Los Tigres del Norte, a band of young brothers led by eldest child Jorge — all of 14, left their hometown of Rosa Morada, Mocorito in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico and headed to the United States in the hope of providing help in the support of their family. The group's name came about when an immigration official called them 'little tigers' while crossing the California border. Since they were headed North, the name of Los Tigres del Norte (The Tigers of The North) was born.
The group established themselves in San Jose, California - the city that to this day remains their base. It was in San Jose during the early 70's, that Los Tigres Del Norte was discovered by an aspiring music impresario named Art Walker - who happened to listen to a live radio presentation of the group broadcast from the local Parque De Las Flores on Keyes Street, where San Jose's Mexican community congregated on Sundays.
The group quickly became the first artist signed to Walker's upstart Fama Records, which in time became the leading Spanish language recording company on the West Coast. Upon signing, the group was advised to modify their sound from their traditional acoustic, to more of an electric sound with a full set of instruments (drum set, electric guitar, and bass) and went on to record their first album. With time, the group modernized their music, exploring elements of boleros, cumbias, rock, and waltzes.
Simply put, Los Tigres del Norte have achieved worldwide success by becoming the leading musical storytellers for multiple generations of Latin immigrants.
A career span of more than three decades, millions of records sold, extensive concert tours throughout the United States, Mexico, Latin America, Europe and Asia, have made Los Tigres Del Norte international legends.
Comprised of founding musical director, lead vocalist and accordionist Jorge Hernandez, along with his brothers Hernán, Eduardo, Luis and cousin Oscar Lara, Los Tigres del Norte have followed their unique calling as musical messengers and documentarians on a journey that has brought them to unimaginable heights.
From the beginning, Los Tigres Del Norte's music had been steeped in emotions of honor, pride and respect for their culture.