Internationally renowned guitarist, Luis Villegas
-- a first-generation Mexican-American born in East Los Angeles, CA
-- grew up between two musical crosscurrents: the traditional music
he heard at home and the rock and roll of Hollywood's Sunset Strip.
Although Villegas fronted a number of rock bands as a teen-ager,
eventually the music he heard inside of him was channeled through an
instrument from his youth: the Spanish guitar.
Luis and his band gained a large following by
performing constantly in the Los Angeles area before signing his
first recording contract in 1998. He released his debut CD, Cafe Ole
(Domo), that year which won him a spot on the Grammy ballot for Best
New Age Album of 1999 and gained Luis a following amongst fellow
An even larger audience was introduced to Villegas
via his next CD, Spanish Kiss (Baja/TSR) in 2000 and the numerous
compilation CDs he appeared in during the following two years.
Guitarists worldwide took notice when Villegas' name appeared
alongside guitar icons such as Al DiMeola, Steve Morse, Ottmar
Liebert, Jesse Cook and Strunz & Farah.
Casa Villegas (Baja/TSR), his 3rd CD, was released
in 2003 and marked Luis' debut as a producer as well as performer.
It stayed on the SmoothJazz.com charts for six weeks after its
release on the strength of its single, "Whittier Blvd."
Luis has worked with some of the leading artists
and musicians in the world. He recorded a duet with classical
guitarist Liona Boyd, in 2001 which was nominated for a Juno Award
(the Canadian Grammy). In 2003, he performed with Nuevo Flamenco
guitarist Jesse Cook, and performed for Carmen Elektra and Dave
Navarro's much-publicized wedding on MTV in 2004. He's also worked
with Janet Jackson, Marc Anthony's acoustic band and Placido
Luis is one of the only artists of Mexican descent
heard daily on smooth jazz radio stations across the country. He
also performs regularly at some of the most prestigious Jazz
Festivals such as The Playboy Jazz Festival, Catalina JazzTrax
Festival, and The Sedona Latin Jazz Festival.
Luis can be seen and heard in movies such as
"Collateral" starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx, "Lost and Found "
with David Spade, and "Candyman III: Day of the Dead"
Luis is currently in pre-production on his 5th CD
due out in 2007.