Mi Primer Amor, Kevin Ceballo's solo debut album, was released on RMM Records in September, 2000, and is an exciting mix of romantic Salsa as well as a classic sound. It includes material by some of the top writers and producers in the Latin music world.
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Kevin's versatility makes all this possible. Mi Primer Amor includes two tracks composed by Kevin: "What Kind Of Man", an English ballad, and "Quiero Bailar."
Within a few weeks of the release of Kevin's breakout single, "Mi Primer Amor", the track rocketed to #1 on the Tropical Chart of Radio & Musica, where it remained for an incredible 7 weeks. It also reached #2 on Billboard's Tropical chart in the December 23, 2000 issue. It was that week's Greatest Gainer in Billboard's Latin Top 50, where it reached #16. Leila Cobo's Latin Notas Column featured an enlightening personal interview with Kevin.
All those accomplishments, however, pale in comparison to what occurred on February 8, 2001. That night, at Univison's " Premio lo Nuestro" award show in Miami, Kevin won the honor of Revelacion del Aņo in the Tropical category. On February 17, Kevin Ceballo, Latin music's 'New Artist of the Year', brought his unique and exciting talent to Madison Square Garden, as one of the headliners of the "Concerto Del Amor." Kevin excited the Miami crowd at the Billboard Awards in April, just as his second single in the U.S., "Como Fue Capaz", was released to positive radio response. In Latin America, Universal Records chose the Bi-Lingual crossover, "Quiero Bailar", to follow up "Mi Primer Amor", and it quickly shot into the Top 10 in Panama and Costa Rica.
In September 2001, WKTU in New York began playing Kevin's English version of his Latin hit, "Mi Primer Amor", called "My First Love". In just a couple of weeks, it became Top 5, and introduced Kevin to a whole new audience. Now, Kevin continues to perform with his band, as he awaits the national release of his new single as a Universal Recording Artist, "My First Love".
Kevin Ceballo - Discovery
Kevin was discovered by the famous pianist and producer Isidro Infante, and signed by Ralph Mercado to RMM Records in 1999. Kevin was featured as a backup singer on India's Grammy nominated Cd's Sobre el Fuego and Sola. He then began working with Maestro Isidro Infante's Orquesta Elite. Kevin wrote "Cuando Pienso en Ti" for Infante's 1998 CD, and still performs the tune at his show today. Other studio projects where Kevin lent his vocal style are Celia Cruz " Mi Vida es Cantar", and records by Tito Puente and Eddie Palmeri. He has performed live with Marc Anthony and India, as well as on Caribbean and European tours with Isidro Infante, as a featured front man and vocalist..
Kevin's quality of interpretation is the result of training and dedication. He was born in NYC on October 12, 1977. He started singing in church at age 3 and shortly thereafter began piano lessons. He also plays bass, vibes and reads music effortlessly. He is fluent in Spanish as well as English. His numerous creative talents include writing, acting, and dancing. Kevin became a songwriter at the age 15 while attending Manhattan's La Guardia (renowned High School of Music and Art). Now, Kevin writes for both himself and others, perfecting his craft with writing with partner Jeff Germaine and producer John Henderson. During his year in the High School of Music and art, Kevin formed his first serious group: Genuine Image. Under Kevin's guidance, the band rose from frequent church performances to a feature spot on a PBS Documentary on the "History of Rock and Roll." As a member of La Guardia's Gospel Choir, Genuine Image did a spot at Carnegie Hall during a Black History month concert that included famous entertainer Bill Cosby.
Kevin explored his acting skills with theater group Spark Peer Players for the Board of Education. The group performed anti-drug shows at schools throughout the city, including a Lehman College show with Barrio Boyzz. In November of 2000, he returned to Lehman with his own band, for concert in their auditorium. Kevin also produced the young Latin act Mi Mayor for POP records, playing keyboards and doing arrangements. This versatile young man is also active in the Rhythm and Praise Ensemble, with whom he does presentation around the Eastern US. Along with all this, Kevin found the time to play and sing for the Christian Salsa band Inspiration.
This young musician is very concerned about youth issues. He has devoted himself to a commitment with The Special drug Prevention Program through the Arts. Real life situations are depicted through his special talent of acting and dancing, Kevin participated in this group's re-enacted incidents of true-life circumstances such as gang violence, drug use, HIV, rape, etc.
A product of a Christian upbringing, Kevin's childhood environment was surrounded with the traditional Gospel music influence where Kevin realized his talent. Hence, he began his skills and trained diligently while avidly involved in Gospel music. Kevin's main desire is to develop all his creative skills to the fullest, and most of all, to "Keep it real with God."
It seems that Kevin's spiritual nature, kind disposition, and his sincere and unassuming live performance personality have served him well. Kevin's perceptive business instincts have aligned him with Manager John Henderson and American Talent Agency, His background of preparatory experience, his hard work, and his experienced team have put Kevin in the position he is in today. Kevin is poised to turn his current "Revelacion del Aņo" status into Superstardom.
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