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Alex Fernández Pays Homage to Vicente Fernández With ‘Mi Abuelo Vino a Visitarme’: Watch It Here

Mr. Nimbus | 12/12/2023

Two years after the death of Vicente Fernández, his grandson Alex Fernández wanted to remember him in a special way: with a song that reflects all the feelings of the loss of his greatest ally. Let’s not forget that it was his “Tata,” as all his grandchildren called the ranchera legend, who convinced Alex to dedicate himself professionally to music and put his work team at his disposal — and even got Sony Music Mexico to sign the young singer.

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“Mi Abuelo Vino a Visitarme” (meaning “My Grandfather Came to Visit Me”) was written by Francisco El Gallo Elizalde and Jonathan Vizcarra, and produced by Colombian Yohan Usuga, who got to work with Vicente Fernández. “He told me ‘I didn’t want to leave you, but I don’t want to see you sad/ Remember that your father is there and you promised to take care of him’/ Suddenly I threw myself into his arms and meeting his gaze/ I confessed to him in a low tone, ‘I’m missing you so much’,” Alex sings with gut-wrenching emotion in Spanish over mariachi backing.

The song is accompanied by a music video, directed by Christian Schmid, that was filmed at the legendary Rancho Los 3 Potrillos — owned by the Fernández family outside Guadalajara, Mexico, next to the tomb of the man who remains the greatest singer of ranchera music. The sepia-colored atmosphere and the performance of the youngest member of the singing dynasty resulted in emotional scenes.

“I did it the way he deserves, with his team, and the way I think he would have liked it,” Fernández tells Billboard Español. The visual premieres today (Dec. 12) at 7:00 p.m. ET and can be viewed here:

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The 30-year-old artist has had a busy schedule this year, with solo performances as well as collaborations with his father, Mexican music star Alejandro Fernández. Alex is already working on his third studio album, still untitled, which he plans to release in mid-2024, and which he says will include several collabs, one with his father. Below, he talks with Billboard Español about that upcoming album, and about paying tribute to his legendary grandfather.

Was “Mi Abuelo Vino a Visitarme” a tailor-made track or a song sent to you for the occasion?

I wanted to pay homage to my grandfather but also to have a song dedicated for grandparents; I already wrote one for my father, but in general, nobody writes for those wonderful beings. El Gallo Elizalde sent it to me, he penned it for his father and I liked it very much, but I asked him to adapt it for my grandfather.

Filming by your grandfather’s grave must have been very special.

In the video, we recorded several places on the ranch that were very special to my grandfather, and we included many things that he liked. Every moment was emotional, every detail was taken care of to make a tribute as he deserved.

Was your grandfather’s team closely involved in this project?

Absolutely. My grandfather’s team is also my team — it’s the one I started with — so I wanted to do things the way he would have liked. I wanted to make it very traditional Mexican. I wanted it to be with few instruments, the voice, a guitar and an accordion, with a charro costume, to wear it with a lot of pride and respect.

Alex Fernández, Vicente Fernández and Alejandro Fernández

Alex Fernández, Vicente Fernández and Alejandro Fernández perform onstage during the 20th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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What do you think of the musical changes that have taken place lately in regional Mexican music?

I understand that there must be changes in some things, but I do believe that what is truly traditional, the Mexican music of yesteryear, has been lost. It is good to do new things, but it is necessary to return to the roots.

What’s coming musically in 2024 for Alex Fernández?

Personally I will start the year with the arrival of my new baby [to be named Nirvana], plus a new album in which we will include mariachi, of course, a little bit of country, banda music and different sounds. I want to experiment musically and now I want to do a lot of collaborations. In fact, I am about to record one with my father and I have also talked with Natalia Jiménez. I will start releasing the singles in February. Next year we will combine shows with a lot of promotion and thus continue advancing in my career and improving myself.

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