GRAMMY Award and Latin GRAMMY Award winning Mexican singer/songwriter Julieta Venegas established herself initially as a cutting-edge Latin alternative artist during the late '90s, before her career shifted direction significantly with her third album, 'Sí' (2003), a broadly appealing pop/rock effort graced with genuine hits, including a couple chart-toppers. In the wake of her 2003 breakthrough, Venegas didn't look back. Her next album, 'Limón y Sal' (2006), was just as broadly appealing as its predecessor, and it was an even bigger hit, spawning several major hits and finding success in Western Europe as well as the Americas. Moreover, Venegas was as acclaimed as she was popular, customarily earning the praise of critics and winning awards, including numerous GRAMMY's. Her musical abilities were sometimes overlooked, for in addition to writing and singing her own songs, she plays numerous instruments, including guitar, accordion, and keyboard. Venegas also made a name for herself as a collaborator, writing songs for and performing with a range of Latin artists, from Paulina Rubio and Mala Rodríguez to Miguel Bosé and Los Tigres del Norte.
At age 22 Venegas moved to Mexico City, where she began work on her solo debut, 'Aquí' (1997), which she recorded in Los Angeles with esteemed producer Gustavo Santaolalla (Café Tacuba, Juanes, Molotov). In addition to writing the songs on 'Aquí' and singing them, Venegas also played the accordion, piano, and guitar; a number of guests also played on the album, among them brothers Joselo and Enrique Rangel (Café Tacuba), Rafael González (Botellita de Jerez), and Patricio Iglesias (Santa Sabina). BMG released the album in the United States and Spain as well as throughout Latin America, and it won critical acclaim in all corners. Venegas also toured a lot, embarking on the De Viva Voz tour with Ely Guerra and Aurora y la Academia (which stretched across North America) and the Calaveras y Diablitos tour with Los Fabulosos Cadillacs and Aterciopelados (which hit the major cities of Spain). During this same late-'90s era, Venegas contributed her talents to a number of albums by other artists (Enrique Bunbury, Mastretta) and to a number of soundtracks, too (En el País de No Pasa Nada, Amores Perros), and she performed at a number of major festivals as well.
During roughly this same time period, Venegas found time to write and record her second album, 'Bueninvento' (2000). A bit of a departure from her debut, 'Bueninvento' is a full-fledged rock en español album and features a backing band of veteran session men: Joe Gore (guitar), Fernando Saunders (bass), Joey Waronker (drums), and Rick Boston (sax, flutes). More tours and soundtrack contributions followed: the Revolución tour with Jaguares, Jumbo, La Gusana Ciega, and Lisa Flores; the Fémina Rock tour with Aterciopelados, Maria Gabriela Epumer, and others; and the films Demasiado Amor, El Sueño del Caimán, Asesino en Serio, María Llena Eres de Gracia, and Subterra. She also got her first Latin GRAMMY nominations: Best Rock Song for 'Hoy No Queiro' and Best Rock Album for 'Bueninvento'.
Venegas subsequently settled down in Madrid and Buenos Aires to record her third album, 'Sí' (2003), with producers Coti Sorokin and Cachorro López. Six of the album's ten songs were co-written with Sorokin, and the resulting album was a significant change from her past efforts: a colorful pop/rock album. Every song on 'Sí' clocks in between three and four minutes in length; the hooks are memorable and melodic; the music is generally fun and upbeat; and all of it is broadly appealing rather than confrontational, as her past music had often been. Also unlike her past work, 'Sí' took off commercially, going triple platinum in Mexico, topping the album chart there and breaking into the Top Five on the stateside Latin albums chart, and spawning four big hits ('Andar Conmigo', 'Lento', 'Algo Está Cambiando', 'Oleada'), three of them reaching number one in either Mexico or the United States. The success of 'Sí' led to a Latin GRAMMY Award for Best Rock Solo Vocal Album in 2004; plus, there were a trio of MTV Music Video Awards, for Best Solo Artist, Best Artist (Mexico), and Artist of the Year.
For her next album, 'Limón y Sal' (2006), Venegas once again worked with producers Coti Sorokin and Cachorro López, and once again came up with a broadly appealing, hit-laden pop/rock album. The lead single, 'Me Voy', spent 12 weeks atop the Mexican singles chart; it also was a number one in Spain, a Top Three hit in Italy, and a Top Ten Latin hit in the U.S. A string of follow-up singles (including 'Limón y Sal', 'Eres Para Mí', and 'Primer Día') followed 'Me Voy' up the Latin American and European charts ('Limón y Sal' itself topped charts in Mexico, Columbia, Argentina, Chile, and Central America; plus, it went Top Five in Spain, Top Ten in Switzerland, and Top 200 in the United States). Venegas continued to command heavy airplay for the string of singles from 'Limón y Sal' well into late 2007, at which time a best-of collection, 'Realmente Lo Mejor', was issued. Meanwhile, the accolades continued: a GRAMMY Award in 2007 for Best Latin Pop Album, a Latin GRAMMY Award in 2006 for Best Alternative Music Album, and a MTV Video Music Award in 2006 for Best Solo Artist. In 2008, Venegas released an MTV Unplugged album and started an international tour for the first time. In 2010 she released 'Otra Cosa', which received Gold status in Mexico. In August 2010, she gave birth to a daughter and began work on what was to become her sixth studio album 'Los Mementos', which was released in 2013. [from Julieta Venegas biography]
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