Be sure to tune in to the new season (Season 12) of American Idol. Jeanne Jakle’s Jan. 15th column in the San Antonio Express-News quotes producer Ken Warwick as saying “There was a great mariachi singer and she’s fabulous,” he says. “She was a dark-haired beauty. She sang great, she looked great, a real star.” Very exciting. We could see another mariachi vocalist on a mainstream American television reality show – the largest of them all. Sebastien De La Cruz was the first mariachi vocalist to climb to the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent last year. He opened the doors for mariachi vocalists and helped introduce TV reality show viewers to the world of mariachi music. This is great news for our young phenomenal talent in South Texas and Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza participants! Much luck to all those who auditioned. Can’t wait to see the San Antonio auditions which should be airing in a couple of weeks. Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/entertainment_columnists/jeanne_jakle/article/A-songstress-could-reclaim-Idol-crown-this-4196012.php#ixzz2IXtOFwwN.
Please make note: as a mariachi performer and educator for over 35 years it is important to clarify that there is no such thing as a “mariachi singer” or “mariachi vocalist”. When a solo singer performs within this tradition in Spanish they are referred to as “cantante ranchera”; in English, that would be a “ranchera singer”. The uniforms can be similar but is still considered a very different tradition. please reference the following from my mariachi education website:
I am currently musical director of Mariachi Mujer 2000 and a lecturer in Mariachi ensemble at UC Riverside.
Entry on the word mariachi
from The Latino Encyclopedia.
(New York: Marshall Cavendish Corp, 1996)
Article by Jonathan D. Clark
(1) A specific type of Mexican musical group or ensemble. (2) An individual musician in a mariachi group (synonym: mariachero). (3) An adjective denoting a genre or style related to the mariachi, e.g., mariachi music, mariachi trumpet. Since the 1930s, the mariachi has been widely considered the quintessential Mexican folk-derived musical ensemble, and has become an institution symbolic of Mexican music and culture. Mariachi groups are currently found throughout the Americas and in Europe.
He is considered the foremost expert on the history of mariachi music in the United States.
There is no “mariachi vocalist”. Its called ranchera singer!!!!!!!!
THIS IS NOT MARIACHI, PEOPLE. MARIACHI IS THE ENSEMBLE AND THE MUSICIAN INSTRUMENTALIST WHO PERFORMS ON VIOLIN, TRUMPET, GUITARRON, VIHUELA AND GUITAR, SOMETIMES HARP. THE SOLOIST SINGER IS REFERRED TO AS A RANCHERA SINGER, WHICH CONES FROM A DIFFERENT PERFORMANCE PRACTICE. PLEASE STOP AND TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN.