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Old Tejanos Still Got It” - Gary Naranjo


     Gary Naranjo’s relationship with music started at the tender age of 7. Back in those days, after a lot of time and saving, his Mother had set aside enough S&H green stamps to buy Gary his first guitar. Times were tough and music lessons were expensive, so Gary taught himself how to play.

     During that age, Gary was more interested in learning songs by The Beatles and Rolling Stones. However, his parents had other plans, so they begin sharing Mexican classics with the agreement that for every Mexican song he learned to play, he could learn an English song. By age 12, he was a member of his first local band. For the next 18 years he played in several bands, playing a variety of musical genres, such as rock, jazz, country, traditional Mexican and Tejano.

  Despite his continued love of music, Gary also desired an education, a career and a family. He put aside his dream and focused on other aspects of his life. It wasn’t until the mid 90’s that he decided to get back into music, playing in local venues, like bars, weddings, and quinceaneras. Eventually he was asked to become the lead singer and frontman of local Tejano groups. 

     Ultimately, Gary was able to realize his lifelong dream of recording a Tejano album. Gary’s debut CD, “Keepin’ It Real” launched him back into his reinvigorated musical career. The CD earned 5 nominations in the 2009 Tejano Music Awards including a Top 5 Nomination in the Best New Male Artist category.

     Over the next 4 years, Gary released 3 more CD’s titled: “Uniquely G”, “Style Of G” and “Old Skool Kool”. Having accomplished these milestones and realizing his lifelong dream of becoming an accomplished artist with 4 full length albums, Gary decided to retire professionally from music to enjoy his achievement and retirement.

     Eventually, that itch to record music came back. In the 2020’s, Gary began playing his guitar again, singing old and new songs. During that time he decided to record and dedicate a song to his wife inspired by her beautiful blue eyes. “Esos Ojos Azules” was released in July 2021, followed by “El Amor De Mi Vida” in September 2021 and his latest release, “Te Amo Y Te Quiero” which was released in late December 2021.

     Gary is back, hard at work, with current plans to release at least 3 more songs in 2022. Beyond that, who knows? One thing is for sure though, he has learned not to say, “this is it, no more”.

     Gary’s new tag line is “Old Tejano’s Still Got It”

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