A 7-year-old from San Antonio is the youngest mariachi singer in the world

Mateo Lopez, the 7-year-old mariachi singing sensation from San Antonio, is now globally recognized for his musical talents.

His first official mariachi performance was at a Valentine’s Day concert on the Notre-Dame du Lac campus in 2019. He was 4 years and 236 days old on the day of this performance, which according to Guinness World Records , made Mateo the youngest mariachi singer.

Since that performance, Mateo has gone on to appear on the NBC show “Little Big Shots,” which spotlighted kids with incredible talents, and on “Mexico’s Got Talent,” a reality TV show.

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In February, he was featured in a Super Bowl commercial with actor Will Smith, promoting “Bel-Air,” the reboot of the hit 1990s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

Mateo’s father, Adalberto López, said he was told about the record earlier this year, but couldn’t say anything until Mateo filmed an episode for Italian show ‘Lo Show Dei Record’, which spotlights Guinness World Record holders. The show aired on April 3.

The Lopez family flew to Italy in February so Mateo could star on the show.

San Antonio mariachi singer Mateo López, 7, has set a Guinness World Record for youngest mariachi singer. Video: Courtesy of Adalberto Lopez

López, 44, said he applied late last year to have Mateo considered for the title after the show’s production team reached out. Guinness had never had a record in this category before.

“It’s not a record that’s been broken, it’s a record that’s been made,” his father said. “We are so proud. There are no words to describe it.”

López said it filled him with joy to see his son have such a strong passion for mariachi music and to be able to speak and sing in Spanish. During his performance in Italy, he sang “México Lindo y Querido”, a popular and traditional mariachi song, and shouted “Viva Mexico” at the end.

“He ran up to me after his performance, hugged me and said, ‘We did it, dad,'” López said.

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