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Katie Lee Ledezma is lone female vocalist nominee at 2016 STCA Conjunto of the Year Awards

katieleeledezmacoy2016Conjunto is usually dominated by male performers, only a select few women have been able to break through to become stars and Katie Lee Ledezma hopes to be the next on the list.

The 22-year-old singer-songwriter has been nominated for Song of the Year at the 2016 Conjunto of the Year Awards presented by the South Texas Conjunto Association. This will be the second straight nomination in that category for the young performer .

“It feels great! It’s such an honor being the only female singer/songwriter of Conjunto to be nominated this year,” Ledezma told Tejano Nation. “Being one of the few new female artists of Conjunto and to be in a position that I am right now, which is nominated for Single of the Year, going up against big artists in the industry feels like one of my goals ready to be checked off my list!”

Ledezma’s first original single “Aqui Estoy” is in the same category as Conjunto heavyweights The Hometown Boys, Los Badd Boyz del Valle, Los Garcia Bros and more.

“I also find it impossible to win, but then again nothing is impossible,” Ledezma said. “Even though I might not win, I’m still happy and proud to know that something I wrote from the heart was nominated to be single of the year.”

Ledezma isn’t the only female nominated this year, 14-year-old Lily Garcia of Conjunto ATM is nominated for Drummer Of The Year.

“She is the only female musician that’s nominated this year,” Ledezma said.

Ledezma won Promising New Artist of the Year at last year’s STCA Conjunto of the Year Awards and hopes to add another accolade to her resumé.

“I’d also like to thank everyone that took some time out of their day to vote for me,” Ledezma said. “I truly appreciate every single one of y’all’s vote. Thank you so much! Let’s hope for the best!”

The singer is already working on a new project, but couldn’t reveal details at the moment.

“There is something big planned for me in the future,” she said. “Something I’m not allowed to say yet. But let me just say, I can’t wait to show you what’s next in my musical career. In time you’ll know God willing. God Bless!”

The 2016 STCA Conjunto of the Year Awards will take place at KC Hall, 150 N. Ohio Ave., in Mercedes, Texas, on Sunday, July 17, 2016.

“I wish everyone that’s nominated at this year’s Conjunto Awards the very best of luck,” Ledezma added.

Here are the nominations for the 18th Annual Conjunto of the Year Awards, that will be dedicated to the late Gilberto Garcia of Los Dos Gilbertos, who passed away last September.

2016 COY NOMINATIONS (Nominations by STCA Selection Committee)

A special Recognition to the Memory of Gilberto Garcia, Los Dos Gilbertos.

Conjunto of the Year
Conjunto Sereno – San Antonio
Conjunto Romo – Kyle, Texas
MC2 – Monico Cortez II – Houston, Texas
Rio Jordan – San Antonio
Ricky Naranjo Y Los Gamblers – Alice, Texas
Conjunto Amable – Corpus Christi
Riley Y Los Gilitos – Edinburg
Los Fantasmas Del Valle – Mercedes, Texas
Edgar Vasquez Y Sus Muchachos – Laredo, Texas

Single of the Year
Badd Boyz Del Valle-Para Ti
Hometown Boys-Ya Me Voy Para Siempre
Conjunto Sereno-Eres Todo
Los Garcia Bros-Una Botella
Ruben Vela Jr Y Su Conjunto-Que Culpa Tengo
Los Morales Boys-Asi Es
Chore Perez Y Su Conjunto-Hasta el Que Que
Katie Lee Ledesma – Aqui Estoy
Los Fantasmas Del Valle – Emplefique tu Retrato

Album of the Year
El En Vacilon – Badd Boyz Del Valle
Perdona – Conjunto Deltaboyz
Conjunto Boss– Edgar Vasquez
Last Kiss – Conjunto Sereno
Born To Be Bad – Jaime Y Los Chamacos-
Tu Copa Rota – Conjunto Romo
Lo Mejor Y Mas – Ruben De La Cruz Y Su Conjunto
Hasta El Final – Ricky Naranjo Y Los Gamblers

Vocalist
Edgar Vasquez-Edgar Vasquez Y Sus Muchachos
Bobby Salinas-Los Fantasmas Del Valle
Lazaro Perez-Lazaro Perez Y Su Conjunto
Santiago Garza -Santiago Garza Y La Naturaleza
Tomas Navarro-Conjunto Amable
Mando De Los Santos- Mando Y La Venganza
Oscar Anzaldua – Tejano Boys
Frank Hernandez – Ruben De La Cruz Y Su Conjunto
Israel “Tornado” Gamboa

Drummer of the Year
Tury Alviar-Conjunto Deltaboyz
Mario Diaz Jr- Los Monarcas
Ruben Mendoza-Jaime Y Los Chamacos
Danny Martinez-Conjunto Imposible
Lily Garcia-Conjunto ATM
Ray Longoria-Lazaro Perez Y Su Conjunto
J.R. Garcia-Grupo Envicto
Woody Rodriquez (Free lance)
Valerio Longoria III Conjunto Kings

Bass Player of the Year
Aldo Solis-Gilberto Perez Y Sus Compadres
Freddie Cuellar-Los Autenticos
Benny Fonseca-Los Fantasmas Del Valle
Felix Alaniz-Conjunto Oro
Ray Ariz Mendez – Los Monarcas
Jaime Solis – Ruben Vela, Jr Y Su Conjunto
Beto De La Cruz – Los Nuevos Chachos
Rigo Rangel – Delta Boys
Jesse Flores – Tremendo V

Bajo Player of the Year
Bobby Salinas-Los Fantasmas
Miguel Sanchez-Kinto Rey
Mando “Sapo” Garcia-Boni Mauricio
Jose Ancira-Grupo Invicto
Armando Garza-Conjunto Los Amores
Max Baca – Tex Maniacs
Lawrence Torres Conjunto Impossible
Rey Longoria, Sr. Lazaro Perez Y Su Conjunto
Jesse Garces, Jr.
Pete Diaz – Los Monarcas

Accordion Player of the Year
Eliberto Contreras-Las Estrellas De Oro
David Flores-Los Alacranes
Rodney Rodriguez-Los Fantasmas Del Valle
Flavio Longoria-Flavio Longoria Y Conjunto Kingz
Javier Gonzalez-Conjunto Deltaboyz
Steven Martinez-Hache Tres
Joaquin Rivera-Conjunto Prestigio
Ruben De La Cruz
Mario Diaz, Sr. Los Monarcas
Juanito Castillo

Lifetime Achievement Award
Cande Aguilar Sr.
Ruben Garza (Ruben Vela, Los Dos Gilbertos, Nueva Era Musical and others)
Paul Casarez
Gilberto Perez, Sr.

Conjunto Pioneer
Tomas Vasquez-Los Dinamicos
Alfredo de La Rosa
Efrain Solis – composer
Albert Soliz – composer

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