Mia Garcia, an 11-year-old from Austin, is making history as the youngest person to be nominated for Best New Female Artist at the Tejano Music Awards.
Coming from a musical family, Garcia recorded her first song at just 5 years old. Six years later, she has recorded five songs.
“I love singing all types of music,” Garcia said. “What I really love about music and singing is that I can just be free and interact with the crowd.”
Garcia lives by a simple but important phrase: “Si yo puedo, tú puedes,” which translates to “If I can, you can.”
“I live by that because I want my audience to know, if I can do this, then you can do all this and more,” the Lamar Middle School student smiled.
Garcia’s most popular song is “Boom, Boom, Boom”, which has received wide airplay on Tejano radio stations and more than 16,000 views on YouTube. The video was filmed at Tumble Tech in Cedar Park, where Garcia practices gymnastics when she’s not performing or recording. In the video, Garcia and her fellow gymnasts jump, flip, dance and laugh together at the facility. Garcia said she wants to bring people together with her music and thanks all of her fans and supporters.
Garcia also received her own day in Austin on Oct. 5, 2017, by Mayor Steve Adler and Governor Greg Abbott.
Now that Garcia has been nominated, the next phase for the awards is official voting for industry professionals going on now through Sept. 30.
“I’m just trying to stay in the present because everything you do in the present reflects on your future,” Garcia explained.
The top five nominees will be announced at the Texas Talent Musicians Association Dance. The date and location haven't been announced yet.
The Tejano Music Awards will be on Nov. 17 at the San Antonio Event Center. San Antonio is colloquially known as the “Tejano Capital of the World”.
“I’m both nervous and excited, I’m 'nervcited,'” Garcia laughed. “I really appreciate all of my fans because, without my fans, I wouldn’t be here. I’m really grateful for my parents because my parents have always been there. I appreciate everyone out there who listens and supports me.”
“I think anything less than proud to describe me and her mother would be an understatement,” said Garcia’s father and manager, Chris. “We are just continually supporting her and what she wants to do. We want her to be happy and be a child. Everything she does, she’s so passionate about doing. It’s really encouraging to see the seeds she’s planted in other lives and the inspiration she is in the community.”
Besides gymnastics, Garcia does karate, horseback riding, guitar and swimming.
Garcia has performed in San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Mexico, planning to branch into other parts of the country. She will next perform at Raspa Fest on Sept. 16 in San Antonio, following up with another show on Oct. 6 in Austin.