Juan Ricondo is a singer who feels at home when he is performing on stage. His voice and his songs come across with a depth and a richness that combine the feel and sound of earlier times with our modern way of life. He reminds one of those classic singers that sings from the heart. A true force of nature.
Juan writes, performs and plays his own music, as well as writing his own video scripts and creating his own musical shows as a creative director.
In 2005, Juan got a scholarship from his home country, Spain, to move to New York to study at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. Soon he gathered a band around him and began playing gigs across town. "I love performing live, besides being in the studio recording, the stage is what I´m most excited about. I´ve performed in small venues and theaters where you have a close contact with the audience and it´s a great experience sharing your songs with them and seeing how they like what you´re doing. I think that is one of the most important things for an artist".
Born in Santander, North Spain, Juan knew at a very early age that he wanted to be a performer. "One of my first memories as a child, when I was 5 or 6 years old, was when I was at the beach with my mother and I remember telling her: "Mom when I grow up I wanna be an American Actor". Which is really funny coming from a Spanish kid. So I knew somehow that I wanted to entertain."
Juan’s most beloved influences are Frank Sinatra, Elvis and Aretha Franklin. "I´ve always listen to a lot of music. At home, my parents used to have a wide and varied collection of records. From Latin music, Rock, Pop, Soul to Opera, Classical music, Jazz. In high school he began listening to British pop rock groups and soloists such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and solo singers such as Elton John, Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton. Latin artists like Raphael or even Placido Domingo, were also among some of Ricondo's favorites, and have influenced his composition skills.
"I love powerful voices" Juan says. "I think my style is influenced by the fashion of the ´50s and ´60s. And it goes beyond just style. I´ve been influenced by American music and Brit pop of the past and you hear it in my voice in the way I sing".
When Juan finished school what he really wanted to be was an actor, but halfway through he realised he was spending more time singing the songs of his favorites artists.
“I was always singing, even though I wanted to be an actor but I never thought about becoming a professional singer."
With that decision made and after finishing his Law Degree by The University of Cantabria, Juan moved to Madrid, where he studied at the "Chekhov Acting School". "Acting has been a really important thing in my life and in my career. And I guess it is reflected in my performance and in the way I sing".
While he was pursuing his acting career, appearing in theatre plays, commercials and T.V series he also began doing solo gigs in local pubs, advertised with his own photo shoots, posters and artwork. When MySpace appeared he took it all online.
Juan Ricondo's voice is soft and influenced by Soul and Latin music, which adapts to a wide range of styles. Ricondo has the sensibility of a Soul / Rock singer combined with the strength of an Opera singer.
Other artists Ricondo has mentioned as inspiration are: Ricky Martin, Rosalia, George Michael, Bruno Mars and Jamie Cullum. Juan has also stated that he is a fan of: Amy Winehouse, Ed Sheeran, Lana del Rey, Adele, Dinah Washington y Ella Fitzgerald.
When Juan talks about his love of Tony Bennett, The Stones or classics like Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B Goode” or Elton John’s “Take me to the pilot” with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, that small town boy who fell in love with music, appears right there in front of you.