I’ve been able to do some pretty amazing things for a kid who was raised in an adobe house in San Elizario, Texas and I have music to thank for it. Most musical careers reach their peak touring across the globe, recording with Grammy Award-winning artists and making television appearances, but I got to start out that way. Discovered by the American Boychoir School at a choir festival I was sent away from home at the age of ten to train and tour with the professional boychoir in Princeton, NJ until the age of 14.
Boarding school shaped not only my musical abilities but my appreciation and expectation for hard work and musical excellence in all varieties of performance. With such an intense early musical training and later vocal training from the University of Michigan School of Music, I am able to straddle the various identities and demands as a vocalist, composer, actor, songwriter, frontman and recording artist. I guess I’m called a “cross-over artist” As a classically trained tenor I have sung for a myriad of professional music ensembles including the Grammy Award Winning Pacific Boychoir Academy, Grammy Award Winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Clerestory, American Bach Soloists, Volti, Heartland Sings, and more. I was also hand-picked by the composer, Kirke Mecham to premiere the role of Mr. Bingley in his newest opera, Pride and Prejudice, in Davies Symphony Hall and was a vocalist on the Grammy Award Winning Recording, Songs of Innocence and Experience.
One of my proudest moments as a soloist has been touring with my hometown philharmonic to the beautiful Honeywell Center in Wabash, IN. After a satisfying rendition of Mario Lanza’s Oh, Holy Night I looked out to see the full concert house on their feet for a standing ovation in the middle of the concert. That was pretty cool. If you want to hear my close second, check out the sound clip from my 2006 tour to Brazil singing Hey Jude to a full house of screaming teenagers.I’ve toured over 20 different countries and four continents fluidly switching genres and styles and I am probably the only vocalist to have been reviewed both by the San Francisco Classical Voice and the National Rock Review.
“The light sweetness of handsome tenor Fernando Tarango…left me hoping for more.” – SF Classical Voice
“An amazing mixture of creativity and happiness that flows from the stage.” – National Rock Review
As a composer, producer, and songwriter Fernando I have licensed music to MTV, VH1, E! and the Oxygen Network as well as commercial work for brands such as Budlight, Dave and Busters and Proctor and Gamble to name a few. I have also licensed music to shows such as Keeping up with the Kardashians, Road Rules, Bad Girls Club and Love Games ( I had never heard of that show until they licensed my music). As an actor I have performed on national television commercial campaigns for Southern Comfort, Blue Anthem, Jamba Juice and was featured as the on-camera talent performing Just Sing for an Old Spice commercial with my band, The Wickersham Bros.
Like I said, I’ve been able to do some cool things thanks to music. With your support, I hope to do more.
When I’m not in the practice room I’m either teaching voice lessons via Skype or cultivating young artists and musicians on JAM.com, singing at the hospitals for the Parkview Healing Arts program, developing group written songs through the Sing Your Story program or spending time with my family. So that’s a bit about me.
Thank you for reading this far. If you are so inspired to purchase a CD and help me continue on my journey I will be forever grateful. If you would simply like to say “Thank You for Your Work, Fernando…Keep it Up” I am never above a tip, donation or patron. Thank you for your support and if there is anything I can do for you, please let me know.