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Jay Perez singing anthem in D.C.; may meet PREZ

Jay Perez adds a prestigious gig to his resume next week when he gets to sing in Washington, D.C.  However Perez is not necessarily scheduled to sing in front of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as reported in several Tex-Mex websites.

The occasion

 is Hispanic Heritage Month activities in Washington, D.C. where Perez is performing the national anthem during Wednesday's Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's 2009 annual awards gala.

Event organizer David Chavez says Perez is scheduled to sing at the begnining of the gala. He added that it is not know at what time the President is set to arrive.

"However, things can always change," said Chavez, who added there was some confusion and concern when several Tejano websites incorrectly claimed Perez was singing for the President and the First Lady.

Kudos to Sylvia Carrizales, who on her Tejano Beat column, was among the first sites to factually report the exciting news event. Somehow though, the news that began filtering out was convoluted to the extent that most many thought Perez was actually singing for the President.

At about 7:52 p.m. today, longtime manager Mark Grado called in to explain that at the time of the confirmation, everyone was under the impression that the President would in fact be in attendance at the event along with several stars and other dignitaries.

Our own earlier report here may have indirectly cast some blame on certain folks. There is no individual to blame in this development as exciting news events often get exaggerrated or misinterpreted. We ourselves apologize if we contributed to any misunderstanding. In this era of instant 24-hour news cycles, cyberspace is fraught with dangers to get outdated/incorrect info.

This Perez/DC story here may in fact be changed /updated/expanded later tonight, as we have done in the past in our combined reporting/blogging/reviewing posts. Since our initial posting, numerous calls and emails have poured in with commentary, background, updates, etc.

Meanwhile, the facts as confirmed now indicate Perez is set to sing at a primetime gala in the nation's capital, a major prestigious accomplishment. The President and the First Lady are special guests at the hours-long gala.

In the end this is a great opportunity for Perez, and to a larger extent, the Tex-Mex music industry.

On a brighter side, Chavez said there is a good chance Perez may get to meet the President and a few stars at an informal meet-and-greet, where Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Ozomatli are expected to attend.

Perez’s opportunity came as a result of the efforts of David Chavez, a longtime producer and organizer of the Alma Awards and the Tejano Music National Convention. This afternoon, Chavez said he suggested Perez to the CHCI committee because Perez "is a solid talent."

Chavez is also presenting the annual Alma Awards this week and he is the producer of the Hispanic Caucus Gala. Details: www.almaawards.com and CHCI.org

Jay Perez's latest CD is tltled "All The Way Live," released on Tejas Records. It was recorded during the Tejano Convention in Dallas in August of 2008. The CD features guest appearances by Jimmy Edward and Shelly Lares and features 17 tracks including "Estoy Convencido," the lead single and the only studio track. www.tejasrecords.com

Additional reporting, assistence from music news hounds Toby De Luna, Jumpin Jess Rodriguez, David Chavez's office, and Jesse Martinez. 
 

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