AC Cruz celebrates the life and legacy of late Tejano icon Emilio Navaira today, on what would have been Emilio’s 60th birthday, selecting portions of interviews from The AC Cruz Podcast that feature David Lee Garza, Ram Herrera, Raulito Navaira, Destiny, and Rigo Navaira, and Emilio’s sons, Emilio IV and Diego, sharing personal memories of ‘El Rey del Rodeo’, Emilio Navaira.
Fernando Silva is a long-time, successful Tejano musician, producer, and songwriter who’s credited with writing the signature songs for artists like David Olivarez’s SOÑADOR, and Negami’s DICEN POR AHI. He’s also had success writing for an eclectic group of artists like Bobby Pulido, Fama, La Fiebre, and more recently Stevie D.
His road to success didn’t come easy, enduring many life obstacles such as drugs and alcohol and most tragically the death of a daughter.
However, he has found new hope and his joy is very evident in his latest project, Christian Tejano band, AMOR TEJANO.
We go Behind the Mic on this episode of the AC Cruz Podcast with Fernando Silva.
Stevie D. and Rebecca Valadez are finally teaming up. Rebecca with a unique soulful sounding voice is a two-time Grammy winner who has sung with the likes of Joe Lopez and Jimmy Gonzalez y El Grupo MAZZ, backup vocalist for Janet Jackson, and more. Stevie D., four-time Tejano Music Awards winner including Male Vocalist of the Year 2021. We’re chatting new music, new duets, and a new All-Star Cast. Go Behind the Mic with Stevie D. and Rebecca Valadez on The AC Cruz Podcast.
Karla Christina is an American vocal artist, raised in Nevada’s capital, Carson City. Born to a Colombian mother and Costa Rican father on November 13, 1984, in Glendale, California. She grew up speaking both English and Spanish and therefore loves singing a variety of genres in both. She’s been singing since she was 3 years old, performed on Sabado Gigante, and opened up for George Lopez and more. Get ready to go Behind the Mic with Karla Christina on the AC Cruz Podcast
Genyva Salas Monjaras is a powerful vocalist from the Rio Grande Valley. The singer earned a nomination for Best New Female Artist in 2009 and returned to music in 2015 after taking away from music to battle cancer and recover from injuries suffered in an auto accident. She shares her trials and tribulations throughout her career, her current music projects including Tejanas Unidas En Cristo and much more in an emotional interview as Genyva goes Behind The Mic with The AC Cruz Podcast.
Johnny Rodriguez, aka Johnny Rod, is a Grammy winner and a five-time Latin Grammy winner. He is known as the righthand man for late Tejano icon Jimmy Gonzalez, producing and composing classic Tejano hits during his many years with Grupo Mazz when Jimmy G went on his own. Johnny Rod shares memories in the studio with the Tejano legend, a life-changing auto accident, his skills as a panadero (baker), and much more as he goes Behind The Mic on this episode of The AC Cruz Podcast.
Yeisi (pronounced ‘Jay-cee’) is a Tejano newcomer with big dreams. The singer-songwriter from the Rio Grande Valley is known for his romantic style of music as featured on his two Tejano albums, “Romance Tejano” and “Reminiscencias,” which includes production from Grammy-winning producer Gilbert Velasquez, and Latin Grammy winner Jair Alcala of El Plan. Yeisi discusses his musical education and influences, upcoming projects, and more as he goes Behind The Mic with the AC Cruz Podcast.
Sidalia Almaguer Mendoza, aka DJ Saz, owner and on-air personality of SazRadio.com. Born in Washington and raised in the RGV, she returned back to the great state of Washington at the age of 16 and hasn’t looked back. Now she’s taking over the podcast, DJ Saz goes Behind the Mic with your host AC Cruz.
La Machy is best known as a founding member of GRAMMY-nominated international group La Conquista. The singer-songwriter and classical musician released a cover “Mamii,” adding her own signature cumbia style to the chart-topping collaboration between Karol G and Becky G. The lead single from her solo cumbia project, produced by Roland “RoRo” Gutierrez, features the signature urban cumbia beats that La Machy has been recognized since the all-girl group La Conquista debuted 25 years ago. Get ready to go Behind the Mic with La Machy.
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.