After wrapping up his Hecho en Mexico U.S. tour this week, singer Alejandro Fernández is now delivering more than hit songs. The Latin Grammy winner has donated $100,000 in profits from his tour to Families Belong Together, a nonprofit working to permanently end family separation and detention on the U.S.-Mexico border.
“The impact of my concerts goes beyond the money, the box office, and the sold-out shows,” Fernández told Billboard. “I have always been a very sensitive person to things that happen, especially if it happens in my country. The important thing is to be able to start something and for people to come together, to educate and invite them to support these causes. I see it as giving my audience a little bit of what they have given me.”
Fernández called his Hecho en Mexico U.S. tour “one of the most important tours I have ever had in my career here in the United States.” The tour kicked off on September 10 in Reno, Nevada, and ended on October 24 in Phoenix. It was the first time Fernández sang with his son, Alex, on stage.
“History repeated itself,” Fernández said, referencing the times he would sing on stage with his own father, Vicente. “In fact, Alex was so reserved that I did not contemplate, nor did I know that he wanted to dedicate himself to a musical career. [Singing together] gave me a sense of nostalgia, family, and tradition.”
Hecho en Mexico is also the name of Fernández’s 16th studio album of his career. It was released early last year and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Regional Mexican Albums and Billboard Top Latin Albums charts. Next year will mark the 30th anniversary of Fernández’s self-titled debut ranchera album.