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- January 17, 2013
Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil – four friends have joined forces to form Cruz (Enrico Minelli, Jose Rondo, Filipe Pampuri, Daniel Pampuri), a soulful rock band with a modern edge. Their first album was put together in a week at Daniel and Filipe’s studio in Brazil. The band completed their initial recordings, packed their bags and traveled all the way to Los Angeles to work with the award winning Producer/Mixer Jay Baumgardner.
Shortly after arriving, the members of Cruz impressed Jay Baumgardner with their talent, energy, alluring vocals and exceptional sound. They were signed to his label and management company, NRG Artists. They scrapped the first cut of the album and re-recorded a few old songs and began writing and recording a new album in the famed NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood with Jay Baumgardner which was released late 2011 as an exclusive Brazil release. Early 2012, Cruz released their EP in the US which was recorded and mixed by Jay Baumgardner.
Cruz has played at major music festivals such as
the SWU music festival in South America and the SXSW music festival in Texas.
Recently, Cruz impressed their fans with a two month tour playing sold out
shows across Brazil. They have returned to the US to satisfy their US fans with
a 3 month tour run from Los Angeles to New York playing with amazing bands such
as Alice in Chains, Megadeth, Alien Ant Farm, P.O.D., Accident Experiment and
coming soon a run with Otherwise.