Cruz Martínez

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Cruz Martínez
Birth nameCruz Martínez
Also known asCK
Born (1972-06-21) June 21, 1972 (age 46)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
OriginCorpus Christi, Texas, United States
GenresCumbia, Tejano, Reggae, Latin pop, R&B, Regional Mexican
Occupation(s)Record producer, songwriter, composer, musician, concert producer
Years active1984–present
LabelsFonovisa (1995–1996)
EMI Latin (1996–2006)
Warner Music Latina (2007–present)
Associated actsA.B. Quintanilla, Selena, Frankie J, DJ Kane, Abel Talamantez, Pee Wee, Alicia Villarreal, La Sombra, Kumbia Kings, Los Super Reyes, Kumbia All Starz

Cruz Martínez (born June 21, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American musician and record producer. He is a former member of the Tejano band La Sombra. In 1999 he co-created the cumbia music group Los Kumbia Kings with A.B. Quintanilla. In 2007 he created the band Los Super Reyes. He is married to Alicia Villarreal.


Martinez's interest in music began at the age of twelve when he learned to play the piano with the help of one of his uncles[citation needed]. By the age of sixteen, Martínez began producing music and programming computers in the studio for the family band. By age sixteen, Cruz had received his first Grammy nomination[citation needed]. He joined the Tejano band La Sombra. This creative talent prompted A.B. Quintanilla to approach Cruz Martínez to do the soundtrack for the film Selena, based on the life of the slain Tejano singer Selena who was also Quintanilla's sister. At the time[citation needed], Cruz was working on putting together a band with friends and family known as "CK" (Cumbia Kings), which later became Los Kumbia Kings. A.B. Quintanilla offered to join the band, and the group was formed. Los Kumbia Kings received a total of twelve Grammy nominations[citation needed] and have set attendance records during performances at several venues[citation needed]. Aside from receiving much success with Los Kumbia Kings, Cruz Martínez also gained notoriety for his keyboard talents in the industry[citation needed].

In 2004, Martinez produced, arranged, and wrote Alicia Villarreal's latest album, Cuando el Corazon Se Cruza which he received two Latin Grammys for Album of the Year in 2004, several 2005 and 2006 BMI songwriting awards, two Premios Lo Nuestro Awards for Best Regional/Mexican Album and Best Regional/Mexican Song and two Billboard nominations for Album and Song of the Year[citation needed]. As a producer/engineer, Cruz Martínez received two more Latin Grammys in 2006 for his Kumbia Kings live album Kumbia Kings Live. Martinez's latest project is Los Super Reyes. Cruz Martínez y Los Super Reyes have already had their hit single "Muévelo" reach the top of the radio charts in the United States, Spain, Japan, Germany and in Mexico[citation needed]. The group has since enjoyed major chart success and maintains a busy performance schedule in support of their recent record.[citation needed]Recently, Cruz was asked by Television giant TV Azteca / Azteca America to participate as a Judge for the 10th anniversary of the reality show La Academia and to produce the winner's album.


Albums with La Sombra[edit]

  • One of a Kind (1989)
  • The Chi-Town Boys R Back (1989)
  • Good Boys Wear White (1990)
  • Porque Te Quiero (1991)
  • Intocable (1992)
  • Ilusiones (1993)
  • Caliente Dulce Amor (1994)
  • Mas Que Todo (1995)

Albums with Kumbia Kings[edit]

Albums with Los Super Reyes[edit]

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