José Fernández “José del Tomate” was born in Almería in a family of artists. His father, Tomatito, and his great-grandfather, Miguel Fernández Cortés “El Tomate”, nickname that his grandfather also inherited before him, have been for him an artistic inspiration. He recognizes Sabicas and Paco de Lucía as influences, but above all who has most marked him has been his uncle “El Niño Miguel”.
“Since I was a child in my house I have lived in a flamenco atmosphere and the guitars have always been around me,” says José, who at just 13 years old decided to follow the family trail. With only 19 years he has participated professionally in important stages such as the International Festival of Cante de las Minas, Suma Flamenca of Madrid or the International Festival of Music and Dance of Granada and has accompanied his father on international tours that have led him to play in New York, Miami, Puerto Rico, Boston or Washington.
He has presented his first album “Plaza Vieja” (Universal, 2018), at the hands of the Universal Music Festival, at the Teatro Real in Madrid, last July 2018, and, since then, he has toured countless stages with his Band: Flamenco Festival on Fire (Pamplona), Kölner Philarmonie (Germany), Luz de Gas (Barcelona), Casa Patas (Madrid), Teatro Apolo (Almería), Teatro Central (Seville), etc.
In addition, he is part of the cast on the “De Verdad” tour, a project led by singer José Mercé and guitarist Tomatito, and the “Paco de Lucía Project”, with which he has recently been in the main cities of the peninsula.