The Band



Crossroads is “Albuquerque’s Power Band,” that originated in 1992 in Albuquerque, NM. The members of Crossroads are comprised from different areas of the United States, averaging over 20 years’ experience of performing professionally. 

​ The music performed, ranges from a tejano music style of horn driven rancheras, cumbias, traditional conjunto, boleros and salsa to country, jazz, big band, rock, funk, soul and oldies. Crossroads is fronted by vocalist Joy Baca-Gutierrez and is accompanied by a full band including keyboards, accordion and horns. Crossroads has performed through out the southwest including New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming and Kansas, to which their music can be heard on the airwaves of these areas.

Crossroads first CD entitled, “Culture Walk” was released in August 1997. The recording received seven award nominations, and two award winnings for Cumbia, Salsa y Tropical song of the year and Instrumental song of the year from the New Mexico Hispano Music Association. At the beginning of the new Millennium, is when Crossroads sophomore CD entitled, “Nuevo Caminos,” was released. The release obtained a nomination from the 2001 New Mexico Music Industry Awards for Best Musical Production Traditional Style Hispanic and by May 2001, the release was picked up by a national distribution company.

By March 2001, Crossroads was selected out of thousands of bands, by the Board of Directors of the Texas Talent Music Association to perform at the 21st Annual Tejano Music Awards Show Fan Fair in San Antonio, TX and continues to perform in following years for the fan fair.

By 2005 is when Crossroads truly made a positive mark and was invited to perform at the 15th Annual New Mexico Hispano Music Association Awards Show and was contracted to perform at a Taste of Colorado, in Denver, CO with a record high weekend attendance of over 100,000.

In September 2005, Crossroads was invited out to perform in San Antonio, Texas at the award show for the Academy of Tejano Artists and Musicians, also known as Tejano Academy. Crossroads was recognized as the, “Best Out-of-State Band.”

June 2006, Crossroads released their self-titled third cd produced by Matthew Gutierrez and 11 time Grammy award winner Gilbert Velasquez, which debuts the band into the Tejano Music scene.

The self-titled CD features five (5) horn driven rancheras including a twist on their rendition on the classic song, “Crei.” You can hear a pop influence in, “Eres El Unico,” to give this cumbia a modern day feel. In “Sufriendo Penas,” Crossroads slows down this classic song to make you drink and grito all night long. Joy Baca-Gutierrez shows her versatility in this soulful yet jazzy Ray Charles hit, “You Don’t Know Me.”

Crossroads Bassist, Phil Baca is featured on this intricate horn driven cumbia, “Sumbale Maria.”  “Todo Mi Amor.” demonstrates that Crossroads not only performs with horns, but also shows their ability to perform traditional conjunto styles. The music comprised on the self-titled CD also includes four (4) original compositions that are entitled, “Todo Mi Amor,” “Eres El Unico,” “Necesito Yo Saber,” “Me Esperas”

Due to the success of the self-titled CD, Crossroads obtains a professional management representation of Aur-Marc Management out of Dallas, TX and tours the southwest in promotion of the project. The project is also promoted in various states by high profile marketing and by radio tours.
The self-titled project obtained Crossroads six award winnings from the New Mexico Hispano Entertainers Association for the following: “Conjunto Song of the Year,”  “Original Song of the Year,” “Songwriter of the Year,” “Male Vocalist of the Year, “Female Vocalist of the Year,” and “Album of the Year.” Crossroads also received four award nomination and three award winnings from the New Mexico Hispano Music Association for “Conjunto Song of the Year”, “Salsa/Tropical Song of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year”.

Crossroads was also pleased to be informed by The Grammy’s that the self-titled CD was Grammy eligible and listed on the 2006 Grammy ballot.
In September 2006, Crossroads was recognized for a second year in a row as the “Best Out-of-State Band,” by the Tejano Academy, located in San Antonio, TX. Crossroads also received a nomination for “Best Orquesta,” category along with, the Latin Breed, Ruben Ramos & the Mexican Revolution, Avizo and Little Joe & La Familia. This was the first time in the organizations existence that an out-of-state band was recognized in this category.

By the close of 2006, Crossroads was a finalist in consideration of being inducted into the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame. Crossroads had been only band/group in the Tejano Music industry, to receive award recognitions in multiple states for one single recording project.

In March 2007, Crossroads is asked to headline the Mariachi Stage at the Texas Talent Music Association Fan Fair and performs live on Domingo Live, a live television show based out of Corpus Christi, TX.

In July 2007, vocalist Joy Baca-Gutierrez and Matthew Gutierrez record in Austin, TX on the “Christmas Cool,” project by Ruben Ramos.

In November 2007, Joy Baca-Gutierrez obtains the Presidency of the New Mexico Hispano Entertainers Association and was appointed as a State Commissioner for the New Mexico Music Commission by the Bill Richardson Administration. Her commission is currently still active.

During 2008-2012 Crossroads continued performing as the New Mexico Hispano Entertainers Association orchestra and All-Star Band for the annual award shows. Crossroads performed a variety of Spanish musical arrangements, collaborating various musical artists.

In June of 2010 Matthew Gutierrez and Joy Baca-Gutierrez assisted Latin Pointe with the LULAC National Convention in Albuquerque, NM with production and performing artist selection at Tingly Coliseum.

In 2010 to present, Matthew Gutierrez and Joy Baca-Gutierrez were appointed as part of the Latin Point production team for the National Tejano Music Convention. Latin Pointe is owned and operated by David and Sarah Chavez and is based out of Olathe, KS.

Since 2010 to present, Matthew Gutierrez and Joy Baca-Gutierrez continued to collaborate in other musical projects with artists such as Stefani Montiel, Johnny Hernandez, Jimmy Lee (out of Corpus Christi, TX) and Jerry Lopez.  

In April 2013, Joy Baca-Gutierrez and Matthew Gutierrez are requested to perform at the 20th Anniversary of Quality New Mexico Awards Conference in Albuquerque, NM.

Due to the success of the self-titled project, Crossroads was subject to expanding their musical performance catalog. The band has continued to perform Spanish music selections but expanded selections to a more complex catalog with music selections by artists such as Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire and Chicago.

Highlights

Biography

Joy Baca-Gutierrez - Lead Vocals

Matthew Gutierrez - Guitar, Bajo Sexto, Vocals

Phil Baca - Bass, Vocals

Roger Saiz - Dums

Zach Weiss - Keyboard

Paul Marquez - Alto, Tenor, Bari Sax

Paul Bossert - Trombone

October 1995-  Crossroads headlines at the Kodak International Balloon Fiesta. 

October 1996-  Crossroads headlines at the Kodak International Balloon Fiesta.

August 1996-  Crossroads Headlines to a crowd of over 30,000 at Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza Annual Summer Fest.

1997- Crossroads first CD entitled, “Culture Walk,” was released.

March 1997- Joy Baca and Phil Baca (vocalist, bass) were invited along with other several NM artists to come together and record a song for the, “Estas Voces,” CD benefiting Youth Development Incorporated, (YDI). Crossroads music was also featured.

August 1997- Vocalist Joy Baca along with NM All Star Band opens the 1997 NM Hispano Music Association Awards Show.

August 1997- Crossroads is nominated for seven awards with the New Mexico Hispano Music Association. Crossroads wins awards for “Instrumental Song of the Year,”and “Cumbia, Salsa, Tropical Song of the Year.”

1998- Crossroads was featured in the nationally known, “Antena Magazine.”

August 1998- Crossroads performs to a crowd of over 40,000 at Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza Annual Summer Fest.

January 2000- Crossroads sophomore CD entitled, “Nuevo Caminos,” was released that included five (5) original songs written by Joy Baca and Matthew Gutierrez (guitar).

January 2001- Crossroads nominated for Best Musical Production Traditional Style Hispanic for the New Mexico Music Industry Awards.
May 2001- “Nuevo Caminos,” is nationally distributed.

March 2002- Crossroads debuts in Tejano market at the 21st Annual Tejano Music Awards Show Fan Fair in San Antonio, TX

In 2003, Crossroads donates the use of a single from the, “Nuevo Caminos” project to the KANW fundraiser.
January 2005- Crossroads performs at the 15th Annual New Mexico Hispano Music Association Awards Show.

September 2005- Crossroads performs at a Taste of Colorado, in Denver, CO with a record high weekend attendance of over 100,000.

September 2005- Crossroads wins Best Out of State Band / Group at the 2nd Annual Academy of Tejano Artists and Musicians Award Show. Crossroads performs at the awards show.

October 2005-  Crossroads performs at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.



June 2006- Crossroads third CD, self-titled is released, containing four (4) original songs written by Joy Baca and Matthew Gutierrez. 

September 2006- Crossroads wins Best Out of State Band / Group at the 3rd Annual Academy of Tejano Artists and Musicians Award Show and received a nomination for “Best Orquesta,” band/group.

November 2006- Crossroads headlines the New Mexico Hispano Entertainers Association Award show and wins six awards from the New Mexico Hispano Entertainers Association for the following: “Conjunto Song of the Year,”  “Original Song of the Year,” “Songwriter of the Year,” “Male Vocalist of the Year, “Female Vocalist of the Year,” and “Album of the Year.”

June 2006 - January 2008- Crossroads tours the Southwest and Midwestern United States in support of their 3rd release. The project is featured through various magazines, websites and radio stations (both traditional and internet) including receiving several # 1 hits

January 2007- Crossroads received four award nomination and three award winnings from the New Mexico Hispano Music Association for “Conjunto Song of the Year”, “Salsa/Tropical Song of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year”.

In 2007, 2008 and 2009, Crossroads donates the use of a single from the, “Crossroads” project to the KANW fundraiser.

 March 2007- Crossroads headlines at the Texas Talent Music Association Fan Fair  in San Antonio, TX. Crossroads appears live on “Domingo Live,” in Corpus Christi, TX. 

2010, Crossroads records a new single that is donated to the KANW fundraiser.

July 2007- Joy Baca-Gutierrez and Matthew Gutierrez record in Austin, TX on the “Christmas Cool,” project by Ruben Ramos

In November 2007, Joy Baca-Gutierrez obtains the Presidency of the New Mexico Hispano Entertainers Association and was appointed as a State Commissioner for the New Mexico Music Commission by the Bill Richardson Administration.

2008-2012 Crossroads continued performing as the New Mexico Hispano Entertainers Association orchestra and All-Star Band for the annual award shows.

June 2010 Matthew Gutierrez and Joy Baca-Gutierrez assisted Latin Pointe with the LULAC National Convention in Albuquerque, NM with production and performing artist selection at Tingly Coliseum.

2010 to present- Matthew Gutierrez and Joy Baca-Gutierrez were appointed as part of the Latin Point production team for the National Tejano Music Convention. Latin Pointe is owned and operated by David and Sarah Chavez and is based out of Olathe, KS.

2010 to present- Matthew Gutierrez and Joy Baca-Gutierrez continued to collaborate in other musical projects with artists such as Stefani Montiel, Johnny Hernandez, Jimmy Lee (out of Corpus Christi, TX) and Jerry Lopez.

April 2013- Joy Baca-Gutierrez and Matthew Gutierrez are requested to perform at the 20th Anniversary of Quality New Mexico Awards Conference in Albuquerque, NM.


August 2014 – Crossroads debut performance at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino with Al Muniz and Johnny Hernandez. 

​ September 2014- Crossroads performs at the New Mexico State Fair with Jerry Lopez.  


December 2014- "Mi Soledad," is released to radio and for digital purchase. The song is produced by 12-time Grammy Award Winner, Gilbert Velasquez and is an original song written by Gilbert Lopez, Sr., father of

Jerry Lopez.  
June 2016- Crossroads performs with Tejano Legend, Johnny Hernandez at San Felipe Casino Hollywood for Father's Day.

July 2016- Crossroads headlines the Las Vegas, NM fiestas with Santa Fe Native, Jerry Lopez.

​ The band Crossroads is currently working on a new follow-up CD to the self-titled project, "Crossroads" that was released in 2006.