Born and raised on the island of Pico, Azores, Chico Avila emigrated to California in 1979. The first eight years of his career were dedicated exclusively to the American music scene which gave him the opportunity to sing throughout California in hotels, resorts, night clubs, county fairs and many other community events and fund raisers.
In 1987, he started to sing to the Portuguese community and recorded his first project in Portuguese. To date Chico has produced and published a total of 24 projects.
Chico has been the recipient of many awards of appreciation given by the Portuguese organizations throughout the world.
He has appeared live on many television networks such as RTP International, RTP1, SIC, FOX TV, and CBS as well as many local TV programs in the different communities.
He also continues to take his music on the well known "Chico Avila Cruises" on the beautiful ships of Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruise Lines and Princess Cruise Lines.