Grammy winner Emilio Navaira recently performed a sold
out show in San Antonio, Texas with his Epiphone
DR-500R. In Emilio's own words, "Estas guitars typo Masterbilts, llegan
nivel de leyenda! Esta es para mi" Translation (These Masterbilt guitars
are of legendary caliber, this one is for me!)
Emilio on-stage with his
Emilio Navaira, along with his brother Raul, were one
of the hottest Tejano/Country Duo's of the 90's, earning numerous awards,
achievements and top record sales. Emilio, who grew up in San Antonio, Texas,
dreamed of becoming a singer since he was a small child. At the young age
of four, he received his first guitar. Even though he had no idea how to
play, he strummed along and sang at family gatherings. Emilio went on to
sing in his elementary' school choir. In high school, he entered singing
competitions and acted in school plays. Emilio graduated from high school
and attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos on a voice
scholarship. He wanted to be a music teacher or choir director, but after
his third year and against his parents' wishes, he left school.
In the mid 80's, Emilio tried out for David Lee Garza's
Tejano band and landed the position of lead singer. He gained experience
as a performer while he toured with Garza Y Los Musicales for five years.
In 1990, he decided to leave Los Musicales and start his own band, Grupo
Rio. EMI Latin picked up Emilio and released his self-titled debut album
that year. In 1991 Emilio then released a quick succession of albums starting
with "Sensaciones", "Unsung Highways" and "Shoot It' and agreed to include
at least one country song on each of his new albums.
By 1992, Emilio had cut his "Emilio Live" album and was
gaining popularity in both the Tejano and Country music scenes. In 1993,
he released "Southern Exposure" and in 1994 "Sound Life" was released. Emilio
released his most popular album "Life is Good" in 1995. This was his first
cross-over country album.
He started gaining the attention of many great artists
including Alan Jackson who liked Emilio's music so much that he asked him
to open for his 1996 tour.
In 2000, Emilio changed record labels and released his
first CD, "El Rey Del Rodeo", on BMG U.S. Latin. Emilio Navaira continues
to make his mark in Tejano and Country music.