Pepe Aguilar Biography

1968, José Aguilar, San Antonio, Texas, USA. Aguilar is the son of Flor Silvestre and Antonio Aguilar, both noted singers and actors, and was born in the USA where his father was touring. Raised partly in Zacatecas, Mexico, from the start music was his life. He appeared on stage with his parents from the age of three and through this made his New York debut at five at no less a venue than Madison Square Garden. His first interest, however, lay in composing and he wrote songs for various artists, but also played drums and sang in rock bands, leading his own group for a while. This was in the mid- to late 80s but early in the 90s he made an important move away from rock, embracing instead ranchero and mariachi.

Towards the end of the 90s Aguilar released Por Mujeres Como Tu, which proved to be his breakthrough. This album sold some two million copies and the title song was placed high among Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks. Owing to successes such as these, and a Latin Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Album with Por Una Mujer Bonita, by the early 00s, Aguilar had a large following. He also enjoyed critical support with his Y Tenerte Otra Vez being nominated for a Latin Grammy as Best Ranchero Album.

With his band, Banda Centenario, Aguilar has toured several countries, making a big impression in the southern states of the USA. Among the songs in his extensive repertoire are ‘Directo Al Corazon’, ‘Salado’, ‘Se Fue’, ‘Quien Te Cantara’, ‘Contestame El Telefono’, ‘No Soy De Aqui Ni Soy De Alla’, ‘En Lengua Suelta’, ‘Mi Serenata’, ‘Perdóname’, ‘Un Puno De Tierra’, ‘Me Falta Valor’, ‘Bohemio De Aficion’, ‘El Siete De Copas’, and ‘Yo La Amo’. In the early 00s, Aguilar was vocal in his disapproval of the manner in which the Latin Grammys were giving much less attention to Mexican music than he believed was their due. Like his parents, Aguilar has also followed an acting career, albeit one that is, so far, secondary to his singing career.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.