One of the most popular and recognizable voices of Tejano radio is back on the San Antonio morning airwaves after the launch of Tejano 95.7 earlier this year in March. The Texas radio veteran, whose career spans over four decades, chats about his legendary career, the state of Tejano music today, and plans for the future as he goes Behind The Mic with the AC Cruz Podcast.
If you are a fan of Tejano music then you will know this man’s music. For 60-plus years this icon has not only entertained but changed Tejano music as we know it. He was the first to add strings to musical arrangements that still stand the test of time. He has been an advocate for migrant workers’ rights, as well as civil and Justice rights. He has performed for presidents and other dignitaries as well as icons like Willie Nelson. So many accomplishments. Too numerous to mention. It’s the true King of Tejano, The King of the Brown Sound, José Maria Deleon Hernandez. Little Joe!
Destiny Navaira is the next generation of the Navaira musical legacy and found her own sound with a life-changing move to Monterrey, Mexico a few years ago. Her debut solo album, La Preferida, earned the songstress a Tejano Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2021 placing her in elite company with Tejano music icons like Selena, Laura Canales, Elida Reyna, Shelly Lares, and Stefani Montiel. Now with a new look on life, the singer-songwriter shares details of her highly-anticipated sophomore album Dime Como Se Siente and much more with AC Cruz as she goes Behind The Mic with The AC Cruz Podcast.
Manny Guerra is to Tejano as Berry Gordy is to Motown. Manny got his start with Isidro Lopez as his drummer, then started helping out his own brother, Rudy Guerra, and Sunny Ozuna which led to recording the classic song “Talk to Me” and many others soon followed from La Mafia, Grupo MAZZ, and of course Selena. Get ready to go Behind the Mic with record producer, music engineer, and recording artist the legendary Manny R. Guerra.
She comes from a long lineage of musical excellence deeply rooted in Tejano and Mexican American music The singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (she plays violin, piano, guitar, and bass) has assisted and worked with Beyonce’s father Matthew Knowles for several years. Now, this talented Houston vocalist has created her own path in the Tejano music industry with the chart-topping song “Con Tu Amor.” It’s Demmi Garcia behind the mic with The AC Cruz Podcast.
He got his start singing in a Pentecostal Church when he was just seven. He went on to become a former back up vocalist for Artie V y Grupo Suave, later lead vocalist for Pete Ybarra y Grupo Fuego and Tejano Highway 281. Now he’s gone solo with original new music and great producers, it’s San Antonio native Neto Gutierrez on The AC Cruz Podcast.
Singer-songwriter and musician Rick Balderrama started touring with his father’s band playing trumpet when he was just 12 years old, the late, great Henry Balderrama y La Patria. We’ll chat from Rick’s humble beginnings in Bigfoot, Texas, to the last recordings of him and his dad. Not to mention new music and his new merchandise that’s in high demand, “Tejano Ain’t Dead Baby.” All this and much more on this episode of The AC Cruz Podcast.
He is an amazing talent with an amazing story. A mobile DJ at the age of 11, then a broadcaster, audio producer, owner of a sound and light production company, with a franchise of Mixmaster DJs. His latest venture is a nightclub in McAllen, Texas. Join us as we go Behind the Mic with the unprecedented Bobby Macias.
Our next guest is a woman who has been in the Tejano music business for the majority of her life. She’s been nominated for several TMA’s, she’s won the Pura Vida female vocalist of the year, twice! She’s in the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Buddy Holly Walk of Fame in Lubbock. The city of Pharr, TX honored her with a day in her name. I’m speaking of none other than the talented vocalist we all know as Agnes Torres!
It’s Jonathan Espinoza, Songwriter of the Year at the Premios Tejano Mundial 2022. This newcomer surprised everyone including himself. This musician, singer-songwriter, and producer, started playing piano when he was 10 years old, eventually leading to guitar, bass guitar, drums, and keyboards. As he likes to say, “En el piano yo domino and the others me defiendo!” Get ready to go Behind the Mic with Jonathan Espinoza.