Since their inception two years ago, the Latin GRAMMY nominated pop phenomenon, CNCO has conquered the music industry as one of the most important hit-making groups today. Comprised of five young Latinos: Christopher (Ecuador), Erick Brian (Cuba), Joel (Mexico), Richard (Dominican Republic) and Zabdiel (Puerto Rico), the group emerged from Univision's musical competition La Banda, which was executive-produced by Simon Cowell's SYCO Entertainment, the global icon Ricky Martin, Univisión Communications Inc., and Haim Saban's Saban Brands.
CNCO's first album "Primera Cita" quickly became a global success and was certified Diamond, Platinum, and Gold in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. Throughout their short but incredible career, the group has garnered numerous awards including six Latin American Music Awards, five Premios Juventud, three Premios Tu Mundo, three Latin Billboard Awards, three Premio Lo Nuestro Awards, one Kids Choice Award, one Teen Choice Award and one iHeartRadio Music Award.
During 2017, CNCO sold out 40 concerts in 15 different countries proving their ticket-selling power. The group also joined Latin Music icons Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull on their North American tour opening multiple dates for them in the United States and Canada.
Recently the band released their latest single "Mamita," which will be part of their self-titled sophomore album scheduled to be released on April 6th via Sony Music Latin. The song continues the group’s hot streak, which established them as one of the most popular names in Latin music today.
This year, the talented group of Latinos successfully debuted at the prestigious Viña Del Mar Music Festival, one of the most important music events in Latin music; winning one Gaviota de Oro, one Gaviota de Plata (Golden and Silver Seagull Awards) and the award for the Most Popular Artist of the Festival. CNCO is also nominated in four categories at the upcoming iHeart Radio Music Awards; four categories at the Latin Billboard Awards and recently got a nomination at Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards.
Thanks to the support of their millions of followers, known as CNCOwners, this group has dominated the music industry's most prestigious award ceremonies and has performed at top-tier live venues in the United States, Latin America and Europe this year.
This is just the beginning for the hottest band in the scene. Get ready for CNCO to make history again this year and beyond.
Christopher Velez is 22-years-old and was born in Ecuador. At the age of 18 he moved to New Jersey in search of a better life for him and his family. He was working hard to help out his household, until he decided to follow his dreams and audition for La Banda. Being far away from his family got him motivated to stand out week after week as one of the show favorites. He eventually was chosen to become a member of CNCO.
“I want to be able to help my family and provide them with everything they need, but most importantly, I want to be able to do what I love the most, music. CNCO has helped me evolve as a human being and as an artist and developed my skills as a songwriter. I am thankful for this opportunity!”
Erick Brian Colón moved from Cuba to the U.S. with his mother and sister in 2012. The 17 year-old, enjoys playing soccer and his favorite team is Real Madrid. Erick stole the hearts of the voters and the judges in La Banda, who saw in him a very unique talent. His main motivation has always been his family, many of whom still live in Cuba.
“I never imagined that this would be my life, CNCO has taught me that dreams can come true. My family keeps me motivated to work hard, I want to make them proud. I aim for my music to be listened all over the world.”
The biggest inspiration for this 19-year-old Californian of Mexican ancestry has been his late grandfather, who gave him the strength to continue singing and to study theater. In his free time he likes to play soccer, write songs and he also enjoys acting. 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.
“Being part of CNCO, has helped me grow, not only as an artist, but also as a human being. Now I am able to help out my family, which is my biggest motivation. My grandfather, was who inspired me to become a musician; he showed me the love for music. My band mates and I are working hard to make CNCO a worldwide phenomenon.”
Richard Camacho grew up in the entertainment world with a musician and cameraman as a father and a dancer for a mother. Since he was 3-years-old, Richard knew that music ran through his veins; this 21-year-old Dominican also shares his love of music with his little brother, who also is a singer. His passion for the performing arts was evident to the voters, as well as the judges, who supported him in making his dream come true by becoming a member of CNCO.
“After joining CNCO, my life has completely changed in a very crazy but positive way. Now I am living my dream and that of my family.”
Zabdiel De Jesús is a 20-year-old Puerto Rican, who knew he wanted to be a singer since he was 12. During his teenage years, he was part of a hip-hop and salsa group at his church. He is a multitalented artist, he is a musician, singer, and ballet dancer. His passion for music was clearly visible; every single night when he performed at La Banda he left his soul on stage, winning over the audience that made him a member of CNCO.
“I thank La Banda because it was a great opportunity to present myself to thousands of people, and this helped me take care of my family. I am blessed to be part of CNCO. I also thank my fans, who keep me motivated doing music, which is what I love the most.”