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Chillie Willie Groove

Queen Creek, Arizona, United States | MAJOR

Queen Creek, Arizona, United States | MAJOR
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"Chillie Willie's Rhythmic Euphoria"

Chillie Willie’s Rhythmic Euphoria
By Pia Pilar Mogollon

And God said, let there be music and passion and merrymaking. So he created William ‘Chillie’ Portela, a veritable deity himself amongst musicians.

Chillie Willie’s impeccable sense of rhythm and timing on various percussive instruments has been a complement to other Tucson artists such as Salvador Duran and Spirit Familia. Chillie’s band has performed throughout the Southwest and Mexico, entertaining thousands as an opening act for iconic musical greats such as Tito Puente, The Duke Ellington Orchestra and various other celebrated greats including: Chuck Mangione, Tower of Power and Spyro Gyra.

Whether performing as accompaniment or front man on his latest project with Mambo Dulce, Chillie’s strong sense of self, genuine smile and appreciation for others lends itself to a natural ability for bringing people together. Boasting the talents of Malik Alkabir, Frank Lopez, Glenn Gross, Mick Burton, Rodney Burton, Moss Worthington, David Perez, James Hunt, DJ, Cal and Toby, the band creates straight up, spirit lifting, foot stomping music jubilation infused with a zest for life and “one-love.”

Chillie, who recently signed with Tate Music Group, says he learned his art from “decades of listening, mimicking, improvising and interpreting Latin percussion sounds like that of Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Poncho Sanchez, and Airto and incorporating that with my own feelings of artistic expression.”

He views the music he makes as storytelling and the tunes inspire one’s body to get up and dance, sing or drum along. This month provides plenty of opportunities to experience his grooves.

On Saturday, May 14, 2nd Saturdays’ Scott Stage hosts his band from 6:45pm-8pm downtown. Later that night at 10pm, they will perform at The Onyx, 106 W. Drachman St. Starting Sunday, May 22 and following on subsequent Sundays, Chillie takes up residence at The Onyx, 4pm-8pm. The Hut also features the band on June 7.

Chillie Willie Groove’s “Only The Beginning” CD will be released this summer. Follow him on Facebook and YouTube. For bookings and more information contact Chillie at 270-4145 or - Zocalo Magazine

"Local Gospel Artist Releases Album with TMG"

Contact: Alex Russell
Marketing Representative
Tate Music Group
Phone: (888) 361-9473

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Local gospel artist releases album with TMG

QUEEN CREEK, AZ– This week, national independent record label Tate Music Group announces the nationwide release of “Only the Beginning,” the newest album from local gospel artist, Chillie Willie Groove.

Produced by Tate Music Group, the album includes ten tracks and is currently available nationwide at the iTunes Store,, or directly from

In order to truly have your music heard, your sound must be unique. Local gospel artist, Chillie Willie Groove, understands and has done just that.

With a style that blends funk, jazz, soul and more, his new album, “Only the Beginning,” promises to provide a new look at the gospel genre while retaining the thought-provoking message that it’s intended for!

The Electronic Press Kit for “Only the Beginning,” including music samples and contact information, can be accessed here:

For more information, please contact Alex Russell, Marketing Representative, at (888) 361-9473 or send an email to

- Tate Music Group


"Only The Beginning", Chillie Willie Groove, Tate Music Group

"Bill Brown and Friends" , Bill Brown
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"Alive and Well", Habitual Motion
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William Portela, “Chillie Willie Groove”, was born into a musically inclined family. His father was a well-known Latin percussionist in the New York salsa scene and whose Mother was a singer. In fact, while Chillie was in his mother’s womb, his father would play Latin rhythms to mother’s womb while baby Chillie kicked and moved her stomach with excitement!

In first grade and throughout high school, music was dominant in Chillie’s life. He then was later selected to go to a unique music high school, Education Center For The Arts. Chillie went to Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and played marching drums with the United States Army Band. Chillie has played with countless salsa bands, smooth jazz bands, funk bands, soul rhythm and blues bands, and now gospel bands. He has also toured Germany, France, and Luxembourg.

Chillie Willie Groove auditioned to open up for Lionel Hampton and Duke Ellington Bands, in which he was granted the exclusive privilege of being chosen among 63 other bands for the sole opening act! Chillie Willie Groove toured all over in the 1980’s with Angela Bofill, Phyllis Hyman, Tom Browne, and also opened up for Spyro Gyra, Chuck Mangion, Tower of Power, El Gran Combo, Marion Meadows, and Poncho Sanchez. Major highlights in Chillie’s music career came when he met and played right beside Tito Puente at the Brian Alden Jazz Festival in Connecticut.

He is a member of ASCAP; Gospel Music Association; Nashville Songwriter Association; Songwriters Guild of America; and National Association of Musician Network; and Tucson, Arizona ”Tammy” recipient.

Chillie Willie Groove has now been signed to Tate Music Group as a well-rounded, multiple style, Christian artist with funk, rhythm and blues, soul, smooth jazz, and salsa influences - a lifetime goal. William is committed to his God-given talent, and to his Heavenly Father who receives all the praise, honor, and glory.