The moment regional Mexican singer/songwriter Gerardo Ortiz stepped onto the red carpet at the Billboard Mexican Music Awards 2013, it was clear the fans in the stands came to see their idol as the decibel levels in their screams could be heard down the street on Hollywood Boulevard.
For Ortiz, who now holds the career record for most trophies won at the awards show with 17 wins, it's all part of his lifelong dream of working in the music business, which started when he was a child.
"I started [singing] when I was 8-year-old in Sinaloa," Ortiz said backstage during the Billboard one-on-one interviews. "I never thought I was gong to be over here winning some Billboard awards."
During the interview Ortiz performed a portion of one of his most recent hits, "Damaso." He also talked about mounting a major tour in Mexico next year and being a highly sought-after songwriter by artists he's admired through the years.
"It feels great," Ortiz says, who recently celebrated his 24th birthday. "I've been working all of my life to get to this part. Now they [other established artists] want to work with me [and] this is great for me."
Ortiz is currently in the studio recording a new album, which promises to include corridos, ballads, rancheras, cumbias and "a little surprise," the crooner says.