Edgar Navarrete gets candid about his personal journey and musical pursuits. Edgar expressed his passion to continue his family’s musical legacy as a solo artist.
The grandson of Juan Navarrete Curiel, a well-known Mexican music songwriter; and son of Maria Guadalupe Navarrete, a talented songwriter, Edgar is using his familial talent to work on his up upcoming album, which will also include compositions from both his grandfather and mother. His anticipated new single, titled “Rebozo Rosa”, will be out for release soon.
His single, “Despreciado Me Voy” was originally written by his grandfather for Pedro Infante shortly before the singer’s unexpected death on April 15, 1957, but was later that year recorded by Javier Solis. The song was a success and has since been recorded by other well-known Latin American artists throughout the world. Edgar has recorded his own version of “Despreciado Me Voy” with a style and grace that would have made his grandfather immensely proud.
“It is meaningful to me to carry-on my family’s legacy,” he says. “However, I find it equally as important to keep our cultural and music genre alive for the younger generations to enjoy and appreciate.”
Born in Mexico City, Edgar’s mother recalls him singing to family and friends at the tender age of two. He proudly sang a repertoire of Lupita D’Allesio’s songs including his personal favorite, “Mentiras”.
After the 1985 earthquake that affected thousands of Mexico City residents, the Navarrete family was forced to relocate to Houston in 1986 when Edgar was just six years old.
“We lost everything in the earthquake. Our home, belongings, money, and my dad’s job. Everything was lost! It was very traumatizing to lose everything you own, migrate to a new country and having to learn a new language,” he says. “However, as we settled in our newly adopted country and home in central Houston near Canal Street, as a family we slowly began to re-establish our lives…. New work, schools, and opportunities began to arise.”
“Growing up on Canal Street was a wonderful experience. Ninfa’s restaurant was a well know landmark in our neighborhood,” he continues. “I remember as a child, I was in awe of watching Mama Ninfa, our neighborhood celebrity, riding on the float in the Independence Day parade. To me she was as famous Ronald McDonald because those were the two biggest and most popular floats in parade. Not to mention, both had big hairdos.
“I was a student at Northbrook High School. This is where I began competing in both local and state vocal and choir competitions. I spent most of my time studying classical music. Music was an escape for me. So, music and singing in general helped me cope with everything, especially when I started dealing with my homosexuality at the age of 14. It allowed me to come to terms with a molestation that occurred in my early childhood.
“Now that I’m an adult, I can say that I am profoundly grateful and proud to say that I will be celebrating 15 years of sobriety in August. I am amazingly comfortable in my own skin and my life is fantastic. I work, I sing, I travel and spend time with the ones I love. Most of all, my mom, who has been my best friend and my travel companion to many of the places that I have had the privilege to go and perform.
“I’m excited about the upcoming album and my current single ‘Despreciado Me Voy’, which is now available on iTunes, Amazon Music, YouTube, TikTok and other media sites. Also, I’ll be performing in Houston on May 7, 2023, for Tacos Over Texas benefiting the Ninfa Lorenzo’s Scholarship Fund. Look forward to seeing you there!”
For more information and performance dates please visit www.NavarreteMusic.com.
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