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José Antonio Aguilar Jiménez (born August 7, 1968), better known as Pepe Aguilar, is a Mexican-American singer-songwriter and actor.[1][2]

Pepe Aguilar
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Pepe Aguilar in concert at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, on April 20, 2006.
José Antonio Aguilar Jiménez

(1968-08-07) August 7, 1968 (age 50)
  • Carmen Trevino
    (m. 1991–?) (divorced)
  • Aneliz Alvarez-Alcala
    (m. 1997)
Children4 (including Leonardo and Ángela)
Parent(s)Antonio Aguilar
Flor Silvestre
FamilyAntonio Aguilar, hijo (brother),
Guadalupe Pineda (cousin),
Musical career
GenresRegional Mexican, Latin pop, Latin rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, actor
Years active1980–present

Aguilar is the son of Mexican singer-actors Antonio Aguilar and Flor Silvestre. Two of his children are also singers, Leonardo Aguilar and Ángela Aguilar. Aguilar played his first concert at the age of three, joining his father Antonio Aguilar onstage at Madison Square Garden in New York City.[3]

Aguilar has sold over 12 million albums worldwide. His work has earned him four Grammy Awards, five Latin Grammy Awards, nineteen Lo Nuestro Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[4][5][6]


Early life and careerEdit

Pepe Aguilar was born to Antonio Aguilar and Flor Silvestre in San Antonio, Texas, on August 7, 1968, while his parents were on tour. Although born in the United States, he was raised in Zacatecas, Mexico.[7] Aguilar made his debut as a singer at the age of three, when his father, Antonio, had a concert at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.[8] As a teenager, Aguilar was a rock music fan and had a band called "Equs". The band did not last long, but that led him to make his first album. Aguilar's musical influences were Pink Floyd and The Who, among other rock bands.[9] Nevertheless, while leaving his teenage years behind, he turned to Tejano music once again, mixing the traditional style with his modern pop influences and becoming a strong identity in the Latin scene, in addition to developing a successful acting career.

1989–1990 album releasesEdit

Aguilar launched his career as a solo artist in 1989 with the launch of “Pepe Aguilar Con Tambora”, then later releasing special editions. In 1992, Aguilar recorded his first mariachi album titled “Recuérdame Bonito”, produced by Mexican singer-songwriter Joan Sebastian. He subsequently released “Que Bueno” and “Chiquilla Bonita” in 1993 and 1994.

After refusing to release an album due to legal disputes between Aguilar and his record label, in July 1998, he released “Por Mujeres Como Tú”, which transformed him into a household name in Mexico and Latin America

On 9 February 1999, the album “Por El Amor De Siempre” was released. A CD made of old songs of the 1970s. Singers like Camilo Sesto, Napoleon, Ricardo Cerato y José José, and others. What Pepe did was get those old songs and make them newer. This CD also reached the millions and was about 40 weeks in the radio and the market.

On 19 October 1999, this album is the one that confirmed Pepe Aguilar's career. Millions of copies and tour by all territory. Lots of singles played on the radio and "Por Una Mujer Bonita" becoming the winner to almost every award. First Grammy on the category of "Mejor Álbum Regional Mexicano."

2000-2006 album releasesEdit

In the year 2000, he does a tribute to the greatest artist before him. Pepe did this CD as a thank to "las voces más representativas de la época de oro en el género ranchero." for example, Jorge Negrete, Pedro Infante, Javier Solis, Miguel Acevez Mejia, Vicente Fernandez.

The first CD to record "Lo Mejor De Nosotros" again with unedited songs and making teamwork with Fato. His song "Me vasa extranar" occupies the first places in the territories where there was promotion.

On 25 March 2003 he produced “ Y Tenerte Otra Vez” becoming his first work with his own recording studio "Equinoccio Records" and his licence with Univision includes songs like “Me Falta Valor,” “Yo La Amo” y “A Pierna Suelta.”

In 2003 he marks a special “Con Orgullo Por Herencia” tribute to his parents. Small recognition of songs of his parents Antonio Aguilar y Flor Silvestre. In 2004 produced the song official for Big Brother México “Miedo” becoming a big production of pepe that had not sung an original song in 15 years.[10]

“No Soy De Nadie” a CD published on 31 August 2004. "El Autobús" is in the popularity list. This Cd has great songwriters like Juan Gabriel, Luís Demetrio, Jesús Monarrez and his own song writing.

In 2005, with the album “Historias De Mi Tierra” makes a tribute to, el corrido. Songs like, “Dos Amigos,” “El Federal De Caminos,” and "El Corrido de Chihuahua" are included in this work. The cd gives Pepe another Latin Grammy for 'Mejor Álbum Ranchero' and gives Pepe another American Grammy for 'mejor álbum Mexicano Americano'.

On 15 August 2006, the CD “Enamorado” is the second part of "Por el amor de siempre" (1999)and in it is includes the main song of the Novela “Destilando Amor” called “Por Amarte” the CD is given another Latin Grammy in the category of 'Mejor Álbum Ranchero' in 2007. In 2009 Pepe asked his fans not to buy his albums from the company (Musart) they were only copies and had no beneficial.[citation needed]

Aguilar received the 2,474th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 26, 2012, located at 7060 Hollywood Blvd., which was placed next to the star of his father.[11]

As a businessmanEdit

Like a businessman and artist who is independent, he has his own record label (Equinoccio Records) and studio with the highest technology in Latin America. His vision like artist has taken him to the movement of fashion. In 2009 he took out his own fashion line called “Pepe Aguilar Línea de Calzado”, debut made by him for men and women. To celebrate this and share yet another aspect of his life with his fans, launching his Pepe Aguilar Signature Collection through WSS Warehouse Shoe Sale retailer in the United States. In addition, his dream of helping his native Mexico in some way has given way to an eco-friendly agricultural project in which Aguilar will strengthen and promote the organic production of crops in communities in Zacatecas, utilizing traditional or technology that will have a positive impact on the environment.

Personal lifeEdit

Pepe Aguilar was born into a musical family. His father, Antonio Aguilar, was an iconic ranchera singer who sold over 25 million records and is credited with being one of the pioneers in bringing ranchera and mariachi culture to international audiences. His mother Flor Silvestre, is also an iconic ranchera singer and was one of the leading ladies in what is considered the golden era of Mexican cinema.[12] He is the nephew of singers La Prieta Linda and Mary Jiménez, his mother's younger sisters. He has four siblings: Dalia Inés, Francisco Rubiales, Marcela Rubiales, and Antonio Aguilar, hijo. He married Aneliz Aguilar Alvarez, who at one point was kidnapped along with his brother and held for ransom.[13] He has four children Emiliano Aguilar, Aneliz Aguilar, Leonardo Aguilar, and Angela Aguilar. Leonardo and Angela are also singers.


  • Pepe Aguilar Con Tambora (1991)
  • Pepe Aguilar Con Tambora {Cautiva Y Triste} (1991)
  • Pepe Aguilar Con Tambora {14 Años 9 Meses} (1992)
  • Recuerdame Bonito (1992)
  • Chiquilla Bonita (1993)
  • Que Bueno (1994)
  • Por Mujeres Como Tu (1998)
  • Por El Amor De Siempre (1998)
  • Por Una Mujer Bonita (1999)
  • Lo Grande De Los Grandes (2000)
  • Exitos con Tambora (2001)
  • Lo Grande de los Grandes (2002)
  • Lo Mejor de Nosotros (2002)
  • Con Orgullo por Herencia (2002)
  • Y Tenerte Otra Vez (2003)
  • No Soy de Nadie (2004)
  • Historias de Mi Tierra (2005)
  • Enamorado (2006)
  • Puros Boleros (2006)
  • Pepe Aguilar Live (2007)
  • Enamorado (Fan Edition) (2007)
  • 100% Mexicano (2007)
  • 100% Mexicano Edición Mariachi (2007)
  • Homenaje (2008)
  • Bicentenario (2008)
  • Negociaré Con La Pena EP (2011)
  • Más de un Camino EP (2012)
  • Lastima que sean ajenas (2013)
  • No Lo Había Dicho (2016)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Grammy Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2000 Por Una Mujer Bonita Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album Won [14]
2006 Historias de Mi Tierra Won [14]
2007 100% Mexicano Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album Won [14]
2011 Bicentenario Best Regional Mexican Music Album (including Tejano) Won [14]
2015 Lastima Que Sean Ajenas Best Regional Mexican Music Album (including Tejano) Nominated [15]
Latin Grammy Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2006 Historias de Mi Tierra Best Ranchero Album Won [17]
2007 Enamorado Best Ranchero Album Won [17]
2012 Más De Un Camino Best Ranchero Album Won [17]
2014 Lastima Que Sean Ajenas Best Ranchero Album Won [18]
2016 "Cuestión de Esperar" Record of the Year Nominated [19]


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  10. ^ Billboard - Apr 30, 2005 - Page 12 "FATO ("Miedo," performed by Pepe Aguilar and Palomo, and "El Autobus," performed by Aguilar) "Miedo" was inspired by my nephew Jorge de la Torre, a great singer and composer who died n months ago. He was in the process of accepting ..."
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