The Latin Recording Academy® Statement Re: Joan Sebastian

July 14, 2015 -- 12:25 pm PDT

Few musicians have achieved as much as our incomparable Joan Sebastian. A songwriter, performer, producer, arranger and actor, Joan Sebastian was the “People’s Poet” lived true to his culture and beliefs. An avid composer of ranchero, pop, and grupero music he went on to win seven Latin GRAMMYs and four GRAMMY Awards.  El Rey del Jaripeo “King of Tie-down Roping,” Joan Sebastian was a horseman and acowboy who never veered from living a simple life in his Hacienda surrounded by his most beloved treasures: his family, his people, friends, music, and his horses.  Our condolences go out to his family, collaborators and all who have been impacted by his incredible work. 


Gabriel Abaroa Jr.
The Latin Recording Academy