Mexican singer/songwriter NATALIA LAFOURCADE was born February 26, 1984 in Mexico City. Her music weaves sounds from her native Mexico with elements of jazz, rock, bossa nova and folk.
Natalia grew up in Mexico City and Veracruz surrounded by music. Both parents were professional musicians and she began writing songs at age 16, and a year later she signed her first record deal with Sony Music. Her debut album, Natalia LaFourcade (2002), topped the charts in Mexico and prompted a Latin Grammy nomination for the 17-year-old in the category of Best New Artist.
In 2005, she formed a band, La Forquetina, for the album Casa, produced by Emanuel del Real (of Café Tacvba) and Aureo Baqueiro, this time receiving the Latin Grammy for Best Rock Album. Parting with her band in 2006, Natalia next composed purely instrumental compositions for an EP, Las cuatro estaciones del amor (The Four Seasons of Love) (2006), recorded in collaboration with the National Youth Orchestra of Veracruz. Then she retumed to solo work and lyrical songs for HU HU HU in 2009.
A celebration of the Bicentennial of Mexico’s Independence (2010) featured classic Mexican songs in concert with Lo Blondo, Ely Guerra, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas under the baton of Alondra de la Parra; this music turns to an album Travieso Carmesi (2011).
After this experience, Natalia recorded the album Mujer divina, Homage to Agustin Lara (2013). She adapted a selection of his songs and brought in musicians including Gilberto Gil, Miguel Bose, Lila Downs and Leonel Garcia, among others. The album went platinum and garnered two Latin Grammy Awards: Best Altemative Album and Best Long Version Music Video.
Two years later her next album Hasta la raíz, produced along side Cachorro Lopez and Leonel Garcia, won a 2016 Grammy for Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album and also led all Latin Grammy 2015 winners with the awards Song Of The Year, Recording Of The Year, Best Alternative Music Album, Best Alternative Song and Best Engineered Album.
Natalia has performed extensively in Mexico, the US, Central and South America, Japan, Spain, Italy and other parts of Europe.
In addition to nine Grammys, Natalia has received several honors and awards including MTV Latino awards, an Indie-O award for music production, and ASCAP’s Golden Note award (2016), presented to artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones.
Last year in the US she was invited to perform for the 42nd season of the iconic PBS TV series “Austin City Limits” in Texas and she also participated in the All Access show in Cleveland with a video supporting female rigths to decide about their lives and their bodies.
This January 2017 she released the single Tú sí sabes quererme (You do know how to love me), the first song of her new album Musas, un homenaje al flolclore latinoamericano en manos de los Macorinos (Muses, A tribute to the Latin American flolklore in the hands of Macorinos). This album will be released in April and includes 4 new songs of her own and others from latinamerican composers: Agustín Lara, Maria Grever, Violeta Parra, Margarita Lecuona, Atahualpa Yupanqui, among others.
Natalia is an ambassador for her country‘s culture and an advocate for humanitarian causes. She has participated in numerous tributes and benefit concerts in Mexico. She wrote the theme song Un derecho de nacimiento (A Birthright) to help the political youth movement YoSoy132, and music for the cultural project “Yo descubri Yucatan (I discovered Yucatan).” She is a spokesperson for Save the Children and Sociedad International de Valores de Arte Mexicano A.C.