El Charro de Oro
“I enjoy looking into the audience and making people happy. If I see someone smiling or crying, I know I have touched their heart through my music.” Sebastien De La Cruz
It was mainstream America's first real prime time glimpse into the beautiful music of Mariachi; and it was heard through the voice of a talented Sebastien De La Cruz. During the summer of 2012, the international talent show known as "America's Got Talent" gave national exposure to Texas' very own "golden cowboy," NBC producers along with millions of viewers fell in love with the charismatic and respectful persona of Sebastien.
TV personalities and judges, Howard Stern, Sharron Osbourne and Howie Mandel all agreed that Sebastien is "wise beyond his years." Sebastien, along with Mariachi Charros de Oro, catapulted mariachi music into the national spotlight, performing five times (including three live shows) with over 12 million viewers each performance. America got to hear beautiful renditions of "Besame Mucho," "Granada" and even a mariachi arrangement of "New York, New York."
Sebastien, also gained Worldwide exposer when he performed his rendition of the National Anthem, during two NBA finals games in 2013.
Before Sebastien and his Charros de Oro became a household name, he made his mark on his hometown of San Antonio. At the age of five he told his parents he wanted to sing mariachi music, and with much hard work and determination, he began taking vocal lessons under the instruction of Ms. Michelle Alma Quintero. He began learning some of the traditional mariachi songs and began singing at local community events with the San Antonio Parks and Recs. Sebastien has been showcased in the Mariachi Spectular de Albuquerque, Tucson International Mariachi Conference, Las Cruces Mariachi Confrence and has done shows with his Padrino Charro Jerry Diaz in Fort Worth, TX, Denver, Co and Waco,TX
At a very young age, Sebastien has proven himself to be among the best young mariachi vocalist in the U.S. Sebastien has shared the stage with the internationally acclaimed Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, Pepe Aguilar, Paquita del Barrio. Alejandro Fernandez, Nydia Rojas, Lorenzo Negrete and Gloria Estefan. Sebastien has been accompanied by Mariachi Sol de Mexico, Mariachi Cobre, The San Antonio Symphony and Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano in which Sebastien lead and broke the Guinness World Record for the most Mariachis playing at one time in 2013. Other awards include the 2013 Rising Star Award and 2014 Dynamic Youth Award.