06/10/08

Mexican Singer Ximena Sariñana to Release Debut Stateside Album

Mexican actress turned alt-pop-jazz singer Ximena Sariñana will release her debut album, Mediocre, in the U.S. on July 15. Released in Mexico in February, Mediocre debuted near the top of the Mexican charts, peaking at No. 2.

The album (Warner Music Latina) is the States’ introduction to the 22-year-old actress/singer. Sariñana has been acting professionally since she was 4. Her father is Mexican film director Fernando Sarinana; her mother, Carolina Rivera, is a screenwriter/producer. Sariñana got her start in music singing the theme song to the telenovela Luz Clarita, which she also appeared in, when she was 8. She will appear in her father’s film Enemigos íntimos later this year.



Mediocre draws on Sariñana vast influences, with touches of jazz, pop, rock and some electronic touches. Sariñana either wrote or co-wrote nine of the album’s 12 songs. She also co-produced the album with Argentinean Tweety González and Uruguayan Juan Campódonico. The guitar- and piano-heavy album is sung entirely in Spanish and features various musicians backing Sariñana throughout.

According to a press release, González and Campódonico convinced Sariñana to further her vocal studies before recording Erik Couts’ “Sintiendo rara” and Loop Lascano’s “Gris.” Those vocals combine elements of Ella Fitzgerald and Edith Piaf, the press release said.

Sariñana’s Mexican success is paralleled by her Internet success; her MySpace page has more than 1.5 million hits and she’s been featured as a MySpace “Artist of the Week” twice.

The album's single, “Vidas Paralelas,” has also been a hit, scoring a No. 9 peak on the Mexican charts. Despite Sariñana’s more pop-oriented stylings on Mediocre, you can hear her singing the Domenico Modugno and Franco Migliacci standard “Volare” on YouTube, for a taste of her classic talents.

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