Alejandro Fernandez will be performing at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on September 15th. Alejandro Fernandez (aka El Potrillo) is known for his illustrious career as a mariachi and ranchera singer and pop musician. Music ran in his blood as he is the son of Vicente Fernandez, who is also a pioneer of the ranchera style. His career officially started in 1988, but it was not until 1992 that he released his debut album, bearing his full name as its title.
He achieved international recognition when he released Que Seas Muy Feliz, as it contained the song “Como Quien Peirde Una Estrella” which became a hit. This was subsequently followed by hits from other albums, most of which were also generally well-received by audiences and critics alike. The steady release of albums in these early years served to showcase his potential as a great singer.
In 1997, the release of his album Me Estoy Enamorando marked his transition into the pop genre. This is a significant milestone in his career as a singer simply because it skyrocketed him into fame. No less than four songs from that album topped the charts that year. The song Si Tu Supieras is worth highlighting, as it is the one that catapulted him to success in the North American charts.
From here on, he shifted between creating pop music and ranchera music regularly, while collaborating with other singers and producers. This became a regular pattern in his career in majority of the 2000s as evidenced by albums like Origenes, A Corazon Abierto, and Viento a Favor, which alternated between pop Latin music and traditional ranchera. It didn’t take long for him to be immortalized in the U.S. after he received his own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2005.
Towards the latter half of 2009, Fernandez began working on two albums titled Evolucion and Tradicion simultaneously. Both were released at the same time but were clearly made distinct by the respective genres they focused on: Latin pop and traditional mariachi and ranchera music. These two albums, in turn, served to express the entire essence of Alejandro Fernandez’s career.
In 2012-2013 he collaborated with other famous artists like Rod Stewart and Christina Aguilera in the album Confidencias, which also happens to the song Me Oldvide de Vivir that he sang as a duet with his father Vicente. The album was highly praised and well-received in Spain and Mexico. His latest album (Rompiendo Fronteras) is another collaboration with other artists. The song Se que te duele became a hit almost overnight.
Having reached the pinnacle of his career, it’s safe to say that he has upheld the Fernandez family’s music tradition to the fullest while making a name for himself in pop music. His artistry and political activism shines brilliantly in the types of albums he chooses to release. Incidentally, while he is considerably fluent in English, he still prefers to sing in Spanish as he values his image as a Latino singer more.
Currently, a performance by Alejandro Fernandez in Las Vegas is being touted as one of the career-defining concerts of the Latino singer. Having had such an eminent career, long-time fans can only expect another exceptional performance from this master of Mexican music.