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Pepe Aguilar

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Biography

Born in the U.S. but raised in Zacatecas, Mexico, son of recording legends Antonio Aguilar and Flor Silvestre, Pepe Aguilar was influenced and encouraged by his parents to start singing. He reached the stage for the first time at the age of three, performing at New York's Madison Square Garden two years later. After saving money, Aguilar decided to buy a drum set, inspired by progressive rock groups such as Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull. Nevertheless, while leaving his teenage years behind, he turned to Tejano once again, mixing the traditional style with his modern pop influences and becoming a strong identity in the Latin scene, in addition to developing a successful acting career. Among his biggest albums are 1998's Por Mujeres Como Tu, which spent nearly a year on the Latin and Mexican charts, 1999's Por una Mujer Bonita, which won him a Grammy for Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance, 2003's Y Tenerte Olta Vez, 2004's No Soy de Nadie, and 2005's Historias de Mi Tierra. His MTV Unplugged album in 2014 brought him to the attention of an entirely new audience and ended up on the charts, while his memorial compilation, Interpreta a Joan Sebastian, landed in the top spot on the Latin Albums chart. Touring the record just enough to support it, Aguilar, already full of ideas for another project, took no time off and went back into the studio immediately. To realize his restless new concept, he enlisted the aid of Yamil Rezc and Francis and Mauricio Duran of the Chilean group Los Bunkers as his co-producers (they also co-wrote songs together). He cut an ambitious program of ballads, rock, pop, cumbia, and vallenato songs, and even a Sinaloense banda version of pre-release single "Maria." (It debuted at number one on the Mexican pop chart.) The ten-song full-length, No Lo Había Dicho, was issued in June. ~ Drago Bonacich
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