[The following news release was provided by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.]
“THE VOICE” PEPE AGUILAR TO BE HONORED WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
Star Will Be Placed Next To The Star Of His Father Antonio Aguilar
WHO: Pepe Aguilar
Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler
Guest speakers: TBA
WHAT: 2,474th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of RECORDING
WHERE: 7060 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Live Nation Building
WHEN: July 26, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce proudly announces the induction of Pepe Aguilar into the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame. “Pepe Aguilar is one of the most popular Latin singing stars we have and it shows by the response fans have given us on a daily basis about the star ceremony. We also hear from his team that he is thrilled that his star will be next to that of his father, the legendary Antonio Aguilar,” stated Ana Martinez, Walk of Fame Producer.
Pepe Aguilar was born on August 7, in Zacatecas, Mexico. At the age of three he made his debut at no less a venue than Madison Square Garden in New York; the beginning of a singing career which, in his own individual style and manner, would also see him attain legendary status. However, in spite of the importance of this protective, familial tutelage, he developed his talents himself, leading a movement that would mix the mariachi tradition with the energy of contemporary pop music.
With global sales of his recordings surpassing 12 million copies and hailed by critics in North America as a ‘Latin Music Superstar’, since the year 2000, among many recognitions, Pepe Aguilar has garnered four Grammys, two Latin Grammys, thirteen Premios Lo Nuestro including his latest, ‘The Excellence Award’ last February and many Billboard Awards.
The level of success Pepe Aguilar has achieved is also shown in the 15 songs that have reached the top of the Billboard charts, managing to open doors for dozens of singers from the same genre because, thanks to his contemporary style, ranchera music is now being played on radio stations that had never played it before.
Apart from his exceptional voice (he is hailed as the “The Voice”, by many radio DJs), in his role as composer and producer, he has worked with many renowned figures in the music industry, from traditional Mexican folk singers like Lupita D’Alessio, Edith Márquez and Guadalupe Pineda to Spanish-language rock stars such as Julieta Venegas and Ely Guerra. His special commissions include the writing and production of the theme for the Premios OYE in 2005, for which he wrote an electronic song without lyrics. In the same year, he wrote and produced the theme for Teletón Mexico, which he sung with Sin Bandera, Reyli, Kalimba y Natalia, and La Forquentina, among others.
As a businessman, Pepe Aguilar has created the online contest “El Rey del Mariachi.” The objective is to search for the new regional Mexican music representative and will be promoted in his own record label, whose main focus is to help develop new talents. A visionary man of action with diverse interests, he is just as likely to be found dressed as a cowboy on an album cover as in an elegant New York suit. His album credits include mariachi bands and symphony orchestras, although in the case of “Mas De Un Camino” it was executive produced by him and complemented by the talented producersFernando De Santiago, Homero Patrón y Manuel Cazares.
His most recent work is his new album entitled “Mas De Un Camino” (More Than One Way), the continuation of his earlier work, but this one contains more rancheras with the traditional mariachi sound. This production, number 23 in the singer's successful career is composed of seven brand new tracks, with the participation of composers like Fato, Reily, Marco Antonio Solis and Leonel Garcia among others.
Earlier this year, his album entitled "Bicentenario," won the Grammy, for “Best Regional Mexican or Tejano Album.” With this recognition, he now has a total of 7 GRAMMYS. In addition, with this production he also won two Latin Grammy nominations for best album and best song with "Chaparrita," one of his own compositions.
Aguilar will be performing at the Gibson Amphitheatre August 4th and 5th.
Firm in his convictions, inspired more than ever as a composer and producer, Pepe also finds the time to support his children Ángela and Leonardo, 8 and 12 years old respectively, who have a major surprise coming in the next few months.
For more information and to view who shares a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, visit www.walkoffame.com