The female voice is one of the most beautiful sounds in music. Whether on its own or as part of the larger ensemble in a mix, the female voice has always had the power to soothe, awe, and inspire.
Mexico is a country rich in history and culture. And a big part of that culture is in its beautiful music and musical culture. Some of the most captivating female singers come from Mexico.
So I decided to take a look at some of the most famous Mexican female singers, starting with…
Top 10 Most Famous Mexican Female Singers
Lucero Hogaza León was born 29 August 1969 in Mexico City. She began her career at age ten when she appeared on the children’s television program Alegrías De Mediodía (Midday Happiness). Her fellow stars included future Mexican performers Aida Pierce and Aleks Syntek.
Lucero found time to concentrate on her academics and take dancing lessons while she was busy with the show. Shortly thereafter, she was also allowed to appear in several other television shows, including “Juguemos a Cantar” (Let’s play to sing).
A string of successful appearances on TV…
As well as her first music album soon followed. In 1985, she was asked to appear in the film Fiebre de Amor (Love Fever) with Luis Miguel. At the time, he was the most sought-after singer in the business.
The film was a massive success and won two Diosa de la Plata Awards. One of which was “Breakthrough Performance” for Lucero. Lucero has starred in seven major films and has been the leading lady in nine Mexican telenovelas.
A legend in her own right…
She has earned more TV Novelas Awards than any other actress in history. Furthermore, she can sing in English, Spanish, and Portuguese and has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. She truly deserves her nickname of La Novia de América (The Americas’ Sweetheart).
Paulina Gómez Torres was born on the 29th of July 1991 in Monterrey, Mexico. She is the daughter of a psychologist mother and a musician father. He often wrote songs with his daughter before his passing in 2020.
At a very young age, Paulina began taking dance and ballet lessons. From age five to fourteen, she trained as a rhythmic gymnast at Rítmica Escuela de Gimnasia in Tampico. In 2000, she represented her country at the Junior Olympics held in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Her acting career began in 2008 when she co-hosted the television program “Roomies” for a year and a half. She then got accepted into Centro de Educación Artística, where she studied singing, acting, and dance.
Her first notable acting role came in “Niña de mi Corazón”…
In that show, she played the lead role of Andrea Paz. In 2011, she got cast in what would become her breakout role as Valentina Contreras in the highly successful “Miss XV.” Despite the success of the show, it was canceled after only one season.
Her music career began in 2010 with the release of her first single, “Mio.” In total, she has released fifteen singles, one live album, two solo albums, and one album as part of the fictional/real band, Eme15, from “Miss XV.”
María Natalia Lafourcade Silva was born on the 26th of February 1984 in Mexico City. She is described as one of the beautiful sounding Mexican female singers.
As the daughter of Chilean musician Gastón Lafourcade and pianist Carmen Silva Contreras, Natalia was surrounded by art and music from birth. Natalia’s mother had studied piano and specialized in musical pedagogy. Carmen pioneered the Macarsi Method of teaching music to kids. And she even adapted the method to help young Natalia’s rehabilitation after she had been kicked in the head by a horse.
In Catholic school…
Natalia studied painting, flute, theater, music, acting, piano, guitar, saxophone, and singing. By age ten, she was singing in a mariachi band.
Then, in 1998, she joined the pop-music group Twist, which split up after only a year. Natalia stated that one thing which made her uncomfortable was that she had to lip-sync during performances.
In 2002, she released her first self-titled studio album, and she hasn’t looked back since. She has released ten studio albums that cover a range of styles, including, Pop-Rock, Folk, and of course, traditional Latin music. She has won two Grammy awards and fourteen Latin Grammy awards.
Born on the 17th of June 1971 in Mexico City. Paulina Susana Rubio Dosamantes is the daughter of Enrique Rubio González, a prominent lawyer, and the late great Susana Dosamantes, one of the country’s biggest sex symbols and most famed actresses.
Due to her mother being so famous, Rubio grew up being famous. She was used to cameras, lights, music, and film sets from a very young age. Her first film role was with her brother in “El Día del Compadre.” At the same time, she was taking singing, acting, painting, and dance lessons at Centro de Educación Artística.
At nine years old…
She joined the children’s group Timbiriche. The group consisted of other child performers and was the foundation of many famous Mexican performers’ careers, including Rubio’s.
The group released several successful studio and live albums. In turn, the group became one of the biggest groups in Latin Pop history.
In 1992 she released her first single, “Mío,” which went straight to #1 in Mexico. It also charted on the Latin charts in the USA. The track became one of the biggest Mexican singles of the 1990s.
Rubio has been plowing her way through the halls of success. She has recorded and released eleven studio albums, three of which have gone to #1. As a result, she is one of the most popular female singers from Mexico.
She has been called “La Chica Dorada” (The Golden Girl), “El Huracán Mexicano” (The Mexican Cyclone), and “Queen of Latin Pop music.” Paulino Rubio has sold more than fifteen million records worldwide, making her one of the most successful female Mexican singers ever.
Belinda Peregrín Schüll was born in Madrid, Spain. Her grandfather was the great bullfighter Pierre Schüll. Belinda showed a talent for singing, writing, acting, and performing from a very early.
She was fond of making home videos as a child and was cast in her first telenovela, “¡Amigos x Siempre!” at age ten. Belinda was also featured on the soundtrack, which, along with the show, became a huge success in Latin America.
Belinda didn’t waste time and soon was cast in her second telenovela, “Cómplices al Rescate.” She contributed to two soundtracks for the series and ended up touring with the cast. This earned Belinda her first Latin Grammy Nomination.
She released her eponymous debut studio album. It sold 500,000 copies and produced three hit singles, one of which got featured in a soap opera in which she briefly appeared.
Since then, Belinda carved her way through three studio albums which have sold more than three million copies worldwide. She has also appeared in a string of TV programs and films while attaining the nickname “The Princess of Latin Pop.”
Gloria de los Ángeles Treviño Ruiz was born in Monterrey, Mexico, on February 15th, 1968. She left for Mexico city at an early age to pursue a career in acting. Her first gig was as part of the girl group Boquitas Pintadas.
The group was short-lived, had no major releases, and split up in 1988. Gloria went to producer Sergio Andrade and convinced him enough to help her produce her debut ¿Qué Hago Aquí? (What Am I Doing Here?).
The album produced one major single, which became her first #1 across Latin America. She followed with what many regard as her best album Tu Ángel de la Guarda (Your Guardian Angel), in 1991. Billboard included the album in their list of the Greatest Latin albums of All Time.
A year later…
Gloria starred in the film Zapatos Viejos. She had a hit the previous year with a song of the same name. At the end of 1993, she announced that she would be retiring from music to care for long-time friend and producer Andrade, who had been diagnosed with cancer.
Gloria has released thirteen studio albums, with the latest dropping earlier this year. She has often been named the Madonna of Mexico. And without question, she is one of the most famous Mexican female singers.
Maite Perroni Beorlegui was born on the ninth of March 1983 in Mexico City. She spent some time in Guadalajara before moving back to Mexico city at age twelve. From an early age, she had a knack for performance and appeared in TV commercials and music videos for other artists.
After finishing school, she signed up for a three-year course at Centro de Educación Artística but only took two years to complete it. She then landed a role in the highly successful Mexican telenovela “Rebelde.”
On the back of this success…
Perroni joined the group RBD, which became massively popular. They were together from 2004 to 2009 and sold more than fifteen million records. They toured all over the US and Latin America.
Maite released her debut solo effort, Eclipse de Luna, in 2013. The album went to #3 on the Mexican album charts and #2 on the Latin pop charts. She has since produced some singles with other artists and appeared in films and TV series. And she also became a spokesperson for a cosmetics company.
Born Dulce María Espinosa Saviñón on December 6th, 1985, in Mexico City, Dulce Maria wasted no time getting started as an artist. After all, she had good genes being the great-niece of the famed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
When she was eight, she was cast in the Mexican variant of Sesame Street, “Plaza Sesamo.” She appeared in TV commercials and also did specials on the Discovery Kids channel.
In 1996, she joined the group KIDS, which became quite popular, and she stayed with them for four years. In 2000, she was asked to be in the popular girl group Jeans, where she stayed there for two years before landing a role in the 2002 telenovela “Clase 406”.
Big things started happening…
Dulce was cast in the super-popular “Rebelde.” This led to the founding of the group RBD. And, despite only being around for four years, they managed to record nine studio albums and sell around fifteen million copies.
The group toured Mexico, South America, Serbia, Romania, the United States, and Spain. After the group split in 2008, Dulce continued acting and making music.
She has recorded four solo albums and one EP, which helped her become the first Platinum Mexican artist in Brazil. She was chosen by Google as a spokesperson to promote safe internet use amongst youngsters in 2009.
María Lucila Beltrán Ruiz is so near and dear to the people of Mexico that she might as well be put on their money. She was born in El Rosario, Sinaloa, on the 7th of March, 1932.
Lola finished her secretarial studies in her hometown and moved to Mexico City to find work. She often returned to Rosario, where she would work as a secretary at XEW. At the time, it was the biggest radio station in the country. It was here that she got discovered by producer Raul Mendivil.
The rest is history…
She became one of the most successful and highly regarded Ranchera and Haupago singers of all time. Lola performed on television, in films, and as a singer all across Mexico. Then, the US, and eventually the world.
Some of her gigs included the Olympia Music Hall in Paris, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and the Conservatory of Leningrad (back when it was the USSR).
As a Ranchera singer…
She captivated the likes of Juan Carlos (King of Spain) and his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon.
Beltran’s contribution to not only Mexican music but history makes her one of Mexico’s most loved female singers. Therefore, she is easily one of the most famous Mexican female singers of all time.
“La voz áspera de la ternura,” which translates to “the rough voice of tenderness,” is how folks came to describe the soul-stirring sound of Chavela’s voice.
Chavela was born Isabel Vargas Lizano on April 17th, 1919. She was not born in Mexico. But, she left her native Costa Rica at seventeen and went to Mexico, where she remained for seventy years until he eventually got citizenship.
Vargas was a rebellious child…
She chose to dress like a man and smoke cigars. Her parents would often hide her from guests to avoid embarrassment. She performed on the streets for many years before going professional at thirty years old.
Chavela was known for her particular rendition of traditional Rancheras. She often slowed the tempo and drew the lyrics out more to re-interpret meanings or add stress where before there was none.
Throughout her career…
She also made appearances in films. But, despite the success and opportunities that came with it, she decided to stick to music.
Chavela released her first album in 1961 and would follow up with more than 80, yes, 80 albums. She became insanely famous during the 60s and 70s “Golden Age of Mexican Cinema” and toured in Mexico, Spain, the US, and France.
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Most Famous Mexican Female Singers – Conclusion
Mexico has given the world some of its most powerful, enticing, and beautiful female performers. The ones I’ve included in my rundown are only a small taste of girl power in Mexican music. And, no doubt, the future holds many more to come.
Until next time, happy listening.