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May 14th, 2024

Backstage With A.J. Castillo

  1. Backstage With A.J. Castillo J.R. Gonzales 29:44

Episode 94 – In this episode of Latino Business Report, I sit down for a one-on-one interview with Grammy Award winner A.J. Castillo.

Renowned for his abilities on the accordion and his talent in Cumbia and Tejano music, A.J. is blazing trails in the music industry.

A.J. wears many hats as a recording artist, accordionist, singer, performer, producer, and he now has his own record label. But beyond his musical prowess, A.J.’s genuine warmth and kindness truly sets him apart.

In preparation for this interview, I had the privilege of spending time with A.J. He gave me a private tour of his new studio, we broke bread, and I even had the opportunity to meet his parents.

Getting to know him on a personal level revealed his unwavering dedication to his craft and his deep-rooted commitment to community service. It’s no wonder he stands out among Tejano artists.

Join me as we go backstage for an intimate conversation with AJ Castillo – Trust me, it doesn’t get any better than this!

Awards and recognitions

  • 2010 – Tejano Music Awards Best New Male Artist 
  • 2010 – Tejano Academy’s Best Overall Accordion Player 
  • 2010 – Tejano Academy’s Best Emerging Artist/Group 
  • 2017 – Latin Grammy Award winning Best Regional Song “Siempre Es Así”
  • 2021 Premios Tejano Mundial Entertainer of the Year
  • 2021 Tejano All Star Music Awards Male Entertainer of the Year








J.R. Gonzales is Chairman of the Hispanic Leadership and Management Foundation and Executive Vice-Chair of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC). Gonzales serves on the Export-Import Bank of the United States Council on Small Business. He is a nationally recognized communications consultant and professional development trainer. Gonzales is a former Chairman of the Board, and a past president and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. As a business owner, entrepreneur, political strategist, and public speaker, Gonzales has been a lifelong advocate and voice for issues facing Latino and minority communities.

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