Jay Allen Sanford 3:30 p.m., Sept. 13
Singer/songwriter Jonathan Valverde is a graduate of San Diego State University with a Degree in Music. He started singing as a child at his local church, but his career began to really take off when, just for fun, he sang a couple songs Mariachi Style at an event in Tecate, Mexico.
"Up to that point," Valverde says, "I'd never sang Mariachi in my life!" He recorded his first album Recuerdo ("I Remember") in Spanish, showcasing many of his grandfather's songs. Having written many English songs over the years, Valverde released his first English album Real.