Sometimes the finest talent is hidden right in your own back yard, but it takes a Grammy nomination to call attention to it.
Consider this: Mariachi Herencia de Mexico, an ensemble of students from Chicago’s immigrant barrios, has just scored a 2017 Latin Grammy nomination in the category of “Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album” with their CD, “Nuestra Herencia (Our Heritage).”
The Chicago-based ensemble, whose members range in age from 11 to 18 (and were recently headliners at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. for a celebration of Mexican Independence Day), were joined on the album by such guest artists as Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlána (a revered institution in the genre), Sol de Mexico, Los Camperos, and the all-female group, Reyna de Los Angeles, and includes tributes to Mexican music legends Juan Gabriel and José Alfredo Jiménez.
Released on May 17, the album ranked No. 2 in its first week on iTunes’ Latin chart when it was released by the Chicago-based Mariachi Heritage Foundation.