Thanks to everyone who submitted an entry for the Original Songwriting Competition. More entries were submitted this year than ever before and there is, no doubt, enormous talent in the mariachi community.
The emphasis on this year’s Original Songwriting Competition was inspired by Carlos Martínez and Mariachi Vargas’ recording of their latest single “Enamórame Otra Vez.” Our interest is to support original songwriters and give them a platform to perform their original songs on the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza stage in front of celebrity judges, with the opportunity to win cash prizes.
The competition will be judged by Carlos Martínez, Musical Director for Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, along with singer/songwriter Lupita Infante and Carlos Álvarez ofAzteca Records.
First, second and third place winners will be selected. Cash prizes will be offered in the amounts of $1,000, $750 and $500.
Finalists will perform on Friday, December 3, at 12 noon, at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. The competition is open to registered participants of the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza and selected media.
Congratulations to the following six finalists who were selected:
Claudia García, Los Angeles
Abiel Hinojosa, Roma
José Longoria, Houston
Carlos Maldonado, Kyle
Víctor Pichardo, Chicago
Baldemar “Baldo” Villarreal, San Antonio
The Original Songwriting Competition is one of three competitions taking place during this year’s Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza. Click here for a complete schedule of events.
Special thanks to Federico Chávez-Blanco, a longtime supporter of the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza and a composer who selected finalists for the Original Songwriting Competition.
The 27th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza is sponsored by Cano Health and H-E-B. Additional support is provided by KHS America, Whataburger and Texas Public Radio.
The Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza is a production of MPR (Muñoz Public Relations) based in San Antonio, Texas.