Joan Sebastian to play State Farm Arena Saturday

Special to the Parade

Known as “The People’s Poet” and “The King of Jaripeo,” Joan Sebastian is said to be one of the most influential Mexican performers of all time and will be at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo on Oct. 8.

With three Grammy awards, five Latin Grammys, and a number of Latin Billboard awards, people are expecting a good show from the singer/songwriter and producer.

The show begins at 8 p.m., Oct. 8 in the State Farm Arena, located at 2600 North 10th St. in Hidalgo.

His path lead him from a life of ministry, training to be a priest, to pursuing what he found was another calling, a career in music. At the age of 17, he left seminary in Mexico to find his place in the musical world, and started off by singing into an intercom at a vacation resort. There, he made the connections to his music producer, Eduardo Magallanes. His first album with Discos Capitals sold 12,000 copies, giving him the initial positive boost to keep going.

In three decades, he has 37 albums to date, several reaching a platinum status all over the US, Mexico and Latin America. Sebastian has also produced 35 albums in genres spanning romantic Ranchera music, pop and Norteño, urban Cumbia and Country.

Sebastian’s recent album, “The Heart Pegadito,” encompasses 12 songs written and produced by him.

Amongst his other accomplishments, Sebastian was also named Composer of the Year and won Song of the Year from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

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