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The video playlist above contains a 10 second spoken PSA and three versions of the 30 second video (one English version and two Spanish versions). Press play to watch them all, or click the hamburger icon in the upper-left to choose which video to play.

Turn Around Don't Drown®

Country music artist Matias F. Villarreal was born in Eagle Pass and raised in Lytle, Texas. He is proud of his birth name and Hispanic heritage, but is also happy to be known as "Matt Hawk” by his fans, friends and family. Influenced by many styles of music ranging from International Spanish, Tejano, Blues, Classic Country, Top 40 Country, & Texas Music, these genres all became influences for his fun and engaging style of music.

In May of 2015 tragedy struck close to home in nearby Devine, Texas. A high school student drowned while driving home after attending prom. Matt decided to take action and create a song to bring greater awareness to the dangers of driving through flooded roadways. His hopes are to positively influence all who might listen. This led to the “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” jingle. He donated the lyrics and music to NOAAs National Weather Service and performed the jingle as a produced music video public service announcement, available in both English and Spanish.

It’s been his dream to be a part of something grand that could save lives and make a difference.