Before Jesús Mendoza became one of the brightest new faces in Latin music, his first goal as an entertainer was to payback his mom the $200 he owed her. She'd lent it to him just days before his first gig to make his debut recording, which he made at a friend's home studio. It wasn't much, a CD full of traditional Mexican cover songs, but it was enough to use for merch at a show inside a local restaurant in his hometown of San Clemente, singing on a small karaoke stage.
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Raised in one of the whitest cities in OC, you don't see too many young musicians aspiring to sing Regional Mexican music. Yet when Mendoza puts on his tejana and opens his mouth to sing, people respond. By the end of the gig, he'd made enough to pay mom back plus walk away with $400 of his own, just from album sales.More »