Claudio Sanchez is a popular American musician who is mostly known as the lead singer and songwriter of Coheed Cambria.
It’s the name of a progressive rock band who incorporates various genres in their music: from pop, heavy metal to hardcore.
Other than being a singer, he is also a writer of comic books and novels. He is a very versatile man with a lot of hobbies, which is something that makes him stand out a lot.
He was born as Claudio Paul Sanchez III on March 12, 1978, in the part of New York called Suffern. It’s a village in Ramapo town, located in Rockland County.
Claudio grew up in a middle – class family and had spent most of his time listening to music and learning how to play the guitar. He said that he tried almost every way out there to become famous and to provide for his family.
He always entertained his family with singing and playing his instruments but they always supported him since they recognized his ambitions and love for music. It was his childhood dream to become a musician.
In his early years, he also loved to read and was a huge fan of comic books which eventually became also his career, other than just music.
He was only seventeen when he became a part of a group called „Shabutie“. He was their lead singer and guitarist. Before becoming a part of Shabutie he was engaged in other groups.
He was one of the members of a group named „Toxic Parents”, together with Travis Stever. He said that all of this ended up being some huge fuss and secret issues, so he decided not to be a part of this for too long.
In 1994 he went to a Pink Floyd concert and it was such an emotional event for him that he always says that this concert changed his life – it was there that he decided that he wants to be a musician.
After leaving the band he formed a group named „Beautiful Loser”- The band consisted of Claudio Sanchez, Travis Stever, Nate Kelley, and Jon Carleo.
The band performed together for just a few months before splitting in the summer of 1995. They have split after arguing about finances. This was a very tough period for all of them, but they had to get out of the toxic mindset already.
After Travis left the band, the other three members formed a new band called „Shabutie“. The name of the band comes from on African chant and it means „naked prey“.
The band went through a phase where they experimented with various styles and played music from punk rock to heavy metal and even funk. They tried a lot of styles, but none were really too prominent.
In 1996 Jon Corleo decided to leave the band which opened a spot for Michael Todd, also known as Mic. He became the band’s bass player, although he was a guitarist.
In 1999, the band released their debut studio demo tape titled „Plan to Take Over the World“, through Wisteria Records.
The second EP was titled „The Penelope“ and was released the same year. After the release of their 2nd EP their former band member Steven returned to the band.
By the end of the year, Kelley decided to leave them and he was replaced by a drummer Josh Eppard.
Their next release was an EP called „Delirium Trigger“ which came out in 2000.
This change resulted in changing the band’s name to „Coheed and Cambria”, which is a term Claudio used in a story he has written earlier in his youth.
In 2002 two bands released their first studio album named „The Second Stage Turbine Blade”, released by Equal Vision Records, The band gained recognition after this album and started touring through the United States.
They later visited Japan and were a part of the Vans Warped Tour for some time.
They were approached by Blaze James, amusic manager, who helped them grow a fan base and managed to get them to perform with several known bands like Linkin Park and Slipknot.
In 2003, Sanchez and his band released their 2nd album named „In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3″.
They made music videos for two singles and they made it to MTV which was a huge success for them.
This led to their new tour, together with popular brands such as Thursday and Rainer Maria.
They also made several appearances on the Vans Warped Tour. This album entered the Billboard chart at No. 52 and was later certified Gold, selling over one hundred thousand copies.
The band released their 1st DVD, which was taken at their live concert in New Jersey in the summer of 2004. It was titled „Live at the Starland Ballroom“ and it came out in 2005.
The band gathered a strong fan base which led them to sign a contract with one of the biggest record labels in the states „Columbia Records“.
Their 3rd studio album was released through this record label and is titled „Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness”. This album went to No.7. on Billboard charts and was sold in over a million-copy.
Claudio did several side projects during his time with the band. He had his own solo project called „The Prize Fighter Inferno” which resulted in his 2006 album „My Brother’s Blood Machine”, released through Equal Vision Records.
The band’s next album was „Good Apollo Volume 2″ and it came out in 2007, landing on No.6. on Billboard charts. The band mostly toured through 2008 and 2009.
In 2009 their 5th album came out under the title „Year of the Black Rainbow“. The following album was a double album and was named „The Afterman“.
The name of the first part was „Ascension“ while the second part was „Descension“.
In 2015 they released a new album „The Color Before the Sun“ and one of the songs on this album was named „Atlas“ which is the name of Claudio’s son.
They released their next album in 2018 titled „Vaxis – The Unheavenly Creatures“. In 2019 they started a tour called „Maps & Atlases“.
Claudio started making comic books in 2000 and he later made a novel which came with their album „Good Apollo, Volume One“.
In 2008 he continued his work in a comic – writing with „The Amory Wars”. It is a series of comic books which speak about the band’s music.
As for his personal life, he is happily married to Chondra Echert since 2003. Their marriage has gone through a lot, but they are sti standing strong.
She is a graduate of Eckerd College and she is currently a writer.
She is a creative director and co-writer in Evil Ink Comics, together with her husband.
She co-wrote the series of comic books called “Key of Z”, “Kill Audio” and “Translucid”.
They met at the backstage of his band’s concert and he was very shy. He gave her his phone number and she decided later to call him.
Claudio gave her his phone number after writing it on a coffee cup and she still has it as a memory on their first encounter.
He proposed to her in 2007 while being on a tour in Japan. They have a son Atlas and live together in Brooklyn.
Claudio is extremely close with his son Atlas and they have the same hairstyle: they both have long hair.
Chondra and Claudio work together on comic books and they own Evil ink, a publishing company that releases comic books.
He is a huge fan of Star Wars and knows every detail about the movies.
Full name: Claudio Paul Sanchez III
Date of birth: March 12, 1978
Birthplace: Suffern, Rockland County, New York, United States
Profession: musician, singer, songwriter, comic book writer, guitarist
Height: 1,80 m
Weight: 70 kg
Net Worth: $3 million