CNCO is Latin music’s newest phenomenon. This group emerged towards the end of 2015 from Univision’s musical competition, La Banda, where thousands of enthusiastic teens auditioned in various locations around the continental United States and Puerto Rico.
At the conclusion of this 13-week TV show, only five contestants were able to achieve their goal of joining CNCO: Christopher, Erick, Joel, Richard and Zabdiel. They won over millions of viewers, along with the renowned judges: Ricky Martin, Laura Pausini and Alejandro Sanz.
Winning a spot in this band came with the tremendous reward of a recording contract with Sony Music US Latin and a management deal with Ricky Martin and ZZinc Group.
In early 2016, Ricky Martin invited them to open his “One World Tour” through Latin America, where they performed in Puerto Rico, Argentina and Chile; undoubtedly, making this their greatest moment to date. Shortly after, CNCO did a promo tour in Ecuador where they were greeted by tens of thousands of fans that call themselves #CNCOwners, causing a frenzy at each place they visited.
CNCO has been working non-stop in the studio preparing for their first album, which was produced by the renowned urban artist Wisin. Their first single Tan Fácil, which was released towards the end of January 2016, immediately gained the #1 position on iTunes only hours after its release. Two months later, CNCO surprised their fans by releasing a remix of Tan Fácil featuring Wisin which went straight to #1 on Billboard’s Latin Charts in the U.S. making this a huge accomplishment for the band.
In addition, the much-anticipated second single Quisiera hit the airwaves in early June 2016, followed by the video produced by the renowned Carlos Perez, which immediately gathered millions of views.
CNCO’s debut album will be available on all platforms this August 2016 including several collaborations and songs that according to industry experts are expected to be among the greatest hits of 2016.
CNCO will perform at La Banda Season 2. This summer, they will be touring U.S., Latin America and Spain promoting their debut album. Later this fall, the band will continue touring with Ricky Martin for the last leg of his “One World Tour” in Latin America.
This 20-year-old Ecuadorean moved to New Jersey in search of a better life for his family. He shined shoes for a time, until he decided to follow his dreams and audition for La Banda. Being far from his family motivated him to stand out week after week as one of the favorites on the show, and become a member of CNCO.
Now, I am able to help my family in what they need, but most importantly I am able to do what I love which is my music.
He arrived in the U.S. with his mother and sister from Cuba just a few years ago. He loves to play football, dance, and participate in musical activities at his school in Tampa. With only 15 years of age, Erick stole the hearts of the voters and the judges in La Banda, who saw in him a very unique talent. His motivation has been his family, many of whom still live in Cuba.
Now I can transmit the feelings I have inside and show what I love to do when I’m on stage. Even though I am far from my family, they are happy and support me 100%.
The biggest inspiration for this 17-year-old Californian of Mexican ancestry has been his late grandfather, who gave him the strength to continue singing and to study theater. Even though at one point he thought he was going home during the contest, his tenacity, hard-work, and talent ultimately made him one of the members of CNCO.
My grandfather inspires me because he showed me the love for music. Ed Sheeran inspires me because he writes and sings from the deepest part of his soul.
He grew up in the entertainment world, with a musician and cameraman as a father and a dancer for a mother. This 19-year-old Dominican likes to dance and write songs, and share his love of music with his twin brother. Since he was 3-years-old, Richard knew that music ran through his veins. It was evident to the voters, as well as the judges, who supported him in making his dream come true and becoming a member of CNCO.
My life has completely changed. It changed in a very crazy but positive way. I am living my dream and that of my family.
This 18-year-old Puerto Rican knew he wanted to be a singer since he was 12-years-old and was part of a hip-hop and salsa group in his church. He is a musician, singer, and ballet dancer. His passion for music was clearly visible each night that Zabdiel performed in La Banda. He left his soul on stage and won over the audience that made him a member of CNCO.
La Banda was the opportunity to present myself to thousands of people, and with this help my family move ahead. I am blessed to work hard in what motivates me the most, music.