By Liz Lopez
The Austin Tejano Music Coalition (ATMC), formed in May 2006, is hosting the 5th Annual Tejano Idol singing finale that serves as a fundraiser to support the organization’s goals and mission to expand, support and promote this music genre native to Texas.
The ATMC Tejano Idol committee’s selection of the top 16 contestants will perform at the Finale on Sunday, October 18, 2015 starting at 2:00 pm at the H & H Ballroom located at 4404 Brandt Road in South Austin. There will be a $5 cover charge.
During the year, auditions have been held in Austin and other cities around the state and yielded participants of various ages.
Since the inaugural event in 2010, the annual vocal contest highlights new and emerging talent to the industry. Not only have the first place winners, Ashley Borrero (2010) and Mario Macias (2013) gone on to enhance their musical careers, many of the other contestants have done well and landed on a list of nominees considered for the Tejano Music Awards (TMA).
Current singer-songwriter Angel Gonzalez, and first year finalist, has flourished with several recordings in the Tejano and Freestyle genres and in 2014, Angel was nominated for TMA Best New Male Artist.
In 2012, Sarah Monique, a Top Five finalist, went on to record her album, Un Sueño Realidad, and then her single, Te Quiero Solo a Ti. Sarah was also considered for the 2014 TMA Best New Female Artist.
Devin Banda, the runner up in 2012, has released two singles with videos for Yo Te Dije and Si Pudiera Regresar. She has recently announced joining the band Llueve from the Rio Grande Valley.
Robby Garza, 2014 runner up, is now a recording artist with the band Cañonazo. Past finalist, Denise Davila, performs with the DVA Kidz. Nataly Roque and 2014 winner Erica Rangel are among many others who are starting to establish themselves in the music industry.
The Finale will have award winning Shelly Lares as Master of ceremonies. Celebrity judges scheduled are Tejano artists Stefani Montiel and David Farias, along with Margarita Perez and a Freddie Records representative.
The top three winners will receive a cash prize. With the growth of the contest, this is the second year the first place winner will receive studio time to record two songs at Freddie Records in Corpus Christi.
For more information on the event, contact Aggie Saldaña Sanchez, Chair of the Tejano Idol competition, (512) 912-6925 or http://austintejanomusic.org