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Gabriel Zavala plays major role in success of new artists

The award-winning hitmaker has been instrumental in the success of many of Tejano's biggest hits with new artists.

Eddie Perez, Jr and Gabriel Zavala (right) perform at 39th Tejano Music Awards in San Antonio, Texas on Nov. 16, 2019. | Photo: Mariaelena Arocha

Best known as the multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist and producer for top Tejano star Stefani Montiel, Gabriel Zavala also lends a hand in the career paths of many new and even, established artists.

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Listen to Zavala, and hear his infectious passion for Tejano music, in this Tejano Nation exclusive interview as he mentions just a few of the careers his talent has touched.

He collaborated with 2019 Tejano Music Awards (TMA) Best New Female Vocalist nominee Aisha; and wrote and produced the single, “Mi Vida Loca,” for Anjelique, who won 2019 TMA Best New Female Vocalist and 2019 TMA Best New Group, with her Sweet City Band. Zavala also lent his musical expertise to young Tristan Ramos, winner of the 2019 TMA Best New Male Vocalist award.

Zavala was even featured in the 2019 Video of the Year award winner, “Loca Peligrosa,” from Savannah Votion.

“The Onda is growing so much right now,” Zavala said. “There’s so many new artists doing their thing.”

Zavala spoke about the excitement of the Tejano Music Awards, too. (By the way, Zavala, along with Montiel and DJ Kane, won Best Collaboration of the Year at the 39th Annual Tejano Music Awards for the reggaeton-tinged cumbia, “Sol, Arena, Ron y Mar.” In the catchy, fast-paced party cumbia, Zavala cleverly combines Montiel’s versatile vocals with DJ Kane’s distinctive voice and skilled rapping.)

“The Tejano Music Awards are always just energy, fire,” Zavala said. “It’s awesome.”

He then invited Tejano music fans who couldn’t make it this year to mark their calendars for next year’s Tejano Music Awards.

“I hear it’s going to be even bigger and better in 2020,” he said.

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