Cristóbal Heredia Amaya “Cristo Heredia”, is a flamenco singer from Almeria born on December 5, 1990 in the neighbourhood of Pescadería La Chanca. He is member of a saga of flamenco singers and composers: son of the singer and composer Juan Heredia “The Hercules” and grandson of Juan Heredia “The Pirri”, also a flamenco singer. Therefore, his family environment has always been formed by flamenco influences both by friends and his family, in whose meetings he used to sing.
From a very young age, at the age of 14, Cristo decides to become a professional and joins together with his father in the flamenco formation “Querando drom sexteto”.
At the same age he formally made his debut at the Festival de Fondón (Almería), collaborating in a group with maestro Tomatito. Since then, it is usual for great artists to request their presence in shows at local and national level to be part of their companies, among which the names such as Niño Josele, La Lupi, Juan de Juan and a long line etc. stand out.
Shortly after turning 19, the master PACO DE LUCIA noticed him and requested his presence during the “Good Things” tour.
At the age of 16 years, he obtained several first prizes in the contest for singers under 30 years in Calasparra (Murcia) at national level, in the categories of cantes de seguiriya, soleá, and cantes of rhythm.
One year after, he won the second prize as a singer in the competition Prize Antonio Fernandez “Fosforito” in all the modalities or flamenco styles.
That same year he got the 4th position in a national singing competition held in Ejido (Almería) for all ages, being the youngest of the contest.
After the achievement of these prizes Cristo started to be requested to do recitals for the clubs and festivals of Almeria, Andalusia and Spain.
Outstanding solo performances
Festival San Juan Evangelista (he is the youngest singer of the festival, only 17 years).
Festival Cajamadrid, for 2 consecutive years.
Great festival of great cante in Almería
Gran Teatre El Liceu (Barcelona)
Festival of Fondón, Almería (opening of Tomatito and José Mercé)
Diquela Festival sharing a poster with the flamenco dancer “Juan de Juan”
Festival “Nights of the Moon” Castle of San Felipe (Almería)
Flamenco circuit of the IEA at the Complutense University of Madrid, Alcalá de Henares and Valladolid.
“Amonos pal Flamenco” Circuit (Jaén, Andalusia)
Flamenco Festivals of Santa Lucia de Cartagena (Murcia)
Recitals for clubs all over Andalusia:
Taranto de Almería, El Morato (Almería), Ciego de la Playa (Almería), La Algaba (Sevilla), El Arriero (Almeria), Paterna de la Rivera (Cádiz), Íllora (Granada) Martos (Jaén), Los Romeros Jaén), La Malagueña (Málaga) Flamenco Peña El Dorado (Barcelona), among many others.
Accomplishments as accompanying singer in first level festivals
He has been part of the group of guitarists Niño Josele with whom he has toured flamenco and jazz festivals in Spain and Europe:
Flamenco Festival of Nimes (France)
Festival of Paris (France)
Festival Bolzano (Italy)
Neuchâtel Jazz Festival (Switzerland)
Flamenco Festival Tirana (Albania)
Festivals in Spain such as Fuenlabrada Festival, XX Bankia Festival, Festival Feria Almeria, Festival Womad festival 2014, Festival Diquela, etc…
He is usually requested as a singer for accompanying important flamenco dancers of the local and national panorama such as:
Festival Lyon (France) with Ana Alonso
Festival Fair Almeria with Ana Alonso
Festival “Suma Flamenca” Madrid with Juan de Juan
He is assiduously requested by the flamenco dancer Susana Lupiañez “La Lupi” performing in festivals like:
Festival of Guaro (Málaga) in several editions
Flamenco Thursdays of La Caixa (Málaga)
Peña Flamenca Ciego de la Playa (Almería)
International Festival of Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA) 2014 with the show “RETOrno”
Festival of the Villa (Madrid) Gardens of Sabatini forming part of the show “The Art for the Front” 2014 next to Lupi, Angel Rojas, Antonio Canales and Pol Vaquero.
He has collaborated on flamenco guitarist Amós Lora’s last album recording several songs and as a chorus player in a song from the last album of the Singer Guadiana in which Mater Tomatito also plays.