Singer/Songwriter Dan Navarro played at a house concert in downtown Forney on Friday, June 7 as part of the Forney Live Singer/Songwriter Concert Series hosted by the Forney Arts Council. The intimate setting was perfect for Navarro’s acoustic music and it gave his fans a chance to get pictures and speak with him after the show. Navarro, credited with helping to get his fellow musician and cousin Dave Navarro started in music, was making his second house concert appearance in Forney.
Dan Navarro spent many years working with fellow singer/songwriter Eric Lowen in a band called Lowen & Navarro. The two friends co-wrote Pat Benatar’s hit song “We Belong”. That song is celebrating 30 years of success, and Navarro said, “It’s been real good to me.” Unfortunately Eric Lowen was diagnosed with ALS, otherwise know as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He passed away in March of 2012 and Navarro readily admits that his heart is heavy without Lowen around. He performed some of the songs Lowen wrote, because as he said, “I want to honor his memory. He isn’t here to play his incredible music anymore, so I will do it for him.”
Dan Navarro is credited with writing songs for The Temptations, Jackson Browne, Dionne Warwick, Dave Edmunds, The Bangles, and a host of other bands. He is a voice actor in a number of commercials, TV shows, and movies. Some of his work appears in The Lorax, Happy Feet, Ice Age, as well as TV shows “American Dad”, “Family Guy”, and “The Cleveland Show”.
Navarro is currently working on his first solo album, Shed My Skin, to be released later this summer. He played a number of his new songs for the enthusiastic Forney audience. He was accompanied by an amazing cellist from Plano, Diedre Smith. She blended her cello perfectly with Navarro’s acoustic guitar and really added depth to the music. Smith said she met Navarro at a music jam not long ago, and when he had a couple of Texas concerts lined up he called her and asked if she would sit in with him. She gladly accepted and received glowing praises from audience members.
Navarro had nice words for Forney and he told the audience that he loves the town and the beautiful homes in downtown. He said he was excited to be back in Forney and he looked forward to coming back again. The house concert was held at the historic home of Mark and Christie Conaway. The Conaways own the former home of Forney royalty, Mick Spellman. They selflessly offer up their home for a number of concerts each year, in order to support the arts in Forney. The next concert at their home will be Jeff Black on August 3, 2013. For information on that and other Forney house concerts, see the Forney Arts Council website.
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