|Birth name||Angel Luis García Ramos|
March 28, 1976 |
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Dance Music, Pop Music, Spanish-language music|
|Occupation(s)||Singer and songwriter|
A native New Yorker born in Brooklyn New York on March 28, he barely spoke Spanish when he auditioned for a spot in the band after seeing a television commercial in Puerto Rico during a family vacation.
After two years with Menudo, García parted with the band and signed on with World Wide Entertainment as a solo artist he recorded several songs including "Magic", "Yours So Completely", and a remake of singer Tiffany's hit song "Could've Been" but it was his single "Don't Keep Me Holding On" (written and produced by Lewis Martineé of Exposé fame) that became a success. In 1992, World Wide Entertainment sold García's recording contract to Warner Bros. Records for an undisclosed amount.
After parting with his former label, he released one semi-successful Spanish album for Warner simply titled Angelo. After completing his secondary education and some music projects, he put his recording career on hold after he moved to Orlando, Florida, where he earned a communications degree from the University of Central Florida. After completing his studies, he helped in the launch of a women's gym franchise in Miami called Elements, before returning to New York City to restart his musical career.
Since 2004, García has written a number of original songs in both Spanish and English. During 2005, he participated in a reunion tour of former Menudo members Sergio Blass, Rawy Torres, and Robert Avellanet, performing under the name "Los Ultimos Heroes." In order to preserve his artistic independence and avoid a clichéd reworking of the Menudo sound, García instead decided to record a solo album, using music he had personally written or collaborated on.
In 2006, García released a Spanish-language pop album titled Cool for which he wrote or co-wrote every song. One of the singles from Cool, a ballad entitled "Entrégate" (also known as "Si Es Así"), which García co-wrote with songwriter Roy Tavare, was featured in the 2006 motion picture Yellow starring Roselyn Sánchez.
In 2012, García began recording material for an English-language album, which is expected to be released in early 2013.
In May 2010, García posed for a series of semi-nude photographs for Paragon Men, a gay erotica website. In the interview which accompanied his photo shoot, Garcia openly discussed his homosexuality and his years of sexual self-exploration after leaving Menudo, even working briefly as a stripper and erotic dancer and performing at the now defunct Gaiety Theatre in New York City. He also refused to "out" his former bandmate Ricky Martin, who publicly disclosed his homosexuality a few weeks after García's interview. In 2012 Angelo joined forces with William Luque who wrote his first Spanish hit "En Mis Sueños" which sold over 6 million copies world wide and began writing and recording a new English language Electro Dance Pop album in Madrid Spain called "SCANDALOUS." The title track Scandalous speaks about a child growing up in the spotlight and how having to grow up prematurely wreaked havoc on his adult life. It is set to be released in 2013/2014.
- Ex-Menudo Member Is In His `Elements from The Miami Herald, 30 January 2005
- 2010 Paragon Men-Spotlight: Angelo Garcia from www.paragonmen.com May 2010
- "Ricky Martin Gay Bombshell: I am a Fortunate Homosexual Man" from www.popeater.com , 29 March 2010
- Angelo Garcia: "I Came Out Before Ricky" from The Advocate 23 June 2010
- Official Website (Spanish-language music)
- Official Website (English-language music)
- Angelo Garcia on Twitter
- Angelo Garcia on MySpace
- Profile from University of Central Florida website