Kristopher Nava is an American singer and musician presently affiliated with the Regional Mexican genre band Tercer Elemento, aka T3R Elemento. Their videos and digital singles demonstrate a youthful adaptation of the alternative corrido movement. A native of Nevada, Nava’s parents are Mexican immigrants. He has always been interested in music. In 2015, he got together with requinto player Felipe Prieto, electric guitarist Sergio Cárdenas, and accordionist Zeus Gamez to form T3R Elemento. They subsequently started performing covers of narco and traditional corridos from the Culiacan and Sinaloa traditions at various parties and high schools. The group posted live videos on YouTube and shared homemade digital singles on various streaming and download services. This garnered them the attention of the A&R executives at Parra Music, who offered them a record deal. Nava and his bandmates accepted the contract, and they put out their debut album, a live offering titled ‘Rafael Caro Quintero en Vivo’, in 2016. Since then, they have welcomed tuba player Carmelo Mosqueda into the group and have released two more albums, ‘Underground’ and ‘The Green Trip’. They have a popular YouTube channel through which they put out all of their music videos.
In 2015, Kristopher Nava created Tercer Elemento, aka T3R Elemento, with two other musicians of Mexican descent and one of Cuban descent in Las Vegas. Nava is the lead vocalist and guitarist of the group. The other three original members are Felipe Prieto (on requinto), Sergio Cárdenas (on electric guitar and back-up vocal), and Zeus Gamez (on accordion). Tuba player Carmelo Mosqueda later joined the group.
They had tried to create a musical group twice before, and both attempts had ended in failure. As a result, they chose the name Tercer Elemento for the group, which means the “third element”.
They have cited Gerardo Ortiz, Regulo Caro, and many other alterna-movimiento artists as their inspirations. After the group was formed, they became a common fixture in the party and high school circuit, performing covers of narco and traditional corridos from the Culiacan and Sinaloa traditions. They also began uploading live videos on YouTube and putting out homemade digital singles on various streaming and download services. Their music and the YouTube videos of their live show drew the attention of the A&R executives at Parra Music, who reached out to them with a recording contract. T3R Elemento subsequently signed to Parra Music and released their first album, a live offering titled ‘Rafael Caro Quintero en Vivo’, in 2016. Named after the infamous Mexican drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero, the album is comprised of 15 covers and original tracks.
In July 2017, the group put out the studio recording of the song 'Rafo Caro', the first single from their debut studio album, ‘Underground’. It was a hit, opening at number 25 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Songs chart. The album itself was released on November 3, 2017, and contains 11 other tracks besides ‘Rafo Caro’: ‘Rolling One’, ‘Doble Imperio’, ‘Mis Prioridades’, ‘Poncho Knos’, ‘Fire Up’, ‘La Chica Nice’, ‘Ya No Te Entiendo’, Tengo Que Olvidarla’, ‘Sencillamente De Ti’, ‘No Se’, and ‘We Belong Together’. A live version of the album was released in 2018.
T3R Elemento signed with DEL Records in 2018 after the label’s CEO, Ángel del Villar, became interested in them. On 16 November, the group put out their third album, ‘The Green Trip’, which is also comprised of 12 tracks: ‘Aerolinea Carrillo’, ‘En Menos De Un Minuto’, ‘Lo Que Pasara En El Presente’, ‘El Verde Es Vida’, ‘Mi Religion’, ‘La Revancha’, ‘Que Envidia’, ‘Ojitos De Conejo’, Empece de Cero’, ‘Fue Una Carta Para Mi Viejo’, ‘A Ver Si Compras El Futuro’, and ‘Los Gustos del Muchacho.’ The album topped Billboard’s Regional Mexican Albums chart in its opening week and held the position for the next three weeks as well.
In 2018, T3R Elemento was among the nominees for a Latin American Music Award for their ever-increasing popularity. Nava and his bandmates have dubbed their style “corrido verde”, as they often refer to the consumption of marijuana as Ojitos de Conejo in their music.
As he himself is a teenager, Nava has been the primary reason for the group’s large following among millennials and newer generations. In 2019, T3R Elemento embarked on the El Mundo da Vueltas tour with fellow DEL-Records artists Oscar Cortez and Lenin Ramirez.
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Kristopher Nava was born on June 25, 2000, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, to Mexican immigrant parents. They came to America in 1990. He is currently dating Instagram star and social media personality Chrystne Valencia Cazares.
Kristopher Nava’s interest in music developed early. He has always been creative. Having grown up in a bilingual setting, he was equally exposed to rap and corrido. When he was 12 years old, he started exploring new possibilities with corrido, a derivative form of Mexican ranchera and music of Latin America that is essentially stories told in the form of songs. He experimented with songs like Gerardo Ortíz’s 'La última sombra' and came up with his own version. He would often watch videos of corridos on YouTube and attempt to create his own rendition of them.