Nosotros seamlessly combines Latin rhythms with elements of Rock, Salsa, Jazz and Cumbia creating an original sound that is unmistakably Nosotros. But M.E. Schenck of Hyperactive Music Magazine may have interpreted their sound best by saying “Nosotros’ music is not to be explained, it is to be felt in the pit of our souls.”
The award-winning ensemble began as a guitar trio in 1994 and was based in the southern New Mexico town of Las Cruces. The band gained an almost immediate following. During this time Nosotros successfully self-produced two albums, “Palomo” and “Pico,” both of which received excellent reviews and sold very well.
By September 2001, Nosotros had grown into a 6-piece band and relocated to the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area, firmly establishing themselves as one of the most popular bands in New Mexico. In February 2002, Nosotros caught the ear of percussionist/producer Chris Trujillo. Trujillo is best known for his work with Tom Petty, The Black Crowes, Rod Stewart, Toto and Diana Ross. In November of 2003, Nosotros released their third album, “Nosotros,” produced by Trujillo. This self-titled album received numerous NM Music Awards including the highly coveted “Album of the Year and ”Producer of the Year” awards, cementing the group’s reputation as a Latin music powerhouse.
The band began broadening it’s audience by taking their show on road. They began touring the Southwest United States playing various venues and music festivals along side some of the biggest names in music.
In 2006, Nosotros released their fourth album, “Llena La Alma” with Grammy award winning engineer Doug Geist and again was recognized by the NM Music Awards with several awards. Also, the song “Hermosa” was chosen as a finalist in the prestigious John Lennon Song Writing Competition.
Nosotros contiued to gig, tour and write material and in 2011 released their 5th studio album, a self-produced EP titled “Ver El Sol”. Once again the NM Music Awards recoginzed their effors by giving them an award for the song “Viboras,” while the song "Solo Un Dia" was featured on NPR's Alt Latino.
In 2014, Nosotros celebrated 20 years as a band. To mark the milestone, Nosotros realeased an anthology CD simply titled, “XX”. Over the years Nosotros has changed and taken on a life of its own, but through all that has changed one thing remains the same: Nosotros is and always will be felt in the pit of your soul.
Nosotros features Glenn Contreras (Lead Vocals), Carlos Fontana (Lead Vocals), Shane Derk (Guitar), Manuel Ramirez (Saxophone), Gilbert Uribe (Bass), Ricky Carrido (Congas) and Dennis Javier Jasso (Drums) Jesse Joaquin Parker (Percussion).