is an American Tejano
musician, who is known for his mixing of Rhythm and Blues
with traditional Tejano music. Initially a drummer, he became a leading vocalist for Latin Breed
and David Lee Garza y los Musicales
. Perez began a solo career in the early 1990s
and has released several solo albums. He has also won several Tejano Music Awards
To his fan base, he is known as "The Voice" Jay Perez
started off his musical career as a drummer. He was then asked by fellow musician Oscar Montemayor
(David Lee Garza y los Musicales
) to sing a song; Oscar
then got him an audition with the Latin Breed
showed up expecting to sit behind a drumset, which made then-Latin Breed
drummer Richard Soliz laugh, since on the stage there was only a microphone. He stayed with the Latin Breed
for about a year. He then got an audition with David Lee Garza y los Musicales
, and sang with Garza
for two and a half years. He then started his solo career in the mid-'90s, getting the best musicians in the Tejano Music industry for his band. His band is known as "the Band" and has won numerous awards for their studio work. His latest, All of Me
, was released in 2006.
DAVID LEE GARZA
David Lee Garza continues to maintain a loyal following with his combination of progressive Conjunto and distinctive Tejano music formulas.
After more than 30 years in the business David Lee Garza y Los Musicales have generated hit after hit with a combination of easily danceable melodies and earthy roots music blend of Country, Tex-Mex and straight up Tejano.
David Lee’s unique accordion style music is readily recognized. For this reason it is not difficult to find David Lee collaborating with other Tejano music-recording Grammy Award-winning artists like: Little Joe y La Familia, Jimmy Gonzales, La Firma, Bobby Pulido, Joel Guzman, Joe Posada, or Americana favorite artists like Kevin Fowler or Cory Morrow, T Graham Brown, Johnny Rodriguez and Johnny Bush.
The group’s ascent in the industry has been rock steady with recognition coming from every corner of the Tex-Mex, Americana, and Tejano music world. This road-proven band has enjoyed increasing success on the grueling dance/Festival touring circuit for over the last couple of decades. Producing a string of hits including “Con El Tiempo”, “Hey David Who’s That Gringo”, and “Cuatro Caminos”, “Te Quiero Te Amo” has kept David Lee Garza y Los Musicales at the top of mind and Chart topper.
Their concentrated efforts of building the group with a handful of revolving vocalists has established David Lee Garza as a household name in the Tejano genre and has earned his favorite son status to Tejano music lovers across America. Each contributing lead singer directs DLG to refresh and rejuvenate his homegrown musical spirit for audiences of every age.
With over 30 recorded albums 2 major labels and now their own independent record label DLG Records as part of their legendary discography, Los Musicales are currently working on their next conquest to be released in early March 2015. David Lee along with his Manager started their own Record label JROD Records, so that they could venture out in recording other artists. Their first CD entitled David Lee Garza "Just Friends" is collaboration with 10 different vocalists, this CD WON 2013 Latin Grammy for Best Tejano Album.
The band has been the only Tejano group to have spun off several benchmark careers for some of the most talented and influential vocalists/artists in the industry today — Ramiro “Ram” Herrera, Emilio Navaira, Oscar G, Jay Perez, Marcos Orozco, Mark Ledesma and Ben Ozuna who left to create their own names among the Marquee signs while garnering their accolades. Now with his New Vocalist Cezar Martinez from Robstown Texas brings his youthful style to los Musicales and creates a young and new energetic sound.
Noting their popularity and longevity among a true Mexican American culture, Los Musicales have lived through the journey like that of many other entertainment giants. Blazing a trail from Hawaii to Florida; the Great Lakes to northern Mexico, David Lee Garza y Los Musicales have reinvented their sound and rejuvenated their spirit in a way only they know how.