Christopher Vélez Muñoz, born on November 23, 1995, shot to fame when he won the Spanish-language American singing competition series “La Banda.” From there, he became the very first member selected for the boy band CNCO and has stayed with them since. Together, the group has released hit after hit since 2016 and has even won multiple music awards both in the U.S. and in Latin America. The band and Muñoz’s fame have both skyrocketed, and both are ticking every checkbox for fans and audiences alike.
Ever since he was a little kid, Christopher Vélez Muñoz has been interested in music. He planned to study music after school but was forced to let go of the idea due to a scarcity of funds. Muñoz moved to the U.S. from Ecuador when he turned 18, in search of a better future for himself and his family. He took various odd jobs, even shining shoes, to pay his way and contribute to his family’s expenses.
He kept his love for music alive via YouTube, creating a self-titled channel and posting various covers and original music. His channel soon began attracting attention, and his viewer base gradually increased. Then came the opportunity to audition for the Ricky Martin and Simon Cowell-led singing reality series, “La Banda.” The public loved Muñoz’s voice, and he was instantly selected to join the competition. This is also where Muñoz met future CNCO bandmates and fellow “La Banda” contestants Erick Brian Colón, Zabdiel De Jesús, Richard Camacho, and Joel Pimentel. All five were popular with the audiences, but Muñoz was the fan favorite who went on to win the competition. He went from this win onto another almost immediately — CNCO was formed the day of the show’s finale, with a name inspired by the Spanish ‘cinco,’ meaning five. They won a five-year contract with Sony Music Latin, with music producer Wisin producing their first album, and were represented by Ricky Martin.
This strong base and their natural talent helped Muñoz and CNCO rise in popularity almost instantly, and by 2016, they had released a worldwide hit, ‘Reggaetón Lento (Bailemos),’ which was a chart-topper everywhere. The band went on to release other successful albums like “CNCO” (2018), “Deja Vu” (2021), “Que Quiénes Somos” (2019), and others. They’ve also been nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards in 2017, and other awards since then.
Apart from his CNCO responsibilities, Muñoz also spends time working on his solo music and songwriting, which he releases on Spotify, Apple Music, and so on. His popular tracks, including ‘Viveme,’ ‘Say With Me,’ and ‘Contigo,’ have been streamed many times.
Muñoz starts a self-titled YouTube channel, and posts his first video three years later, titled “De que me sirve la Vida - Camila.”
Muñoz is the first winner of the Spanish-American reality singing series, “La Banda”; his band CNCO is formed simultaneously.
‘Primera Cita’ is number one on Billboard’s Latin Rhythm Play and is followed by the group’s debut album, “Primera Cita,” which is a major hit.
CNCO wins ‘Best Song,’ ‘Best Group,’ and ‘Best Pop Album’ at the Premios Lo Nuestro Awards.
Every member of CNCO, including Muñoz, drops news of their latest single, ‘La Equivocada,’ on their social media.
Why We Love Christopher Vélez Muñoz
He first attracted attention independently, then won a major reality series, before becoming a part of a hugely successful music group. He is also songwriting and going solo, putting him in the league of other major stars who have done the same.
His band puts out awesome music
'Reggaetón Lento,' 'Dejaría Todo,' and 'Hey DJ' are just some of CNCO's biggest hits. We can't help bopping to the beat!
Muñoz loves that he's multilingual
He sees his proficiency in English and Spanish as a huge advantage. Together with his band, he tries to get his music out to people of different nationalities, bringing everyone together through music.
5 Surprising Facts
He is the oldest member in CNCO
He's older than Richard Camacho by a year, Zabdiel De Jesús by two years, and Erick Brian Colón by five years.
He’s a rising Instagram star
Muñoz has over 3.1 million followers on his official account, and fans go crazy for his posts, which include sneak peeks into his daily life and routine.
He loves pets
He's got a cat and a dog, who sometimes pop up on his social media.
He's more than his music
Muñoz loves taking pictures, reading, trying out new cuisines, traveling, dancing, and surfing, apart from his passion for singing.
He loves his mom
He often shares pictures of himself and his mom, Yenny Paulina Muñoz Jaramillo, on his social media.
Christopher Vélez Muñoz FAQs
Where is Christopher Velez Muñoz from?
Muñoz was born in New Jersey but moved to his family’s home country Ecuador when he was around two or three years old.
Do CNCO have girlfriends?
The crew of CNCO is notoriously tight-lipped about their dating lives. As per official reports, no band member has confirmed being in a relationship, although Richard Camacho had a child with Instagram model Yocelyn Alexander.
Did CNCO break up?
CNCO is still going strong. However, they have lost one member of their quintet. Joel Pimentel left the group in 2021 to focus on a solo career.
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