Orlando Salinas was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. Heavily influenced by his father's poetry writing, Orlando began composing his own poems at the fresh age of fourteen. Soon after, Orlando became smitten with the guitar and immersed himself in learning how to play. Classical training opened the door to Spanish rhythms such as flamingo, bolero, and cumbia, as well as to American rock and pop. When Orlando was only seventeen years old, he had already written his first song. As of today, he has authored over 150 songs, has won several song writing contests, and has had two songs in the top ten in markets throughout the US. Additionally, people all over the world have enjoyed Orlando's music through his website.
Orlando's first experience as a musician actually came in the form of touring the US with a country band. This venture enabled him to develop his stage presence and to experience the day-to-day grind of life on the road. As the group's crooner, the young Latin artist showed tremendous potential, which inspired the band’s manager to hand him, the lead position in the group. The move paid off, especially in the band's popularity with women, who were quite obviously enthralled with Orlando's provocative voice and inviting aura on stage.
Since songwriting was still his first love, Orlando entered several song-writing contests and achieved even more success. In Billboard's annual contest, he won 3rd place in the Latin category in addition to four other honorable mentions. In the Texas Grammy Association contest, his Spanish demo was picked in the top 20 in spite of some 800 participants. Later, he was invited to Miami for the preliminaries of Spain's prestigious Benidorm International Song Festival during its 37th annual edition.
Latin songwriting first became a part of Orlando's many skills while traveling and honing his musical abilities with a now obscure cover band. The group's drummer asked Orlando to write Spanish lyrics to his early English compositions. Orlando quickly became proficient at it, formed a new band called Filo, and embarked on a new journey.
This venture took him to California, Mexico, and throughout Texas. Orlando had top-ten hits and performed with such popular artists as Alvaro Torres, Angelica Vale, Fobia, Victimas del Dr. Cerebro, La Sonora Dinamita, MDO, Kumbia Kings, Emilio, Jay Perez, and Hombres G.
Television appearances naturally followed, and included shows with stars like Little Joe and Johnny Canales. WFAA, Channel 8 in Dallas, aired the story of Orlando's music and his band on a TV show called "La Vida."
The Dallas Morning News and another newspaper from the south Texas valley wrote features about Orlando's group and its success during this era. Frequent radio airplay could be heard on many stations, such as KHDC 90.9 FM in Salinas, CA, KYST 920 AM in Houston, TX, KRVA 106.9 FM in Dallas, TX, WIUS 1570 AM in Bloomington, IN, and KPFA 94.1 FM Berkeley, CA.
Orlando's band was praised with rave reviews such as...
"Filo inspira visions y pasiones entre sus arreglos insuperables. Con su inigualable instrumentacion y su don de poesia realizada acualmente con inteligencia y carisma personal." - El Sol De Texas
"The original sensual music and smooth style is sure to propel Filo to stardom." - The Grayson Group
But amidst stardom, Orlando has seen tough times too. In the recent past, he has had to deal with pain and loss in his personal life. Tragically and untimely, Orlando lost his brother to AIDS. Shortly thereafter, his father was a victim of a fatal heart attack, and a mere eight months later, his mother was claimed by ovarian cancer. Suffering heartbreak made Orlando understand and appreciate life in a deeper way, and this evolution is prominently reflected in the maturity and grace of his most recent work.
Today, Orlando has joined forces with the multi-talented and experienced producer/composer Amin Emam, who produces and scores motion pictures for Media World and Norris Family Films. Together with co-songwriter Sammy Echeverry, they have crafted Orlando's first solo album. Now, with future hit songs and great market appeal, Orlando is well on his way to achieve massive success throughout the globe. Stay tuned!