“Many thoughts are passing through my mind and the only one that
stands out is that how blessed we are to be able to do what we
love and most importantly to share this experience,” wrote
keyboardist and band leader
Michael Ybarra. “I
want to thank everyone for all the support that we have received
from our home town to across the country and, of course, the
blessings that we have received from our God All Mighty.”
Ramos-Ybarra was nominated as Best New Artist-Female and Grupo
Fuego received a nomination for Best New Artist-Group at the
upcoming Tejano Music Awards to be held Oct. 24 in San Antonio.
The nominations resulted from the release early in 2015 of the
band’s 11-track debut Tejano CD “Nosotros.”
Yvonne y Grupo Fuego just
released the latest single “Mi Todo” from the CD on Friday,
which is now available for download on
iTunes, and Amazon. An accompanying “Mi Todo” video was released
on the band’s YouTube channel on Sept. 22.
band will make several appearances during the San Antonio trip.
Whether or not they will perform at the awards ceremony is still
up in the air. But the group plans to celebrate win or lose.
seven-member band mainly hails from the Toledo area, but does
include some musicians from Michigan as well. They've been
together for four years now. Yvonne's husband Michael Ybarra
serves as musical director and plays keyboards, while his son
Mikey Ybarra plays drums. Bennie Esquivel of Archbold plays bass
guitar and Lito Vasquez of Toledo plays guitar. Percussion
player JoJo Jimenez hails from Saginaw, Michigan, while
accordion player Matt Ponce is from Bay City, Michigan.
a result of the new CD, Yvonne y Grupo Fuego was selected to
perform at this year's Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair, March
12-15, in San Antonio.
Those appearances have led to other concert bookings across the
country. There is an Arizona tour in the works during 2016.