An Artist of Many Talents
People always wonder what
came first in Pete Astudillo's
career: the voice or the pen?
What matters most, however, is that his
talent is just as extraordinary when he's
singing as it is when he's writing. And
thanks to that ability, his natural gift comes
through in his work, as is evident in the
recent launching of his album titled "Como
Te Extrano" ("How I Miss You).
With the magic that characterizes an
instant great hit, the single, which bears the
same name, has been an overwhelming success
in the pop charts.
Pete Astudillo's prestige comes from his
own merit, a career that virtually began
since he was a child. It was as a child that he
became fascinated with mariachi and conjunto
In 1993, during the Tejano Music Awards
presentation, Pete was declared the year's
most promising singer. Months later, he
proved this to be true, when he was given a
Latin homage and awarded the trophy for
song of the year, by Premio Lo Nuestro. His
winning song in the general Mexican genre
was "Como La Flor," ("Like the Flower").
Pete Astudillo wrote that song along with
A.B. Quintanilla III. These two authors also
composed two of Selena's great hits: "Amor
Prohibido," and "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom." In addition,
this great duo also authored three songs
which were prized by BMI: "La Carcacha,"
"Que Creias," and "Como La Flor."
Born and raised in the border town of
Laredo, Texas, Astudillo discovered his irreversible
love for music, living on the hope
that some day he could record his own songs
with a great music label.
His dreams became reality the moment he
was invited to join one of the most progressive,
talented, well-known and respected
groups: Selena y los Dinos. The group was
well-known in the Tejano market and at the
Fans acclaimed his seductive and unique
voice when he joined Selena in the recording
of the duet, 'Amame, Quiereme?'
In 1992, Pete co-authored and recorded
another popular duet with Selena: "Siempre
Estoy Pensando en Ti" ("I'm Always Thinking
of You"), which was included in Selena's triple
platinum album "Entra A Mi Mundo."
As a result, the artistic twosome that Pete
Astudillo and Selena formed achieved a nomination
for The Best Vocal Duo in 1992 and in
1993 at the Tejano Music Awards, where he
was individually nominated in the categories
of Best Vocalist and Best Single of the year.
Considering his admirable artistic aptitude,
Mr. Abraham Quintanilla of Q
Productions decided to motivate Pete to
form his own band. EMI Latin was in full
agreement with the decision and the joyful
result was the launching of Pete's first album
as a soloist: "Entregate A Mi," which produced
the hits "Porque Le Gusta Bailar
Cumbia," "Perdoname," and "Entregate A
Mi." Six of the songs included in this record
were co-written by Pete.
The success he achieved must also be
credited to the youth, energy and talent of
Pete's group. which translates into a powerful
performance on stage.
Pete Astudillo's group consists of five
musicians: guitarist Jesus Ybarra, keyboardist
Danny Fernandez, drummer Rick
Landeros, bass guitarist Sernando Orosco
Jr., and keyboardist and accordion player
Johnny Saenz. With the incorporation of a
second accordion in his shows Pete's presentation
promises to be nothing short of
Author or Singer?
Confronted with the question time and
time again. Pete Astudillo finds the perfect
balance. He treats both as mutually compatible
art forms merging to fit into his artistic
vocation: together they fonm a single motive,
a single passion, a single way of being, a
creativity that explodes with rhythm and
words to become music: the most universal
messenger there is...