Alejandro Fernandez had some big shoes to fill when beginning his singing career – or, more accurately, a big crown. His father, Vicente Fernandez, is known as “El Rey, the King of Ranchero,” and one of the brightest fixtures in Mexican music. Nonetheless, the more pop-inclined and rakish vocalist/son from Guadalajara has carved his own path in both traditional Ranchero and Bolero styles by also collaborating with mainstream artists including Shakira, Beyonce and Placido Domingo.
Fernandez released his self-titled debut in 1992, which saw wide success on the Billboard Regional Mexican charts. In 1995, he saw his first major crossover single, "Como quien pierde una estrella" from the album “Que Seas Muy Feliz,” and joined Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin on “Puedes Llegar,” a theme for the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. In 1997, “Si tu supieras” became the theme to the hit telenovela “Maria Isabel,” and vaulted his album “Me Estoy Enamorado” to the Hot Latin Tracks charts.
The late ’90s and early 2000s saw a return to his Ranchero roots, releasing “En Vivo: Juntos Por Ultima Vez,” a live recording of a concert with his father at Mexico City’s Foro Sol, and “Un Canto De Mexico,” a collection of ranchero traditionals. In 2004, he made his acting breakthrough in “Zapata: El sueÅo del heroe,” a biopic on Emiliano Zapata, and cut the romantically-inclined full length “Un Corazon Abierto.” In 2009, he dueted with Nelly Furtado and her song “Suenos,” and soon thereafter launched the smash “El Tres” tour with Joan Sebastian and Marco Antonio Solis.