Roberto Tapia is an American singer of Mexican ancestry. Tapia was born in San Diego, California, but raised in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. Tapia has become a well known singer within the Regional Mexican genre and in August 2012, his album El Muchacho hit #1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart. Tapia is also one of the three coaches on La Voz Kids (The Voice Kids), a Spanish-language version of The Voice created specifically for American Spanish-speaking children on the Telemundo Network.
Hailing from Sinaloa, Tapia's parents migrated to the United States before his birth. Tapia was born in San Diego, California but soon after his family decided to re-establish themselves in Mexico. Tapia spent much of his youth in Culiacán in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, where, at the age of 9, he applied and was accepted to the prestigious Difocur School of music in Culiacan, now known as the Instituto Sinaloense de Cultura (ISIC). While at the Difocur School, Tapia specialized in clarinet, but through his interest in music, expanded his expertise to guitar and percussion instruments. During this time, Tapia gained public playing experience by performing with acts such as the Symphony of Sinaloa.
At the age of 13, the Tapia family migrated back to the United States. Reluctant to perform publicly early on, Tapia was later convinced by family and friends to perform at local venues such as dance halls and receptions. Before being signed to a professional label, Tapia would go door to door at record shops in an attempt to sell his recordings on his own. At the age of 17, Tapia made his professional debut performance in Tijuana, Mexico alongside fellow Sinaloense artist, El Lobito de Sinaloa. Tapia was signed to the record company Sony International and began putting together his first album, blending his regional Norteña music with hints of electronica and hip hop.
Roberto Tapia has performed in such noteworthy venues as the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California, and the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.
He has also made televised appearances the on Latin Billboard Awards, LATV, and Universal Music Latino.
In 2011, Roberto Tapia made an appearance at the Plaza Mexico in Lynwood, CA to celebrate Mexico's Independence.
In honor of his hometown, Roberto performed at El Palanque Culiacán to celebrate the Feria Ganadera de Culiacán (Culiacán Cattle Fair), an annual traditional festival celebrating the Mexican Revolution, where everyone shares music, culture and food.
La Voz Kids
In 2013, Tapia starred as one of the three coaches in the television singing competition La Voz Kids (The Voice Kids), aired on Telemundo. He described La Voz Kids as one of the most important projects of his career. Tapia wanted to share his experiences and struggles as a young kid attempting to make it in the music industry with the children competing on the show.