AJ Castillo is the hottest new artist to burst on the scene in 2009. He has been in the tejano industry for several years as a musician. Having lent his musical talent to many of the top tejano artists through countless studio recordings and performances, AJ is known for his unique accordion sound and style, and his larger-than-life custom accordions. He now feels it is time to step to the front of the stage and has embarked on a new journey as a well-known accordionist, singer, performer, and producer with the release of his critically acclaimed debut CD “Who I am”. With one of the best CDs to be released in 2009, he has introduced a fresh new sound that expands the boundaries of accordion music and has helped energize the tejano scene.
AJ is a native of Austin, Texas, and is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio. He started playing the accordion at the age of 10 and began his professional music career at 13. Today, at the age of 23, and at the beginning of his solo career, the Tejano industry is recognizing the buzz surrounding this young talented musician. In a short period of time, he has accomplished many great things: the Academy of Tejano Artists and Musicians has nominated him for the best accordionist category for the past two years; he has released his first CD “Who I am”; was asked to perform at the 2009 Tejano Music Awards; and has received airplay on many Tejano stations across the nation, including stations that are reluctant to play music from new artists. Most recently, AJ released an official video for his hit single “Todo me gusta de ti”, produced by Jorge Flores of Graphic Studio Music, Inc. he was also been chosen to kick-off the 2009 Tejano Music National Convention in Dallas, Texas.