Wednesday, 16 September 2009 15:45
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Javier Galvan: the next step beyond Fama

Longtime Tex-Mex singer-songwriter Javier Galvan says he's ready to take the next step. And yes, that means going beyond his group Fama, after more than 24 years.

“The reason I am leaving

is to pursue ministry,” Galvan said Tuesday (9/15). “I feel like I put in 24 years with Fama and now I feel the tugging. That God is tugging me to pursue a fulltime ministry.”

Galvan said his ministry is non-denominational.

“We’ll minister across the board, to Catholics, Baptists, Pentecostals, anyone.”

And of course, music will factor in his ministry.

“We’ll be doing our ministry, but music will be a big part of our ministry. We’ll be giving people what the Word is all about. Whatever the people are going through, we’re going to try to give them hope, that's what God is all about.”

‘Jumpin Jess’ Rodriguez, veteran Houston-based booking agent/promoter said Galvan has many gifts.

"Javier has always stood out because of his gift of charisma, that’s what people connect to,” said Rodriguez. “He is also multi-talented, an excellent songwriter, good singer, speaker, and TV host.

“Also, he always looks young and he always makes sure his group keeps that fresh young look.”

Galvan’s last concert with Fama is this weekend.

At 3 p.m. this Saturday Galvan and Fama are playing at Market Square by the Alameda Museum as part of the festivities there. And on Saturday (9/19) night, Galvan/Fama is performing at the Una Noche de Inspiracion event in Sinton (28 miles north of Corpus Christi) at the JRM Convention Center.”

It obviously isn’t easy to say goodbye to a band that ran with the top groups during Tejano’s fantastic mid’90s run. Fama was one of the half dozen new exciting stars that helped fuel the popularity of Tejano beyond the American Southwest with classic hits such as “Ojitos Color Cafe,” “Boulevard de Suenos” and “Llorando.”

It must be bittersweet but Galvan seemed in good spirits Tuesday. He said he handed all group/ corporation legal rights and ownership of Fama over to John Barraza and Eddie Dominguez. Gabe Rivera of Corpus Christi is the new singer for Fama.

But as each door closes, a new path opens. Galvan says he is ready for the next level.

Fans can find out the details of how Fama formed in Houston in the late '80s and struggled to get to the top in Galvan's new documentary DVD “Un Dia A La Vez.” Galvan also has a new CD "Un Dia A La Vez."

“It is the story of how the group began, how I got involved with sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll and how God stepped in,” said Galvan.

Got any questions for Galvan/Fama? Send them to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more details visit www.Javiergalvanministeries.com (under construction) and also www.myspace.com/grupofama

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"The talented, unforgettable, and very photogenic, Javier Galvan will prove to be successful even as a solo artist."  Elizabeth Brackman, singer

"One small step for Javier, One Giant leap into Stardom.  - The Bird. He's got the looks, he's talented, great personality, a lot of Charisma, knows how to connect with the Public, and he's got an even Greater force behind him.  If you think he had success with Fama, just watch him now, He's on FIRE!! God bless y'all.."
The Birdman (el locutor # 2)

"Javier has always been a gracious guy, at least in my dealings with him over the years. He deserves credit for being a darn good songwriter and for demonstrating awesome staying power in a business that’s not easy to survive in.  Here’s wishing Javier the best of luck."
Rene Cabrera, Corpus Christi-based freelance writer

"In the book of Life, every person’s destiny is written for good

reason. Being faithful to one’s calling is a matter of the heart in which a spirit greater than all is moved. Tejano music is not silencing another magnificent vocalist, but raising HOPE in passing of the torch to another generation. Continue to inspire us Javier!"
Ruben Cubillos, Creative/Musician/Advocate VIVE Tejano, Inc.

"I had the opportunity to tour and record one album with Javier Galvan & FAMA back in 1998. He was always a great person to be around with. Constantly positive and always looking ahead in his career and that of FAMA’s. His songwriting took FAMA all over the U.S. and into Mexico. In our concerts, it was great to see not only Tejano fans, but also Mexican nationals enjoying the music as well.  Several years back, when I ran into him after a long while of not seeing him, I was amazed how the same, but “new” he looked. Our conversation turned to religion, and I knew that he sincerely had accepted Jesus Christ into his life. I was very proud and humbled to be sharing words with him.
"We as fans have not lost him, but have given him to another audience that need his voice and guidance."
Carlos H. Alvarez, Seg-Son Music, Inc.  Campanas De America (member) ACCD Adjunct Faculty 

"My dear friend Javier Galvan has traveled a Journey of success with Fama and with it came some Rocky moments,Yet Christ grabbed ahold of him @ the right moment and his Journey continued in the right track, and now that he has reached that Peak of his journey Fama will always be close to his heart as will his Fans, but now he will share his beautiful voice of music with Our Lord. I am so proud of you Mi Amigo."
Brandy Lopez, Latin Fusion Tv's Host /Actress

"Yes it is sad the Tejano industry is losing him. I admire him as a singer but as a person as well. I have had the privilege of visiting with him a lot and he is one of the nicest, most loyal family man and i knew that he was very loyal to Jesus Christ ,our Lord the first time we visited. Which was about two, three years ago. He will be honoring god now with his great talent! I really love his voice and talent in writing. I really love the young man since the first time i met him. I felt as he was family immediately."
Amie Castillo, Alamo Music Productions, LLC

"His heart has always been in the ministry.  He had one foot in and one foot out, for quite sometime.  He is delving in now with both feet.  I'm certain that blessings await.  God speed!"
Roger Velasquez, musician

"Javier came into la onda Tejana with a fresh new voice in the '90's. He also played along side la Mafia which gave them great exposure. We will keep hearing his voice through his recordings and never forget the impact he had on all his fans."
David Lee Garza, singer

"Javier Galvan is the voice of FAMA...I feel that he has his own original look and sound. He would do well whether in Tejano or any other music genre. FAMA would do well by giving another new artist a chance...I would be interested in pushing Javier out and also bringing and giving someone new a chance." Olga Ondush, Baracuda Entertainment

"I've known FAMA since they were first starting out playing at 15aneras and weddings. They've accomplished so much but when it's all said and done, God always comes first. God bless Javier Galvan and God bless Fama and there Future! I'm sure with or with out Javier there fans will continue to support them."
Carlos Maldonado y Grupo Fuerte, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

"Javier Galvan is a good friend of my husband, Juan Manuel (former singer of Inocencia) and I. I was a huge fan of FAMA, and their music definitely played a significant role in the success of Tejano music! God Bless you Javier."
Velia Gonzalez, Music Industry Professional

"Knowing him personally and working with him professionally has been a true delight to say the least.  His dedication to perfection, professionalism, and upholding the highest standards for musicians are his trademarks.
"Whatever he decides to move onto will continue to benefit his legion of fans, followers and those who believe in a Supreme Being. That where his calling is. Javier has my blessings. I'll be there with him."
Henry Brun, Richport Enterprises Entertainment Consultants

"Javier Galvan is Tejano Music!" Matt Stevens, Stevens & Ellis Artist Management

“Javier Galvan is the Billy Graham to the Tejano Music Industry.” Greg Lopez (TejanoTimes.net)