“El Idolo de Mexico” (the Mexican Idol) already is drawing excitement from the Reno-Sparks Latino community as radio advertisements announce his coming.
The musician influenced by the ranchera lifestyle, a romantic perspective of ranches and revolution, has a voice and style that has sold more than 50 million copies of more than 100 albums worldwide since the 1960s.
According to Billboard magazine, the Grammy Award-winning artist already has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was named Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy in 2002 and is a member of the International Latin Music Hall of Fame.
Fernández, whose love of music began when he learned how to play the guitar by the time he was 8, has an acting and singing career spanning more than five decades. He was born to a rancher outside of Guadalajara, Mexico in 1940. Growing up with a love of music, his mother also helped create his passion for film. But it was his break in 1954, winning an amateur contest, that led to his first gigs performing small concerts in local clubs.
Since then, with more than 100 albums and favorite songs such as “El rey” (“The King” – another popular nickname given to Fernández by fans) and “Aca entre nos” (“Between You and Me”), Fernandez’s focus has been to write music that people intimately can relate to emotionally and intimately.
Concert clips of Fernández show the accomplished singer decked in colorful mariachi outfits complete with sombreros and an ability to connect with audiences as he leaves many opportunities for fans to fill in the lyrics to popular songs including “Volver, volver,” (Going Back, Going Back).
As an actor, he worked on more than 40 films, including “La Ley del Monte” (The Law of the Mountain) and “Uno y Medio Contra El Mundo” (“One and a Half Against the World”). He retired from acting in 1941, feeling he could no longer portray the proper image for the movies.
Family has always been an important influence in Fernández’s life, including his wife, Maria “Cuca” de Refugio Abarca Villasenor. Together, they have four children, the oldest of which, Vicente, Jr., was born three months premature in 1963 and was kidnapped in 1998 and returned when a ransom was paid.
Fernández continued his work in music, however, and today carries a legacy of romantic music and a powerful voice and style that are original and popular, as evidenced by packed houses at his concert venues and songs of love and pain that touch emotions.
Fernández performs Sunday at the Reno Events Center at 400 N. Center St. Tickets range from $100 to $450. For more information, visit http://tickets.mycityrocks.com.