Mia Garcia, an 11-year-old Tejano singer, is now the youngest singer ever to be nominated and win a Tejano Music Award. She has just won the Best New Female Artist on Saturday at the Tejano Music Awards.
Mia Garcia comes from a family of musicians. Her father, Christopher, was a former drummer, while her mother, Yuliana, was a singer. Mia remembers singing karaoke with her mother since very young.
Except for being the youngest best new female artist, Mia is also being compared with Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. She has even been dubbed, “The next Selena.” However, Mia doesn’t want to be known as just “The next Selena Quintanilla,” as she wants to follow and build her own path too. She told Spectrum News, “A lot of people compare me to Selena and I want to live up to that. But I wanna be my own person, I want to be Mia.”
The award was presented on Saturday night at the San Antonio Event Center, by the 79-year-old American singer-songwriter and record producer, Abraham Quintanilla Jr. Abraham is also the father of Selena, the Tejano sensation who was murdered in 1995 by the president of the Selena Fan Club.
After receiving the award, Mia could barely fight back the tears and emotions while giving her acceptance speech.
Mia Garcia thanked her family, friends, fans and, Abraham and Latina singer Isabel Marie via social media on Saturday night.
On her Facebook profile, she wrote:
Last night was magical! A dream come true. At 11 years young, I earned the award for this years @tejanomusicawards for Best NEW Female Artist 2018. I want to say thank you to Mr. Abraham Quintanilla and Isabel Marie for presenting it to me.
I have looked up to Isabel, your family and continue to follow your journey. All the glory and honor to God for blessing me with my talents to share with all my family, friends, and fans. God is Good!
For a moment, let’s go back to 2015 when Mia Garcia launched her first cover “El Perdon,” who is originally sung by Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesias:
Source: Mia Music
In December 2007, Mia released her first album, La Reina Del Mundo. She has also released other videos for “Mama” and “Pepe Le Pew,” and played on local and Texas radio stations, as well on international stations. Despite all her achievements, she remains modest. Her father, Christopher Garcia, spoke for the Houston Chronicle, saying: “There’s a lot of years put in, and we have several years ahead of us, but it’s a big accomplishments.” He added, “Apart from making history, Mia wants to be an inspiration to other kids…and not put an age limit, whether too young or too old, on pursuing your dreams.”
Apart from creating music and accepting awards, Mia still manages to make time for other activities. She also enjoys gymnastics, playing guitar, karate, and horseback riding.
Congratulations Mia! May this be only the first step towards your bigger achievements!
Source: Mia Music