Michel Teló (Medianeira, Paraná, Brazil January 21, 1981) is a Brazilian singer and composer. After being vocalist in various bands, most notably "Grupo Tradição", before going solo. His biggest national and international hit is "Ai se eu te pego!".
From his early years, Teló has dedicated his life to music. His artistic career began in 1987 when, as an eight-year-old, he made his first solo performance in his school choir, singing a piece by Roberto Carlos and Erasmo Carlos. At 10, his musical talent blossomed when his father gave him an accordion. At the age of 12, upon encouragement by neighbors, school friends and his brothers, he formed a young band for playing traditional music, which was called "Guri" and served to strengthen Teló taste in music in a professional organized manner. He was the band's lead singer. Besides his love for the harmonica, Michel also took piano lessons for five years. He was also dancer and played the accordion, harmonica and guitar.
In Grupo Tradição (1997–2008)
In 1997, he was just 16 when he was invited to join "Grupo Tradição" staying with the band for 11 years as lead vocalist until 2008. His career as a singer took off, as he sang the group's biggest hits, like "Barquinho", "O Caldeirão", "Pra Sempre Minha Vida", "A Brasileira" and "Eu Quero Você". During this period he was the front figure for the band, conducting most of the interviews and promotions and when he left, according to Wagner his former producer, it was without generating any enmity or hard feelings because he explained he wanted to pursue a solo career. He was replaced by Guilherme Bertoldo, but the band had lost most of its appeal through his departure and soon members started leaving, not having enough trust in the viability of the band without Michel.
He released Balada Sertaneja in 2009 on Som Livre. It was produced by Ivan Myazato. It resulted in two singles: "Ei, psiu! Beijo me liga", a great commercial success for him and "Amanhã sei lá". The release of the live album Michel Teló - Ao Vivo was an even bigger success and certified gold. This culminated in a huge concert on 16 September 2011 attended by reportedly 50 thousand people in a double ticket including Teló and João Bosco & Vinícius at Terraço Daslu. Throughout 2011 Michel Teló made over 240 shows. According to Forbes magazine, Teló's "Fugidinha Tour" was attended by more tham 17 million people and that he made $18 million in 2011.
Teló also launched two DVDs one containing songs from the 1980s and 1990s, in collaboration with Milionário & José Rico, Bruno e Marrone and João Bosco & Vinícius. The other DVD entitled Michel na Balada contained new songs.
His international fame came from the release of "Ai se eu te pego!", a #1 in many countries including Brazil, Portugal, Spain and Italy, and a charting hit in many others. The song got huge boost in Brazil after Neymar danced to it in a famous video footage of Santos FC players. It is well known Neymar is a favourite player of Michel Teló. The song gained further international attention when Real Madrid's players Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo Vieira danced to it after Ronaldo scored a goal. Since then, the song has been a craze with a big number of soccer players dancing to its tune. (For a comprehensive listing, refer to song page at "Ai se eu te pego!")
Teló announced he was embarking on a tour in the United States to promote the song in an English language version entitled "Oh, If I Catch You!". He is already well known amongst the American Hispanic communities.
Michel Teló is the son of Aldo and Nina Teló both from state of Paraná. His parents owned a bakery and had three children with Michel as the youngest. His brother Teo Teló is a producer, and the other brother Teófilo Teló is a businessman.
Since 2008, Michel Teló is married to Ana Carolina Teló. By 2011, there were rumors that the marriage was in crisis. His press office denied these rumors, adding that he even plans to have a son in 2012.
Although he was born in Paraná, he presently lives in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul. He has an apartment in São Paulo, and has a condo in Passo Fundo in Rio Grande do Sul and is a building partner in Campo Grande in Mato Grosso do Sul, in addition to owning a music publishing company.
Awards and nominations
At the beginning of his solo career, he released his first album titled Balada Sertaneja which was not a big commercial success, but was still nominated in the category for "Musical Revelation of the Year".
However his live album Michel Teló - Ao Vivo was hugely successful and brought him nomination for a Latin Grammy "Best Sertanejo Album".
In 2011 Michel was nominated at the 2011 "Melhores do Movimento Country" for 4 categories: "Best Singer Solo" "Hit of the Year" for "Ai se eu te pego!", "Best CD" for album Michel Teló - Ao Vivo and "Best Show".
Michel was also nominated for four categories in Premio Multishow de Música Brasileira for "Best Singer", "Musical Revelation," "Best Sertanejo Artist" and "Best Music" for "Ai se eu te pego!"
At Prêmio Vagalume, Michel was nominated for "Site of the Year" and "Social Network" awards.
In August 2011, he took part in the 26th edition of Criança Esperança (Children's Hope) charity alongside Leonardo, Zezé Di Camargo & Luciano, Chitãozinho & Xororó and Adair Cardoso. The event was held at HSBC Arena in Barra da Tijuca, in the West Zone of Rio.
In December 2011, he participated in the 13th edition of "Futebol contra a Fome" (meaning "Football Against Hunger") charity at Parque do Sabiá in Uberlândia alongside Daniel Alves, Neymar, Gusttavo Lima and Marrone. The event is organized by the brothers Fernando and Alexandre Pires with the intention of collecting food for needy families. Teló was the top scorer of the match along with Vagner Love with two goals each.