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Elida Reyna (aka "La Reina del Valle Mágico") is a Grammy-winning American tejano singer from San Antonio, Texas. Though Reyna was born in San Antonio, she was raised in Mercedes, Texas. At home she was both saturated with and deeply influenced by the sounds of tejano and norteño groups including La Mafia, Grupo Mazz, and especially Laura Canales.
At the age of 20, she formed the band Elida y Avante (EYA) in the Rio Grande Valley. Quickly engendering a following for their high-energy and emotional performances, they opened shows for many top-tier performers including La Mafia, whose label, Voltage Entertainment, signed them to a record deal. Their debut album, Atrevete, was issued in 1994 and garnered a hit single in "Luna Llena." The album eventually went gold, while the band won the Rising New Artist and Reyna won for Rising Female Vocalist at the Tejano Music Awards.
The band abruptly left Voltage right afterwards, signing with the independent Tejas Records for their (and the label's) second release, Algo Entero in 1997, followed by EYA 1998, and scoring another gold record. Though the classic ranchera "Duele" appeared on EYA 1998, Reyna scored a major hit with it in 2000. She won Female Vocalist of the Year, Female Entertainer of the Year, and Song of the Year at the Tejano Music Awards for that calendar year and went on tour for much of the next two years. Reyna returned to recording with Muevete. In 2005, she, Shelly Lares, and Stefani Montiel formed the group Las 3 Divas and recorded a self-titled album, which spawned the hit "La Cumbia del Oeste."
That same year her solo recording Luna Llena appeared, followed by No Eres Para Mi and Mis Raizes. In 2004 EYA commenced sessions for a new album and emerged with Magico, with its smash title single, in 2006. It was followed by an American tour and the studio album Domingo in 2008 on their new label home, Freddie Records. The band undertook an extensive period of touring internationally, playing everywhere from the States to Europe and Asia. A hits collection and a live record were issued in late 2008 and in 2009, respectively.
STEVIE “D” DOMINGUEZ
Stevie D is a native of Brownsville, TX. Although he was born in Fresno, CA, he and his parents moved to Brownsville when Stevie was about 3 yrs old. He attended Perez Elementary, Cummings Jr High and Hanna High School.
Stevie is a Dessert Storm Veteran serving his time defending our Country in the United States Navy. He was honorably discharged in June of 1991.
After being released from the military, Stevie returned to Brownsville and began to pursue his vocal career and joined a local start-up band, being hired for Quinceneras, Weddings, and a variety of private events. After just a couple of years with this act, he joined another local act called Rio Express Band.
Stevie D sang with Rio Express for a two-year period when he began searching for Brownsville’s finest talent to begin what would end up being one of the Rio Grande Valley’s premier variety bands, The Texas Shooters. Musicians such as Mike Gonzalez (Jimmy Gonzalez y Mazz) Adolfo Garcia (Kumbia Kings) and several others were a part of this fun period.
Stevie D began recording several singles with Lorenzo Lopez (brother of Joe Lopez) and Brando Mireles at Lorenzo’s Studio in Brownsville, TX (Loren Records). Nothing was ever released.
After 4 years, Stevie D joined Joe Lopez Y La Nueva Imagen Mazz and ended the the Texas Shooters after the Jimmy and Joe break up. Working mainly as a Road Manager and Traveling with Joe and Lorenzo Lopez, Stevie began displaying his vocal interests and soon made his way on to the stage as a back-up vocalist for Joe Lopez. On July 4 2003 Stevie performed his last appearance with Joe Lopez y La Nueva Imagen Mazz. (SPI)
After a 15 yr break from the Tejano Industry Stevie reunited with La Nueva Imagen and the former members of the Joe Lopez era group. Invited to take the stage at the San Antonio Rodeo 2016, it didn’t take but two seconds when Stevie decided enough was enough. He wanted a comeback and wanted it in a strong way.
Stevie contacted Brando Mireles formally of Mazz, and both decided it was a time that the industry got something FRESH!
Brando and Stevie produced “Como Fue” with Brando as the Arranger, Producer and Director. With the idea of recording a hit, Mireles brought Gilbert Velasquez (14 time Grammy Award Winner) into the picture to add his guitar playing and mixing magic. Musicians include Grammy Award Winner Chente Barrera on drums and Grammy Award Winner Val Maltos with Brando Mireles on Keyboards. “Como Fue” has hit the airwaves with complete acceptance! The rest is History in the Making!