The Austin Tejano Music Coalition (ATMC), formed in May, 2006, will play host to the 5th annual “Tejano Idol.” The vocal competition serves as a fundraiser to support the organization’s goals and mission to expand, support and promote the Tejano music genre, native to Texas.
During the past year, auditions were held in Austin and other cities around the state, yielding participants of various ages. Auditions were also accepted by video from around the nation. The ATMC Tejano Idol committee’s selection of the top 15 contestants include one from Michigan. Each will perform at the finale on Sunday, Oct. 18, starting at 2pm at the H & H Ballroom, 4404 Brandt Rd. in Austin. There’s a $5 cover charge at the door.
The inaugural event launched in 2011 and since has highlighted new and emerging talent in the industry. First place winners, as well as several runners-up and top contestants, have established themselves as recording artists. A 2010 contestant, singer/songwriter Angel Gonzales, subsequently established his band, Vimana, whose freshman album, “Sin Limites,” has earned praise. He garnered a Top 5 nomination for the Best New Male Artist category at the Tejano Music Awards. His new freestyle cumbia single is “Se Fue Mi Amor.” The band is currently working on a sophomore album due out before the end of the year. Ashley Lauren Borrero, the Tejano Idol inaugural winner, performs locally with Angel y Vimana, and recently launched a solo career. The Austin-based artist is also working on an album.
2012’s runner up, Devin Banda, is working on an album and has released two singles with videos, “Yo Te Dije” and “Si Pudiera Regresar.” Banda has performed showcases with established artists including La Mafia and also portrays a gospel singer in the film, “End of Me,” by director Thomas Jaramillo, where she performs “Praise You.”
Sarah Monique, a 2012 contestant, recorded, “Un Sueño Realidad,” and the single, “Te Quiero Solo a Ti.” She was on the industry list of nominees for the Best New Female Artist in 2014. A new single, “En Esta Tumba,” featuring Genyva, was released in May and she is currently working on new material for a sophomore album.
The 2013 Tejano Idol first place winner, Mario Macias, of Ft. Worth, has performed at several festivals and showcases around the state. 2014 runner-up Robby Garza joined Cañonazo as a lead vocalist shortly after the contest last October. The band released their self titled album in August and has developed a following in Austin and surrounding areas.
This year’s production will feature award winning singer/songwriter, Shelly Lares, as Master of Ceremonies. Serving as celebrity judges are Stefani Montiel, David Farias, a representative from Freddie Records, and Margarita Perez. The top three winners will receive a cash prize. With the growth and expansion of the contest, this is the second year the first place winner will also receive studio time to record two songs at Freddy Records in Corpus Christi.
Special thanks to Liz Lopez and