At the age of six, Alejandro Fernandez took to the stage to sing in front of a large audience. This was an odd experience for most young children but not necessarily for Alejandro.
His father, Vicente Fernandez, is "El rey de la cancion ranchera" or the "King of Ranchera Music."
Alejandro grew up around the music business and was familiar with its trappings. Unfortunately for Alejandro, his pedigree and familiarity didn't help. The young singer forgot the lyrics mid-way through his song and then suffered a panic attack. It was not pretty.
Despite the auspicious beginning to his career, Fernandez has gone on to establish himself as one of Mexico's premier singers.
Fernandez released his first album in 1992 and his 20th in 2009. In total, the singing sensation from Guadalajara, Mexico has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and thousands of Alejandro Fernandez tickets.
Also known as "El Potrillo" or "The Colt," Fernandez has performed with numerous artists including Placido Domingo, Beyoncé Knowles, Gloria Estefan, and Ricky Martin. He even has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The father of five began his illustrious career singing Mexican folk songs but he eventually branched into pop music.
In 2003, Fernandez and his father released a live album. The performance was recorded in Mexico City and was the final stop on an Alejandro Fernandez tour that saw him and his pops perform all over Latin America.
The Alejandro Fernandez concert recorded for the live album lasted more than five hours and attracted 60,000-plus fans.
In 2004, Fernandez starred in Zapata: El sueno del heroe, a film about Emiliano Zapata, a famous figure from the Mexican Revolution. When released, it was believed to be the most expensive Mexican film ever made.
Therefore it was a big surprise when the film was poorly received by both critics and the general public. In an act that probably went unnoticed by American audiences, Fernandez failed to sing while mounting a horse. This drew criticism from fans.
Apparently, singing while mounting a horse is a motif long associated with the Fernandez family.