Valenz — who now lives in San Antonio — is currently working on his first Tejano album, titled “El Tiempo Ha Llegado,” which is expected to arrive towards the end of this summer. The set includes efforts by longstanding Tejano producers Eddie Perez, Mario Ortiz, Gabe Zavala, Valentino Maltos and Rolando Revilla.

“I believe I made it this far by staying true to my dreams,” Valenz said. “I’m going to continue to move on my visions until my hearts stops, hopefully, others are inspired to do the same.”

Valenz’s father, Roberto Villarreal, worked for General Motors for years and was also one of Michigan’s top guitarists. His biological mother, Armilla Villarreal (Hernandez), sang leads for the group Power Play out of Milwaukee, Wis. In other words, music runs in Valenz’s blood.

Since moving to San Antonio, Valenz has performed with some of the Tejano genre’s biggest names, including Stefani Montiel, La Calma, La Differencia, AT Boyz and Cacy Savala.

Hometown fans may support Valenz by voting for him for Best New Male Artist via The deadline is July 24, 2012, at 12 a.m. CST.