6 Amazing Latino Country Music Singers!

Hey, y'all! Are you a fan of country music? It's one of the few genres in music that has yet to be dominated by Latinos... but we're getting there!

From Scotty McCreery to Freddy Fender, these Latinos are among the most notable faces in country music. 

1. Scotty McCreery

Few people realize that country cutie Scotty McCreery has Puerto Rican roots! "My grandmother is from Old San Juan, and my grandfather was over in Puerto Rico for the Air Force. So, they met, and they had my dad in Aguadilla -- then they moved up North!" he told us. "I got my Puerto Rican hair all curly and everything!" 

McCreery became the first Latino to win American Idol in 2011. Now, he splits his time between releasing music and finishing his education at North Carolina State University. 

 

2. Freddy Fender

Freddy Fender, whose real name is Baldemar Garza Huerta, became famous for his blend of Mexican-American tejano, Southern country, and American rock-and-roll music. In 1974, his hit song 'Before The Next Teardrop Falls' became the #1 hit on the Billboard Country and Pop Charts. It sold over one million copies, and solidifed Fender's status as a country star. The music legend passed away in 2006, and many hope that he will be posthumously become the first Mexican-American inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame. 

3. Johnny Rodriguez

Johnny Rodriguez (Juan Raul Davis Rodriguez) is lauded as the first Latino country music star. He recorded a string of #1 hit singles, including "I Just Can't Get Her Out of My Mind", "Just Get Up And Close The Door", and "Love Put A Song In My Heart."

The country star has also lived an incredible life. He was a member of the "outlaw" country singer movement, he married (and divorced) Willie Nelson's daughter, and he was tried (and acquitted) of murder. The 62-year-old singer now lives in Texas, where he practices Tae Kwon Do in his spare time. 

4. Tish Hinojosa

Leticia "Tish" Hinojosa is a Texas-born folksinger and country artist. Born to Mexican immigrants, Tish grew up singing traditional Latin folksongs and writing her own music. She's charted twice on the Billboard country charts for her songs "I'll Pull You Through" and "Til U Love Me Again." Country music fans quickly fell in love with her soulful voice and effortless blend of Mexican folk and Southern music.

5. Caitlin Gutierrez

Caitlin Gutiérrez began singing when she was 6-years-old, and now the teenager is bound for stardom. The country crooner works with Justin Bieber and Usher's famed vocal coach, Jan Smith, and has already opened for The Band Perry. In May 2013, she told Fox News Latino, "I'm not just a normal 14-year-old. I'm a 14-year-old who knows what she wants to do in her career, and will do anything for it."

Watch her music video for 'Country Air'! Are you a fan of the young singer?

6. Vince Mira

Vince Mira got his start singing covers of his idols -- Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Elvis Presley -- and he's since become famous for his rich, deep, baritone vocals. The young Latino recently recorded an album produced by John Carter Cash, the son of Johnny Cash and June Carter. Watch him perform "Ring of Fire" on The Ellen Show, and prepare to be amazed.