Young Austin singer Mia Garcia has been nominated for Best New Female Artist at the 2018 Tejano Music Awards. At 11, she’s the youngest person in the history of the award show to receive a nomination.
In a video about her nomination on her Facebook page, Garcia says she’s been singing her whole life. Coming from a family of Tejano musicians, Garcia got her start doing karaoke at restaurants with her family. By the time she was five, she had her first recording under her belt. These days, she has five.
“A lot of people call me the future Selena. I want to live up to that. But I want to be my own person. I want to be Mia,” Garcia says in a post on her Facebook page.
In addition to singing, Garcia takes guitar lessons. She also does gymnastics and karate.
Last year, the city proclaimed Oct. 14, Mia Garcia Day.
The Tejano Music Awards nominees are currently open for voting by industry professionals. If Garcia makes it to the top five, the ballot will be opened to a public vote.