Luis Cepeda Fernández, (Ourense, August 26th, 1989), also know as, Cepeda, is a Spanish musician, singer and songwriter. He was first discovered as a contestant of “La Voz” (Spanish version of “The Voice”) (2015, TeleCinco) and “Operación Triunfo 2017” (2017-18, La 1) tv talent shows.
Although he has a Degree on Industrial Design, his real passion since a kid is music. But he balanced his studies with his work on several NGOs, putting music aside as a hobby.
His music influeces are Spanish singers as Antonio Orozco, India Martínez or Pablo Alboran, although he is a real fan of English bands and songwriters as John Vesely (Secondhand Serenade) or Linkin Park.
As a songwriter, he never thinks about a specific music genre and follows the feeling of the things he wants to tell. Anyway, if he have to choose his own music genre, his songs can be labeled as Spanish melodic pop.
Cepeda started his career as a public recognized musician, uploading covers from other singers to his YouTube personal channel. One of these covers went viral and encouranged him to try to enter on the Spanish version of “The Voice” talent show. It was the first time he went through a casting process.
His way throgh The Voice was short but he continued with his covers from pop and soul artists. He even publish his firt original song, written by him, “Mi Musa” (My Muse).
In 2017, as he continued his studies, his work in a NGO and his incursions on the music as a hobby, he decided to check on a new casting process to try to participante on the revival of “Operación Triunfo” (Operation Triumph), a very popular Spanish talent show that went into black some years ago due to a loss of viewers.
He didn’t know very much about the talent show as he grew up on a home without television, he only knew that the show combined a regular talent show (weekly shows with contestant eliminations) with a reality show (a 24h channel about the high performance music Academy where all contestans have to live in isolation from the outside world until their elimination from the contest).
After a casting process for about 10.000 candidates, Cepeda was one of the 18 final candidates and, after a specia show, he becomes one of the 16 contestants of 2017 edition “Operación Triunfo 2017“.
He finished ninth on the show after more than 2 months into the Academy but he became quickly one of the most recognizable faces of his edition.