Maestro José Hernandez and his world-renowned Mariachi Sol de México have been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Music Album for their CD titled Leyendas de mi Pueblo (Legends of My Land). The production is an homage to the great Mexican Mariachi music icons Jorge Negrete, Pedro Infante, José Alfredo Jiménez, Miguel Aceves Mejía, Javier Solís and Vicente Fernández.  The CD was also nominated for a 2018 Latin Grammy. The 2019 Grammys ceremony takes place Sunday, February 10 live from Staples Center on CBS.

Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández
Photo: Camille Tarazon

“We are extremely grateful for this Grammy nomination and recognition of mariachi music,” says Maestro Hernández. “I am a fifth generation mariachi and these musical giants hold a special place in my Mariachi heart. I have dedicated my career to keep the Mariachi music legacy alive throughout the world.”

Maestro José Hernández leads a Master Class during his annual Mariachi Nationals Summer workshops and competition for students.

Leyendas de mi Pueblois comprised of a series of medleys, each a revue of every star’s greatest hits. The music is arranged, directed and produced by José Hernández and performed by Mariachi Sol de México. The CD brings back some of the greatest mariachi hits made famous by these superstars.

José Hernández is a multiple Grammy Award nominee and a master of mariachi music. He is a world-renowned musician, composer and music educator who continues to break new ground in the world of mariachi music. He is founder of the world-famous Mariachi Sol de Méxicoand America’s first all-female professional mariachi ensemble Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles.

José is a fifth-generation mariachi whose passion is to bring mariachi music to audiences around the world. In addition to leading two mariachi ensembles, he works tirelessly to inspire and empower the next generation of musicians through the educational initiatives he has founded: The José Hernández’ Mariachi Nationals and Summer Institute, a mariachi music Summer intensive and competition which brings together some of the country’s top student mariachi ensembles and the Mariachi Heritage Society, which teaches mariachi music and folk dancing to new generations. José is also the Musical Director of many prestigious mariachi festivals and conferences around the world.

José continues to advance the art of mariachi music with daring new compositions and arrangements. He has composed, arranged and provided music for all seventeen Mariachi Sol de México albums. He sings and plays trumpet, violin, guitarrón, and vihuela. He has performed in prestigious venues around the world and recorded with some of the most respected names in the music industry including Selena, Vicente Fernandez, Lola Beltrán, Juan Gabriel, Luis Miguel, Bryan Adams and the Beach Boys.

José’s musical inspirations are rich and diverse, ranging from Agustín Lara to José Alfredo Jiménez. One of José’s proudest achievements is establishing the Sol de México® symphony orchestra, bringing this powerful and vibrant sound to mariachi lovers around the world.