I'm Cortez, an Italian artist from Rome, known by my real name Alessandro Bagagli for my English production of 7 rock albums: Under the Gun and Magic in the Air (2013), Shouted Songs (2014), Primal Life (2015) , Live & Die (2016), Out in the Nowhere (2017) and Highways & Cigars (2018).


I was born as a guitarist and am now a multi-instrumentalist and independent composer.


I started in 1994 with PolyGram / Mercury under the stage name Alex Baggi and an Italian rock album called Un po 'di Sentimento .


After my experience as Alessandro Bagagli, I started a collaboration with artists from all over the world and in 2019 I released two projects under The Eve brand, The Eve and Entropy and a single, I'll Make it Up for You . At the end of this experience, I wanted to start a new musical journey.


I changed my name to a new stage name, Cortez and in 2020 I released two brand new works in Italian, two rock albums called Poeta di Strada and Nel Colore della Notte .


My musical journey has no rules of musical style. I write and do what I like. So, again in 2020 I released a new funk and soul disco album Come to Poppa , a tribute to Studio 54 's disco funk music of the seventies. In February 2021 Souled was released , an album with strong soul funk tints.


Then I went back to where it all began. I played in hard rock and heavy bands. I was a singer. That's how I started. I was young and my room was full of vinyls and posters of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, UFO, Free ... and on June 4th 2021 I paid tribute to my old passion for hard rock with the release of my new album Through Death Valley & Nowhere .

My journey also pushed me to the coast of California, on a psychedelic trip that draws inspiration from bands and artists such as The Byrds , Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and George Harrison .

A rebirth that led me to new destinations full of creativity and peace, with  Rise Again, released on October 7th .

For Christmas I decided to return to rock in Italian with the album Domani Cambio Nome .

As I promised to my Italian friends and friends, in fact, after two years I went back to writing and publishing in Italian. It is a rock album, with dark hues, a little reflective. Time to take stock? I do not know. Certainly of rebirths and new challenges. Like the phoenix, given the current times, I think we can all find ourselves looking at each other in the face in a mirror, wondering what we have become and perhaps still remembering who we wanted to be.  

In March 2022 there was a country turn with  Train a Coming, my album released on March 4th. June 21 will mark another step in the Italian artist's discography, with the release of Modern Blues , on presale from May 20.  




In this section you can download Cortez's press kit prepared for media relations and the press  and read the articles about the Italian artist published to date.

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