Juan Fernando Velasco was born January 17, 1972 in Quito, Ecuador. He never planned to be a musician, he was preparing to become an economist like his father. After finalizing four semesters of Economics, he realized this was not what he wanted to do and decided to dedicate fully to music.
In 2002 Velasco released his second album, Tanto amor
. The album reached platinum status in Ecuador and Colombia and also was a success in other countries. The songs "Chao Lola", "Dicen", "Hoy que no estás", "Si alguna vez te amé", and "Salud" were in the first places on the charts in Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Guatemala and Costa Rica.In 2004 he received the “Orden Vicente Rocafuerte” - the highest award granted by the Ecuadorian government to an artist. He was also named "Peace Ambassador" by the Interamerican Platform of Human Rights.
Velasco's music career started when he, together with some school friends, created the band "Tercer Mundo" (Third World), which became very well known in Ecuador. After ten years with the band, he decided to continue his career alone. In 1999 he released his first solo album, Para que no me olvides
. The album became an instant success, qualified for the Viña del Mar festival in Chile and was later certified gold. The song "Para que no me olvides" became a hit in Colombia.
Since 2005 Velasco is living in Miami. In 2007 he released his third album called A tu lado
. The album features contributions by Jorge Villamizar (ex member of the group Bacilos) and the rapper Gerardo Mejía and the participation of well-known musicians and engineers like Pichón Dal Mont, Mario Breuer, Xavier Garza, Carlos Villavicencio and the Grammy award winning producer Andrés Castro. The disc was nominated in 2007 for the MTV Latin Awards (Mexico, October 18, 2007) and also for the Latin Grammy Awards (Las Vegas, November 8, 2007). Invited by Juanes, was one of seven musicians who participated in the Concert "Paz Sin Fronteras", together with Miguel Bosé, Juan Luis Guerra, Ricardo Montaner, Alejandro Sanz and Carlos Vives. The concert took place on 16 March 2008 at the Simon Bolivar bridge in Cucuta, on the border between Colombia and Venezuela.