PROFILE
Name:
Beto Cuevas
Birth Date:
September 12, 1967
Birth Place:
Santiago de Chile, Chile
Nationality:
Chilean
BIOGRAPHY
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Background:

Beto Cuevas is famous as the lead singer of the Grammy Award winning Chilean pop rock band La Ley. During his tenure with the band from 1988 until its break up in 2005, Cuevas recorded seven studio albums, a compilation album, a live album and and EP. Their album “Uno” won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album. They also performed on “MTV Unplugged” (2001). The band also produced a total of 31 singles, including the No. 1 hits “Tejedores de Ilusión,” “Auto-Ruta (Feel the Skin),” “El Duelo” and “Día Cero.” After La Ley disbanded, Cuevas released his solo debut “Miedo Escenico” (2008), a top 10 hit on the Billboard Top Latin Pop Albums. The single “Vuelvo” made it to the top 30 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks. Cuevas also has acted in the films “La mujer de mi hermano” (2005) and “Borderland” (2007).

Currently, Cuevas resides in Los Angeles, California. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish. He has divorced from wife Estela Mora.


Chilean

Childhood and Family:

Luis Alberto Cuevas Olmedo, who would later be popular as Beto Cuevas, was born on September 12, 1967, in Santiago de Chile, Chile. His family left Chile when Pinochet Chilean dictatorship started and moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He and his family also once lived in Venezuela.

Beto lived with Argentinian former model Estela Mora since 1989. They married in 2001 but divorced later in 2007. He has two children: Martina (born in 1988) and Diego (born in 1993).


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Career:

Beto Cuevas began his music career with the Santiago, Chile based band La Ley, which he started in late 1980s with drummer Mauricio Claveria, keyboardist Rodrigo Aboitiz, guitarist Andrés Bobe (died in a motorcycle accident in 1994) and bassist Luciano Rojas. The band released their first album, “Desiertos,” through EMI Music in 1989. Because of internal conflicts with producer Carlos Fonseca, only 500 units of the album were released. Now a foursome without Aboitiz, the band released the sophomore effort “Doble Opuesto” in 1990 via Universal Music. Under the production of Jorge Melibosky, the album marked the band's first successful album, and spawned three singles: a cover version of The Rolling Stones' No. 1 hit, “Angie,” “Doble Opuesto” and “Prisioneros de la Piel.”

Cuevas and his bandmates enjoyed further success with the self titled third album “La Ley,” which was released in 1992 with producer Alejandro Sanfuentes. The album produced the No. 1 hit singles “Tejedores de Ilusión,” which was used in a nationwide Pepsi commercial in Chile, and “Auto-Ruta (Feel the Skin).” The video of “Auto-Ruta (Feel the Skin)” was banned from some television shows due explicit content.

In 1994, La Ley released an EP called “Cara de Dios.” Four tracks included on the EP, including “En La Ciudad.” Following the death of Bobe in a motorcycle accident in 1994, Cuevas emerged as the most prominent in the group by serving as both bandleader and spokesperson. After dealing with the disaster, La Ley revitalized to the form of a quintet once again, featuring Cuevas, Rojas, and Clavería, with new a guitarist, Pedro Frugone, and the band's former keyboard player, Aboitiz. The fourth studio album “Invisible” was released in 1995 via Warner Music Mexico. The first single “El Duelo” soon rose to the No. 1 spot in most of the Billboard charts in Latin America, especially in Mexico and Chile. With the hope of finding more success, Cuevas and his bandmates headed to Mexico, and shortly after they released the second single “Día Cero,” which was an immediate hit and became the band's next No. 1 hit. The fourth single “Cielo Market” also reached the top spot in Latin America. “Invisible” sold 400,000 units within its first few months in Mexico alone.

The fifth album “Vértigo” was released in 1998 through WEA. The album sold 100,000 copies in Mexico. It yielded four singles with “Fotofobia,” “Ví,” “Tanta Ciudad” and “Sed.” Prior to its release, Rodrigo Aboitiz left the band because of a drug problem. Luciano Rojas later also left the band, making La Ley a trio.

La Ley rebounded with “Uno,” which was launched on February 22, 2000 on WEA. Leaving the dark style from their last two albums, “Uno” reached No. 44 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums, and was certified platinum by the RIAA. The album won a 2001 Grammy for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album. It produced hit singles like “Aqui,” “Verano Espacial” and “Paraiso.” In 2001, the band took part in “MTV's Unplugged series,” which was followed by the release of “La Ley MTV Unplugged” on September 4, 2001. The album received platinum certification in the US, double platinum in Mexico and triple platinum in Argentina, making it the band's best selling album to this date. Lured by the album's success, the band was able to internationalize themselves and they make their way to foreign countries such as the United States.

On May 27, 2003, La Ley released the album “Libertad,” which was inspired primarily by the September 11 attacks. The album went gold in Argentina. It contained the hits “Mi Ley,” “Libertad” and “Y Los Demas.” The band released a greatest hits compilation album, “Historias e Histeria,” in 2004. In 2005, the trio of Cuevas, Clavería and Frugone performed with Rodrigo Aboitiz and Luciano Rojas at the Viña del Mar International Song Festival (Spanish: Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar). After a tour around America, La Ley announced their split on September 29, 2009 to work on their personal projects.

Cuevas released his first solo album, “Miedo Escenico,” in Latin America on September 23, 2008 and in the Unites States on September 30, 2008 through Warner Bros. Produced by Cueva, Steve Tushar and Aureo Baqueiros, the album reached No. 4 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers (Pacific), No. 10 on the Billboard Top Latin Pop Albums, No. 41 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers and No. 33 on the Billboard Latin Albums. It also charted at No. 8 on the Chilean Albums Chart and No. 11 in the Mexican Albums Chart. The self written lead single “Vuelvo” (2008) peaked at No. 47 on the US Billboard Hot Latin Tracks and No. 28 on the U.S. Billboard Latin Pop Airplay. It was a No. 1 hit in Ecuador and Paraguay and made to the Top 10 in Chile, Mexico, Uruguay and Latin America. The album produced further hit singles with “Háblame” (2009), “Un Minuto De Silencio” (2009) and “El Cínico” (2010).

Apart from music, Cuevas has tried some acting roles. In 2005, he made his feature film debut as Padre Santiago in the Mexican film “La mujer de mi hermano” (“My Brother's Woman”), directed by Ricardo de Montreuil. Two years later, he resurfaced as Santillan in the crime/horror film “Borderland” (2007), opposite Brian Presley, Jake Muxworthy and Rider Strong. In 2008, he made a guest appearance in an episode of “Tiempo final” called “ Autografo.” the same year, he also appeared in the TV film “Premios Fox Sports 6ta Edición.”


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