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Martina Garcia of Conjunto La Suerte passes away after a year-long battle with cancer

The Tejano ROOTS Hall of Fame singer died on July 22 after a year-long battle with a rare form of cancer.

Tejano R.O.O.T.S Hall of Fame singer Martina Garcia passed away on Wednesday (July 22) after a year-long battle with a rare form of breast cancer. She was 64.


Garcia began in the music business as a young girl eventually recording music with legendary record label Hacienda Records at the beginning of her professional career. The singer and songwriter started Conjunto La Suerte de Sam Y Martina in 1993, later marrying accordionist Sam Garcia in 1995. The group continued after the passing of Sam and joined CHR Records. Martina recorded a total of nine Tejano and Country albums throughout her career.

Rick Garcia, President of CHR Records, released a statement via social media confirming the news. “It’s with much heartache that we share the passing of Tejano ROOTS Hall of Famer, CHR Records recording artist and dear friend Martina Garcia of La Suerte Conjunto. As her friend and producer of over 20 years, our hearts are heavy with sadness. Martina was an amazing talent and such a genuine lady. We feel honored to have played a part in her musical career. The memories and the music will live forever. She brought comfort and happiness to countless fans throughout her career. Those of us who were lucky enough to know her personally are exceptionally blessed to have known the person behind the music. She was humble, genuine, and always a true friend. We pray that God will provide comfort and strength to her family and loved ones.”

Martina was a Tejano ROOTS Award winner as Female Vocalist of the Year in 2013 and was inducted into the Tejano ROOTS Hall of Fame in 2016.

A family-directed memorial service for Martina Garcia is scheduled for 1:00 pm on Friday, July 24, 2020, at First Baptist Church in Shamrock, Texas. Graveside services will be at 2:00 pm at the Shamrock Cemetery.

A viewing will be held from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Thursday, July 23, and 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on Friday at Robertson Funeral Home. Due to coronavirus concerns, only five people are allowed to enter the funeral home. If attending the service, be prepared to maintain social distancing practices.

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