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José L. Hernández (Born August 27, 1958 in Mexicali, Baja, California.)
Jose is the youngest of eight children (Esteban and Maria Eva Hernández, parents). He is the founder of Mariachi Sol de Mexico and Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, America's first all-female professional mariachi ensemble.
He has worked with many famous musicians in Latin music, including Selena, Luis Miguel, Linda Ronstadt, Vicente Fernández and Lola Beltrán.
He is a renowned mariachi leader in the United States and is recognized internationally as an innovative force behind mariachi music in the last thirty years, both musically as well as in mariachi education.
José immigrated to the United States when he was four years old and spent his youth growing up in Pico Rivera, California. He began to sing at four and play trumpet in his school's music program at age ten. His interest in music eventually led him to study arranging and composition at the Grove School of Music in Hollywood 1979 to 1982.
Established in 1986, Hernández is owner of the nightclub Cielito Lindo Restaurant in South El Monte, California.
In 1991 José founded the Mariachi Heritage Society, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to teach mariachi music to children. Over 7,000 young people have been served through this successful music program.
He married Teresa Alicia in 1979, who have four children: Karina born in 1986, Melody born in 1991, and their twins Cristian and Crystal born in 2000. His daughter Melody is following in her father's footsteps pursuing a career in music.
He received a Grammy nomination in 2001 for Tequila con Limon. Among others, he has arranged and produced recordings for Vikki Carr, Jose Feliciano, and Shaila Durcal
José Hernández serves as a Mariachi Education Consultant to Music Education Consultants, Inc. Through the Conn-Selmer Company, Jose has developed the Bach Stradivarius Trumpet LR19043B, released at the NAMM Show in January 2013. Since 2012 he is part of the Summer Institute for performers.
Mariachi Sol de Mexico continues to tour and have performed throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Jose Hernandez and his Mariachi Sol de Mexico have been included on film scores for Seabiscuit, The Wonderful Ice-Cream Suit (1998), Old Gringo (1989), American Me (1992), Don Juan de Marco, A Million to Juan (1994), Glory Road (2006), Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008, 2011, 2012) and Rango (2011).