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Larry Hernández is a regional Mexican singer who rose to mainstream success in 2009 with 16 Narco Corridos, a smash hit album of self-written material that he recorded in one day. Born in Los Angeles, CA, he moved at age four with his family to Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico, and grew up there. He began his musical career in a group called Los Amables del Norte. As a solo artist, Hernández released the albums Mil Noches (2002) and Hace un Mes (2008) before rising to mainstream success. 16 Narco Corridos was the album that made him a star. Comprised almost entirely of self-written material, it was recorded in a single day's time and featured vivid depictions of drug trafficking culture. 16 Narco Corridos spawned three hit singles ("El Querendón y Cajetoso," "El Baleado," "Pilotos Canabis") and reached number four on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. The live album En Vivo: Desde Culiacán followed later in 2009 and included some material not found on 16 Narco Corridos. Moreover, the album included a new studio recording, "Carita de Angel," which was released as a single. En Vivo: Desde Culiacán reached number two on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart, giving Hernández two albums in the Top Ten at the same time and confirming his status as one of the year's greatest regional Mexican revelations.
Larry Hernandez (born March 10, 1977) is an American Regional Mexican singer, composer, and television star who was born in Los Angeles, California. His musical influence comes from his family; his grandfather is a musician, as well as some of his cousins and other family members who are also well known artists. Hernandez's biggest influence and idol is the late Chalino Sanchez, but he also feels admiration for many artists and his musical influences have a big range. Hernandez is a multifaceted musician; he is a composer, singer, songwriter, drummer and accordion player. He lived in Los Angeles until he was four when his family moved to Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. He spent most of his adolescence in Culiacán before starting his musical career.Name *. "Larry Hernandez - M&M Group Entertainment Inc". Mm-group.org. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
At the age of four, Hernandez's parents took him to a small town called Pueblos Unidos-Estacion Opispo, in Culiacán, where he grew up for most of his adolescence. At a young age, Hernandez had musical aspirations. At the age of eight, he would compose his own corridos and play them to all of his family members in order to learn from their critiques. Hernandez's musical influence came from his family, but he taught himself how to write and compose songs. To help with his music career, Hernandez attended a music school in Culiacán, where he played for a group of musicians who represented Sinaloa called Los Amables del Norte. He would soon join the band as their drummer. Performing with Los Amables del Norte gave Hernandez experience playing in front of a crowd, but it was his solo career that sparked his fame.Larry Hernández. "Larry Hernández" (in Spanish). PeopleenEspanol.com. Retrieved 2013-06-04. "Free Music Online - Internet Radio". Jango. Retrieved 2013-06-04. Cite error: The named reference mm-group1 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
In 1998, Hernandez conducted his first recordings which were composed of 65 songs in a tribute to Cornelio Reyna. Later, in 1999, Hernandez recorded his first solo album, "Contella Norteña." Afterwards, Hernandez recorded eight more albums; "Mil Noches" in 2001, "El Amigo de Todos" in 2003, "Linda Chuiquilla" in 2004, "Labrinto" and "Arrepiente" in 2005, "Se Busca Cantar Buenos Corridos" in 2006, and "Hace un Mes" and "Dejate Querer Tantito" in 2008. It wasn’t until 2009 when Hernandez’s fame became elevated with his release of "16 Narco Corridos," which only took Hernandez one day to record, hitting the top billboard charts, and reaching the rank of number four on the Billboard Top Latin Albums. After the release of this album, Hernandez's musical career began to rise.
Contemporary (2009 to present)
With the release of the "16 Narco Corridos," Hernandez was catapulted into Latino mainstream music fame. The record sold over 300,000 albums, boosting Hernandez's career. The album was written almost entirely by Hernandez and recorded in a single day. The album features vivid depictions of drug trafficking culture and it reached the top number four spot on Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. His album "En Vivo: Desde Culiacán" followed later in 2009 and climbed to the number two spot on Billboard Top Latin Albums confirming his status as a Latino star. Some people have criticized his lyrics, to which he replied, "My 'corridos' aren't made to start controversy with anyone, they are made to entertain people, so they drink and have a good time. In reality, the economy and the whole world are going through tough times; the only thing I can give people is my talent and a good time so they forget everything and enjoy themselves." Although in his career as a soloist he recorded seven albums without major recognition, his musical catalyst occurred by means of social networking and through viral YouTube response which his fans supported. The public that already knew of him began to talk about him on internet blogs and music based websites, and upload his music videos. With the increase in his following, he was converted into a true Latino music idol. His fame then caught the attention of large music industry record labels and he signed a contract with the transnational record label Universal Music Latin Entertainment which has helped him continue his successful career and led to the transition to other avenues of mass media."Larry Hernandez Bio | Larry Hernandez Career". MTV. Retrieved 2013-06-04. Cite error: The named reference mm-group1 was invoked but never defined (see the help page). "Exclusive: Larry Hernandez Signs With Universal Music Latin Entertainment/Fonovisa". Billboard. 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
On October 7, 2012, Larrymania aired for the first time on Mun2. Larrymania is an original reality TV series that ran for 10 one-hour-long episodes during the 2012 season. Larrymania is intended to capture the world of private entertainer Larry Hernandez as he navigates through his musical career and juggles family life. Larrymania gives Hernandez's fans an opportunity to see how he is able to maneuver his life through the tough obstacles that a music superstar has to undergo. The show has already shown popularity among Hernandez’s fans as it has reached over 58,000 "likes" on Facebook.Episode 1: Meet la Familia HernandezEpisode 2: Mexico Lindo y QueridoEpisode 3: No Such Thing as R&REpisode 4: Larry in the CityEpisode 5: When I Grow Up, I Want to Be Just Like YouEpisode 6: Boys Will Be BoysEpisode 7: Mom is and Always Will BeEpisode 8: Larry, the StarEpisode 9: Larry Rush All OverEpisode 10: Best of Season 1 Business Wire (2012-08-28). "Premiere-Highly-Anticipated-Original-Celebrity". Businesswire.com. Retrieved 2013-06-04. "Larrymania | mun2". Mun2.tv. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
Larry Hernandez has recorded hundreds of songs, but his popularity rose due to his fans internet activity more so than because of his radio listeners. Hernandez has uploaded eight music videos on his YouTube channel (), where he has millions of views. In a profile created for Larry Hernandez on VEVO, one can find eight music videos by Hernandez. The music video "El Baleado," alone has over 12 million views and many more videos surpassing the 1 million view mark.El Baleado (Nov 22, 2009)Division MP (February 10, 2012)Arrastrando Las Patas (January 24, 2011)El Ardido (July 5, 2011)Sin Ganas De Cenar (Version Nortena) (August 21, 2012)Sin Ganas De Cenar (Version Banda) (August 21, 2012)Mas Que Suerte (December 17, 2012)Dame Tu Amor (April 1, 2013).Ojalá Que Te Vaya Mal (March 18, 2014 Cite error: The named reference mm-group1 was invoked but never defined (see the help page). "LarryHernandezVEVO". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2013-06-04. "Larry Hernandez". YouTube. 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2013-06-04.