Ever since he bursted onto the Latin music scene in 1995, San Antonio native Jonny Martínez has been the guy with the best attitude, the most positive outlook, with the party-heartiest songs and a boundless enthusiasm for the music he loves.
Now, he’s looking back at his first 16 years as one of Tejano music’s most congenial and hardworking talents in the industry.
Lo Mejor de Jonny Martínez really does “greatest-hits” right. This album is packed with 21 tracks, including many originally heard on Jonny’s studio albums Caminos Chuecos (1995), Ron con Coca-Cola (1998), Mujer Mexicana (2000), and La Callejera (2003).
Plus, there’s a new single, “Para Que Quiero tus Besos,” a duet with one of Tejano’s great Eddie González. Jonny also wrote the new cut “Mi Florecita,” and re-recorded “Rosa María” with his young son John Michael, Currently Martinez is getting ready to release his 6th project this summer.
Lo Mejor de Jonny Martínez includes the songs that made him a sensation both in the U.S. and in Mexico starting in 1995 – hits like the block-rocking cumbia “El Ritmo de la Ola” and the down-and-dirty conjunto jam “Caminos Chuecos.”
Other memorable hits on Lo Mejor de Jonny Martínez include the fun, classic title track from Ron con Coca-Cola and “Mujer Paseada,” a fiery ranchera from Mujer Mexicana. There’s also “Cumbia de la Guitarra,” a great cut from La Callejera that Jonny co-wrote with award-winning songwriter Art Guillermo.
Coming full circle, Jonny has performed in Monterrey, Mexico, a city of 3 million known as “the capital of norteño music,” but whose music scene has for years, appreciated and been influenced by Tejano as well.
Many had been asking what had happen to Jonny because he hadn’t been performing with his group for more than 3 years and soon those questions were erased when they saw Jonny singing for Los Desperadoz on many occasions. Jonny took a step back to help out Lead Singer Lee Villarreal when he underwent surgery and needed time for recovery. “It was an absolute honor to sing for Lee and help out in any way I could. I’ve always loved the songs the Despoz have recorded in the past.”
Jonny Martinez has produced or co-produced for Artists like Flaco Jimenez, Nick Villarreal, The Hometown Boys, Los Desperadoz, Eddie Gonzalez and Rebecca Valadez. He’s had the privilege to record acts like Jay Perez, Elida Reyna, Ram Herrera aside from other indie projects. He is also the founder of ZAGA Entertainment, which produces the Tejano Vegas Showcase, and many other events throughout the year. Jonny has been a part of 4 Grammy Nominations including one for his Label AMI Records, AMI Studio and Co-Produced with Art Guillermo in 2006 for a nomination of The Best Tejano Album of the Year for Rebecca Valadez. Up to date, Jonny Martinez has been nominated 4 times as either co-producer, songwriter, duet singer, AMI label owner or engineer thanks to Ram Herrera and Sunny Sauceda under Tejas Records and AMI Records.
An MBA graduate of University of Phoenix and BA graduate of Missouri Valley College, Martinez has contributed solely to the Tejano Industry. Jonny is a multifaceted talent who is not only a great artist, but is also one of Tejano music’s brightest moguls. Jonny is the founder of AMI Records, whose roster of young artists includes the Latin Grammy-winning former Mazz vocalist Rebecca Valadez, Thoze Guyz , Crystal Martinez and Linna Y Estilo. Booking email or number at firstname.lastname@example.org at 210-897-3399.First single "Esa Morenita" gets the groove going with vallenato beats and a frenetic accordion solo. The track is already top 3 at several West Texas stations.
Released on AMI Records, La Callejera also contains 4 rancheras, a bolero and a polka. On rancheras such as Valerio Longoria's "Ojitos Verdes" and Cornelio Reyna's "Ni Los Pleitos," Jonny returned to his conjunto roots and achieved his most hardcore sound yet.
Jonny produced the CD, exercising a degree of creative control unprecedented in his career. Tejano Music Awards Songwriter of the Year Arturo Guillermo co-wrote two cuts and produced the vocals.
Touring extensively in the U.S., Jonny saw firsthand how crowds have been responding to the Colombian cumbia sound. "If I'm going to play it, I might as well write it," he reasoned, and he set out to create some cumbias that showcase his knack for rhythm and his trademark sense of humor.
With their charisma and enthusiasm, not to mention their aggressive style of playing, Jonny Martinez y Grupo Bravo quickly convert crowds into loyal fans. The youngest of four siblings, Jonny grew up surrounded by music--his father, Anselmo "Chemiro" Martinez, was a popular Orquesta Tejana artist in the '60s and a 1982 inductee into the Texas Talent Musicians Association's Hall of Fame.
After starting out at Missouri Valley College on a football scholarship, Jonny graduated from Missouri Valley College in Dec. 1992 with a bachelor's in mass communication. His family roots are in Morelos, Coahuila, his grandparents' birthplace. Jonny Martinez y Grupo Bravo blasted on to the scene in 1995 with the album Caminos Chuecos, featuring the ranchera title track and novelty cumbia "La Musiquera." They followed that up with the hit ranchera "Chaparrita de Oro" off second CD, Ron Con Coca Cola. Martinez and Arturo Hernandez took creative control for third CD Mujer Mexicana, best known for the fiery ranchera "Mujer Paseada." -Doug Shannon