Alejandro Fernández (born April 24, 1971) is a popular Latin Grammy-winning Mexican singer nicknamed as "El Potrillo" ("The Little colt") by the media and his fans.
Alejandro originally specialized in traditional, earthy forms of Mexican folk and country music, such as mariachi and ranchera. However, his more recent work has focused on mainstream pop music. He is the son of Vicente Fernández, also a popular Mexican country singer. His nickname "El Potro" (The Colt) was given to him by the media and his fans because of his being the son of Vicente, who is nicknamed "El Gran Garañón" (the stallion).
Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, he trained as an architect but turned to singing in 1991, encouraged by his father. A year later, he released his first album, titled Alejandro Fernández. Since then, he has recorded 13 albums and sold a reported 15 million records, working with producers such as Emilio Estefan and Kike Santander. Fernández also has portrayed the lead role in Zapata: The Dream of a Hero, a 2003 movie about the Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata by filmmaker Alfonso Arau, which proved to be one of the greatest disappointments in the Nuevo Cine Mexicano era, spending 7 million dollars in production and publicity but faring poorly at the box office.
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