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Villarreal performing in 2010
|Birth name||Martha Alicia Villarreal Esparza|
|Born||August 31, 1971|
|Origin||Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico|
|Genres||Ranchera Regional, Latin|
|Associated acts||Grupo Límite, Cruz Martínez|
Villarreal first performed the song Mundo De Juguetes at Pipo, a local TV show her parents took her to. Her first professional performance was at a church fundraiser.
In 1995, Grupo Límite, with her as lead singer, started touring with the more famous Grupo Bronco. Among their songs were "Acariciame", "Te Aprovechas" and "Solo Contigo". Grupo Limite released six albums altogether, including a live CD recorded in Mexico City.
In 2001, Villarreal released her first solo album in the ranchera style titled Soy Lo Prohibido, which featured the single Te Quedo Grande la Yegua.
In 2004, after parting ways with her bandmates, she released her second solo album entitled Cuando el Corazón se Cruza. The album was produced by her current husband, Cruz Martínez, and they wrote several of the songs together. The album has garnered her several awards.
Alicia Villarreal performed for the highly televised Selena Vive, where she performed Si Una Vez. She later released this song along with 2 other new songs Punalada Trapera and Ya No Hay Amor on a dual disc of the album Cuando El Corazón Se Cruza. The dual disc also contained 5 remixes to her previous songs and a collection of all her music videos. The dual disc was released in Mexico in 2005.
In 2006, she released her third solo album titled Orgullo De Mujer with the lead single Insensible a Ti. The single was the theme song for the telenovela Duelo de Pasiones, on which she made her acting debut, in the role of Raquel.
After nearly a four year hiatus, Villarreal announced she was in the studio recording her 4th solo album. The entitled La Jefa was released June 23, 2009, with "Caso Perdido," as lead single. The album debuted at number one on Billboard 's Regional Mexican Albums and overall at number four on its Latin Albums chart. La Jefa received mixed reviews as it quickly disappeared from the charts. "Caso Perdido" flopped and did not achieve the same success as prior single releases.
Alicia Villarreal is currently working on a new album due in 2014.
Alicia Villarreal married her first husband, record producer Ezequiel Cuevas in 1991; they divorced in 1993.
She married Arturo Carmona on December 16, 1998. They had a daughter, Melenie Aidée Carmona Villarreal, on April 10, 1999. They divorced in 2001.
She is married Cruz Martínez, owner/producer of Los Super Reyes, on August 31, 2003. They have two sons, Cruz Angelo Martinez (born December 2005) and Felix Estefano Martinez (born February 12, 2007).
On October 10, 2009 her brother José Víctor Villarreal Esparza, who was 36 years old, was killed in a car accident in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico.
Solo albums and singles
|Soy Lo Prohibido
|Cuando el Corazón Se Cruza
|Cuando el Corazon Se Cruza (Dualdisc Special Edition)
|Orgullo de Mujer
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- Don Francisco (2009-06-25). "Alicia Villarreal volvió al escenario" [Alicia Villarreal back on stage] (in Spanish). Univision.