By: Mario Conde
He grew up in Calexico and made of music his passion that led him to a successful career in the music business. Dan Navarro returned to Calexico on Saturday, April 1st to play for the first time ever before the community he grew up with. Dan is a graduate of Calexico High School Class of 1969 and came back to Calexico to support the Calexico Arts Council to help raise money for upcoming programs. He also received a resolution honoring his career by the Calexico City Council and his name was added to the “Distinguished Artist” wall that the Carmen Durazo Cultural Arts Center.
Navarro’s career began as a songwriter, most often with Eric Lowen, for artist like Pat Benatar whose hit single “We Belong” was big hit during the 1980s. In the 1990s he recorded and toured with Lowen in the acclaimed artistic duo Lowen & Navarro until Lowen’s retirement in 2009. Dan has transitioned into a growing solo career, steadily in demand on the national concert circuit.
Dan Navarro has also worked as a singer and voice actor, in movies like The Book of Life, The Lorax, Happy Feet, Rio, Ice Age, TV series Turbo Fast, Prison Break, Family Guy and American Dad, records with Neil Young, Andrea Boceli, Luis Miguel, Jose Feliciano, Janiva Magness, and Jon Anderson of Yes; the hit videogames Fallout 4 and Unchartered 4, and hundreds of TV ads for Subaru, Shakery’s, McDonald’s, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Honda Nationwide and More.
Navarro has contributed countless hours in Washington on issues of intellectual property, copyright and performer’s rights, on behalf of Nashville Songwriters Association International. In 2009, after 22 years and 12 albums with Lowen & Navarro, Dan released the spirited “Live at McCabe”, backed by his pals, Austin’s now-disbanded Stonehoney.