Jesse & Joy

Jesse & Joy

The Grammy Awards are fast approaching. Do you know your Latin nominees? In the next days we will highlight some of the leading nominees for the awards

In less than a decade siblings Jesse & Joy Huerta have become one of the most celebrated rock-pop acts to emerge in the Latin music scene. Last year their critically acclaimed album "Con Quién Se Queda El Perro?" ("Who Does the Dog Stay With?") swept the Latin Grammys with four wins including best record, song and contemporary pop vocal album. Most recently the Mexican-born duo was nominated for their first Grammy in the best Latin pop album category.

Only a handful of years ago Jesse worked at Costco, but never lost sight of his dreams. "I was the guy who checked people's membership cards as they walked into the store," Jesse says. "Sometimes I have nightmares that I'm back working at Costco." The crooner took time out from a tour to talk about the Grammys and meeting one of the world's biggest music icons.

What were you doing when you were nominated for a Grammy?
We were coming back from a show. We were about to go on a holiday break when we heard the news. Our dad is from Mexico and our mom is from Wisconsin. We told mom, ‘Okay mom, we gave dad four Latin Grammys … so now we're giving you a Grammy nomination.'

What is the most surprising thing that happened to you this past year?
I think the [Latin] Grammy [wins] and the reaction toward the album. We always try to do better with each project. I always try to surprise Joy and she surprises me. It's a healthy competition and always with the goal of touching the fibers of people's hearts through our music. I was also a father for a second time and being there looking at my baby when she was coming into the world was an amazing thing for me. Her name is Abby. I also have an 8-year-old daughter [Hanna]. She's a music machine. She just signed her first publishing deal last year with Westwood Publishing.

Who have you met through the Grammys or hope to meet?
Last year we met Paul McCartney through Yoko Ono. We're working with through a peace organization called the Non Violence Foundation and we're going to start working with him as spokespersons. I was wearing my [signature] hat when I met him. The first thing he said to me was, "Very stylish gentleman."

If you could perform with anyone (dead or alive) who would that be and why?
I think it would Johnny Cash because we grew up listening to his music and in Spanish it would be Celia Cruz.

If you hadn't gone into the music business what do you think you would have done and why?
I would have been a basketball player. I don't know if I would have made it to the NBA, but hopefully I would have made it to a decent team in Latin America or Europe. I used to play basketball 7 hours a day then go home and play with my piano. That's the story of my life.