Son of a Brazilian diplomatic and a Chilean mother, singer/songwriter Joe Vasconcellos lived in several countries around the world, absorbing elements from different cultures. While living in Italy, the artist studied music at Nicolo Paganni's Conservatory, playing percussion when interacting with local musicians. When returned to Chile Joe Vasconcellos joined Congreso, composing one of his most acclaimed songs, "Hijo del Sol Luminoso." In 1989 his first solo album, called Esto Es Solo Una Canción, was released. Combining Latin jazz, contemporary folk, tropical, and Afro-American rhythms, his second album, called Verde Cerca, was issued in 1992. A live album recorded in 1999, released under the name of Vivo, compiled his best compositions.