"A sublime and passionate performer, capturing the hearts of audiences with his powerful voice and talent. His heart and soul as a singer and songwriter comes through loud and clear. His impressive five-octave vocal range and style are getting the attention of international music professionals."
Rhythmic and romantic, Pedro José’s heartfelt vocals, heartbreaking lyrics, and heartthrob appearance make him an undeniable new Latin talent. His expertly crafted melodies soar straight into the souls of English and Spanish speaking fans all over the world. Four of Pedro’s songs have received accolades from the prestigious Billboard Songwriting Contest, with additional national recognition awarded by Song Of The Year, Festival San Juan de la Canción, Singer Universe, and most recently, The Canary Islands International Song Contest. More In The Bio Section.
The Canary Islands International Song Contest - 2006 - 6th Edition Update
Festival Internacional de la Cancion Islas Canarias 2006
Mon, Nov. 20 2006
CANCION ORIGINAL MELODICA / ORIGINAL ROMANTIC OR BALLAD SONG
Winners / Ganadores
TABAIBA DE ORO
Paris - France
TABAIBA DE PLATA
"AMOR DE VERDAD "
La Habana - Cuba
TABAIBA DE BRONCE
"SI PREGUNTAN POR MI"
Humacao - Puerto Rico
Rhythmic and romantic, Pedro José?s heartfelt vocals, heartbreaking lyrics, and heartthrob appearance make him an undeniable new Latin talent. His expertly crafted melodies soar straight into the souls of English and Spanish speaking fans all over the world. Four of Pedro?s songs have received accolades from the prestigious Billboard Songwriting Contest, with additional national recognition awarded by Song Of The Year, Festival San Juan de la Canción, Singer Universe, and most recently, The Canary Islands International Song Contest.
The power and urgency in Pedro?s voice is not accidental. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Pedro started taking voice and piano lessons at age nine, and wrote his first award-winning song at only fifteen. Pedro started singing professionally as a background vocalist for artists like Wilkins, Yolandita Monge, and Yaire, and in musicals like Fame (Fama), and other local theater productions. He also began recording radio bumpers and jingles for commercials. This led to steady weekend work entertaining at some of the most prestigious hotels in Puerto Rico, developing his five-octave vocal range while working on his original music.
While Pedro moves closer to realizing his dreams of writing with David Foster and singing with Celine Dion, recording for his new CD is already under way in Puerto Rico. His debut album will feature songs in English and Spanish, touching on universal themes of love in all aspects: pure love, sad love, first love, broken heart love, and hopeless love. The dark power ballad ?Si Preguntan Por Mi? will be included exclusively on this record, despite its high demand to be recorded by several other Puerto Rican artists.
Pedro José Best Vocalist 08/05
Pedro José, a talented, Latin/pop singer & songwriter based in Humacao, Puerto Rico, has won the August SingerUniverse ?Best Vocalist Of The Month? Competition, for his performance of his song ?In My Life.? José is a successful, pro singer who performs steadily in Puerto Rico with his band Indigo, and he is also completing songs for his debut CD release.
?In My Life? is a romantic, heartfelt pop ballad, which is reminiscent of Marc Anthony?s stirring ballad style. This song has a beautiful melody, particularly in the chorus, where the melody lifts up to create an emotional, soaring feeling. The recording of ?In My Life? also provides an excellent showcase for José?s passionate lead vocals.
José was born in Humacao, and raised in Las Piedras, another city in the Eastern region of Puerto Rico. He started singing at a young age, and began taking piano lessons at age 9. When he was 15, José wrote his first song (called ?Esperanza d Amor?), which ended up winning three awards at the Festival San Juan de la Cancion (for Best Song, Best Vocalist and Best Performance). ?Winning three Festival awards was a great experience,? recalled José. ?It gave me the confidence to believe I could have career as an artist and songwriter.?
José has steadily worked on his music since, although he also furthered his academics and education. He attended Sagrado Corazon University in Puerto Rico, where he subsequently graduated with a B.A. in Telecommunications. Following college, José has concentrated on his songwriting and performing. He is currently preparing to record his first, full CD, which will have at least 10 songs.
For ?In My Life,? José wrote this song with his friend, Miguel Trinidad. ?When I heard the melody that Miguel had written, I loved it,? said José. ?I wrote lyrics to it, and also added more melody lines. [I view it as] a contemporary country love song, with the lyric theme focusing on eternal love. We then went to the studio to record a demo with Perucho, who is a gifted and talented producer (who was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2003). We recorded this demo in an hour, with vocals and everything.?
This recording of ?In My Life? is a solid demonstration of José?s performing and writing skills. His upcoming CD should be worth looking out for. ?My plan is to continue learning and growing in music, and write good, powerful songs. It is an honor and blessing to have music in my life. Music and love go together in my case, and music gives me the perfect chance to combine all my emotions, feelings and thoughts.?
BOOM MAGAZINE AUGUST 06
Talentoso cantautor puertorriqueño
que ha ganado la admiración de
profesionales de la música a nivel
internacional, tanto por sus composiciones,
como por su calidad
interpretativa. Con un registro vocal
de 5 octavas Pedro José ha ganado
competencias tales como ?El
festival San Juan de la Canción?
(mejor canción, voz e interpretación);
ganador de mejor composición
categoría country en
enero 2005 en la competencia
?Song Of the Year?; mejor vocalista
mes de agosto 2005 en la revista
online ?Singeruniverse.com? y cuatro
menciones honoríficas en distintos
géneros en la 13ava edición de
la competencia ?Billboard World
Songwriting Contest?. Actualmente
Pedro José se encuentra trabajando
como cantante profesional y en
la preproducción de lo que sería su
primer CD. Varias de sus composiciones
están siendo consideradas
para varios reality shows de las
grandes cadenas de TV en EE.UU.
así como para algunas películas.
Contacto: Pedro José Rivera