2014 via an alternate Youtube channel called: IanGuerinOFFVEVOChannel.
Unlike the Moondance Version, the Hip Hop Version did not retail on mainstream stores, instead it is up for Free Download on Guerin's Soundcloud & Band Camp pages. On November 2014, Ian Guerin's only Official Non-Profit Release Pop This Jam (Hip Hop Version) [Prod. By Phat Records] WON a BEAT100 U.K. Silver Song Award for "Well Written Original Song" & a Press Award thanks to its crush-friendly, genuine love lyrics, vocal melodies & construction.
On December 12th, it made its American Radio Debut on WGTSDB's "The Gud Tymez Show." Due to its success, it also spanned a remix called "Jam Forever" available for retail worldwide since December 10 2014. On February 2015 Pop This Jam (Hip Hop Version) topped the BEAT 100 U.K. World Chart (1 week), the R&B/Hip Hop Chart (3 weeks) & the Original Chart (1 week).
The release of Ian’s new single “Cry” on June 22 2015 was followed by sales success in the USA & stellar reviews of its Music Video available on IANGUERINVEVO.
“Cry peaked at #31 of the R&B/Soul New Releases Chart on iTunes USA & was been featured as “Track of the Week” on Musician Weekly & Best Damn Music. It also opened magazine feature opportunities for the singer on R&B/Rap Digital Mag. & Artist Rack Magazine, among others.
Upon release “Cry” won two BEAT 100 U.K. Awards & a promotion medal:
1• A&R SILVER SONG AWARD, Awarded to (Well Written Original Songs)
1• A&R SILVER VIDEO AWARD, Awarded to (High Quality Original Videos with Good Production Values)
“Cry” also topped the Sing Rush USA R&B Chart for the week ending July 10 2015 and the R&B BEAT 100 Chart. On Top 40 charts in the U.K. “Cry” also performed well peaking at #7 on the BEAT 100 World Chart & at #5 on its Original Songs Chart.
“Cry” made its debut on American Airwaves on Tuesday July 21 2015 on WGTS-DB’s “The Gud Tymez Show,” & was later served to AC, R&B & R&B/Soul stations nationwide & in the United Kingdom.
In December 15 2015, “Cry” WON Best R&B/Soul Song at The Akademia Music Awards. The Award Ceremony took take place on April 21st 2016 at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California; Ian Guerin wasnt’t be able to attend due to scheduling difficulties, but a representative was there on his behalf. About the win the Akademia Judging panel said:
'With a glorious 90's-style vocal aesthetic and classical piano runs, Ian Guerin's 'Cry' asks the musical question: How much can one man hurt on account of his unrequited love?'
Last, but not least, on November 10 2016, Ian released his first self-penned Holiday song called "For the Holiday"s. "For the Holidays" was produced, mixed & mastered by Ian's longtime collaborator Azhmir Vangort at Vangort Soundworks in late October 2016, it was written by Ian Guerin. Musically it contains elements of R&B, Pop & Holiday music.
About "For the Holidays" the R&B Crooner said that "while the melodies are, for the most part happy & catchy, there are gospel oriented segments that highlight the sorrow, desperation & melancholy the song's lyrics truly portray." Guerin says "it's a hopeful song, cause I expect my Christmas wish to come true, so does everybody else, so it's very relatable."