Emilio Navaira, a Tejano singer who crossed over in country music, died on May 16 in New Braunfels, Texas. He was 53. Known by the moniker Emilio, the singer released his first country single, “It’s Not the End of the World,” which hit the Top 30 on the Billboard country chart, in 1995. His first country album, "Life Is Good", saw some success reaching No. 13 on the Billboard chart. In 1997 he followed that up with his second country album, "It’s On The House", which did not see near the success of the first.
Emilio slowly faded from the country music scene gravitating more toward Tejano music. In 2002 Emilio’s album, "Acuérdate" won the Grammy award for Best Tejano Album.