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If you've seen the Oscar-winning film Searching for Sugarman, based on the legendary musician Rodriguez, you've asked yourself: "How is it possible that he really was, a complete unknown?"
Many in publications, including The Onion's A.V. Club, The New York Times, and BMI Indie, have been asking the same question about Alfonso Velez. Despite his relative obscurity, here is a musician who's embarked on a remarkable journey; converting audiences nationally and overseas, remaining prolific, yet just out reach of the spotlight. It might very well be that Velez prefers the anonymity, allowing him to privately catalogue his experiences in cities like New York, Moscow, and Barcelona. He's been leaving the rest of us talking, and agreeing with music journalist Justin Colletti's experience at a recent performance: "Alfonso Velez is a rare and stunning find. I found myself slack-jawed, remarking aloud: 'Wow. Dude can sing.'"
"Completely Stellar! It's a wonder how Alfonso Velez has yet to break through to the masses."
- The Onion's A.V. Club
"You know, people see the name Alfonso Velez on a billboard and they come in expecting a very different sort of musician, but it's high-def songwriting, way up there with Elliott Smith and Paul Simon."
-John Schaffer, WNYC Soundcheck
"Songwriting doesn't get stronger than that."
-David G Robbins, Their Bated Breath
"His gift for poetry is clear and evident."
"He is a world-class performer, one hell of a singer, undeniable, timeless and scary good."
-Fernando Otero, Grammy Award Winner, Nonesuch Records
"This is damn good music. People tune in, Alfonso Velez is the real deal."
-New York Music Daily
"Amazing. Whatever the reason for his relative obscurity, Velez remains astonishingly prolific"
"Alfonso Velez is a stunning and rare find. I found myself slack-jawed, remarking aloud: 'Wow. Dude can sing.' Songs here feel like real performances, unfolding stories that sound refreshingly human and open up over time."
-Justin Colletti, Music Journalist WFMU, The New York Times, Sonic Scoop