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Alejandro Fernandez
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Birth name Alejandro Fernández Abarca
Born Aprile 24, 1971 (1971-04-24) (age 43)
Mexico Ceety, Mexico
Oreegin Guadalajara, Jalisco
Genres Bolero, latin pop, mexican pop, mariachi, ranchera
Occupations Sangster
Years active 1991–present
Labels Sony Music Latin (1992–2008)
Universal Music Latino (2009–present)
Wabsteid http://www.alejandrofernandez.com/

Alejandro Fernández Abarca (pronounced: [aleˈxandro ferˈnandes]) (born April 24, 1971) is a Mexican sangster.

Elknamit as "El Potrillo" (The Colt) bi the media an his fans, he haes sauld ower 30 million albums warldwide.[1] Alejandro is the son o the ranchera sangster Vicente Fernández.[2] He oreeginally specialisit in tradeetional, earthy forms o Mexican fowk muisic, such as mariachi an ranchera. He haes branched oot wi great success to pop muisic.

Career[eedit | eedit soorce]

Early years[eedit | eedit soorce]

His first public appearance wis in 1977 in ane o his faither's shows. Alejandro wis meant tae perform the sang "Alejandra" but in the middle o the sang he forgot the leerics, stairtit creein an suffered a panic attack, but his faither got on stage an helpit him singin alang the song.

Fernández released his first album, Alejandro Fernandez unner Sony Music. The main hits wur "Necesito olvidarla", "Brumas" an "Equivocadamente".[3] Wi this material, Alejandro began a tour in Mexico an some ceeties o the Unitit States. In 1993, he performit wi his faither in a concert at the Palacio de los Deportes, continuin a saison at the famous Teatro Blanquita o Mexico Ceety; the same year Fernández released Piel De Niña, directit bi Pedro Ramires an became a success. The sangs "Piel de niña", "A la vera del camino", an "Cascos ligeros" are some o the hits o the album.[4] At the Lo Nuestro Awards of 1993 Fernández wis nominatit for Male Artist, New Artist and Regional Mexican Album of the Year for his debut album, winnin nane.[5]

In 1994, he released the album Grandes Exitos A La Manera De Alejandro Fernandez, singin pieces o legendar componers such as Armando Manzanero, Luis Demetrio an Agustín Lara.[6]

1995–1998: "Como quien pierde una estrella", Me Estoy Enamorando[eedit | eedit soorce]

In 1995 he released the album Que Seas Muy Feliz. The sang "Como quien pierde una estrella", became his first internaitional hit. "Como quien pierde una estrella" wis hivily promotit on radio an televeesion shows.[7][7]

In 1996, he released Muy Dentro de Mi Corazón an became an instant success.[8] Sangs like "Moño negro", "Nube viajera" an "Abrazame" became hits in Mexico an several kintras o Laitin Americae. That same year he recordit "Puedes llegar", theme sang for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, wi sangsters like Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada an Ricky Martin. In 1997, he recordit the album Me Estoy Enamorando, producit bi Emilio Estefan The muisic o the album is a fusion o bolero, romantic ballad, orchestral arrangements an a touch o Mexican mariachi that became popular in the Laitin muisic. "Si tu supieras" became the maist ootstaundin hit o that production,[9] an became the theme o the hit soap opera o the time, "Maria Isabel". It conquered the U.S. mercat an aw bein seiven weeks at the top o Billboard Hot Latin Tracks. He became the first Laitin sangster tae hauld first place wi three hits follaeed, "Si tu supieras", "En El Jardín" (wi Gloria Estefan) an "No se olvidar".[9] Me Estoy Enamorando sauld 2.2 million copies warldwide. In December 1998, he recordit Christmas in Vienna VI, wi the tenor Plácido Domingo an Patricia Kaas. His performance wis praised bi the creetics but it did no achieve hintle popularity amang the audience.

1999–2003: Mi Verdad, Entre tus brazos, Orígenes[eedit | eedit soorce]

With the album Mi Verdad of 1999, Fernández returned to ranchera music genre.[10] "Si he sabido amor" became a big hit and was played as the central theme of the hit soap opera Infierno en el paraíso.

In 2000, released the album titled Entre tus brazos, the eighth in his career and the second time with Emilio Estefan, Jr. as the producer. "Quiéreme" was the first single, a moved pop song that showed his musical versatility. For the first time in his career a song was from his own inspiration: "Entre tus brazos". The album contains mostly romantic balladas with moved Latin rhythms.[11] That same year, he recorded with Julio Iglesias, the song "Dos corazones, dos historias" that was contained on Julio's album Noche de Cuatro Lunas.[12]

In 2001, he recorded Orígenes.[13] The single "Sin tantina pena" (a moved mariachi bolero) became an international hit.[13] In 2002, he launched his production Un Canto De México, which contains twenty-two classic ranchera songs, it was recorded live at the Palacio de Bellas Artes.[14] In 2003, Alejandro began a Latin American tour with his father Vicente, and recorded the show called "En Vivo: Juntos Por Ultima Vez", which was witnessed by thousands of fans, culminating in Mexico City at the Foro Sol, with over five hours of music in front of nearly 60,000 spectators. That same year he recorded his next album Niña amada mía,[15] that released the song with the same name which became a hit and the theme of a popular soap opera of that name. That same year, Alejandro toured Latin America and United States. Later he participated in the Christmas special En mi país broadcasted by Telemundo, and recorded in Puerto Rico. Fernández did a duet with Ednita Nazario on the song "Triste Navidad" ( "Sad Christmas").

2004–2006: A Corazón Abierto, México - Madrid[eedit | eedit soorce]

In 2004, he played the lead role in Zapata: El sueño del héroe, a movie aboot the Mexican revolutionar hero Emiliano Zapata bi filmmaker Alfonso Arau. That same year, A Corazón Abierto reunites Alejandro wi Grammy-winnin producer an sangwriter Kike Santander, who penned his greatest hits frae Me Estoy Enamorando. But it fynds him singin the sangs o a new generation o sangwriters an aw, includin Gian Marco, Leonel García (ane hauf o pop duo Sin Bandera), Reyli Barba (umwhile member o pop baund Elefante) an Mexican group Tres De Copas.[16]

"Romanticism is something that will never die", declared Alejandro Fernández, explainin his choice o sangs on A Corazón Abierto, his breakthrou recordin aboot lost luve, luve that is niver forgotten an the capacity tae ayes luve again. "I'm super, ultra passionate. We're releasin an album that's an x-ray o masel. That's why it's titled "A Corazón Abierto" ("In Open Hert"). It wis somethin vera honest. No nakit, but somethin deeper than that". The album released the singles: "¿Que voy a hacer con mi amor?", "Qué lastima", "Me dediqué a perderte" an the smashin hit "Canta corazón".[16]

In 2005, Alejandro launches México - Madrid: En Directo Y Sin Escalas (Mexico - Madrid: Nonstop). Featurin 13 tracks includin ane new sang. Producit bi Aureo Baquiero an filmed in front o a live audience at Spain's "Palacio de Congresos IFEMA", the production features Fernández performin some o his biggest hits accompaniet bi a 28-piece orchestra an some o Spain's maist important vycs on three o the sangs: Amaia Montero frae La Oreja de Van Gogh joins him on "Me dediqué a perderte"; Malú duets wi him on "Contigo aprendí", an wi flamenco starn Diego El Cigala perform a muivit version o "Como quien pierde una estrella", accompaniet on cajón bi famit flamenco guitarist Niño Josele.[17] That same year, Alejandro wis chosen tae sing alang wi the tenors José Carreras an Plácido Domingo in a special concerto celebratin the openin o the "Forum Internacional de las Culturas" in Monterrey. At first his faither Vicente wis invitit, but turned doun. Alejandro showed his skilled vocals, an operatic tenor range, singin pieces o opera such as "Granada"; his performance wis praised bi the audience. He recordit a duet sang wi the tenor Mario Frangoulis an aw creid "Hay más" frae the album Follow Your Heart.[18] Efter that, Alejandro went on tour wi twa Laitin American starns: Marc Anthony an Chayanne, passin throu several o the maist important ceeties o the U.S. On 2 Dizember 2005, Los Angeles, gave him a starn on the legendar Hollywood Walk of Fame, on Hollywood Boulevard.[19]

2007–present: Viento a Favor, "Mañana es para siempre", Dos Mundos[eedit | eedit soorce]

In 2007, launches Viento A Favor featurs tunes written bi Leonel García an Noel Schajris (better kent as emotive Latin-pop duo Sin Bandera) an Mexican sangster Reyli Barba.[20] The first twa singles wur "Te Voy A Perder", an "Amor Gitano", a duet wi Beyoncé Knowles.[21] Efter that "Cuando Estamos Juntos" an "No Se Me Hace Fácil" became hits; "Eres" wis the last single o the album.

In 2008, Alejandro stairtit a tour on Spainyie laund coverin ceeties such as Madrid, Valencia an La Coruña. He released the album De Noche: Clásicos A Mi Manera, that contains classic romantic ballads an boleros such as "El Reloj" an "Regálame esta noche", sangs that he recordit previously in his career but niver released.[22]

In 2009, his vyce is the theme o Mañana es para siempre, the maist successful Mexican soap opera o the year. The Grammy-winnin sangster, componer an producer Nelly Furtado invitit Alejandro tae sing a duet wi her for her new album Mi Plan. The sang "Sueños" wis recordit in Miami.

Dos Mundos (Twa Warlds), is a double production, releasin twa albums simultaneously: Dos Mundos: Evolución + Tradición. Ane o thaim is pop, producit bi Aureo Baqueiro, an the ither o ranchera an mariachi, producit by Joan Sebastian. He is the first Laitin airtist tae dae something similar. On 11 November 2009 he released simultaneously the videos o the singles "Estuve" an "Se Me Va la Voz".[23] He recently released the videos o the singles "Me Hace Tanto Bien" an "Bandida". On 22 November 2010, Alejandro released the live album Dos Mundos: Revolución that includes live versions o sangs frae his album Dos mundos: Evolución / Dos mundos: Tradición, twa unreleased tracks "Tu Sabes Quien", "Felicidades" an the sang "Vamos a darnos tiempo" oreeginally performit bi the iconic sangster José José.[24] Atween Juin an August 2011, he went on his Dos Mundos: Revolucion Tour. On 1 August 2011, Alejandro released the sang "Bajo un mismo sol" theme o the 2011 Pan American Gemmes. He toured Laitin Americae alang wi fellae Marc Anthony in a series o concerts namit Dos Mundos, un Concierto (Twa Warlds, ane Concert). On early 2013, he did a duet wi Christina Aguilera in the sang "Hoy tengo ganas de ti", theme o the telenovela "La tempestad". Efter anerly 17 days, the sang wis certifee'd Platinum in Mexico, for sales o 65,000 digital dounloads.[25] On 27 August 2013 he released the album "Confidencias", it includes the duet wi Christina Aguilera "Hoy Tengo Ganas de Ti", an duets wi Vicente Fernández an Rod Stewart.

Sony Music controversy[eedit | eedit soorce]

The international record label Sony Music wis sued bi Alejandro Fernández efter they tree'd tae release an album wi some o his unreleased sangs efter his contract wi the label haed endit. Federal Polis arrivit at the Sony heidquairters in Mexico Ceety an seisit aboot 6,000 copies o the album. The sang "Diferente", wis released on the internet as the first single o the album.[26]

Airtistrie[eedit | eedit soorce]

Follaein the steps o his faither, Alejandro began his muisical career focused on ranchera muisic. Syne his 1997 album Me Estoy Enamorando he branched oot successfully tae pop muisic. In his live presentations, Alejandro begins the show wi his ranchera repertoire, then he remuives the charro ootfit tae sing pop.

Alejandro haes a licht tenor tessitura, leanin mair tae the spinto tenor. His vocal virtuosity an versatility haes alloued him tae perform romantic ballads, pop an ranchera muisic simultaneously.

Alejandro Fernández haes performit wi airtists such as Plácido Domingo, Marc Anthony, José Carreras, Chayanne, Amaia Montero, Joan Sebastian, Gloria Estefan, Malú, Julio Iglesias, Patricia Kaas, Miguel Bosé, Mario Frangoulis, Ednita Nazario, Yuri, Franco De Vita, Diego El Cigala, Nelly Furtado, Beyoncé Knowles, an Christina Aguilera.

Personal life[eedit | eedit soorce]

Alejandro Fernández wis born in Mexico Ceety an raised in Guadalajara. He studiet tae become an airchitect, but turned tae singin in 1991, encouragit bi his faither.[27] He is the youngest son o his faimily. Haes twa aulder brithers, Vicente, Jr. an Gerardo, an a sister, Alejandra. Fernández an his brithers are kent in Mexico as "Los tres potrillos" (The three colts).[28]

In the late 1990s, his aulder brither Vicente, Jr. wis kidnapped bi a powerful baund o organisit creeme.[29] The kidnappers cut aff ane o his fingers an sent it tae his faither as a warnin. Efter Vicente Fernández paid a huge sum o money, Vicente, Jr. wis released. The exact amoont wis niver annooncit.[30]

Fernández is co-awner o the shoppin centre in Guadalajara, cried "Unicenter", whaur thare are different teeps o businesses, creatin jobs for ower 170 fowk.[31] He pairticipatit wi his faimily in the construction o Arena VFG, wi capacity for 11,000 people it is basically dedicatit tae muisic shows an eventually will be uised for massive charreria competitions.[32][33] He is an expert in horse ridin an charreria.[34] Fernández supports the Mexican team Atlas.

Alejandro haes five childer. Three (Alejandro, Jr. an the twin girls América an Camila) wi his ex-wife América Guinart an twa (Emiliano an Valentina) wi Colombie model Ximena Díaz.[27]

Discografie[eedit | eedit soorce]

Studio albums[eedit | eedit soorce]

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References[eedit | eedit soorce]

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  2. Alejandro Fernández at Allmusic
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  11. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r474527
  12. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r485725
  13. 13.0 13.1 http://www.allmusic.com/album/r553171
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  15. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r631547
  16. 16.0 16.1 http://www.allmusic.com/album/r707741
  17. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r801770
  18. "Mario Frangoulis - Hay Más (duet Feat. Alejandro Fernández)". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  19. "Hollywood - Walk of Fame". Hollywoodusa.co.uk. 2005-11-27. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  20. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1078338
  21. "Letra De La Cancion Amor Gitano De Telenovela El Zorro La Espada Y La Rosa Sinopsis". Lasnoticiasmexico.com. 2007-10-07. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  22. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1451827
  23. Posted by mundoSIX (2009-11-11). "Alejandro Premieres New Video: "Estuve"". Mundosix.com. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  24. "Alejandro Fernández Sitio Oficial @ Universal Music Latino". Universalmusica.com. 2011-02-14. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  25. "Alejandro Fernández logra Certificación de Platino". Universal Music Magazine (Mexico) (in spanish). Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  26. SitesMexico.com. "Alejandro Fernandez Demanda A Sony Music - Pgr Catea Sony". Sitesmexico.com. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  27. 27.0 27.1 "Alejandro Fernández". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  28. "Rancho of Vicente Fernandez..."Los tres potrillos", named after his three sons. photo - Coral Kaburick photos at". Pbase.com. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  29. "Deportes". El Universal. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  30. "Caen plagiarios de Vicente Fernández Jr. - Univision Música". Univision.com. 2002-09-30. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  31. "Alejandro Fernández". Gentebien.com.mx. 2005-09-09. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  32. "Vicente Fernández inaugura "juguete nuevo"". Elsiglodetorreon.com.mx. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  33. "Construyen hijos de Vicente Fernández lugar en su honor :: Noticias". esmas.com. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  34. "Ganaderos de Jalisco, séptimo clasificado a semifinales". Oem.com.mx. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 

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