Kedward Avilés: the Puerto Rican singer destined for greatness
Born in Manatí, Puerto Rico, Kedward Avilés discovered music very young. He learned to sing boleros, bohemian and trio music from his grandparents with whom he grew up. In grade 5, he worked for the first time in a musical theater production in Vilseck, Germany. In middle school and high school, he sang in choirs and musicals. Avilés then attended the University of Puerto Rico, where he studied music and psychology, and was part of the choir, under the direction of Carmen Acevedo. In the academic youth of opera, Avilés participated in operas such as “La Finta Giardiniera” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart under the tutelage of soprano Margarita Castro Alberty. Additionally, he has worked in various musical theater productions such as “Evita” and “Into The Woods”. Avilés is part of the vocal group Caribbean Tenors, in which he has had major performances, including the Inauguration 2020 and the 500 years of San Juan. Besides being a singer, Avilés has modeled for local and international designers. He starred in campaigns for brands such as Sprite, Honda, Hyundai, Doritos, Pepsi and worked on several short films.
Avilés has an eclectic mix of influences from R&B, pop, soul, classical music and Latin music. He considers himself a modern Pop/R&B/Latin musician. He attended an elementary school in the Puerto Rico Public School until 4th grade. He then moved to Vilseck, Germany with his father, where he began to study music and work in musical theatre. Later, he returned to Puerto Rico for high school, where he continued his musical studies and sang in different choirs and musicals. From there, Avilés attended the University of Puerto Rico Recinto Río Piedras, where he studied vocal performance. There he had the opportunity to work with professional artists on musical productions such as “Evita” and “Into The Woods”. In addition, he performed in a few local operas. Since 2015, he has been part of the vocal group Caribbean Tenors.
Avilés has new music in the works and plans to release new songs before Christmas. Avilés is an independent artist, but is looking to sign with a record label that will help guide his career to reach as wide an audience as possible. He has performed alongside artists such as Carlos Vives, Andy Montañez, Orquesta de Cuco Peña, Caribbean Tenors, Milly Quezada, Danny Rivera and Nydia Caro. He recorded a song called “Pretty Muse” with artists Natalia Lugo and Edwin Antonio and released self-penned singles such as “I’m Sorry” and “Échate Pa ‘acá”. Additionally, Avilés sang with Latin pop star, Pedro Capó, for a Honda commercial in 2014.