José L. Hernández Born August 27, 1958 in Mexicali, Baja, California, Jose is the youngest of eight children (Esteban and Maria Eva Hernàndez, parents). He is the founder of Mariachi Sol de Mexico http://www.soldemexicoonline.com/josebio.html and Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles® http://www.reynadelosangeles.com/biopdf.html —America’s first all-female professional mariachi ensemble.He has worked with many famous musicians in Latin music, including Selena, Linda Ronstadt, Vicente Fernández and Lola Beltrán.He is perhaps the most famous Mariachi leader in the United States and is recognized internationally as the most innovative force behind mariachi music in the last thirty years. José immigrated to the United States when he was four years old (1962) 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, Hernàndez is owner of a very successful nightclub—Cielito Lindo Restaurant in South El Monte, California.1991 - http://www.mariachiheritagesociety.com/ Jose founded the Mariachi Heritage Society, a 501c3 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.1979 - Married. Teresa Alicia. Four children Karina born in 1986, Melody born in 1991 and twins Cristian and Crystal born in 2000. His daughter Melody is following in her father’s footsteps pursuing a career in music in New York City 2013.José L. Hernàndez and his Mariachi Sol de Mexico® have a biography and history as rich and colorful as mariachi music itself. www.soldemexicoonline.com A proud fifth generation mariachi musician, Maestro Hernandez’ mariachi roots trace back to 1879 to the birthplace of mariachi, the State of Jalisco, Mexico.Ever since he founded Mariachi Sol de Mexico® in 1981, Jose Hernandez has gone on to break countless barriers in the world of mariachi music and is recognized as having turned the genre into the international sensation it is today.Jose Hernandez is the first mariachi musician to have arranged, composed and conducted for numerous international symphony orchestras. His platinum selling Mariachi Sol de Mexico® became the first mariachi ensemble to be nominated for a Grammy 2001 Tequila con Limon CD & 2007 Anniversary CD. Among others, he has arranged and produced recordings for Vikki Carr Youtube Video Link 2012, Jose Feliciano, and Shaila Durcal.Jose Hernandez is shaping the world of Mariachi Education through a number of partnerships. He serves as a Mariachi Education Consultant to Music Education Consultants, Inc., and in this capacity, guides and assists educators and school districts alike in the implementation and development of quality, standards-based Mariachi Programs. West Music Company, based in Coralville, IA, is the sole distributor of his student and professional Signature Series lines of vihuelas and guitarrones which have become the new standard for these indigenous instruments. Through the Conn-Selmer Company, Jose has developed the brand new, highly acclaimed Bach Stradivarius Trumpet LR19043B. Released at the NAMM Show in January 2013 http://www.hollywoodtoday.net/2013/01/29/namm-2013-mariachi-festival-and-workshop-to-promote-and-advocate-for-mariachi-programs-in-schools/, this instrument has been hailed as a revelation in the industry by numerous artists representing a variety of genres from Jazz to Classical. The Spring of 2013 will see the release of a series of five arrangements for Beginning Mariachi Ensembles through his partnership with the Hal Leonard Company .2012 Mariachinationals Jose Hernandez’ Mariachi Nationals and Summer Institute for performers from throughout the world who seek to enhance their own playing skills through study with the famed members of Mariachi Sol de Mexico®.Mariachi Sol de Mexico® continues to travel the world as Ambassadors of mariachi music having performed to sold-out audiences throughout the world including Spain, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Mexico, China, and even North Korea. Soldemexicoonline.com Jose Hernandez has performed for five U.S. Presidents: Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.October 2001: Jose Hernandez recognized as one of the top 100 most influential Latino’s in America.Jose Hernandez and his Mariachi Sol de Mexico® are an undeniable institution in the world of mariachi music. They continue to leave an incredible legacy through many of their recordings as well as their contributions to Hollywood, including film scores for Seabiscuit movie released July 25, 2003 IMDB Link (soundtrack 2003 IMDB soundtrack), the wonderful ice-cream suit 1998 IMDB Old Gringo October 6, 1989 IMDB, American Me 1992, Don Juan de Marco 1995 Don Juan DeMarco Wiki Link, A Million to Juan 1994 IMDB Link, Glory Road 2006, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2008, 2011 Youtube Link and 2012, Rango 2011 Wiki Page for Rango 2011 Film IMDB.It has been well documented throughout the mariachi world that Jose Hernandez and his Mariachi Sol de Mexico® are not only responsible for setting a new standard for all mariachi ensembles today, but also for immortalizing this wonderful, passionate music.