Welcome to another segment of Sunday Spotlight where I get to share a unique and talented music artist with you!
I had the pleasure of conducting a Q&A with this young man, George Navarro, and his story is not only uplifting (which we can all use a bit of right now) but also inspiring! George is proof that you CAN follow a dream!
Let me first give you a little background:
George Navarro is a young artist, born in Chihuahua, Mexico and though being young in years, he already has a decades-long heritage of music and performing with his father and uncles Latin Grammy-winning band, Caballo Dorado. Leaving his home, family and country in search of a solo country music career in the United States landed him at his new home away from home, in Fort Worth, and most recently recording in a studio in Nashville.
The U.S. country music scene is exactly where George wants to be and where he belongs. While gaining experience on lead and acoustic guitar, he continues to add instruments to his ever-growing musical holster, and is also an accomplished bass, fiddle and mandolin player. George’s biggest asset comes in the form of his signature vocals with his warm tone and wide vocal range he has the ability to perform emotional ballads to country rock anthems with ease.
Now on to our Q&A:
Q: First of all, tell our readers how old you are, George.
A: I’m about to turn 29 on August 12th.
HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, GEORGE!
Q: When did you first play music professionally and what was the circumstance that prompted that first performance?
A: It was a school talent showcase when I was about 6 years old, I performed as if I was born to do that. At least, that’s what my friends and family say. I have scattered memories about the day, but for sure it defined a lot of who I was gonna become later on.
Q: You were born in Mexico, but saw your opportunity in the U.S. Have you been disappointed, or has it been like you visualized it to be?
A: Since playing country music is my passion, I always thought of being in the U.S. as my ultimate goal. Despite all the adversities, I took the chance and worked really hard on building a career in the states, which thanks to all the support from my team and the audience has been growing since then.
That’s a wonderful testimony to the premise this nation was founded on!
Q: Let’s talk a little about the art of songwriting. What does that process look like for you? In other words, does the melody come first, then the lyrics, or do the lyrics pop out first or both together?
A: I am very driven by the beat, by the “Catchiness” of a melody in music. I think mainly that’s because English is not my first language, and whenever I heard albums growing up, I’d be attracted to the beat and melody more than to the content of the lyrics. So, I get an idea of a catchy melody, and then a beat as the base of what later I’ll try to relate with words.
Q: Where do you look for songwriting inspiration?
A: As of right now I look for inspiration inside experiences, either personal or of someone close to me. I’ve been trying to experiment and expand the source of inspiration to other things but that is still in a very early stage.
Q: I’m going to shift gears for a minute and talk about how COVID-19 has affected you and your ability to get out and promote your new music.
A: Mainly I’m doing the radio tour to promote the new music. The live shows are a strong part of who I am as an artist, so that’s been affected, but my team put on an amazing promoting strategy which I was glad to do from home, and we got a great reaction. Also as many other artists have been doing, I’ve been using this downtime to learn new skills. I started learning piano, which has been relaxing and a lot of fun. Plus I’m still practicing fiddle, guitar and vocals.
Q: Do you ever see yourself returning to Mexico to live?
A: My whole family is still in Mexico, and I still like various aspects of the culture and society. It’s what I grew up with, and it shaped part of who I am right now, so definitely I feel I have a place both in the U.S and in Mexico.
Q: What does the future look like for George Navarro?
A: I think that’s always gonna depend on the country music fans out there. I love being on stage and in the studio. As long as I have an audience, I’ll be there pouring all my heart into my music.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who has your same dream – to break into the music business and make a big splash?
A: Hard work beats talent. And you should probably to stay hungry, looking for what’s next, and for the next opportunity. Having a good career should have a strong base.
Q: Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
A: My love for the music is what keeps me grounded. It’s been my dream to be a country music superstar since I can remember. I’d love nothing more than to fill up arenas and take my shows to places where this great genre of music hasn’t been heard yet. I don’t know how close I am from bringing that into reality but I am giving all I’ve got to make it come true.
I think it’s safe to say that George Navarro has a great start on his way to realizing his dream! If you like what you have read and heard, head on over and pick up a copy of his new music!
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