Tejano superstar Patsy Torres and professional public speaker Sammy V. held a “Skills For Success” Seminar for three Tejano Idol finalists from San Antonio on Saturday.
Gracelynnd, Jessica Mendoza and Crystal Nicole are the three Tejano Idol finalists that met with the duo to prepare for the singing competition next month in Austin.
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The event, hosted by Network For Young Artists, helped the young singers gain the skills needed for growth in the music business. The young artists were very thankful to learn from Torres, one of the most prominent and influential Tejano stars today. She is hailed for her award winning Tejano music, dynamic performances and leadership.
“Patsy was very down to earth. She was very informative about coming into the music business,” 26-year-old singer Crystal Nicole told Tejano Nation. “(She) definitely gave me useful advice that I will use in my career. Patsy is such an inspirational person. Speaking with her inspired me to stay true to myself as an artist and person. I am truly thankful to have had that moment with her.”
“She is a wonderful and inspiring talent,” 16-year-old singer Gracelynnd told Tejano Nation. “She was very kind to share her life story with us. She gave me good tips on how to stand my ground going into the industry as a female.”
“It was great meeting Patsy, ” 15-year-old singer Mendoza told Tejano Nation. “She explained how there is a lot of competition in the music industry and not to ever give up. You have to push and want it to make it happen. Not to let any negative words or rumors get to you and bring you down. Basically be a believer and make your dreams come true. It was great. I do love singing and believe I have a lot of support that keeps me pushing.”
Torres achieved a lot of “firsts” for the Tejano industry. She became the first Tejano artist to film a music video, when she performed one of her hit songs, “Abrazame”, on the CBS television special Sea World’s Lone Star Celebration, she made history as the first artist to expose Tejano music on national television. She repeated the honor when she performed “Abrazame” again on International Star Search televised in Los Angeles. She again made history when she was the first to perform a bilingual song on TNN’s Nashville Now Show.
Torres, who has a Ph.D. in Education and Organizational Leadership, expressed why she wanted to mentor the trio of young singers.
“I have always tried my best to help the youth and especially to advise girls wanting to get into the music business,” Dr. Torres told Tejano Nation. “I want them to succeed with their morals in tact. I take being a role model very seriously and practice what I preach. I always do my very best, and let God do the rest.”
The mission of the Network for Young Artists is to promote art and culture through voice, dance, musical instrument, and performing arts programs.
The Tejano Idol finale, produced by the Austin Tejano Music Coalition, will take place at H&H Ballroom on October 18, 2015, in Austin at 2:00 p.m. hosted by Tejano Hall of Famer Shelly Lares with celebrity judges Stefani Montiel, David Farias, Freddie Records and Margarita Perez. The Tejano Idol winner will be awarded $500 as well as the opportunity to record with Freddie Records in Corpus Christi. Get more info at ATMC-TejanoIdo.com.
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