Thinking of You by K-Paz de la Sierra on Apple Music

Duranguense superstars K-Paz de la Sierra are a product of, and perhaps pacesetters in, the regional Mexican music boom that has hit the city of Chicago and since spread throughout the U.S. And Mexico. Thanks to the enormous and regionally diverse Mexican population in Chicago, the city has become a hotbed for musical creativity, and hence a recording industry hub for the genre. K-Paz de la Sierra burst onto the scene in 2003 with their first single, "Smell the Grass," which was quickly followed up by the radio hit "Jambalaya." Just a few singles had stirred up so much attention that when their debut record hit the shelves, Burning with Fire sold better than 32,000 copies in its first week. It was not long before the record went gold. Signing with Mexican music superpower Univision went a long way toward guaranteeing their success. K-Paz recorded six more records, three - 2005's Most Capable Than Ever, 2006's Conquering Hearts, and 2007's Capable of All for You - reached the top spot on Mexican Regional charts. The group also made two appearances on the Billboard Top 200, for the hits "More Capable Than Ever" and "Thinking of You," an impressive achievement for a group playing a style that the industry barely recognized ten years prior. Tragedy struck the group in December 2007, however, when lead singer Sergio Gomez was tortured and killed after a concert in Michoacan. His brother Juan Gomez took over leadership of the group and in January, Miguel Galindo was announced as the group's new lead vocalist.

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The group split again in 2012, with Juan Gomez and Galindo being charged with mismanagement. They were sued by Felicitas Lopez (Sergio's widow) for ownership of the band's name. She won the court battle in 2016. Keyboardist and musical director Sergio Caballero took over the band's leadership with Jesus Morales becoming its lead vocalist. Longtime second vocalist Luis Eduardo Guadarrama remained and brought in his brothers Gabriel Guadarrama and Roberto Guadarrama on keyboards and tambura respectively; Jorge Garduño on electric tuba and Frank Sanchez on drums rounded out the new lineup. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez

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