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in 2021 Antonio celebrates his 25th Anniversary as a Mariachi Artist.. And what a Celebration it is. His soon to be released album, "Homenaje A Lola La Grande" pays tribute to Antonio's idol and La Grande de La Cancion Ranchera, Lola Beltran.
Hear about it in Antonio's own words......
There are certain milestones in the life of an individual that affect the directions our lives take. Celebrating 25 years as an entertainer is one of those milestones for me. My musical journey to this point has been awesome… It all started with the introduction of an Album of an incredibly, magical artist at the early age of 2 years old. Lola Beltrán. My Grandma Viola would play that album on a record player in her music room. My mom would lay me down in front of the album cover and I would listen to the beautiful music as I fell asleep. My Mom loves Mariachi music as well, so she made sure our home was always filled with the beautiful sounds of Mariachi. Mariachi, in particular Lola Beltrán, stayed with me through all of my school years, college and as I began finding my place in this crazy world. It remains my favorite to this day.
In 1995, I met Lola Beltrán for the first time in Albuquerque, NM thanks to my friend Norberta Fresquez. I met her again and spent more time with her at her home in Mexico City in 1996 again thanks to Norberta and our friend Nelson Martínez, who later became my musical Padrino as time went on. One of the most important lessons I learnt from that meeting was, there is nothing in the world I cannot do so long as I put my mind and heart to it. Something special clicked in my mind and in my heart at that moment. That meeting was symbolic and ultimately changed my life.
My career as a Mariachi singer began in 1996, the same year we lost, Lola La Grande. In many ways, I owe her a ton of gratitude for inspiring me to pursue this career, which has become my life. Therefore, as we honor the 25th Anniversary of Lola’s death, we celebrate her memory and my 25th anniversary as an artist with this very special collection of all of my favorite Lola Beltrán songs.
In this collection, you will hear some of her most immortal and beloved songs. In addition, you will hear others that you may not be as familiar with but are some of my personal favorites. I had the most wonderful time recording this album, in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico. Under the direction of German Gutierrez and the wonderful musicians of Mariachi Internacíonal Guadalajara, this became a true project of the heart and filled with tons of love. From our hearts to yours, we hope you enjoy Homenaje a Lola La Grande.
- Antonio Reyna
Here is the Track List for the album
1. La Cancion Mexicana
2. Punalada Trapera
3. Tres Dias
4. Cucurrucucu Paloma
5. La Muerte
7. A La Orilla De Un Palmar
8. El Herradero
9. Paloma Negra
10. Gritenme Piedras Del Campo
11. Cuenta Perdida
12. La Feria De Las Flores
My new release is called, “Entre El Amor Y El Odio”. I am super proud of this recording. It is a little different from what I normally record and it was challenging, but I am happy with how it came out and looking forward to hear the audience’s reaction as it grows in listener-ship.
I recorded the project back in June of 2019 at the Music Kitchen in Fontana, CA and we just got around to releasing it. This is the 4th project I have worked with the great and super talented Diego Casillas. Diego does such a great job of capturing the arrangements that fit my style and assembles a magnificent group of musicians to lay down our tracks. He is also a God-send when it comes to directing me in the studio. Which is a tough task to do. I am not a fan of recording. Its my least favorite thing, but Diego creates me an environment where I can comfortably express myself in the best way I know how.
This album contains two songs that were written by Juan Gabriel. “Ya Para Que” and “Otra Vez Me Enamore”, the latter of which earned me the Mariachi Song of the Year award from the New Mexico Hispano Music Association this past January. It also features songs from Cuco Sanchez, Victor Cordero, Federico Mendez and 4 beautiful songs written by Graciela Saavedra.
Cha Cha, as I call her, is a great writer originally from Monterrey, Mexico who also lives in Houston, TX. I have recorded a few of her songs over the years. I called and let her know I was recording a new album and asked if she had any songs that would fit my style. She sent me about 10. Cha Cha sent me two songs she had specifically for me in mind. “Moneda Falsa” and “Orgulloso De Mi Herencia”. I feel they came out great and Cha Cha’s personal favorite is “Orgulloso….”
Our Arranger for this album is a phenomenal musician from Los Angeles, Abel Campos. He also sent me a song to record, “No Soy Culpable”. A great song about a relationship that has moved on and the sentiments are very strong about it. This album contains 3 original songs that I am super exited to see how our audience likes them.
I hope to be back out on the road soon to see you all again and maybe you can pick up your autographed copy..
Con amor, como siempre.... - Antonio
New Album by Antonio Reyna