José José born, José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz is a Mexican singer. Also known in the entertainment world as El Príncipe de la Canción (The Prince of Song), he is recognized for his romantic ballads and praised for his vocals. His voice garnered acclaim from musical peers and media.
Born and raised in Mexico City into a family of musicians, José José started his musical career in his early teens playing guitar and singing in serenades. He later joined a jazz and bossa nova trio where he sang and played the bass and double bass. José became a successful solo artist in the early 1970s. Demonstrating his vocal ability with a stunning performance of the song "El Triste" in a Latin music festival in 1970, he climbed the Latin charts during the decade.
In the 1980s, after signing with Ariola Records, he gained international fame as one of the most talented performers in Latin America. His 1983 album Secretos has sold over 7 million copies. With a series of huge hits, he received several nominations to the Grammy and numerous recognitions worldwide. He sold out in venues such as the Madison Square Garden and the Radio City Music Hall. His music has reached non Spanish-speaking countries like Japan, Israel and Russia.