Presidio musician is finalist for Tejano Idol competition
Originally published on September 21, 2017
PRESIDIO – Molly Ferguson was about to go to sleep when she got news. She had made the finals for the 2017 Tejano Idol singing competition in Austin.
“I was stoked and excited,” said Ferguson.
The Austin Tejano Music Coalition created Tejano Idol in 2010 as a response to American Idol, the long-running singing competition that launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert. The idea is to spotlight new Tejano artists and spread the genre to new listeners.
The Presidio High School graduate will represent Far West Texas among finalists from all over the state, including Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and McAllen, on October 1 at H&H Ballroom in Austin. The event starts at 2pm.
At first Ferguson was skeptical to throw her name in the ring, but she decided to take a leap of faith after Presidio High School art teacher Laurie Holman encouraged her to audition. She asked her roommate Dafne Rodriguez to film her audition video. In front of a blue and white Mexican serape, the Sul Ross State University student strummed a guitar while she sang “Amor Eterno,” by Juan Gabriel. She submitted the video and the final decision was announced a few days later.
The idea of a singing competition has been an intimidating world for Ferguson. It wasn’t until recently that she thought maybe she has a shot to make something with her music. With her parents, John and Lucy Ferguson, both musicians in The Resonators and Mariachi Santa Cruz, music has always been a part of her life. Lucy is currently the band director at Presidio High School and Presidio Mayor John Ferguson previously taught music.
It wasn’t until she was 14 years old when her father encouraged her to sing the late Selena’s “Baila Esta Cumbia” for The Resonators. She was hesitant.
“I had tried to sing with a rock band in Ojinaga and I never felt comfortable with it,” said Ferguson. “I wasn’t comfortable with myself.”
She received compliments after she sang for The Resonators though. Her confidence grew as she sang with her mom at church. Ferguson frequently joins her parents and her younger brother, Max, who is an electronic musician, on stage for The Resonators and Mariachi Santa Cruz.
“I still consider myself a singer in training,” said Ferguson. “I only recently started taking some voice lessons here at school, and I’m seeing how that improves my voice.”
What she wants to gain from this competition is to learn more about Tejano music. Ferguson was selected to perform “El Golpe Traidor” by Culturas for the finale with a live band performing with her.
“I hadn’t heard (the song) before, but actually listening to it, I’m ready,” said Ferguson. “I know what I’m going to wear and how I’m going to interact with people. I’m going to try to do my best.”
Out of the 16 finalists, it’s hard to overlook that Ferguson is the only one without a Hispanic surname. The community and the culture from being raised on the Presidio/Ojinaga border for all of her life is what she knows.
“For me, I’m really in love with what Mexico has to offer,” said Ferguson.
Since the news spread that she is competing in Tejano Idol, Ferguson has received encouraging and praising comments from Far West Texas residents. It shows her how gracious everyone is and how this competition is putting Presidio on the map.
“I feel everybody’s hope,” said Ferguson. “It’s an incredible feeling.”
For more information about Tejano Idol, visit atmc-tejanoidol.com.
Presidio’s Molly Ferguson wins Tejano Idol
Originally published on October 5, 2017
PRESIDIO – Molly Ferguson won the 2017 Tejano Idol singing competition in Austin this past weekend.
“I came out winning,” said Ferguson. “That’s a pretty incredible feeling.”
Raised in Presidio, Ferguson represented Far West Texas among the other finalists from all over the state, including Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and the Rio Grande valley.
After throwing her name in the ring at the last minute, she was one of the 15 singers to perform at the finale on October 1. She traveled with her family, parents John and Lucy and her brother Max, to the H&H Ballroom in Austin.
She was the second-to-last performer so she was able to see everyone’s performance before she got on stage. It was set up like American Idol where the singer listens to the judges’ feedback immediately after their performance.
“It was a very fair competition, I would say,” said Ferguson. “I enjoyed that. Living out here, I haven’t really experienced doing something like that.”
Watching the performances added to her nerves though.
“Whenever I got on the stage, it was just a blur to me,” said Ferguson. “I was so excited and nervous and everything happened so fast.”
The crowd applauded after she sang the song chosen for her, “El Golpe Traidor” by Culturas, with a backing band. Ferguson also felt that people were staring at her, but she knew she did a good job.
Because there was a tie, five finalists were called on stage to perform their songs again. Ferguson was estatic when she was the last one they named. She feels the five performers did a much better job singing their songs again as they weren’t as nervous.
When they started sharing the final results, she thought she would maybe get third place, but it went to someone else. When they didn’t say her name as the second place winner, she was in shock. That means she won first place.
“I was like what? It didn’t feel real,” said Ferguson. “I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t go there to win and yet, I won.”
With her title, Ferguson will also receive $1,000, a recording session with Freddie Records and a video and photo shoot. She will walk the red carpet at the 39th annual Tejano Music Awards on October 21 in San Antonio.
“That alone is exciting,” said Ferguson.
Another thing she gets to do is perform at the Tejano Music Awards Fan Fare in March 2018.
Ferguson will also juggle college as she’s studying music education at Sul Ross State University in Alpine. She said if she gets an opportunity to do more work in performing, she would take it.
“I don’t know what’s next, but I’ll guess we’ll see,” said Ferguson. “It’s really cool to represent where I’m from and to put a good name on it.”