First Internet, now world for sib band

Siblings (from left) Gustavo, 13; Angie, 10; and Abelardo Vazquez, 15, of Vazquez Sounds pose for photos Thursday at their father's office in Mexicali, Mexico.

MEXICO CITY -- Ten-year-old Angie Vazquez has become an Internet phenom belting out a soulful cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep."

In an online video seemingly shot at home, her brothers Abelardo, 15, and Gustavo, 13, play keyboard, guitar and drums.

The video has drawn 20 million views, interviews on Mexico's major TV networks and a mention on Good Morning America. Within weeks of its Nov. 11 posting, Vazquez Sounds signed a contract with Sony Music Mexico. They released their first album this week that includes another Internet smash cover, of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You."

Their nearly overnight success online evokes the saga of Canadian tween idol Justin Bieber, who was discovered after his mother posted online amateur footage of him crooning and strumming.

"We make a lot of videos of a lot of things, but my son Abelardo wanted to record this song and share it with friends and family," father Abelardo Vazquez said by phone from the family's hometown of Mexicali, on the California border. "We really didn't expect the cover to become such a phenomenon on the Web."

Before you call the Vazquez clan Mexico's version of Bieber-mania, consider this:

The elder Abelardo Vazquez is a professional music producer instrumental in creating the sound of Mexican bands such as Reik and Nikki Clan, also from the border.

The videos of Angie and her brothers in their home studio are also professionally produced, mixed and lighted, with slick camera work.

Abelardo Vazquez said he's not driving his kids into the music business, though he said they've had a leg up.

"My kids have had a musical education since they were very young, because I have worked producing groups for many years," he said.

When the video sparked interest in a few million people beyond the Vazquezes' immediate circle, cutting a CD was natural, Vazquez said. He said he has total control over the project, and Sony music is working as a distributor.

"The contract with Sony isn't the traditional type," Vazquez said. "It isn't the typical contract with record companies, in which they used to control the artists' career. This is a family project."

Although Vazquez has had an eight-year relationship with Sony, Roberto Lopez, president of the label, said he and his team were unaware of Vazquez Sounds and first heard the group like everyone else -- on the Internet. Working with such a young group poses challenges and "very strong personal care," Lopez said.

"It is something special because they are children, and we want them to stay in school," he said.

Vazquez Sounds has been invited to perform on TV in the U.S., Italy and England. But they can pick and choose.

"The kids are not obligated to do promotional work like other acts," their father said. "We want them to live a life like any other child their age."