Who is Pepe Garza?
José Francisco Garza Durón, better known by his stage name Pepe Garza, was born on 1 December 1965 under the zodiac sign of Sagittarius, in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He is a 56-year-old musician, songwriter, radio personality, awards show producer, and TV talent show judge, recognized for being one of the most influential figures in the world of regional Mexican music.
How rich is he, as of now? Pepe Garza Net Worth
As of early 2022, Pepe Garza’s net worth is estimated at over $5 million; earned through his successful involvement in the music industry. He’s increased his wealth through his various endeavors as well as working on numerous projects.
Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion, Educational Background
Pepe Garza spent his early years in his hometown of Monterrey, where he was raised by his parents; however, there is no information about their names and professions, but it’s known that he has two siblings, a brother named Alejandro Garza and a sister. He holds Mexican nationality, belongs to Hispanic ethnic group, and is a Christian. Regarding his education, Pepe Garza hasn’t shared any details about it with the public.
Pepe Garza started his career in the radio industry, by working as an announcer in Monterrey.
Once he earned enough knowledge and experience, he started working in the position of a radio programmer for several Mexican radio stations, located in Guadalajara and Jalisco. During that time, he started to write his own compositions, one of them the song “That Crazy I Am” by the Liberación group, that earned a nomination for Best Mexican Regional Song at the Lo Nuestro Awards in 1993.
Rise to Prominence
After working for several years in Mexican radio stations, Pepe Garza decided to continue his career abroad, so moved to the United States, where he landed a job at KBUE-FM or Que Buena FM, a commercial radio station based in Long Beach, California that airs Mexican regional music, and worked there for nearly two decades. In 1997, he won an American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers to the Song of the Year for “Qué Se Te Olvidó”.
He also founded and produced the Los Premios De La Radio, where the most prominent artists of the Mexican regional scene have been awarded since 2000. During his stint in the station, Pepe Garza co-created and promoted various fictional radio personalities, including Don Cheto, who is also recognized as the man with the loud voice, the character inspired by the personality of a Mexican immigrant and his life in the US. His most popular fictional radio character is El Morro, who gained enormous popularity after his albums of music for children received a Latin Grammy Award nomination in the category of Children’s Producer in 2001. The following year, he won his second American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, for the Song of the Year for “Coyote”.
In 2004, Pepe Garza won a BMI Award for Best Composition for “Capricho Maldito” released by the band Los Rieleros del Norte, and his second BMI Award in the same category for “Estoy Enamorada”, sung by Yolanda Pérez. His next major project came when he served as a judge through 17 seasons of the highly popular musical reality series “Tengo Talento Mucho Talento”, broadcast on Estrella TV, and one of the most-watched shows among the Spanish-speaking audience in the US.
He also co-founded his own music company called Arpa Music, together with his brother Alejandro Garza. Their company has represented such artists as Horacio Palencia, Espinoza Paz, Joss Favela, and Luciano Luna, among others, and has also been awarded a Latin Billboard Music Award for the Publisher of the Year in 2009, and two BMI Awards for Publisher of the Year in 2009 and 2011.
He’s collaborated with numerous music artists and helped them to build their careers, including Jenni Rivera, Lupillo Rivera, El Coyote, Rogelio Martinez, Cuisillos, Jorge Gamboa and others. Besides that, Pepe became known as a promoter of major live events and concerts.
He composed the song “Negro Y Azul”, which was performed by Los Cuates de Sinaloa in the hit TV series “Breaking Bad”.
In addition to his involvement in the music industry, Pepe Garza is active on YouTube. He launched his official self-titled channel on 19 June 2015, and uses it to post music and the episodes of his show “Pepe’s Office”, in which he interviews some of the most popular Mexican regional music artists. He has amassed over 2.6 million subscribers, while his videos have been viewed more than 460 million times.
Some of his most watched videos are “EL EZEQUIEL IRRUMPE EN LA OFICINA DE PEPE – Pepe’s Office”, “LA ENTREVISTA JAMAS PUBLICADA EL ADIOS DE JENNI RIVERA (PEPE’S OFFICE)”, and “MIA KHALIFA AUDICIONA EN LA OFICINA – Pepe’s Office”, among others.
He also runs his second YouTube channel under the name ‘Pepe Garza TV’, created on 16 May 2016, since when he’s uploaded music videos onto it; his most popular include “NATANAEL CANO – EL DE LA C0DEINA (Versión Pepe’s Office)”, “EL FANTASMA – EN EL CAMINO (Versión Pepe’s Office)”, and “EL FANTASMA – DE BUENA GANA (Versión Pepe’s Office)”, to name a few.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Speaking about his appearance, Pepe Garza is now bald, and has green eyes. He stands at a height of 5ft 11ins (1.80m), while his weight is around 165lbs (75kgs). Information about his vital statistics, biceps size, and shoe size isn’t available.
Pepe Garza is a married man – his wife is Elisa Beristain, a famous Mexican actress and TV personality, known for “Rica Famosa Latina” and “Rica La Noche”. The couple tied the knot at a ceremony held on 1 January 1998. They have two daughters, named Ivanna Garza Beristain y Isabella Garza Beristain, and the family currently resides in Los Angeles, California.