Ricardo Cruz (singer)
Ricardo Cruz performing at Anime Friends 2016
|Birth name||Ricardo Schiesari Barreto Cruz|
|Born||January 12, 1982|
|Origin||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Labels||Lantis, Yamato Music|
|Associated acts||JAM Project|
Ricardo Schiesari Barreto Cruz (born January 12, 1982), most known as Ricardo Cruz, is a Brazilian vocalist known for his performances of anime theme songs in Brazil as well being a "part-time" member of Japanese anison supergroup JAM Project. He regularly tours with the band whenever they visit Latin America, and is also featured on several of the group's singles beginning with the B-side of 2005's Meikyū no Prisoner.
In the mid-1990s to early 2000s, Cruz worked as a musician in Brazil, his native homeland. He also worked as a journal writer, typically translating from Japanese to Portuguese and English. He speaks Portuguese and Japanese fluently. In 2003, he met JAM Project's current leader, Hironobu Kageyama at the largest anime convention in Brazil, Anime Friends. Hironobu expressed interest in Ricardo's voice, and gave him a demo. The demo track later won him a position in JAM Project as a secondary member.
Ricardo participated in-studio with JAM Project for the first time in 2005, starting with Neppu Cybuster Shippu!. In 2006, he performed as part of the group with the original leader Ichirou Mizuki on another single, Stormbringer. Shortly after in 2007, he shared the stage for the first time in the group's 4th live concert, JAM Project JAPAN CIRCUIT 2007 Break-Out.
He wrote the lyrics for the song Sempre Sonhando ~Yume Oibito~ on JAM Project's 6th best album in 2006, Get over the Border. In 2009 he collaborated with Wada Kouji to produce a song in Japanese and Portuguese. On September 17, 2010, Ricardo joined up with JAM Project once more for their Reunion concert, where the original members sang with the current members.
Ricardo returned to work with JAM Project in Japan in late 2011 and early 2012 for their Go! Go! GOING!! world tour. He wrote the track Cross World on Hironobu Kageyama's 2012 album, Rock Japan. In June, 2014 started a YouTube channel called MugenLab where he talks about his trips to Japan and his career. In July 20, he debuted his EP called On the Rocks in 2014 at the annual anime convention Anime Friends. Also in 2014 he and other brazilians singers created the project called " Cavaleiros in Concert " which is a concert with songs of the anime Saint Seiya performed by Ricardo, Rodrigo Rossi, Larissa Tassi and Eduardo Falaschi. They took this concert to several cities in Brazil
Manga translation works
- Anime Opening HunterxHunter
- Song: Bom Dia
- OVA's opening set of Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter - Inferno.
- Song: Megami no Senshi ~ Pegasus Forever ~
- Anime Opening : Saint Seiya Omega 2nd opening (Brazilian Version)
- Song : Nova Geração with Edu Falaschi, Rodrigo Rossi and Larissa Tassi
- Disc: Shambala
- Topic: Neo (feat. Hironobu Kageyama)
- COMITIVA DO ROCK
SONG - Dia de anime (2013)
Singles (as part of JAM Project)
- [22.06.2005] Meikyuu no Prisoner
- [27.04.2007] STORMBRINGER
- [27.05.2009] Rescue fire
- [05.08.2009] Shugoshin - The guardian
- [11.11.2009] Bakuchin Kanryou! Rescue Fire
- [21.04.2010] Transformers EVO
- [25.01.2012] Waga na wa Garo
- [10.07.2013] Mirai e no Chikai
- [02.07.2014] Mirai e no Daikoukai - Great Voyage
- [22.02.2015] Kessen - The Final Round
- [20.07.2014] On the Rocks
- "Entrevista com Ricardo Cruz" (in Portuguese).
- "Playlist – Ricardo Cruz" (in Portuguese).
- "Singers to be Major Attraction in Brazilian Events | ComiPress". Retrieved 2008-12-17.
- CROSS WORLD - Cruz's personal blog