Alejandro Fernández

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Alejandro Fernandez
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Background information
Birth name Alejandro Fernández Abarca
Born (1971-04-24) 24 April 1971 (age 43)
Origin Guadalajara, Jalisco
Genres Bolero, latin pop, mexican pop, mariachi, ranchera
Occupations Singer
Years active 1992–present
Labels Sony Music Latin (1992–2008)
Universal Music Latino (2009–present)
Website http://www.alejandrofernandez.com/

Alejandro Fernández Abarca (Spanish pronunciation: [aleˈxandro feɾˈnandes]; born 24 April 1971) is a Mexican singer.

Nicknamed as "El Potrillo" (The Colt) by the media and his fans,[1] he has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.[2] Alejandro is the son of the ranchera singer Vicente Fernández.[3] He originally specialized in traditional, earthy forms of Mexican folk music, such as mariachi and ranchera. He has branched out into pop music with great success.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

His first public appearance was in 1976 in one of his father's shows. Alejandro was meant to perform the song "Alejandra" but in the middle of the song he forgot the lyrics, started crying, and suffered a panic attack. His father got on stage and helped by singing along with him.[citation needed]

Fernández released his first album, Alejandro Fernandez under Sony Music. The main hits were "Necesito olvidarla", "Brumas" and "Equivocadamente".[4] With this material, Alejandro began a tour in Mexico and some cities of the United States. In 1993, he performed with his father in a concert at the Palacio de los Deportes, and he continued for a season at the famous Teatro Blanquita of Mexico City. The same year Fernández released the successful Piel De Niña, directed by Pedro Ramires. The songs "Piel de niña", "A la vera del camino", and "Cascos ligeros" are some of the hits of the album.[5] At the Lo Nuestro Awards of 1993 Fernández was nominated for Male Artist, New Artist and Regional Mexican Album of the Year for his debut album, winning none.[6]

In 1994 he released the album Grandes Exitos A La Manera De Alejandro Fernandez, singing pieces of legendary composers such as Armando Manzanero, Luis Demetrio and Agustín Lara.[7] At the 9th Lo Nuestro Awards, Fernández received a nomination for Regional Mexican Male Performer of the Year.[8]

1995–1998: "Como quien pierde una estrella", Me Estoy Enamorando[edit]

In 1995 he released the album Que Seas Muy Feliz. The song "Como quien pierde una estrella", became his first international hit. It was heavily promoted on radio and television shows.[9][9]

In 1996, his release Muy Dentro de Mi Corazón was an instant success.[10] Songs like "Moño negro", "Nube viajera" and "Abrazame" became hits in Mexico and several countries of Latin America. That same year he recorded "Puedes llegar", theme song for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, with singers Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada and Ricky Martin among others. In 1997, he recorded the album Me Estoy Enamorando, produced by Emilio Estefan, Jr. The music of the album is a fusion of bolero, romantic ballad, orchestral arrangements and a touch of Mexican mariachi that became popular in the Latin music sector. "Si tu supieras" was the most outstanding hit of that production,[11] and it was chosen as the theme of the hit soap opera of the time, "Maria Isabel". It also conquered the U.S. market, lasting seven weeks at the top of Billboard Hot Latin Tracks. He became the first Latin singer to hold first place with three hits: "Si tu supieras" was followed by "En El Jardín" (with Gloria Estefan) and "No se olvidar".[11] Me Estoy Enamorando sold 2.2 million copies worldwide. In December 1998, he recorded Christmas in Vienna VI with the tenor Plácido Domingo and Patricia Kaas. His performance was praised by the critics but it did not achieve much popularity among the audience.

1999–2003: Mi Verdad, Entre tus brazos, Orígenes[edit]

With the album Mi Verdad of 1999, Fernández returned to ranchera music.[12] "Si he sabido amor" became a big hit and was the theme of the hit soap opera Infierno en el paraíso.

In 2000, he released the album Entre tus brazos, the eighth in his career and the second one with Emilio Estefan, Jr. as the producer. "Quiéreme" was the first single, a fast-tempo pop song that showed his musical versatility. For the first time in his career, he included a song from his own inspiration: "Entre tus brazos". The album contains mostly romantic balladas with energetic Latin rhythms.[13] That same year, he and Julio Iglesias recorded the song "Dos corazones, dos historias;" it appeared on Julio's album Noche de Cuatro Lunas.[14]

In 2001, he recorded Orígenes.[15] The single "Sin tantina pena" (an energetic mariachi bolero) became an international hit.[15] In 2002, he launched his production Un Canto De México, which contains twenty-two classic ranchera songs. It was recorded live at the Palacio de Bellas Artes.[16] In 2003, Alejandro began a Latin American tour with his father Vicente, and recorded the show called "En Vivo: Juntos Por Ultima Vez", which was witnessed by thousands of fans, culminating in Mexico City at the Foro Sol, with over five hours of music in front of nearly 60,000 spectators. That same year he recorded his next album Niña amada mía.[17] The title song became a hit and the theme of a popular soap opera of the same name. That same year, Alejandro toured Latin America and the United States. Later he participated in the Christmas special En mi país, recorded in Puerto Rico and broadcast by Telemundo. Fernández and Ednita Nazario performed a duet of "Triste Navidad" ( "Sad Christmas").

2004–2006: A Corazón Abierto, México – Madrid[edit]

In 2004, he played the lead role in Zapata: El sueño del héroe, a movie about the Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata by filmmaker Alfonso Arau. That same year, A Corazón Abierto reunited Alejandro with Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Kike Santander, who penned his greatest hits from Me Estoy Enamorando. But he also tapped the talents of a new generation of songwriters, including Gian Marco, Leonel García (of pop duo Sin Bandera), Reyli Barba (former member of pop band Elefante) and Mexican group Tres De Copas.[18]

"Romanticism is something that will never die", declared Alejandro Fernández, explaining his choice of songs on A Corazón Abierto, his breakthrough recording about lost love, love that is never forgotten and the capacity to always love again. "I'm super, ultra passionate. We're releasing an album that's an x-ray of myself. That's why it's titled "A Corazón Abierto" ("In Open Heart"). It was something very honest. Not naked, but something deeper than that". The album released the singles: "¿Que voy a hacer con mi amor?", "Qué lastima", "Me dediqué a perderte" and the smash hit "Canta corazón".[18]

In 2005, Alejandro launched México - Madrid: En Directo Y Sin Escalas (Mexico – Madrid: Nonstop), featuring 13 tracks including one new song. Produced by Aureo Baquiero and filmed in front of a live audience at Spain's "Palacio de Congresos IFEMA", the production features Fernández performing some of his biggest hits accompanied by a 28-piece orchestra and some of Spain's most important voices on three of the songs: Amaia Montero from La Oreja de Van Gogh joins him on "Me dediqué a perderte"; Malú duets with him on "Contigo aprendí", and with flamenco star Diego El Cigala perform a fast-tempo version of "Como quien pierde una estrella", accompanied on cajón by famed flamenco guitarist Niño Josele.[19] That same year, Alejandro was chosen to sing along with the tenors José Carreras and Plácido Domingo in a special concert celebrating the opening of the "Forum Internacional de las Culturas" in Monterrey. At first his father Vicente was invited but he turned it down. Alejandro showed his skilled vocals and operatic tenor range, singing pieces of opera such as "Granada"; his performance was praised by the audience. He also recorded a duet with the tenor Mario Frangoulis called "Hay más" from the album Follow Your Heart.[20] After that, Alejandro went on tour with two Latin American stars: Marc Anthony and Chayanne, passing through several major U.S. cities.[21] On 2 December 2005, Los Angeles, gave him a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard.[22]

2007–2010: Viento a Favor, Dos Mundos[edit]

In 2007, he launched Viento A Favor featuring tunes written by Leonel García and Noel Schajris (better known as emotive Latin-pop duo Sin Bandera) and Mexican singer Reyli Barba.[23] The first two singles were "Te Voy A Perder", and "Amor Gitano", a duet with Beyoncé Knowles.[24] After that "Cuando Estamos Juntos" and "No Se Me Hace Fácil" became hits; "Eres" was the last single of the album.

In 2008, Alejandro started a tour on Spanish land covering cities such as Madrid, Valencia and La Coruña. He released the album De Noche: Clásicos A Mi Manera; it contains classic romantic ballads and boleros such as "El Reloj" and "Regálame esta noche", songs that he recorded previously but never released.[25]

In 2009, his voice was the theme of Mañana es para siempre, the most successful Mexican soap opera of the year. The Grammy-winning singer, composer and producer Nelly Furtado invited Alejandro to sing a duet with her for her new album Mi Plan. The song "Sueños" was recorded in Miami.

Dos Mundos (Two Worlds), is a double production, releasing two albums simultaneously: Dos Mundos: Evolución + Tradición. One of them is pop, produced by Aureo Baqueiro, and the other is ranchera and mariachi, produced by Joan Sebastian. No Latin artist had done anything similar. On 11 November 2009 he simultaneously released the videos of the singles "Estuve" and "Se Me Va la Voz".[26] He recently released the videos of the singles "Me Hace Tanto Bien" and "Bandida". On 22 November 2010, Alejandro released the live album Dos Mundos: Revolución that includes live versions of songs from his album Dos mundos: Evolución / Dos mundos: Tradición, two unreleased tracks "Tu Sabes Quien", "Felicidades" and the song "Vamos a darnos tiempo" originally performed by the iconic singer José José.[27]

2011–present: "Hoy Tengo Ganas de Ti", Confidencias[edit]

Between June and August 2011, he went on his Dos Mundos: Revolucion Tour. On 1 August 2011, Alejandro released the song "Bajo un mismo sol" theme of the 2011 Pan American Games. He toured Latin America along with fellow singer Marc Anthony in a series of concerts named Dos Mundos, un Concierto (Two Worlds, one Concert). Alejandro collaborated with Christina Aguilera on a cover of the song "Hoy Tengo Ganas de Ti", released as the theme song for the soap opera "La tempestad". After only 17 days, the song was certified Platinum in Mexico, for sales of 65,000 digital downloads.[28] On 27 August 2013 he released the album "Confidencias", it includes the duet with Christina Aguilera "Hoy Tengo Ganas de Ti", and duets with Vicente Fernández and Rod Stewart.

Sony Music controversy[edit]

The international record label Sony Music was sued by Alejandro Fernández after they tried to release an album with some of his unreleased songs after his contract with the label had ended. Federal Police arrived at the Sony headquarters in Mexico City and seized about 6,000 copies of the album. The song "Diferente", was released on the internet as the first single of the album.[29]

Artistry[edit]

Following the steps of his father, Alejandro began his musical career focused on ranchera music. Since his 1997 album Me Estoy Enamorando he branched out successfully into pop music. In his live presentations, Alejandro begins the show with his ranchera repertoire, then he removes the charro outfit to sing pop.

Alejandro has a light tenor tessitura, leaning more to the spinto tenor. His vocal virtuosity and versatility have allowed him to perform romantic ballads, pop and ranchera music simultaneously.

Alejandro Fernández has performed with artists such as Plácido Domingo, Marc Anthony, José Carreras, Chayanne, Amaia Montero, Joan Sebastian, Gloria Estefan, Malú, Julio Iglesias, Patricia Kaas, Miguel Bosé, Mario Frangoulis, Ednita Nazario, Yuri, Franco De Vita, Diego El Cigala, Nelly Furtado, Beyoncé Knowles, Christina Aguilera and Rod Stewart.

Personal life[edit]

Alejandro Fernández was born in Mexico City and raised in Guadalajara. He studied to become an architect, but turned to singing in 1991, encouraged by his father.[30] He is the youngest son of his family. Has two older brothers, Vicente, Jr. and Gerardo, and a sister, Alejandra. Fernández and his brothers are known in Mexico as "Los tres potrillos" (The three colts).[31]

In the late 1990s, his older brother Vicente, Jr. was kidnapped by a powerful band of organized crime.[32] The kidnappers cut off one of his fingers and sent it to his father as a warning. After Vicente Fernández paid a huge sum of money, Vicente, Jr. was released. The exact amount was never announced.[33]

Fernández is co-owner of the shopping center in Guadalajara, called "Unicenter", where there are different types of businesses, creating jobs for over 170 people.[34] He participated with his family in the construction of Arena VFG, with capacity for 11,000 people it is basically dedicated to music shows and eventually will be used for massive charreria competitions.[35][36] He is an expert in horse riding and charreria.[37] Fernández supports the Mexican team Atlas.

Alejandro has five children. Three (Alejandro, Jr. and the twin girls América and Camila) with his ex-wife América Guinart and two (Emiliano and Valentina) with Colombian model Ximena Díaz.[30]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

References[edit]

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  20. ^ "Mario Frangoulis – Hay Más (duet Feat. Alejandro Fernández)". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  21. ^ [2][dead link]
  22. ^ "Hollywood – Walk of Fame". Hollywoodusa.co.uk. 27 November 2005. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  23. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1078338
  24. ^ "Letra De La Cancion Amor Gitano De Telenovela El Zorro La Espada Y La Rosa Sinopsis". Lasnoticiasmexico.com. 7 October 2007. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  25. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1451827
  26. ^ mundoSIX (11 November 2009). "Alejandro Premieres New Video: "Estuve"". Mundosix.com. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  27. ^ "Alejandro Fernández Sitio Oficial @ Universal Music Latino". Universalmusica.com. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  28. ^ "Alejandro Fernández logra Certificación de Platino". Universal Music Magazine (Mexico) (in spanish). Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  29. ^ SitesMexico.com. "Alejandro Fernandez Demanda A Sony Music – Pgr Catea Sony". Sitesmexico.com. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
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  31. ^ "Rancho of Vicente Fernandez..."Los tres potrillos", named after his three sons. photo – Coral Kaburick photos at". Pbase.com. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  32. ^ "Deportes". El Universal. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  33. ^ "Caen plagiarios de Vicente Fernández Jr. – Univision Música". Univision.com. 30 September 2002. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  34. ^ "Alejandro Fernández". Gentebien.com.mx. 9 September 2005. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  35. ^ "Vicente Fernández inaugura "juguete nuevo"". Elsiglodetorreon.com.mx. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  36. ^ "Construyen hijos de Vicente Fernández lugar en su honor :: Noticias". esmas.com. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  37. ^ "Ganaderos de Jalisco, séptimo clasificado a semifinales". Oem.com.mx. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 

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