Juan Ricondo

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Juan Ricondo

Ricondo performing at New Wave (competition) in 2019
Born Juan Ricondo Vallejo
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Santander, Cantabria, Spain
Occupation Template:Flatlist
Years active 2005–present
Awards New Wave (competition) 2019 People's Choice
Musical artist

Juan Ricondo Vallejo (Santander, Spain 15 January 1985), better known as Juan Ricondo, is a Spanish singer, songwriter and actor. His debut album An American Affair was released in October 2015. It was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by JD Salbego and Sean Hamilton. He has published several singles since 2016. In August 2019, He won the "People's Choice Award" at the music festival New Wave in Sochi.

Life and career

1990–2005: Early life

Juan Ricondo was born on 15 January 1985 in Santander, Spain. Ricondo is the first artist of his family.[1] He is the oldest of two brothers and since he was young he dreamed of being an artist.[2] He used to listen to a lot of musica. At home, his parents had a wide and varied collection of vinyl records.[3] He went to the Law school and graduated at the University of Cantabria.[4] At the same time he was studying Acting at the local school of acting in Santander (Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria). Soon after, he moved to Madrid to continue his acting studies at the "Chekhov Theatre School".[5][1] He worked in all kinds of jobs while he was auditioning for films and TV shows.[6] He got a small role in the television show Ugly Betty.[7] He also started singing with the local bands in clubs and pubs of Madrid and writing his first songs that he would published on Myspace.

2005–2015: Career beginnings

In 2005, he received a scholarship from his hometown,[8] to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City.[6] he starts listening to Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dinah Washington and soon after he formed a band and started playing in local clubs across Manhattan. At the Acting school, one of his teachers Paul Calderon suggested him to dedicate professionally to music. Soon he discovered that music was what he really wanted to do. One of his vocal teachers was Gary Catona,[9]. In 2011 he participates as a guest performing artist at the German beauty contest, Miss Germany 2011.[10][11][12]

2015–2018: An American Affair

At the end of 2015, was published his first album, An American Affair. It was written and recorded in Los Angeles and produced by JD Salbego and Sean Hamilton. It was released in three formats, Digital, CD and a special collectors edition in 7" Vinyl.[13] Different press media and magazines covered the release, Billboard music magazine[14], Telemundo Los Angeles,[15] Antena3 Spain [16], Oscars 2016.[17] Since 2016 Ricondo has released several singles. In October 2017 he published his single "Háblame", written and recorded in Los Angeles with the Grammy nominated singer Alih Jey.[18]

2018: The J.R Show, A Hollywood Story Tour

In 2018 Ricondo presented "The J.R Show, A Hollywood Story"[19] at the "Teatro Calderon" in Madrid.[20] A tour-show inspired by the American T.V. shows from the 60s.[21]

2019: People´s Choice Award

In August 2019 Ricondo was selected to represent Spain [22][23] at the music festival New Wave (competition) in Sochi.[24] After several days of live performances, Ricondo won the "People's Choice Award".[25][26][27]

Artistry and musical influences

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One of his main influences was initially Elvis Presley and the 50s rock 'n roll. At school he began to listen to British pop rock groups and soloists like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton. Latin artists like Raphael or Placido Domingo, were also among Ricondo's favorites.[28] In 2005, when Ricondo moved to New York City, he started listening to Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald. Other artists that Ricondo had mentioned as inspiration are Ricky Martin, Rosalia, George Michael, Bruno Mars, Jamie Cullum. And also Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, Ed Sheeran, Lana del Rey and Adele.[6]


Studio albums

Title Details
An American Affair
  • Released: 2015
  • Format: Digital download,CD,Vinyl


Year Title Album
2019 Crocodile Rock Template:N/a
2018 Un día Más Template:N/a
2017 Háblame Template:N/a
2016 Like a Lullaby Template:N/a
2015 Solo Pienso En Ti Template:N/a

Honors and awards

New Wave Music Festival

The New Wave (competition) is an annual international television competition held in Sochi.

Year Nominated Category Result
2019 Juan Ricondo People's Choice Award Template:Won


  • The J.R Show. A Hollywood Story Tour (2018)


T.V Shows

Year Title Role Director Notes
2009 Ugly Betty Javier Lagasca Rafael de la Cueva main role

T.V appearances


  1. 1.0 1.1 Polavieja, Alvaro (30 September 2019). "La formula del éxito". El Diario Montañes. https://www.eldiariomontanes.es/dmusica/formula-exito-basa-20190930211247-ntvo.html. Retrieved 30 September 2019. 
  2. Sano, Corpo (1 November 2015). "Juan Ricondo te atrapa con su voz". SGG Public Relatins. Palapa communications. https://issuu.com/corposano/docs/corposano_noviembre_diciembre_2015. Retrieved 2 October 2019. 
  3. "Larga vida a la musica". Eventos Magazine. SGG Public Relations (Ivelisse Tamargo) (7). 19 February 2016. https://issuu.com/ivelissetamargo/docs/sofia_lama_eventos-january-february. Retrieved 2 October 2019. 
  4. Ricondo, Juan. "Law Degree". SGG Public Relations. https://www.juanricondo.com. Retrieved 2 October 2019. 
  5. Ortega, Ignacio (1 May 2019). "La Pasionaria". EFE. https://www.efe.com/efe/espana/cultura/angel-gutierrez-el-amigo-de-tarkovski-al-que-censuro-la-pasionaria/10005-3981546. Retrieved 2 October 2019. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Harris, Michael R. (2 August 2016). "Ricondo Rising". The Cone Magazine. SGG Public Relations (10). https://view.joomag.com/the-cone-issue-10-summer-2016/0971140001470984709/p40?short. Retrieved 2 October 2019. 
  7. Antunez, Olga. "Juan Ricondo". IMDb. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3499001/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1. Retrieved 2 October 2019. 
  8. Laguillo, David (25 September 2015). "Cantante de Santander saca disco producido por el productor de Demi Lovato". Cantabria Diario. https://www.cantabriadiario.com/juan-ricondo-cantante-de-santander-saca-disco-producido-por-el-productor-de-demi-lovato/. 
  9. Venegas, David (11 November 2016). "Soy un animal de escenario". SGG Public Relation. Spanish Influential. https://issuu.com/influentialmagazine/docs/influential_def/150. Retrieved 3 October 2019. 
  10. Mazza, Alexander (14 February 2011). "Miss Germany 2011". Miss Germany Corporation. Model Vita. https://www.modelvita.com/vip-magazin/2011/anne-kathrin-kosch-ist-miss-germany-2011/11115. Retrieved 3 October 2019. 
  11. Striegel, Samantha (12 February 2011). "Miss Germany 2011". Miss Germnay Corp. Arsano. http://www.arsano.de/5759/miss-germany-2011.html. Retrieved 3 October 2019. 
  12. "Blick in den park". Europapark. Badischeg Zeitun. 22 October 2011. http://bz-ticket.de/blick-in-den-park-xwerzrzix--50849630.html. Retrieved 3 October 2019. 
  13. Rodriguez, Javier (21 March 2016). "An American Affair" se han editado los siguientes formatos: digital cd y vinilo 7". Protagonistas VIP Cantabria. https://www.protagonistasvipcantabria.com/el-cantante-santaderino-juan-ricondo-ha-grabado-en-los-angeles-su-nuevo-cd/. Retrieved 28 September 2019. 
  14. Billboards, Latin. "Juan Ricondo lanza su primer album". Premios Billboard. https://twitter.com/latinbillboards/status/692837123976617984. Retrieved 3 October 2019. Template:Primary source inline
  15. Whitney, Kelly (1 March 2016). "Acceso Total". Telemundo. Telemundo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_MFWFmWOnk. Retrieved 3 October 2019. 
  16. Del Prado, Gonzalo (20 November 2015). "Juan Ricondo, un cantante que empieza con humildad por todo lo alto". Antena3. https://www.antena3.com/noticias/cultura/juan-ricondo-cantante-que-empieza-humildad-todo-alto_20151120571b90b14beb287a2917c202.html. Retrieved 28 September 2019. 
  17. "Juan Ricondo attends the Charmaine Blake's Oscar Viewing Party Gala". Getty Images. https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/juan-ricondo-attends-the-charmaine-blakes-oscar-viewing-news-photo/513025482. 
  18. Saldana, Tania (24 February 2017). "EL CANTANTE JUAN RICONDO PRESENTA SU NUEVO SINGLE EN ESPAÑOL "HÁBLAME"". Ein Press Wire. https://www.einpresswire.com/article/368181933/el-cantante-juan-ricondo-presenta-su-nuevo-single-en-espa-ol-h-blame. Retrieved 28 September 2019. 
  19. "Llega al Teatro Calderón 'The JR Show'". El Pais. 17 April 2018. https://elpais.com/tematicos/2018/04/17/elpaismas/1523964718_126763.html. Retrieved 28 September 2019. 
  20. Blanco, Alberto Sanz (April 2018). "The J.R Show: EL mejor espectáculo musical de Juan Ricondo.". Canal Hablamos. http://www.canalhablamos.es/2018/04/the-jr-show-el-mejor-espectaculo.html. Retrieved 29 September 2019. 
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  22. "New Wave Countries". New Wave Stars. https://newwavestars.eu/en/portfolio/juan-ricondo-spain-en/. Retrieved 3 October 2019. 
  23. Prokofyev, Vyacheslav. "Singer Juan Ricondo representing Spain performs at the 2019 New Wave Song Contest". Getty Images. https://www.gettyimages.es/detail/fotograf%C3%ADa-de-noticias/singer-juan-ricondo-representing-spain-performs-fotograf%C3%ADa-de-noticias/1164453016. Retrieved 3 October 2019. 
  24. Gil, Ana (26 August 2019). "A la Carta". RTVE. http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/audios/14-horas/juan-ricondo-festival-new-wave/5372486/. Retrieved 29 September 2019. 
  25. Prokofyev, Vyacheslav. "Jury member, singer/song writer Igor Nikolayev (L) and musician Anton Bilyayev (2nd L) present an audience choice award to Juan Ricondo of Spain (C front) at the closing concert at the 2019 New Wave international song contest in Sochi's Olympic Park.". Getty Images. https://www.gettyimages.ca/detail/news-photo/jury-member-singer-song-writer-igor-nikolayev-and-musician-news-photo/1164734164. Retrieved 3 October 2019. 
  26. "New Wave 2019 winners". Hello. SGG Public Relations. 30 August 2019. https://ru.hellomagazine.com/zvezdy/novosti-o-zvezdakh/33016-novaya-volna-2019-kirkorov-zivert-rita-ora-i-drugie-zvezdy-otprazdnovali-sovershennoletie-konkursa-na-yarkoy-tceremonii-zakrytiya.html. Retrieved 3 October 2019. 
  27. "Winners of the 2019 New Wave". OK!. SGG Public Relatins. 30 August 2019. http://www.ok-magazine.ru/news/chronicle/93475-rita-ora-zivert-nyusha-iowa-i-drugie-zvezdy-na-ceremonii-zakrytiya-novoy-volny#section3. Retrieved 3 October 2019. 
  28. Aldana, Mavi (20 April 2018). "Con otros acentos". SGG Public Relations. http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/audios/salimos-por-el-mundo/180420-salimos-mundo-2018-04-23t08-24-55660/4577817/. Retrieved 3 October 2019.