Don Sonero is a lead singer/sonero gifted with the voice and talent that is lifting the genera of Salsa to a new level. He is a lyricist, composer whose original music is a throwback to the past with a fresh, new, modern feel that adds innovative hooks and rhythms and has social messages.
Born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, Gilberto Velazquez was raised in the South Bronx, New York. By age 14, he had started singing Latin music professionally, his first gig as a corista for Fania legend, Pete”El Conde” Rodriguez. Since then he has worked as a vocalist with over fifty different artists including … Eddie Palmieri, Oscar de Leon, Cano Estremera and Andy Montanez.
He is one of the top young lead singers/soneros of the moment, having front-lined in a multitude of Salsa and Charanga bands, including Orquesta Broadway and Son Sublime, on whose album, “Bailando Con Son Sublime”, Gilberto is the featured lead singer. From 2007 – 2010, Gilberto was part of the Salsa Dura band La Excelencia that included two European tours and a special performance at the Barbican and is featured on their second album, “Mi Tumbao Social”. Other lead credits include Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Lebron Brothers, and The Mambo Legends Orchestra.
Currently, he is a featured vocalist for “Our Latin Thing, the Band”, an orchestra that pays tribute to the Fania All-Stars. He is also working on an album singing lead vocals for the legendary Grammy nominated band “New Swing Sextet”. Don is currently adding the finishing touches on his first solo Album … “LA Verdadera Escena”.