Carlos Avalon's musical education never stops. He's conducted bands, sang at sea and toiled in casino lounges to perfect his craft. He's "Mr. Personality" on stage, but when the lights go down and the music stops, he'll always be the shy young boy singing in his family band.
"THE RECORDING ARTIST"
Musical roots run deep in Carlos Avalon. His father, Eduino Bulcao Avila, and grandfather conducted bands in the gorgeous Azores islands of Portugal. Carlos took up the piano at 6 years old but he wouldn't settle for just playing - two years later, his father began bringing him on stage to conduct his band "Artista Faialense"
The Avila family immigrated to the U.S. in 1966. Two years later, they formed the band Azores 68 - and picked bashful Carlos as their singer. On October 20th (2018) the band reunited to celebrate their 50th Anniversary.
Carlos sings in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and his listeners have compared his vocal style to Paul Anka, Wayne Newton and Jose-Jose - his theatrical piano style to legends like Liberace and Raul Di Blasio.
"THESE 2 GUYS" Jesse & Carlos
DINNER and SONG House Concerts:
Early in 2018, Carlos teamed up with his friend, CHEF, Jesse Krowiak, doing a series of House-Concerts promoting their music and, of course, Portuguese Cuisine.
The Recording Artist
Carlos released his first single "EU SOU AQUELE," in 1973 with Azores 68. His debut solo album, "Carlos Avalon - ONLY ONE" came 10 years later. The song "SONHOS" (Dreamin') dominated his native Portuguese market. The album saw a 2014 CD re-release as "Carlos Avalon - A PLACE CALLED WAIMEA" with an additional track and re-mastered.
Carlos Avalon couldn't stop at just one album. He's also released "Carlos Avalon - LOVING ARMS" and "Carlos Avalon - O PIANISTA/Volume 1" his piano instrumental album and a fan favorite. After a 2014 Christmas album, in 2015, the single "HOW I LOVE YOU" was released and Carlos is currently working on a second "O PIANISTA" volume. The single "I THINK YOU SHOULD KNOW" was also released in 2015. In 2017 ,the Single "O PIANISTA" was released followed by the Single's "UNA NOCHE EN ABRIL" (Spanish) and "UMA NOITE EM ABRIL" (Portuguese). Coming in 2020, the SINGLE "A SONG FOR MOM"(Kenny's Theme) and the duets with RAMANA VIEIRA and ALCIDES MACHADO.
Carlos still remembers his first solo performance in 1974 at the Naniloa Surf Hotel in Hilo, Hawaii. He soon embarked on a demanding tour of lounges in the 1970s and 1980s playing several sets a night to crowds that sometimes included angry casino patrons. That challenging atmosphere taught Carlos to read audiences - a skill he uses to this day.
After nearly 30 years "on the road", in 2001, Carlos took up a long-term contract with the Castlewood Country Club, giving him a chance to perform in the San Francisco Bay area where he grew up. In 2007, he headed to the sea, performing six months a year on Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises. In 2014, he returned to the country club and also performs at Spin-A-Yarn Steakhouse in Fremont, California.
Now, after 40 plus years in the business Carlos is working to achieve a lifelong dream: performing in his birth city of Horta on the island of Faial, Azores, Portugal.
A statement from one of his fans said it perfectly "We love his voice, but it's the Showmanship, Pizzazz and Personality on stage that make Carlos Avalon"