Laura Pausini

Laura Pausini is considered by many to possess one of the most powerful female voices in all of Latin pop. And rightfully so. The Italian-born songstress, who's sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, boasts a truly blessed set of pipes. Evidence? Her vocal work on such hit singles as "Iolvidable," off her 1996 release Las Cosas Que Vives, or her duet with James Blunt, "Primavera Anticipada," off her most recent record of the same name. Or the title track off her Latin Grammy-winning 2006 release, Yo Canto, or, of course, the haunting "Viveme," off her 2004 release Escucha. Add to those aforementioned exhibits her multiple armloads of awards, including nods from Grammy, Latin Grammy, Billboard, ASCAP, and Lo Nuestro. It's no wonder the sexy Italian has earned a place alongside fellow renowned exports Eros Ramazzotti and Andrea Bocelli.

And if you're one of her millions of fans worldwide, guess what? The lovely Laura gives fans a rare chance to catch her live stateside when her Primavera Anticipada tour, which just kicked off, brings her to Hard Rock Live on Wednesday in what will be one of only four scheduled U.S. stops.

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Christopher Lopez