Cristian Castro in 2015
|Birth name||Cristian Sáinz Valdés Castro|
|Born||8 December 1974|
|Origin||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Genres||Latin pop, bolero, mariachi, pop rock, latin rock, alternative rock, soft rock|
BMG U.S. Latin (1997–2004)
Universal Music Latino (2005–2012)
Sony Music Latin (2012–present)
Cristian Sáinz Valdés Castro (born 8 December 1974), referred to as Cristian Castro or simply Cristian, is a Mexican pop singer.
Known for his light tenor vocal range, Castro is widely regarded as one of the most skilled Hispanic pop singers of the last three decades. Icon Juan Gabriel once described Castro as "the man with the most faculties to sing in Mexico".
Born in Mexico City, he is the son of renowned actress and singer Verónica Castro and comedian Manuel "El Loco" Valdes. Castro also has a younger brother named Michelle Sáinz Castro, his uncle is José Alberto Castro and his aunt is Beatriz Castro, who both are producers. As a baby, he made his acting debut with her during the telenovela named El Derecho de Nacer. Soon after, he appeared on a television commercial with her, and on the Mexican version of the broadway show Mame alongside the prominent actress Silvia Pinal.
Fonovisa years 1992–1996
Castro began his professional singing career in 1992 with the release of Agua Nueva, at the age of 18. After appearing in several telenovelas and recording some albums as a teenager, Castro began his "internationalization" in 1993, starting with concerts in Puerto Rico. Castro dedicated a song to that country in his second album, Un Segundo En El Tiempo, titled "Puerto Rico" as a way of thanking the Puerto Rican public for supporting his career. He also modified his singing voice from the deep voice he employed in Agua Nueva to a softer one that he currently uses. His song, "Nunca Voy a Olvidarte" (I Will Never Forget You), became his first number-one hit at the Hot Latin Tracks charts in 1993 helped launched his career. Castro became an international teen idol and sex symbol almost instantly after he began touring, and he began what has been a fruitful international singing career and received a nomination for Pop New Artist of the Year at the Lo Nuestro Awards of 1993.
In 1994, Cristian released El Camino del Alma. The album hit, "Mañana", meaning Tomorrow, a song composed by Mexican singer, Juan Gabriel which was titled, "Mañana, Mañana". In 1995, he was part of the compilation album Boleros: Por Amor y Desamor written and produced by Jorge Avendaño Luhrs, recording "Vuélveme a Querer", which hit #2 on the Hot Latin Tracks (held off by Enrique Iglesias' debut single Si Tú Te Vas). In 1996, Cristian released El Deseo De Oir Tu Voz (The Wish To Hear Your Voice) which featured hits such as Morelia, Amor, Amarte a Ti, and the title track. At the 9th Lo Nuestro Awards, Castro received a nomination for Male Pop Artist of the Year.
Cristian has also done opening themes for telenovelas such as Morelia (1994) Angela (1998) and Mujer De Madera (Woman of Wood) (2004)
Sony BMG 1997–2004
In 1997, Castro left Fonovisa and began contract to BMG with the release of Lo Mejor De Mi. Famous pianist Raúl di Blasio did the piano work for the song "Después De Tí...¿Qué?" (After You...What?). The album was nominated "Best Latin Pop Album of the Year". Following the album's success, Castro sang in duets with other singers such as Olga Tañón, Grupo Limite, and José Alfredo Jiménez. In 1999 he released Mi Vida Sin Tu Amor, which won him many credits because it had four singles to go in the Top ten of Billboard's Hot Latin tracks ("Alguna Vez" #2, "Por Amarte Asi" #3, Mi Vida Sin Tu Amor #3, Volver a Amar #4). In 2001, he released Azul, which won "Best Latin Pop Album of the Year". In 2005, he released Galltio Feliz, a collection of his childhood songs, Nunca Voy A Olvidarte...Los Exitos, a CD/DVD greatest hit album which features both Fonovisa and BMG songs,
2005–2012 Universal Music Latino years
In 2005, Castro released Días Felices with "Amor Eterno" and "Sin Tu Amor" as the album hit under the Universal Music Latino label. In 2006, Castro contributed on a tribute work to Víctor Yturbe "El Piruli", in which he sang Mil Besos. On June 26, 2007, Castro released his first mariachi album, El Indomable, which was produced by Vicente Fernández, and released the single from the album, "Tu Retirada". Castro announced that the divorce with Valeria has led him to bankruptcy. A new album, "El culpable soy yo", was released on April 28, 2009. He sang at the "Latin Grammy Celebra José José" ceremony and is said to have made one of the best tributes to his idol. On September 28, 2010, he released the single "La Nave del Olvido"and "Amor, Amor" as part of his tribute album to José José, Viva el Príncipe. In 2011, a follow-up to Viva el príncipe is being recorded under the title Mi Amigo El Príncipe.
After disappointing sales of albums with Universal Latin Entertainment, Castro returned to Sony Music. For his first album with Sony since Hoy Quiero Soñar, Castro recorded a live album titled Primera Fila which contains live recordings of his well-known songs as well as original songs. The album is set to be released in February 2013.
Besides of his solo career. Cristian Castro created the alternative rock-band La Esfinge.
Castro is a fan of rock and heavy metal music, quoting Pink Floyd, Static X, Amon Amarth and Tool among his favorite bands. He has cited the Mexican icon José José to be the main influence in his singing. Castro was married to model Gabriela Bo from Paraguay. After he divorced Bo, he married his Argentinian Jewish ex-girlfriend, Valeria Liberman. Castro converted to Judaism upon marrying Liberman. He has since reverted to Roman Catholicism following his divorce with Liberman.
- Agua Nueva (1992)
- Un Segundo en el Tiempo (1993)
- El Camino del Alma (1994)
- El Deseo de Oír Tu Voz (1996)
- Lo Mejor de Mí (1997)
- Mi Vida Sin Tu Amor (1999)
- Azul (2001)
- Amar Es (2003)
- Hoy Quiero Soñar (2004)
- Días Felices (2005)
- El Indomable (2007)
- El Culpable Soy Yo (2009)
- Viva el Principe (2010)
- Mi Amigo El Príncipe (2011)
- Dicen (2016)
- Mi tributo a Juan Gabriel (2018)
- Exitos (1996)
- Mis Mejores Momentos (1997)
- Remixes (2000)
- Grandes Hits (2002)
- Nunca Voy a Olvidarte...Los Exitos (2005)
- En Primera Fila: Dia 1 (2013)
- En Primera Fila: Dia 2 (2014)
With La Esfinge
- El Cantar De La Muerte (2014)
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- "Cristian Castro declares bankruptcy", muevelolive.com, Monday August 04, 2008
- "Verónica Castro y "El Loco" Valdés unidos por bautismo de hija de Cristian Castro". Honduras (in Spanish). March 22, 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
- "Cristian Castro se arrepiente". Excelsior (in Spanish). InventMX. 2013-11-07. Retrieved 2013-11-13.