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Bio

I'm Cortez, Italian artist from Rome, known by my real name Alessandro Bagagli for my English production of 7 rock albums: Under the Gun (no longer available) and Magic in the air (2013), Shouted Songs (2014), Primal life (2015), Live & Die (2016), Out in the Nowhere (2017) and Highways & Cigars (no longer available) (2018).


I was born as a guitarist and now I am a multi-instrumentalist and independent composer.
I started in 1994 with PolyGram / Mercury under the stage name of Alex Baggi and an Italian rock album called Un po' di Sentimento.


After my experience as Alessandro Bagagli, I started a collaboration with artists from all over the world and in 2019 I published The EveEntropy and a single, I'll make it up for you with the brand The Eve.

At the end of this experience, I needed to start a new musical journey.


I changed my name to a new stage name, Cortez and in 2020 I released two brand new works in Italian, two rock albums Poeta di Strada and Nel Colore della Notte.


My musical journey has no rules or a specific musical style. I write and do what I like. So, also in 2020, I released a new funk and soul disco album. Come to Poppa,a tribute to the disco funk music of the Seventies and to Studio 54.

 

In February 2021 Souled  came out, an album with strong soul funk overtones.


Then I went back to where it all began. When I was a kid I have played in hard rock and heavy bands, rehearsing in Rome's suburbia. I was a singer. That's how I started. I was young and my room was full of vinyl and posters of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, UFO, Free... on June 4th 2021 I paid homage to my old passion for hard rock, with the release of my album Through Death Valley & Nowhere.


My journey has also pushed me to the California coast, on a psychedelic journey that draws inspiration from bands and artists such as The Byrds, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and George Harrison.
A rebirth that took me to new destinations full of creativity and peace, with Rise Again, released on October 7, 2021.


For Christmas 2021 I went back to Italian rock with the album Domani Cambio Nome, a rock album, with dark and somewhat reflective undertones.


In March 2022 there was a country breakthrough with Train to Coming, an album released on March 4th.

 

June 21 marked another step in my discography, with the release of Modern Blues.


In December 2022 Rock 'n' Roll Packed has been released, an album featuring strong rock and roll hues.

In 2023 And the Rain Was Coming Down and Kaleidoscope Summer have been released.

October 6, 2023 the new country album Heartland Troubadour has been released. December 22, 2023 the funky rock oriented album  Living My Way came out.

 

February 7, 2024 Secrets to Hide will be released. This new work is an intimate, hypnotic and psychedelic journey into rock music and into Italian artist's soul.

© COPYRIGHT 2020 - 2023 - CORTEZ / ALESSANDRO BAGAGLI

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