Ximena Sariñana: The Latest Latin Female Star
Our musical journey around the globe goes this time all the way to Mexico, where an former soap opera child star is shaping up as the next Latin sensation, on the verge of a crossover to international stardom. Ximena Sariñana began her career at the tender age of 11, through a number of roles in several popular Mexican telenovelas (soap operas). After a few acting years, she got involved in some musical activities and went to release her first album, ‘Mediocre’ (Average) in 2008; fully recorded in Spanish and for which Ximena wrote most of the songs. The record went Platinum in Mexico and gained her some international recognition, including two nominations for the Latin Grammys and support from a wide range of artists that shortly came to collaborate with the young songwriter –from UK’s Metronomy, who remixed the track ‘La Tina’, to US MOR star Jason Mraz, with whom she recorded a Spanish version of his hit ‘Lucky’.
Her second album ‘Ximena Sariñana’ could mean a complete game changer for the Mexican chanteuse. For starters, it has been recorded in English, produced by her boyfriend and regular collaborator Omar Rodríguez-Lopez – guitar player from acclaimed experimental rockers The Mars Volta- with an eye to break the North American market. First single, ‘Different’ is a radio-friendly slice of summery MOR that will certainly help building up the anticipation for the album’s release on August the 2nd.
The singer is currently touring the States to support the release of the album. You can check the video for ‘Different’ and get more information about her tour here.