Américo

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Américo
Américo.jpg
Américo in concert
Background information
Birth name Domingo Jonhy Vega Urzúa
Also known as Américo
Born (1977-12-24) December 24, 1977 (age 36)
Origin Arica,  Chile
Genres Tropical, Chilean cumbia
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocal
Years active 1985-present
Labels Feria Music
Associated acts Américo y La Nueva Alegría
Website Official website

Domingo Jonhy Vega Urzúa (December 24, 1977, Arica, Chile), commonly known as Américo, is a Chilean singer.

He became known as the lead artist of Américo y la Nueva Alegría. He is the son of a locally known boleros singer, Melvin "Corazón" Américo.

Biography[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

Américo started his musical career at the 8 years old, when unexpectedly, he had to replace his brother Darwin, who had to sing in the Carnaval del Parque Lauca, one of the most populated areas of Arica. After that, he started participating in local and regional festivals. When he was 9 years old, he recorded his debut album, Para mis padres, and later released his second album, Mi colegiala, while he was a teenager.

When he released his album Tropicalmente Américo, he was discovered by the bando Alegría, who at the time, were without a vocalist, and they invited him to join the band. With the band, Americo recorded 11 albums, such as El nuevo tropical (1997, remastered in 2001), En vivo, teatro monumental 1 y 2 (1998), Somos parte de tu vida (1999), Tu corazón nos pertenece (2000), and En vivo entrega disco de platino (1999). He worked with them until 2002, when he decided to leave the band.

After he recorded his boleros album Por una mujer, Américo went to Europe in 2003, where he was received by the Latin people, and was invited to go to countries such as Switzerland, Norway, Germany and Spain.

Américo y La Nueva Alegría[edit]

Logo used by Américo with La Nueva Alegría.

In 2005 he formed Américo y La Nueva Alegría. He soon moved back to Europe, where he worked with well-known musicians. His songs were often played on radio stations like Radio Corazón. He released his first single, El Embrujo in 2008.

After his success with Así Es, Américo met Melitón Vera, a well-known Chilean manager.

In 2008, he signed for Feria Music, the label with which he recorded A Morir that, which went gold after selling 8,000 albums within the album's first release weeks. In 2009, he performed a tour throughout Chile, that finished in the Teatro Caupolicán of Santiago, where he sang for the President of Chile Michelle Bachelet and 5,000 other people.[1] In May of the same year, he went to Peru, where he started his international career.

He is currently recording his third album with La Nueva Alegría.

In 2009, Américo confirmed his show in the 2010 Viña del Mar International Song Festival. On February 25, in the festival his show was successful and received the Silver Torch, Golden Torch and two Silver Seagull.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

With La Nueva Alegría
  • Así Es (released May 15, 2008)
  • A Morir (released October 25, 2008)
  • Yo Soy (released September 9, 2010)

Singles[edit]

With La Nueva Alegria

References[edit]

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