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Marcus Hernandez is 2020 Top Florida Latino Lider!

2020 Top Florida Latino Lideres Award Recipient

Marcus Hernandez is a Latino Mover N’ Shaker from Tampa, Florida.

Latin Times Magazine: What part of Florida do you live in. Are you from Florida? If not – what brought you to Florida? Where is your family from? Marcus Hernandez: I live in Tampa but grew up in Brooklyn, NY. I moved to Florida basically to get out of the cold! (Laughing out loud) My family is originally from Puerto Rico, so I have hot blood.

Latin Times Magazine: Tell us about what you do for a living and how you got into it Marcus Hernandez: I am a musician and accountant. I started in the late ’70s to late ’80s as a musician performing all over New York. I performed with some of the great Salsa artists at the time before starting my band called Fuego ’77. In addition, I became an accountant in the late ’80s and serviced many musicians and soap opera actors. I took a long break from music while building my accounting practice. Presently, I own my accounting firm in Florida while also producing and performing original music with Orchestra Fuego.

Marcus Hernandez in Tampa, Florida is a recipient of
Latin Times 2020 TOP Florida Latino Lideres Award!

Latin Times Magazine: Tell me about what organizations you are a part of.  Marcus Hernandez: I belong to music organizations such as ASCAP and BMI groups, as well as I am a member of the Grammy and Latin Grammy organizations.

Latin Times Magazine: Tell us about your biggest achievement, and how you achieved it (Covid or non-related) Marcus Hernandez: The biggest highlight is when we got nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2016 and was invited to be a guest among the greatest Latin Artists, but a recent highlight was performing for over 2,400 fans at the Orlando House of Blues in Disney Springs. It was an amazing experience!

Latin Times MagazineWhat has been your biggest challenge, and how have you been able to overcome it?  Marcus Hernandez: The biggest challenge is keeping a balance between being an accountant and a musician. Both keep me very busy. Keeping 12 musicians united and excited about performing with Orchestra Fuego, as well as running a full-service accounting firm, requires lots of energy, organization, and time. I wouldn’t be able to do it all without help. I am very blessed to have an excellent Management Team, Deville Entertainment, to help me with the band, and my wife, Sylvia, to manage my office.

Latin Times Magazine: How important is being a Latino/Hispanic to you? Marcus Hernandez: I am very proud of my heritage as a Puerto Rican. I love Puerto Rican food, music, and culture. When someone performs “Preciosa”, I break out in tears (Laughing out loud). I attribute my passion for creating music to see people dance and sing to my music.   

LTMWhat is your favorite type of music, and what is your favorite song?  Marcus Hernandez: Well, for me, SALSA! I love my music. One of the songs from our latest album, “Vegan Todos a Bailar”, is my new favorite song.

Latin Times Magazine: IF you travel back in time, where/when would you go -and/or what are some of the pivotal decisions that you have made that you would do differently?  Marcus Hernandez: I would say the early 90’s; this was when I made the pivotal decision to stop performing and concentrate on my career as an accountant. 

My only regret is not continuing to play piano and perform, at least as a hobby. When I returned to performing in 2014, I realize how much I missed playing the piano. God blessed me with a talent for numbers, and he had a different plan for me than only being a musician. 

I wouldn’t change a thing!

Latin Times Magazine: Being an Inspiration to others, what wisdom can you give young Latino/Hispanics? Marcus Hernandez: I would say, especially to bands just starting, “Don’t be afraid to get advice but stay true to your vision. Don’t give up and always do your best”.

Latin Times Media : Tell us about what kind of projects you currently have going on.  Marcus Hernandez: We are currently working on our 5th album and 4th music video, plus we have plans on touring to NY, NJ, CT, Chicago, Boston, and Virginia.

Latin Times Magazine: What can we expect to see from you in the future  Marcus Hernandez: More original music and videos. Also, we have a huge event coming up on May 3rd in Orlando opening for Victor Manuelle and La Sonora Ponceña. Check out our website for other exciting upcoming events.  Visit https://orchestrafuego.com/

Latin Times Magazine: What is your comida favorite? Marcus Hernandez:  Arroz con gandules and chuletas. For the gringos, rice with chickpeas and pork chops (Laughing out loud).

Latin Times Magazine: What did I miss? Tell me something you want us to know!  Marcus Hernandez: I am a firm believer in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the center of my life. I am also a missionary and recently went on a mission trip with my beautiful wife to Cuba, spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. Many people know me as a performer, but I want to be known as a man after God’s own heart!

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