Ezequiel Peña was born and raised in the bosom of a low-income family in the town of San José del Valle, in the municipality of Bahía de Banderas, in the Mexican state of Nayarit. He began his career at the age of 12, mostly influenced by local traditional music.
Peña achieved international recognition in the mid-’90s, after teaming up with Marco Antonio Solís to release Yo Vendo Unos Ojos Verdes in 1994 and Orgullo Ranchero in 1996. Two years later, No Mas Contigo was recorded along with Banda Pioneros.
Releasing nearly an album a year, Peña’s hit recordings include 2000’s El Nuevo Charro de México, 2003’s Viva la Banda, and 2005’s El de Nayarit, the first time Peña showed off his ability to play norteño, and Nuestra Tradicion: La Charreria, which celebrated the tradition of the Mexican cowboy, or charro.
Now recognized as one of the leaders in both mariachi and banda, Peña was nominated by the Grammy committee in 2007 for Best Banda Album for his A Mucha Honra (which had been issued the previous year), and was more-recently among those honored with the California Latino Legislative Caucus’ 2014 Latin Spirit Award on May 5, 2014 at the State Capitol in Sacramento, CA.
Mr. Peña will be the recipient of the Latin Business Association’s Chairman’s International Entertainment Award at the 38th Annual LBA Sol Business Awards Gala, taking place October 22, 2014 at The Castaway Restaurant in Burbank, CA.