With more than 12 million records sold, 21 albums and 5 GRAMMYs ® under his belt, multi-platinum singer-songwriter PEPE AGUILAR is an impressive master of fusion whose proven capacity to inspire audiences with his music and talent has no boundaries.
The son of Mexican recording legends Antonio Aguilar and Flor Silvestre, Pepe was influenced and supported by his parents to start singing as a young boy, making his debut at the age of three when his parents handed him a microphone during a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Flash forward to 2010, the year of the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution as well as the Bicentennial of the Mexican Independence, PEPE AGUILAR gives us “Bicentenario”, an album whose purpose is to celebrate Mexico through some of the most important songs of its musical memory.
Choosing the songs that make up “Bicentenario” PEPE AGUILAR relied mostly on his memory, songs that were sung by his own parents, by the great Mexican singers such as Miguel Aceves Mejía and Javier Solís among others. Songs that brought him fond memories in hopes that these songs will help his audience create more memories.
Aside from remembering and celebrating Mexico, “Bicentenario” takes two of the fundamental genres of Mexican music: Mariachi and Banda along with its most noteworthy songs and PEPE AGUILAR renews his commitment with Mexico and his Mexican identity doing what he does best: sing and make music.
“Bicentenario” was recorded in Mexico at NEO Audio, produced by PEPE AGUILAR with musical arrangements by the legendary Manuel Cázares, Fernando De Santiago and Adán “Pony” Loredo.
The songs included in “Bicentenario” are:
1) Que Bonita Es Mi Tierra (Rubén Fuentes/Mario Molina)
2) Cucurrucucú Paloma (Tomas Méndez)
3) Canción Mexicana (Chucho Monge)
4) Mi Ciudad (Eduardo Salas/Guadalupe Trigo)
5) Huapango Torero (Tomas Méndez)
6) Adelita (Felipe Alonso Patrichela)
7) Novillero (Ma. Teresa Lara)
8) Popurrí De Sones Jalicienses: El Cuatro (Rubén Fuentes/Silvestre Vargas) / El Palmero (Silvestre Vargas) / El Maracumbé (Rubén Fuentes /Silvestre Vargas)
9) Mañanitas Tapatías (D.A.R.)
10) El Toro Viejo (Rubén Fuentes/Mario Molina)
11) El Muchacho Alegre (Domingo Velarde)
12) El Palo Verde (Domingo Velarde)
13) Chaparrita (Bonus Track) (Pepe Aguilar) – Track nominated for Best Regional Mexican Song at the Latin Grammys.
· Por Mujeres Como Tu (1998) spent nearly a year on Billboard’s Latin Music charts.
· Por una Mujer Bonita (1999) earned him a GRAMMY® for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album.
· Historias de Mi Tierra (2005) earned him a GRAMMY® for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album and a Latin GRAMMY for Best Ranchero Album.
· 100% Mexicano (2006) earned him a GRAMMY® for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album
· Enamorado (2006) earned him a Latin GRAMMY® for Best Ranchero Album.
Pepe Aguilar has garnered more awards than any other artist in the history of the Regional Mexican music genre.
• 2007 Best Mexican/Mexican American Album award for 100% Mexicano
• 2006 Best Mexican/Mexican American Album award for Historias De Mi Tierra
• 2000 Best Mexican/Mexican American Album award for Por Una Mujer Bonita
• 2007 Best Ranchero Album award for Enamorado
• 2006 Best Ranchero Album award for Historias De Mi Tierra
• ‘Premio Billboard A La Música Latina’ Hot Latin Track of the Year award for “Por Mujeres Como Tu” (USA)
• Twelve ‘Premio Lo Nuestro A La Música Latina’ awards (USA)
• Seven ‘TV y Novelas’ awards (México)
• Eight ‘Furia Musical’ awards (México)
• ‘OYE’ awards (México)
• Three ‘Premios de la Gente’ awards (USA)
Born on August 7th, in Zacatecas, Mexico; Pepe Aguilar spent his childhood in Mexico, mostly on tour with his famous parents. “You could say that I was raised on stage, as I spent much of my childhood in my parents’ shows, as soon as I could get a hold of that microphone and sing, I became a part of that show”.
His early foray into the music world as a solo artist was rooted in rock music – he loved artists of that time and wrote his first song at 16 years of age. He formed a rock band named “Equs” with which he recorded his first album, released in 1987. He later started a record label for rock music.
“Rock is in my musical background”, says Aguilar. “My brother, who is eight years older than me, introduced me to Pink Floyd and The Who, stuff I wasn’t supposed to listen to at the age of seven. But it has been one of my inspirations and probably my sharpest tool”.
He later turned back to the melodies that embraced his heritage, fusing the traditional sounds of his youth with a modern, pop sound and becoming a prominent recording artist in the Latin music world. Like his parents before him, Aguilar also expanded his talents into film and developed a successful acting career.
His exceptional voice aside (“The Voice” as he is described by many radio programmers), Pepe Aguilar is a respected composer and producer who has worked with some of the big names in the Latin world: from renowned singers such as Lupita D’Alessio, Edith Márquez and Guadalupe Pineda to the stars of Mexican rock like Julieta Venegas and Ely Guerra.
Having composed and produced the theme for the “OYE” Awards, Pepe Aguilar also wrote and produced the theme for Teleton 2005, which he performed with “Sin Bandera”, Reyli, Kalimba and “Natalia y la Forquetina”.
Luckily for his fans, the traditional Mexican sound colors everything Pepe Aguilar does musically:
“I came back to my roots because on stage and as a singer, Mexican music makes me feel alive” he explains.
“I come from a traditional Mexican family” even though my musical and cultural influences are many, no genre satisfies me more than the genre I sing today.”