Luis Miguel in concert
by Oscar Castillo
Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri was born in April 19, 1970 in Puerto Rico and raised in Mexico. Often nicknamed “El Sol de Mexico,” he is from Spanish and Italian descent. His father was Luis Gallego Sanchez, a Spanish singer, and his mother was Marcela Basteri, an Italian actress. When Luis Miguel was young, his father encouraged him to study Elvis Presley and mimic his style, an endeavor that paid off.
In 1981, at the age of 11, Luis Miguel released his first album, “Un Sol,” and two years later, he started touring Latin American countries including Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, and Argentina. In 1990, he made a successful transition from a child singer to an adult showman with the album “20 Años” and an ensuing string of sold-out shows first in Mexico, then throughout Latin America and elsewhere in the world.
The album “20 Años” sold 600,000 copies in its first week of release and resulted in two of the tracks hitting number one on Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks in 1990. Luis Miguel’s career has spanned more than twenty-five years and has become one of, if not the most iconic singer of Latin America.
His wide vocal range of music from pop to bolero, mariachi and romantic ballads, has made him one of the most popular Latin American artists ever and has been praised by critics and other artists all over. Although extremely private about his personal life, he is somehow always making news and his popularity has spanned across entire generations. There is not a Latino alive who does not know who Luismi is. Currently on tour with his latest album, “Mexico Por Siempre!,” Luismi will arrive at the Laredo Energy Arena on May 29. Get your tickets now for this legendary event.