Willie was born on March 12, 1984, in Brawley, CA and raised in El Centro, CA. He was exposed to music at a very young age through his parents and grandparents. At age 6, he attended his first concert at the Imperial Valley Fairgrounds where he was first introduced to mariachi through a performance of Sol de Mexico. Years later, he received his first mariachi trumpet lesson by Jose Hernandez. In high school, he was given recordings of “Conjunto Medellin” and “Los Costeños” which soon lead him to become interested in learning to play the harp. After moving to Los Angeles in 2008, Willie received an invitation from Art Gerst to audition and became the harpist for Mariachi Sol de Mexico.
“I look forward following in the footsteps of those who have come before me. The Music of Sol de Mexico has become a welcome challenge and I hope to make a mark with my own musical experiences. I am especially humbled by Maestro Hernandez and the wonderful artists of Sol de Mexico.”