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Beto Cuevas
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Beto Cuevas in 2009.
Background information
Birth name Luis Alberto Cuevas Olmedo
Born (1967-09-12) September 12, 1967 (age 56)
Origin Santiago, Chile
Genres Pop rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s) actor, spokesperson, model, tv presenter, singer, record producer
Years active 1988–2005, 2013–2016 (with La Ley)
2007–2013, 2016–present (solo singer)
Labels Warner Bros. Records
Associated acts La Ley, Lucybell

Luis Alberto Cuevas Olmedo (born September 12, 1967), better known as Beto Cuevas (pronounced [ˈbeto ˈkweβas]), is a Chilean-Canadian singer, song writer, plastic artist, painter, and actor. He is the lead singer for the Chilean band La Ley. In 2008 he launched his solo career with the release of his album, "Miedo Escenico". In 2012 he released his second album called "Transformación".

Music career

1988–2004: La Ley

In 1988, during a trip to Concón, Chile, Beto met Mauricio Clavería, drummer for La Ley. Clavería invited Cuevas to join the band, which had just lost two founding members, Iván Delgado and Shía Arbulú. Beto made his debut as La Ley's singer on their first album, "Desiertos", quickly becoming the voice of the band. La Ley soon released their second album, "Doble Opuesto".

During the early years of the band, Cuevas only wrote the lyrics to the songs, as the writing of the music was done by the band's founder and leader Andrés Bobe. During this time, La Ley became one of the most successful groups in the country. In 1994 Bobe died in a motorcycle accident after a benefit show, which forced Beto to become the leader of the group. He went from being the visible face of the group to becoming the main creative force behind it with the help of his bandmates.

La Ley's story is divided in two: before and after Andrés Bobe. Beto's influence after the passing of Andres is enormous. The group takes on a musical shift that pushes its success all over Latin America.

During the shoots for the music videos of the Invisible (1995) album, Beto begins exploring the seventh art, co directing the pieces.

Many expert credit his years in North America as the main influence of La Ley's sound, which is unique among Chilean and Latin bands.

As the band's success grew abroad, it decreased in Chile, which bothered members of the group. They were presented in many Chilean TV and radio shows as the "Mexican" group, La Ley.

February 21, 2001, a day before the Viña del Mar Festival, the band was in the Channel 13 show, "La Movida del Festival". While being interviewed live, a member of the audience announces the group just won a Grammy as best alternative rock group. It's this moment and the show at the Quinta Vergara on the day after, that mark the turning point in which La Ley begins to gain recognition in their own country.

In mid-2001, the group records their MTV Unplugged, which becomes a huge success all over Latin America, but the most important thing for the members of the band, is that La Ley is finally recognized as the most important Chilean band of all time, thanks to the Grammy, their show at the Viña del Mar festival, and the new acoustic album.

2005–2009: Solo work

In 2005, Beto Cuevas, Pedro Frugone and Mauricio Clavería decide to take a break from La Ley.

..... He revisited the song "Mentira, originally released in La Ley MTV Unplugged, and was a part of the soundtrack for the film, "La mujer de mi hermano".

Other projects include the collaboration with Chilean band "Los Prisioneros", in their album "Manzana", in which Beto played synthesizers, guitars, and vocals in the song "Insatisfacción", a rendition of the Rolling Stones classic "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", and in "Eres Mi Hogar".

In 2007, he shot an episode of the Canal Fox Latinoamérica series "Tiempo Final", titled The Autograph, where he plays a character called Beto.

In September 2008, Beto was invited to interview Morrissey for a channel a friend of his owns in Los Angeles named LATV.

In March 2008 pre-launches his solo debut. At this time, it has been over two years since he last performed with La Ley.

Prior to the release of his first solo album, and the big stages, he does a more intimate tour throughout the US, sponsored by Jack Daniel's.

His debut solo album, "Miedo Escénico" was released on September 23, 2008, and it spun 3 hit singles: Vuelvo, Háblame, and Un Minuto de Silencio.

On November 30, during the closing of Teleton 2008 in Chile, he made a short but intense presentation.

On September 8 he records a version of the George Michael classic "Faith", in the Buenos Aires soundstage of La 100 (99.9 fm). The song is featured on the CD, "La 100 en Vivo".

2010– Present

On February 26, 2010, he shared the stage with Raphael at the Viña del Mar Festival, where he was to perform solo the next day, until the earthquake on February 27 hit the south of Chile, and forced the rest of the Festival to be cancelled.

In May 2010, Beto released a version of the Violeta Parra classic, "Gracias a la Vida", produced by Humberto Gatica, and featuring stars like Miguel Bosé, Michael Bublé, Fher Olvera (Maná), Juan Luis Guerra, Shakira, Laura Pausini and Alejandro Sanz. 100% of the profits of the single will go toward helping in the recovery and the support of all the Chileans affected by the earthquake.

On September 25, 2012, he released his new album, Transformación, which features 12 songs and some collaborations with stars like Leire Martínez in Goodbye. The album was recorded entirely in the US and charter in Billboard right away.

Beto was also chosen as one of the coaches in the talent show La Voz… Mexico 2, along with Paulina Rubio, Jenni Rivera and Miguel Bosé.

In 2014, La Ley finally reunited after nine years of their separation, embarking on a new tour.

Beto played the lead role of Jesus Christ in the 2019 all-star Mexican production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Personal life

He was raised in Caracas, Venezuela and eventually grew up in Montreal, Quebec. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

His family moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada escaping Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship, so he also holds a Canadian passport. In 2002, he married model Estela Mora, but are currently separated. He has two children: Martina (1988) (from Estela's first marriage in Argentina) and Diego (1992). He was in a romantic relationship with actress Bárbara Mori for a year starting in May 2010.


Solo albums

Albums with La Ley

  • 1990: Desiertos
  • 1991: Doble Opuesto
  • 1993: La Ley
  • 1994: Cara de Dios
  • 1995: Invisible
  • 1998: Vértigo
  • 2000: Uno
  • 2001: La Ley MTV Unplugged
  • 2003: Libertad
  • 2004: Historias e Histeria
  • 2014: Retour
  • 2016: Adaptación

Film career

Cuevas portrayed the character Padre Santiago in the 2005 Mexican film La mujer de mi hermano (English: My brother's woman).

He played a bigger role as the character Santillan in the 2007 American film Borderland.

See also

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