"hey percy, just got home from buying your CD at Turntable Records in Austin, Tx. It was their last copy...hint, hint, hint...get your distributor to start movin'! Anyhow, I was jamming the c.d. a todo dar on IH-35, sup yeaha! …"
Biography: Not so many years ago, Percy Cardona was a newcomer looking to get his “foot in the door”. Today he works among the elite performers in the tejano industry. Percy, raised in the tiny town of Big Wells, Texas, has always had his sights on living out his childhood dream. After his emergence as a producer, sound engineer, and a hired gun musician, Percy Cardona has flawlessly made the transition to a solo tejano artist.
Percy Cardona’s debut album has been paraphrased by his peers as a refreshing balancing act between the traditional conjunto sound and a dynamic tejano bite. Recorded at Reel Tracks Studio in San Antonio, Texas, this self-titled effort displays his versatility as a musician, songwriter, and arranger. Percy recorded over 90% of the instrumentation including: the accordion, bajo sexto, bass, drums, and vocals. Just months after his "coming out party", his single 'Disculpame' received massive praise and attention which has now extended to numerous states. The mixture of rancheras and cumbias on the CD are turning heads from all audiences of tejano music.
Percy's ear for music was discovered at the ripe old age of 13 when he taught himself the 'Star-Spangled Banner' on his sister's toy keyboard. Since then the Ro' Records artist grew up on the home cooking of conjunto music played by his grandfathers, uncles, and parents. Under their tutelage, his musical journey began with the family's classic sound before he ventured into the progressive world.
While performing in the marching and jazz bands in high school, Percy simutaneouly played tejano gigs with small local acts. Soon after graduation, he rapidly made his way into the major tejano circut; first, as the accordionist for female vocalist Ruth, who is best known for her hit 'Toquecito', then made the jump to keyboards for the more prestigous Patsy Torres playing for schools nationwide. Next, he became a freelance musician and performed with artists that introduce David Marez, Fama, Trisha, and Grupo Alamo. Meanwhile, Percy Cardona attended classes at the Audio Engineering Institute of San Antonio to fulfill his passion for audio knowledge. It was in these times that Percy built a musical foundation while sharpening his talents.
For Percy, producing and audio engineering was another practice for him to mature. It gave him the opportunity to collaborate with artists and musicians he would not have worked with otherwise. Most musicians agree that studio work is absolutely different from performing on stage. Luckily for him, Percy has extensive knowledge in both due to his endeavors.
As the world turns, Percy continues to learn, adapt, and relish opportunities while never forgetting his roots. "My desire has always been to expand musically while keeping the vintage spirit in-tact.", says Percy. "Creating an original sound with a hint of familiarity is something I will always strive for." His modesty is only exceeded by his expectations. This young phenom is a dedicated student of music who promises to have much success for years to come.
hey percy, just got home from buying your CD at Turntable Records in Austin, Tx. It was their last copy...hint, hint, hint...get your distributor to start movin'! Anyhow, I was jamming the c.d. a todo dar on IH-35, sup yeaha! I got to Barca De Oro when I arrived home...To be continued manana morning. Dude, so like where do you play? Seriously. Such good music, and I see no tour dates for Percy. Whaddup wid dat?! At any rate, all the best!