Not many musicians can claim that they’ve had a successful recording career singing and playing multiple genres. This is why this explains the pure and genuine genius of Jose Feliciano. For a little over five decades, Mr. Feliciano’s music has covered folk, jazz, Latin, soul, and pop music to millions of fans all over the world. His music is as relevant now than many of the contemporary Latin and pop artists combined. Throughout his career he’s withstood the ups and downs of the industry including taking a stand playing his own rendition of the National Anthem during Game Five at the 1968 World Series in Detroit, which got him blacklisted from the media until the mid-1970’s. Jose has recorded and performed with the likes of Joni Mitchell, John Lennon, Bill Withers, Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Johnny Cash, Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony,and Ana Gabriel.
Born Jose Montserrate Feliciano Garcia on September 10, 1945 in Lares, Puerto Rico, born one of eleven brothers. As a child Jose was playing music by the age of three. His family moved to Spanish Harlem, New York when he was five and began playing music professionally when he was nine. His first American performance was upon the assistance and encouragement of his mother who enrolled him to compete in a talent show which he won first place. Jose also competed on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour in which he competed with his own jazz group. But he decided to quit school at age 17 to pursue music full-time. He began performing folk music at the time when the Village was becoming a hot bed of activism and musicians like Bob Dylan, Joan Boez, and Peter, Paul and Mary would make their mark in the world with the folk movement.
Jose was signed to RCA Records as a folk singer in the early 1960’s but it was the executives at the label that decided to let him record Latin records where he became a hit in parts of Central and South America. His first records charted overseas and became an instant international superstar except for his own home-base, America. In 1968 Jose partnered with famed record producer Rick Jarrard and legendary jazz bassist and arranger Ray Brown and recorded songs that would re-establish his American base. “Light My Fire,” recorded by The Doors a year before, would go on to be a million-seller and earn him his first two Grammy Awards, one for Best New Artist in 1969.
Throughout his five decades in the business, Jose has earned nine Grammys, including the Latin Grammy Award Lifetime Achievement Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, sold over 70 million records, and is a dedicated and devout family man.
2013 Jose is about to embark on a extensive world tour and is in the works of recording a new record with appearances with Shakira, Pitbull, and Wyclef Jean. To find out more info on Jose’s upcoming tour dates or to order his CD’s please visit him online at josefeliciano.com or facebook.com/wheresjose