Adonis Puentes

Adonis Puentes

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Adonis Puentes, born into an atmosphere charged with Cuban sounds, was drawn to music at a young age. Now splitting his time between Canada and the USA Adonis is an award winning vocalist and composer proud to present his music and culture to the world.

Biography

Music reflects the present and Adonis Puentes is a Cuban Sonero for our times.

It's a role he was destined to play. On March 29th, 1974, Adonis was born into an atmosphere charged with Cuban music. His family lived 45 miles southwest of Havana, Cuba in the town of Artemisa. Father, Valentin Puentes taught music and played guitar, and he wasted little time before passing on his gifts to Adonis and his fraternal twin brother, Alexis (now better known as Alex Cuba). Already at the age of 6, Adonis was playing with a Children's Guitar Ensemble formed by Valentin. By the time he was 14, he was singing and writing his own music.

Though his musical talents were undeniable, his ability to shine as a performer emerged later still. At 21, Adonis entered and became one of the finalists of 'Mi Salsa', a Salsa/Son singing competition that was broadcast throughout Cuba on television. His performance caught the attention of the nation and his notoriety began to soar.

Three years after an initial tour of Canada with his brother and father in 1995, Adonis came back to start a new life as a proud Cuban-Canadian. Along with his brother Alex Cuba, The Puentes Brothers would compose and record their first CD called Morumba Cubana. The disc caught the ears of the Canadian music industry that rewarded the brothers in 2001 with a Juno Award nomination (the Canadian Grammy), as well as a West Coast Music Award and a Canadian Independent Music Award. After such a warm reception in his adopted home, Adonis was ready to take a giant step forward toward the realization of his personal musical vision. In 2005, he released his first solo album called 'Vida' or 'Life'. Containing a diverse and dance-friendly collection of original, contemporary takes on Cuban tradition, radio programmers nationally began spinning their favorites and Vida ended up on many Top 10 charts. The video single for 'Commerciante' entered Much More Music's Top 5. In his West Coast home, Adonis received the Island Music Award for Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. Canada's National broadcasting service, the CBC, recorded Adonis LIVE for a national audience.

Since 2006 Adonis has been spending time between his home in Canada and touring in the USA. His growing reputation as a gifted singer spread South as he continued to tour and perform on radio, television and in concert. He has had the opportunity to perform at major venues such as the Greek Theatre, Hollywood Bowl and Lincoln Center, sharing stages with illustrious Latin music legends like Larry Harlow, Ruben Blades, Kenny Burrell, Hubert Laws, Giovanni Hidalgo, Celia Cruz, Oscar De Leon, Poncho Sanchez, Jane Bunnett and Paquito De Rivera to name a few.

In September 2009 Adonis received a Latin Grammy Nomination for the recording he did as the lead vocalist with Master Percussionist Orestes Vilato on the album ‘It’s About Time.’

The work has been done; the skills have been learned and now is the time for Adonis Puentes to add a fresh voice to the list of great Cuban soneros. Even Juan de Marcos, one of the masterminds behind the Buena Vista Social Club project and leader of the groundbreaking Afro-Cuban Allstars calls Adonis, 'Verdadero Sonero,' 'A True Sonero'.

Adonis thrives on the growth and acclaim for his original Sonero sound. As he puts it, "I feel like a messenger of my roots and tradition, blessed that with me I have taken my music and heritage to many different places in the world; from Cuba, to Canada, USA, Mexico, Asia and Europe. My mission is to make you dance and enjoy my melodies, lyrics and rhythms." His music bridges generations and cultures with a charisma and delivery that shines brighter than life in intimate or full-blown arrangements, from solo performances with piano or guitar accompaniment to fronting orchestras. Throughout history, these traits have been characteristic to the great Soneros and this is the time for Adonis Puentes.

Adonis is currently in the studio recording his second solo album, a project completely self composed and produced, featuring his soulful lyrics and melodies.

2011 will also see the release of Jose Rizo's Mongorama, homage to Mongo Santamaria, with Adonis Puentes as the lead vocalist along side Hubert Laws, Poncho Sanchez, Justo Almario and others.

Discography

Mongorama
Blue Changa - 2011
[Adonis Puentes, lead Vocalist]

Orestes Vilato
It's About Time - 2008
[Adonis Puentes, lead Vocalist]

Adonis Puentes
Sigo Fiel
Single - 2007

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Caminante
Single - 2007

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Mi Cubita
Single - 2007

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Vida - 2005

Puentes Brothers
Morumba Cubana - 2001