Beto Cuevas performing live in the MTV Video Music Awards Latin America 2003.
|Birth name||Luis Alberto Cuevas Olmedo|
|Born||September 12, 1967|
|Genres||Pop rock, alternative rock|
|Occupations||actor, spokesperson, model, TV presenter, singer, record producer|
|Years active||1987–2005 (with La Ley)
2008–present (solo singer)
|Labels||Warner Bros. Records|
|Associated acts||La Ley|
Luis Alberto Cuevas Olmedo (born in Santiago, Chile, on September 12 1967), better known as Beto Cuevas, is a Chilean-Canadian singer, plastic artist, painter, and actor. He is the lead singer for Chilean band La Ley. In 2008 he launched his solo career with the release of his album, “Miedo Escenico”. In 2012 he released his second album called “Transformación”.
1988-2004: La Ley
In 1988, during a trip to Concón, Chile, Beto met La Ley drummer, Mauricio Clavería. The drummer invited Beto to join the band, which had just suffered the departure of two founding members, Iván Delgado and Shía Arbulú. Beto made his debut as La Ley’s singer in the first album, “Desiertos”, quickly becoming the voice of the band. La Ley soon released their second album, “Doble Opuesto”.
During the early years of the band, Cuevas only wrote the lyrics to the songs, since the writing of the music was in charge of founder and leader Andrés Bobe. During this time, La Ley becomes one of the most successful groups in the country. In 1994 Bobe dies in a motorcycle accident after a benefit show, which forces Beto to become the leader of the group. He goes from the visible face of the group to becoming the main creative force behind it with the help of his band mates.
La Ley’s story is divided in two: before and after Andrés Bobe. Beto’s influence after the passing of Andres is enormous. The group takes on a musical shift that pushes its success all over Latin America.
During the shoots for the music videos of the Invisible (1995) album, Beto begins exploring the seventh art, co directing the pieces.
Many expert credit his years in North America as the main influence of La Ley’s sound, which is unique among Chilean and Latin bands.
As the band’s success grew abroad, it decreased in Chile, which bothered members of the group. They were presented in many Chilean TV and radio shows as the “Mexican” group, La Ley.
February 21st 2001, a day before the Viña del Mar Festival, the band was in the Channel 13 show, “La Movida del Festival”. While being interviewed live, a member of the audience announces the group just won a Grammy as best alternative rock group. It’s this moment and the show at the Quinta Vergara on the day after, that mark the turning point in which La Ley begins to gain recognition in their own country.
In mid-2001, the group records their MTV Unplugged, which becomes a huge success all over Latin America, but the most important thing for the members of the band, is that La Ley is finally recognized as the most important Chilean band of all time, thanks to the Grammy, their show at the Viña del Mar festival, and the new acoustic album.
2005-2009: Solo work
In 2005, Beto Cuevas, Pedro Frugone and Mauricio Clavería decide to take a break from La Ley.
Beto worked in small projects, including the song “Loud”, in collaboration with Masters at Work (“Little Louie” Vega & Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez”). He revisited the song “Mentira, originally released in La Ley MTV Unplugged, and was a part of the soundtrack for the film, “La mujer de mi hermano”.
Other projects include the collaboration with Chilean band “Los Prisioneros”, in their album “Manzana”, in which Beto played synthesizers, guitars, and vocals in the song “Insatisfacción”, a rendition of the Rolling Stones classic “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction”, and in “Eres Mi Hogar”.
In September 2008, Beto was invited to interview Morrissey for channel TV Central.
In March 2008 pre-launches his solo debut. At this time, it has been over two years since he last performed with La Ley.
Prior to the release of his first solo album, and the big stages, he does a more intimate tour throughout the US, sponsored by Jack Daniel’s.
His debut solo album, “Miedo Escénico” was released on September 23, 2008, and it spun 3 hit singles: Vuelvo, Háblame, and Un Minuto de Silencio.
On November 30th, during the closing of Teleton 2008 in Chile, he made a short but intense presentation.
On September 8th he records a version of the George Michael classic “Faith”, in the Buenos Aires soundstage of La 100 (99.9 fm). The song is featured on the CD, “La 100 en Vivo”.
On February 26, 2010, he shared the stage with Raphael at the Viña del Mar Festival, where he was to perform solo the next day, until the Earthquake on February 27 hit the south of Chile, and forced the rest of the Festival to be cancelled.
In May 2010, Beto released a version of the Violeta Parra classic, “Gracias a la Vida”, produced by Humberto Gatica, and featuring stars like Miguel Bosé, Michael Bublé, Fher Olvera (Maná), Juan Luis Guerra, Shakira, Laura Pausini and Alejandro Sanz. 100% of the profits of the single will go toward helping in the recovery and the support of all the Chileans affected by the earthquake.
On September 25, 2012, he released his new album, Transformación, which features 12 songs and some collaborations with stars like Leire Martinez in Goodbye. The album was recorded entirely in the US and charter in Billboard right away.
His family moved to Montreal, Canada escaping Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, so he also holds a Canadian passport. In 2002, he married model Estela Mora, but are currently separated. He has two kids: Martina (from estela’s first marriage in Argentina) and Diego (1992). He was in a romantic relationship with actress Bárbara Mori for a year starting in May 2010
Albums with La Ley
- 1990: Desiertos
- 1991: Doble Opuesto
- 1993: La Ley
- 1994: Cara de Dios
- 1995: Invisible
- 1998: Vértigo
- 2000: Uno
- 2001: La Ley MTV Unplugged
- 2003: Libertad
- 2004: Historias e Histeria
Cuevas portrayed the character Padre Santiago in the 2005 Mexican film La mujer de mi hermano (English: My brother's woman). Cuevas played also a bigger role as the character Santillan in the 2007 American film Borderland
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