Hispanic Heritage - David DeLaGarza
10/05/2020

Any conversation about Tejano music is incomplete without a mention of internationally successful, Grammy award-winning supergroup La Mafia. One of the primary elements of the band since the beginning has been keyboardist and background vocalist David DeLaGarza whose music and infamous gritos helped shape the sound and heart of Tejano music.

 

Born and raised in Seguin, Texas, four-time Grammy award-winner David DeLaGarza was born into a musical family. His father, along with 7 of his brothers, made sure music was always a part of David's life. His father started him early in the music business, making him get up on stage at the age of 7. By the age of 16, David was a full-fledged music veteran. He was playing music full time, going away on weekends and being back in school by Monday morning.

 

It was after graduating from Seguin High School that David's life would change forever. In 1988, Tejano supergroup La Mafia was looking to add a keyboard player to their group and had been hearing about David through many people. He joined the band in January 1989, right at the time when La Mafia was making a change from a Tejano sound to more of an international sound that led them to many years of worldwide success.

 

During the 1990s, La Mafia crossed many boundaries that few Tejano bands had ever crossed--such as selling out venues such as the Houston Astrodome and playing in front of 100,000 people in Mexico City. During the 90s David received his first two Grammys with the band and he received two more in 2004 and 2005. In 2006, David fulfilled a long-time dream and started his own band, playing the kind of funk, rock and soul music that he wanted. Although still a key member of La Mafia, with his own band, he's able to stretch out musically, and is a crowd-pleaser wherever he performs.