- Julio Iglesias, Jr.
Infobox Musical artist
Name = Julio Iglesias, Jr.
Img_size = 150
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Julio José Iglesias Jr.
Born = birth date and age|df=yes|1973|2|25
Genre = Pop
Years_active = 1999–present
Label = Epic
Julio José Iglesias Preysler is the son of Spanish singer
Julio Iglesiasand Filipina journalist Isabel Preysler. He is the brother of Chabeli Iglesiasand the older brother of Enrique Iglesias.
After the kidnapping of his grandfather in 1985, Iglesias and his siblings (on his father's side) relocated from
Madridto Miami. The Iglesias family lived in one of Miami's most famous mansions, and were constantly hounded by paparazzi.
Iglesias Jr. went to college near
San Franciscoat Menlo Collegein Atherton, California. He won a chance to participate in NBC's "Out of the Blue", and he was contracted by the Travel Channel, where he hosted a "Mosaico" travel show that took him across Latin America.
Iglesias Jr. with the help of his friend and manager Darius Jordi Lassus first got into
show businessas a model. It was his manager that negotiated an exclusive male modeling agreement with Joey Hunter (at the time he was the president of the Male Model division) at the Ford Models Agency in New York. It was thru Joey Hunter, that Julio Jose got spotted by photographer Bruce Weber. He went on to campaign for Versace. Shortly after, Julio signed on with publicity executive Ruben Malaret whom began a press campaign to further gain exposure of Julio to the Anglo market. Some of the accomplishments were notable appearances on Oprah Winfrey's talk show, and was featured in an advertisement for Gap, and he modeled for designer John Bartlett 7 th on Sixth Fashion Show.
He was offered two
soap operajobs, one at Televisaand one in the ABC soap, " All My Children". Iglesias Jr. had also received an offer from the Producers of the Broadway show Grease to star as Danny, but decided to turn those jobs down because he wanted to focus on his music, which he says he has been writing since he was little.
Iglesias Jr. signed a recording agreement for an unknown artist with
Epic Records, reported to be worth $35 million. He returned to Miami where he began to record his first album, "Under My Eyes", with Rodolfo Castillo. Released in 1999, the recording of this album took them to New York and Los Angeles; two songs released from this English languagealbum are "One More Chance" and "Under My Eyes". Among promotional appearances for the album Iglesias performed "One More Chance" at the Miss UniversePageant and opened for Cheron her tour of North America. The album failed to garner public interest and after several US scheduled release dates were put off by the record company, Julio and Epic parted ways.
Iglesias Jr. second album, "Tercera Dimension", was released in 2003 on the Warner Music Latina label and featured Spanish pop-rock songs with the singles "Los Demas" and "Dejame Volar".
Both CDs received a lot of attention from the
Hispanicmedia in the United Statesbut attained neither commercial nor critical success.
For a while it seemed he was an almost regular fixture in Hola Magazine, appearing in several photoshoots at his home in Miami with his girlfriends.
More recently he has taken part in a series in Spain called "Club de Flo", in which Spanish politicians and minor celebrities have to present a comedy routine. The show was unsuccessful and cancelled after a handful of episodes.
He has moved back to Spain and is living with his mother Isabel. [http://www.eldiariomontanes.es/prensa/20070128/sociedad/julio-iglesias-cantante-nunca_20070128.html 1] He appeared on the Spanish version of "
Dancing with the Stars" called "¡Mira quien baila!" but was voted out in the thirteenth week.
He has played the lead role in a short narrative drama film entitled "The Music of You".Directed by Lloyd DeSouza.
Julio was the winner of the
CMTreality TV show "Gone Country", in which artists from other genres of music lived together in a house in Nashvilleand competed to win a country music contract. His self-penned single "The Way I Want You" was released to country radio on 10 March 2008 and produced by "Gone Country" host John Rich.
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