VICENTE “CHENTE” BARRERA is one of the most versatile artists of Tejano music today. With more than 400 projects recording drums, keyboards, and background vocals with almost every major Tejano artist. Chente was exposed to music by his father, the late Roberto “Pato” Barrera, who was a singer/bajo sexto player, well known in the local San Antonio circuit, as well as being one the first vocalists for David Lee Garza y Los Musicales in their beginning stages. Growing up to the sounds of Conjunto Bernal, Little Joe y La Familia, Steve Jordan, and Roberto Pulido has helped Chente develop his own style as a drummer, singer, and songwriter. He started his career as a drummer, playing and recording with the likes of Mazz, Jay Perez, La Tropa F, Ram Herrera and Jennifer Peña. He then later started recording background vocals for groups like Intocable, Gary Hobbs, Bobby Pulido, and David Lee Garza y Los Musicales. By 1998, Chente ventured on a solo career as a lead vocalist, now fronting his own band, Taconazo, with a blend of progressive Tejano and Down Home Conjunto. Since then, Chente has won numerous awards including various Tejano Music Awards, for Best Drummer, Rising Star and Song of the year (Paloma Piquito De Oro), The Tejano Roots Hall Of Fame in 2005, and an American GRAMMY win in 2007, for Best Tejano Performance, for the CD Sigue El Taconazo. Along the list of studio recordings, Chente has recorded 10 solo projects, and is now on tour behind his latest CD, 20 Años En Vivo, a live recording celebrating 20 years in the industry as a solo artist. Chente continues to record and collaborate as a session player and producer, and is living proof that Tejano music is alive and strong.