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Last public picture of Lynda Thomas in her singing career (July 14, 2003).
|Birth name||Lynda Aguirre Thomas|
December 21, 1981 |
|Associated acts||R.E.M., Vinnie Colaiuta|
Lynda Thomas (born Lynda Aguirre Thomas on December 21, 1981) is a retired Mexican Eurodance and alternative rock musician, singer and songwriter who first rose to fame in 1989; during the 1990s and the early 2000s she earned recognition and commercial success in Ibero-America and Continental Europe, later in 2002, she left the music scene and public life, right after finishing recording her unreleased world music album in English-language. She is also an anonymous humanitarian and animal rights activist. Thomas was formerly known professionally as Lynda.
During her career she dabbled with a number of distinct genres and musical styles, fusing them and using musical instruments ranging from the "cajón", flute, tuba, the "ukelele and the acoustic-electric guitar to the "synthesizer" and sequencer. Thomas stated she hated being typecast.
Since her retirement, she has been working as a songwriter, record producer and music manager; Taking into account only Mexican sales until 2002, the musician sold over 3 millions albums. Her audience consisted mainly of teenagers, kids and young adults. Lynda Thomas was an advocate for women's rights, she stated "Being brave is better than being a feminist". She was also an occasional fashion house model.
Lynda Thomas released between 1989 and 2002, over 25 singles, including: Cantemos Juntos (1989), Inseparables (1995), Gira Que Gira (1996), Muriendo Por Él (1996), Blue Jeans (1996), Ya No Hay (1996), El Amor No Tiene Edad (1996), "Dile" (1997), Corazón (1997), No puedo No quiero (1997), Bang Bang (1998), Bailando (1998), Un Grito En El Corazón (1998), No Quiero Verte (1999), Maldita Timidez (1999), Vivir Sin Él (1999), Mi Dia De La Independencia (1999), Corazón Perdido (1999), Ahí Estare (2000), Voy A Seguir (2000), A Mil Por Hora (2000), Lo Mejor De Mí (2001), "Polen (Todas Las Mujeres)" (2001), Estoy Viva (2001), "Ay, ay, ay" (2001), Mala Leche (2002) and Para Ti (2002), mainly. Throughout her career, she preferably opted to promote her singles through radio format and promotional tours, instead of music videos. During the 1990s, the singer stated, "A real artist takes risks and evolves".
- 1 Career as a singer
- 1.1 1981-1985: Early life and family
- 1.2 1986-1994: Breakout, professional career and first vinyl recording - "Cantemos Juntos (1989)" - Child career
- 1.3 1995-1996: Mainstream success - "Gira Que Gira" - Teenage and eurodance era - Revelation artist
- 1.4 1997-1998: Consolidation - "Dile" - Last eurodance work and beginning of social activism
- 1.5 1998-2000: Massive international success - "Mi Día De La Independencia-A Mil Por Hora" - Alternative rock era, pinnacle of commercial and critical success
- 1.6 2001-2002: Incursion into experimental music and setting new musical trends - "Polen" - New image and musical maturity, sudden and unannounced retirement
- 1.7 2002-present: Retirement, legacy and influence on other artists
- 2 Career as song-writer and producer
- 3 Personal life, eating disorders and charity work
- 4 Discography as a singer
- 5 Official Music Videos
- 6 Other Music Videos
- 7 Discography as a songwriter, record producer and backup vocals
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Career as a singer
1981-1985: Early life and family
Lynda was born in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, on December 21, 1981. She lived and received her early education in that city; at the time, following the advice of her parents and siblings, Lynda opted to break into the music territory. Alissa (Rosangel) Aguirre Thomas, her sister, was a collaborator throughout the whole career of Thomas, she also was a musician and singer-songwriter, Lynda always thanked Alissa, mentioning her as "Mufasa", and said that Alissa was her great inspiration in her life and music.
1986-1994: Breakout, professional career and first vinyl recording - "Cantemos Juntos (1989)" - Child career
In 1986, she began singing as an amateur singer on local festivals, later in 1989, she was discovered during a TV singing contest called Fantasía Musical made by "Siempre en Domingo", at the time, the most important variety-show in Ibero-America, in which, she winning first place in her native state and later, she became one of the national winners, at the age of eight. Soon after, she moved to Mexico City to start a professional career, supported by her sister Alissa and producers Tino Geizer and Carlos Lara.
Her debut promotional vinyl recording was released in 1989 only in Mexico, a theme written by her sister Alissa called "Cantemos Juntos" (Let's Sing Together). The track did not chart. Later, in 1990, "Cantemos Juntos" was included on the compilation LP Los Triunfadores de Fantasía Musical. Subsequently, Lynda continued her studies and her musical training.
The release of her first full-length album, was delayed about six years. Lynda and her producers were looking for a new record label after she left Discos y Cintas Melody in 1989; they showing several demos from her album "Lynda" since 1990, but it wasn't until 1994, that Lynda Thomas signed with the defunct label "EMI-Capitol".
1995-1996: Mainstream success - "Gira Que Gira" - Teenage and eurodance era - Revelation artist
In 1995, at the age of 13, Thomas began finishing recording "Lynda", it was completed and officially released in early 1996. Before the album was released, in 1995, she released the pop-rock single "Inseparables", which later was included on the album, the song talks about inconditional friendship, initially the promo (as well as the career of Thomas), received poor support, later in Mexico city, the song gradually began to be played on the radio and subsequently became a Mexican Top 3 single; afterwards, it was released in 1996 in other countries; the song remained on the charts for about two years, with no music video.
The commercial breakout of the album came with its first international eurodance-bubblegum dance promo called "Gira Que Gira", it climbed to the top position in Mexico and other countries during the spring and summer of 1996, it also became one of the most request songs in the mid-90s in Ibero-America, the music video gained continuous rotation on MTV and TeleHit; at the time, in 1996, eurodance was at the peak of its popularity all around the world with acts such as Thomas herself, Haddaway, Snap!, No Mercy, Corona, Mr. President, 2 Unlimited, Scatman John or Ace Of Base among others; At the same time, the musician released only as a radio promo, a Eurodance/Hip Hop track called "Sólo Contigo" (Only With You), without any promotional video, the song entered the Top 10 on the dance radio stations, including Alfa Radio 91.3; "Sólo Contigo" combines elements of techno, hip hop and eurodance music, genres that were popular in the early and mid-90s. This promo is one of the earliest demos of the album Lynda.
Subsequently, Thomas released a mid-tempo ballad called "Muriendo Por Él" (I´m Dying for Him), the track reached the top ten on the charts in several countries and became the first ballad since "Cantemos Juntos" (1989) released as a single by her, the song did not have any promotional video. Soon after, Lynda Thomas released the eurodance single "Blue Jeans", it became a huge success all over IberoAmerica, the biggest since Gira Que Gira; both the single and its music video became number one in Mexico and a top 3 hit in several countries in the summer of that year, the song was loosely inspired on the Real McCoy 1994 Eurodance hit Another Night.
In the summer of 1996, she released the Reggae single "Chicos", in "7-inch" format; the song, which was one of the early 90s demos from the album, obtained continuous airplay on the radio in Mexico and many other countries due to the high popularity of such musical genre at the time all around the world; While "Chicos" was getting airplay on the major radio stations in Mexico City, the musician also released for the teenage target market the successful ballad "Ya No Hay", both singles, "Chicos" and "Ya No Hay", became some of the most requested songs on the radio, despite not having promotional video.
Then came one of the most successful singles of 1996, "El Amor No Tiene Edad" (Love Has No Age), a pop-ballad released in June, it reached the No.1 spot in Mexico, Argentina and other countries in the summer and fall of 1996. The music video was recorded on an Ice Rink in Mexico city and had its premiere on "Siempre en Domingo", following the advice of Raúl Velasco. Subsequently, in mid-1996, Lynda released a eurodance-remix version of "El Amor No tiene Edad", which entered on the top ten of the charts and was gained rotation at the Discothèques. For this album, she received at the age of 14, the ERES Best New Singer award and was named the "Revelation Artist" of the year.
Also, in 1996, Thomas made her first performance since 1989, on Siempre en Domingo, she performed the tracks "Gira Que Gira" and "Blue Jeans" among others; she would return to the show in 1997 to present her single "Dile", before the show was cancelled after 30 years of transmission.
The fashion look from the mid-90s of Thomas was characterized by using small school backpacks and yellow smiley faces in her clothes. In Ibero-America, she set the fashion of carrying small backpacks among the young girls students of the nineties, besides, she established a way of dressing that consisted of berets, yellow vests, short dresses with coloured tights and platform shoes. Also, the euphoria of yellow smiley face products emerges strongly in such countries.
Lynda Thomas cited as her major musical influences the Peter Gabriel's pupil Paula Cole, Tragic Error (a pioneer in eurodance music), Björk, Sarah McLachlan, Fiona Apple, Janis Joplin, Alanis Morissette, the Irish alternative rock band "The Cranberries" and Jewel.
In 1997, at the age of 15, Thomas released the Eurodance album called "Un grito en el corazón", which got strong sales after its international release, it included the successful single "Dile" (Tell Him), it was a number one hit in several countries, the track became the Ibero-American breakout song for her. The official video gained strong rotation on MTV and Telehit. Soon after, she had the lead in the official Children's Day theme, called "Por Un Mundo Feliz"; alongside the single release, a massive event was held at Plaza Mexico and Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City with a major participation of Lynda Thomas, it became the most attended event in the history of the city with an attendance of more than 6 million people in April of that year.
Then came, the top 3 Eurodance single "No Puedo No Quiero" (I Can't, I Don't Want), meanwhile, Thomas showed a new teenager image, that imposed a new fashion of dress, that positioned her as a fashion icon from the nineties in LatinAmerica.
Then, Thomas released the Bubblegum dance track "Corazón" (Heart), which became a number one single, both, in Mexico and on the Ibero-American dance radio stations, it was also a top 3 hit in other countries; the music video was filmed in Mexico city and featured Mexican actor Kuno Becker; The track was released in the golden era of Bubblegum dance in the nineties, Thomas won success with such sub-genre alongside artists such as Whigfield and Aqua. "Corazón" was premiered in a massive live performance at Plaza de Toros México in April 1997.
In the summer of 1997, Thomas launched a power pop- ballad called "Tanto, Tanto" (So much, so much), the song became a top ten hit; later, in the following year, the teen band OV7 released a successful ballad with a similar melody, song title and lyrics, called "Te Quiero Tanto, Tanto".
Still, in 1997, in December, Thomas performed alongside other singers the Christmas single called "Estas Navidades" (This Christmas); both, the track and the music video obtained strong rotation and airplay in Mexico and other countries. The song was presented officially on the Sunday show "Siempre en Domingo". On her own, Thomas released for that Christmas period, a dance version of Jingle Bells, which was released as a promo single in December 1997. It was also performed in the last Christmas celebration ever on "Siempre en Domingo".
In late 1997, lynda released a promo single of Bang Bang, soon after, in early 1998, the track was officially released as a single in the rest of IberoAmerica, it reached the top 3 in several countries and was a number one hit on the dance radio stations; "Bang Bang" became the last international eurodance hit released by Lynda, it coincided with the end of the golden years of eurodance all over the world in the first half of 1998. Then, in February 1998, she released officially the eurodance single, "Bailando" (Dancing), the track, which was first released only as a promo in 1997, reached the seventh position on the Mexican charts and was a top 15 hit in other countries, it became the last official eurodance single released by lynda, just before she evolved into the alternative rock and experimental music in the second half of 1998 for "Mi Día de la Independencia" and "Polen". Also, in the first half of 1998, came the pop single Un Grito en el Corazón (A Cry From The Heart). All singles from "Un grito en el corazón" reached Top ten in Mexico and other countries. The album had a strong electronic and dance musical direction.
During her absence in 1998, Lynda Thomas decided to move to Los Angeles, California. There she took English and music lessons. Also, since 1997, she became an activist and participant of several organizations like Greenpeace and Lazos, for the last, Lynda financed the school education of several children living in extreme poverty in Mexico and Central America.
Later, in December of that year, Lynda returns to the stages on the Mexican Telethon held at Estadio Azteca, in Mexico city. Then, she had the lead in a Mexican-homage to Pope John Paul II alongside other singers, the song was El Pescador Juan Pablo II, it became number one in that country and the video for the song gained strong rotation during the Pope`s visit to México. The song received the Medal of Merit from Vatican.
1998-2000: Massive international success - "Mi Día De La Independencia-A Mil Por Hora" - Alternative rock era, pinnacle of commercial and critical success
During the mid-1990s, she obtained global success as a Eurodance act, later, in early 1998, Thomas made a change of musical genres; therefore, she moved to Los Angeles, CA, to begin recording "Mi Día de la Independencia", alongside her producers and Vinnie Colaiuta, in which she dabbled into alternative and acoustic rock, it was finished recording in late 1998, soon after, it was released internationally in early 1999, when Lynda Thomas had just turned 17. "MDI" had two re-releases in early and late 2000, due to the high sales numbers of the album; this new musical production offered Lynda Thomas the opportunity to branch out and experiment with different genres and musical styles. Lynda released seven singles from the first edition of the album, and at least four singles from "Mi Dia De La Independencia" became international number one singles.
During the promotion of MDI, the musician tried to convey the message that not all teenagers use drugs, alcohol or are depraved; she said that there are many teenagers who are interested in Social Welfare, Sustainable Development or Environmental Protection; she expressed her desire to become a spokeswoman for the teenagers. The album was presented officially to the media in early 1999, in a show case at the defunct "Hard Rock Live" of Mexico City. The new musical proposal of the record, gave Thomas her best-selling album so far, it coincided with the success of such genre at the time with alternative rock acts such as The Cardigans, Natalie Imbruglia, Suzanne Vega, The Cranberries, Alanis Morissette, Placebo, Pavement, The Verve or Sixpence None The Richer. At the time, Lynda Thomas stated, "A real artist takes risks and evolves".
Thomas first launched the single "No Quiero Verte", (I Don't Wanna See You), an alternative rock track which reached the number one position in Spain and remained over 14 weeks at the top in Mexico; For the song, Massimo (Max) Di Carlo (who worked before with Giorgio Moroder), co-wrote the song alongside Alissa, Di Carlo also was a recurrent producer (alongside Lara) and collaborator of Thomas since 1997; The track was also one of the best-selling singles of 1999 in Ibero-America. The music video which was made and produced by Argos Producciones, gained strong popularity from the early 1999 until mid-2001. The song was performed live, two years later in February 2001, at Festival Internacional de Viña Del Mar, held in Chile, where she had an acclaimed performance and received a medal of recognition.
Her second physical single was "Maldita Timidez" (Damn Shyness), it was an Ibero-American No. 1, the single established Thomas as one of the most successful rock acts in IberoAmerica, mainly in Spain, in where, she received the Los 40 Principales award (the biggest recognition in mainstream music in such country); the physical single was released in two different versions for the Iberian market.
By mid-1999, Thomas made a limited release of the adult contemporary ballad "Vivir Sin Él" (Living Without Him), initially the track became a strong radio-airplay hit in the summer of that year in Mexico, Central and South America; initially a music video was scheduled for the song, but it was cancelled due to decisions of her label; however, the track, which was recorded originally in 1998, received good acceptance from the mainstream audience. The singer rarely included the song during her 1999-2000 tour. Originally "Vivir Sin Él" was scheduled to be the first single from her album "Mi Día de la Independencia" in early 1999, but due to a decision from EMI, "No Quiero Verte", was chosen instead, in sales, the decision was right, the single peaked number one all over Ibero-America.
Subsequently, "Mi Día de la Independencia" (My Independence Day), the opening theme from the album of the same name was released, it became a top ten hit on the IberoAmerican charts, most notably in Spain, Argentina, Chile and Mexico; the track was released as a single in 1999, the song talks about the misconception that adults have about teenagers and made complaints against animal cruelty and the extinction of the whales. The track was included only on a few shows of the 1999-2000 tour by Lynda.
Subsequently, the singer released "Con el Alma en la Piel" (With the Soul Over the Skin), a theme based on true events about a sixteen year old girl, who leaves home after getting pregnant, dealing with the problem alone. The ballad obtained a moderate success in Mexico, Argentina and Chile.
"Corazón Perdido" (Lost Heart), was the last release and number one single of the nineties by Thomas, it reached number one in Spain, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay, the track remained at the top of the Mexican charts over four months. The song and the album remained at the top of the charts at the same time, over artists such as Luis Miguel, Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias. The music video was repeatedly rotated for about two years. Thomas recorded in Argentina an acoustic version of the song for MuchMusic Latin America.
In 2000, the musician released officially the mid-tempo ballad "Ahí Estare" (I'll Be There); first, the single won significative airplay on the radio in 1999, but due to the prolonged stay on the charts of the previous singles, the official release of "Ahí Estare" was delayed about one year. Then, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she also made an acoustic version of "Ahí Estare", the single achieved success in South America, meanwhile in Mexico, the song was little-known.
Then, still in early 2000, Lynda Thomas released an acoustic single called "Voy A Seguir" (I'll Go Ahead) written by the then-unknown musician Leonel García, initially, during 1999, the song was played on the radio repeatedly, later in March 2000, it became an airplay hit. During the "Mi Día de la Independencia" Tour (Acoustic gigs phase), she performed "Voy A Seguir" with her band in Buenos Aires, such performance was released as an airplay radio single in Argentina only. In the year 2000, Lynda Thomas released one of her best-selling singles, A Mil Por Hora (A Thousand Per Hour), an alternative rock song, written by Thomas herself, released in September of the same year, it became a number one hit in IberoAmerica, including Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay and Chile during the years 2000 and 2001, "A Mil Por Hora" remained more than seven months at the top of the charts. While Thomas was performing live at Festival de Viña Del Mar held in Chile, in February 2001, A Mil Por Hora was still remaining at number one. The song was the eighth single from her 1999 album "Mi Día de la Independencia" and the first single from Mi Día de la Independencia Edición Especial.
The track was the main-theme from the telenovela Primer Amor: A mil por hora. She also was hired to perform other musical theme for the teen melodrama, "Laberinto". She had a brief appearance on the series, in one of the last episodes.
The music video for "A Mil Por Hora", filmed in a desert, won rotation since 2000 until 2003 due to its Brazilian re-release. The single sold over 500'000 units in Ibero-America and won a Gold certification, it also was included in the "A 1000 X Hora" EP, the Primer amor... a mil por hora OST and the 2000 international edition of her 1999 album Mi Día de la Independencia. "A Mil Por Hora" inspired the 2005 song and video "Responde" by actor and singer Diego Boneta. "A Mil por Hora" talks about youth problems, such as Bulimia and desperation. Lynda Thomas presented the song for the first time on the variety show Otro Rollo.
During her tour, Thomas had an acclaimed performance in front an audience of 110,000 people, in the 2000 Mexican Telethon, celebrated at Estadio Azteca in Mexico city, in benefit of children with some disabilities and terminal diseases; she also had a major participation at the 2000 Chilean telethon, held in Santiago, Chile.
2001-2002: Incursion into experimental music and setting new musical trends - "Polen" - New image and musical maturity, sudden and unannounced retirement
In 2001, the world saw a new album titled "Polen". It was oriented to the acoustic rock, folk rock, alternative rock, Pop punk and Brit-rock music style, the last album by Lynda Thomas was a predecessor and pioneer in the international teen alternative-rock scene, it was even released one year before that artists such as Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson made their debut in the music scene or months before Pink began to dabble into alternative rock with Missundaztood. It also would be a fundamental musical and public image reference for the teen idol Belinda Peregrín among other singers.
"Polen" counted with the participation of the American musician Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and production, who worked before with artists such as Frank Zappa, Megadeth, Duran Duran and several Jazz musicians. The album went to number one in Mexico and other countries. It included 11 songs, most of them written by Lynda Thomas herself. This album included several singles including "Lo Mejor De Mí" (last number one), "Para Tí", "Polen (Todas Las Mujeres)", "Ay, ay, ay", "Mala Leche",(it also was the last music video made by Lynda) and "Estoy Viva". At the time, Polen was certified Gold and Platinum in several countries.
Shortly before, that "Polen" was released, on Sunday, February 25, 2001, at Festival de Viña Del Mar held in Chile, Lynda was selected as a member of the internacional jury; Viña Del Mar is considered the biggest and most important musical event in the Americas, she also had an acclaimed performance and received positive reviews by critics and audience in the main day of the festival, she performed her latest hits (including "No Quiero Verte" and "Corazón Perdido") from her successful album "Mi Día De La Independencia", which was still remaining after about two years in the top of the charts in Ibero-America with nine singles released since 1999.
The first single from "Polen" was the international Semi-acoustic alternative punk-rock track "Lo Mejor De Mí" (The Best Of Me), which was written by Lynda Thomas herself, it was the last Ibero-American number one hit for her; at the time, she was going through many personal, labor and family problems, nevertheless, she became an activist against environmental destruction, addictions to drugs and alcohol, animal abuse, violence against women and child abuse; a music video was filmed in Mexico city for the song, it was about a female Secret Agent who works for the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, the promo clip was directed by Pedro Damian. The song also had an acoustic version, which was performed live during her last tour in 2001 and 2002, including a massive performance at the 2001 Mexican Telethon held in Estadio Azteca. Both, the social awareness and musical proposals by Lynda Thomas was not well received by the mainstream audience.
Subsequently, also in 2001, Lynda released in Argentina, Chile and Mexico an ambitious and innovative project called "Polen (Todas Las Mujeres)" (Polen - All Women), a Funk-Alternative metal single dedicated to the human rights of all women, the song talks about gender discrimination, child sexual abuse, poverty, school bullying and domestic violence, at the time, the mainstream audience were not accustomed to this kind of songs about social problems, nor to the rhythm of the single, for which, instead of receiving positive criticism, Lynda received harsh criticism and poor airplay due to the social complaints of the song. In the rest of Ibero-America, the single was officially released on April 11, 2002. Vinnie Colaiuta collaborated on drums and the co-production of the track; the song was influenced musically by Led Zeppelin (Immigrant Song) and Faith No More (Epic), mainly.
Meanwhile, Lynda also was the host alongside Colombian rock-singer Juanes at the first original edition of the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards LatinAmerica, held in Santa Monica, California, in 2001; this aired one hour before the American version of the awards.
Then, Lynda released her third single from "Polen", an alternative-rock song called "Estoy Viva" (I'm Alive), written and produced by Lynda Thomas herself and recorded in Los Angeles, California. It was officially released as a psychical single in 2001; the song showed Lynda in a new musical facet, influenced by the Brit-pop and the Seventies punk rock, the song was one of the most personal songs for her; it had a lack of commercial promotion and poor airplay, due to the bad relation of Lynda with her record label and because at that time, such musical genre was not yet marketed among mainstream audiences; however, the song would become a musical reference for later pop and rock teen-idols in Ibero-America and other parts of the world. One year later that "Estoy Viva" was released, this musical style made its international commercial breakout with new singers such as Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson or Pink. Lynda wrote the song at a time of deep depression.
Still, in 2001, Lynda continued releasing uncommercial singles, even though her record label was against the decisions of Lynda Thomas, her fourth release from "Polen", "Ay, ay, ay", is an Andalusian-Flamenco Folk rock track with other folk arrangements from Spain. The song was written by Lynda Thomas herself and was inspired and based on the book "Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair" ("Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada") by the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, which was first published in 1924; the World-music theme "Ay, Ay, Ay" was a commercial failure in Ibero-America, except in Spain, Chile and Portugal, where the song obtained significative airplay and had a promotional tour in such countries. The song (like most of her singles) had no promotional video.
Subsequently, Lynda launched the alternative rock song "En El Anden", only as a promo single, the track was a collaboration between Lynda and her sister Alissa Rosangel, who was a recurrent collaborator and composer throughout the whole Lynda's career, Vinnie Colaiuta was on drums, the track had a minor airplay, however, the single became an underground classic song for Lynda Thomas, since her retirement, although at the time the musical genre of the song was not according to the mainstream audience and was panned by critics.
Still, in 2001, Lynda released at the request of her record label the teen pop-punk single Mala Leche (Cheater), it was the most "commercial"-sounding song from the album, unlike the rest of "Polen", which ventured into the experimental music; for this single, Lynda recorded what would be her last music video in her career, it was filmed in January 2002, three months after the release of the single in November 2001, the song was released in March in many other countries. It became a top three hit all over Ibero-America. "Mala Leche" became a strong musical and "fashion look" influence for many later singers, such as Belinda Peregrín, Eiza González or Danna Paola among many others. At the time Lynda was suffering from Bulimia and many personal and family problems, but still, she continued with her extensive tour in Ibero-America. The song had its last performance ever on TV in Otro Rollo, on March 12, 2002, with former football soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona as a special guest.
She also released what would be her last single in her career as a singer, "Para Ti" (It's For You), a semi-acoustic song which reached Top ten in several countries, although the single did not have any promotional video, due to personal and contractual problems of Lynda. The song written by Lynda herself, is an auto-biographical song about her childhood sweetheart and "the nostalgia of lost love". The acoustic theme "Para Ti", was the last song that Lynda performed live in her career; it happened in mid-2002.
When Lynda Thomas had finished the promotion of "Polen" and its promotional tour in mid-2002, the Adult contemporary ballad "Amar Así" (Love This Way) written by Lynda herself, was scheduled to be the last official single of her album, but, it never had an official release, despite, the mid-tempo ballad obtained a moderate airplay on the radio; the song was one of the most personal for Lynda and talks about an impossible and unrequited love, for this song, Lynda wrote about the bad situation she was going through at the time, one of the reasons she fell into depression and decided to retire; "Amar Así" had no video and never was performed live, it became one of the last songs by Lynda played on the radio, shortly before she suddenly left the music scene and public life.
A new world music-alternative rock album in English-language by Lynda, which had already been finished, was originally scheduled for release in 2003 for the English-speaking and international markets, the album was announced by Lynda herself repeatedly, during the first half of 2003, it also was to be released in Spanish-language version, but due to disagreements with her record label, personal problems and her retirement, the album never was released.
2002-present: Retirement, legacy and influence on other artists
Press has been speculating about the hiatus of Thomas since the early 2000s from the media, after recording her unreleased album in English-language. In early 2002, at the time that her last single "Para Tí" was released, Lynda Thomas stated that she was happy, with intentions of reaching the whole world with her music and her messages of social and ecological awareness, she said "I don't want to be remembered for scandals, love affairs or the money I make or spend", but she also stated: "Sometimes, I want to drop everything and send it to the hell and go to a desert island to live with whales or get a job at a zoo in Africa and never again see the TV news or reopen a newspaper". Later time, Lynda left the music scene without any notice. Since her retirement, false information about her eating disorders, residence, personal life and death has been published.
Also in 2002, EMI was giving poor support to Thomas's career, the label was fully focused on new singers from musical reality shows such as La Academia (first Generation) or Operación Triunfo. Lynda also said she hates stereotyped singers and new singers who only sells her body image, scandalous behaviours and misplaced statements.
In 2002, she retired temporarily to begin recording her new world music album in English language, it was completely finished in early 2003; but in that year, she left the music scene, due to personal and legal problems with her label EMI MUSIC, Lynda had to pay an unknown amount of money to break free from her contract, because she had a deal for three more albums. She later continued her life as a song-writer, producer and devoted herself to charity work and animal protecting.
She obtained success recognition and success in IberoAmerica and Continental Europe during the 1990s and the early 2000s, even years before the debut of similar later teen pop idols such as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, P!nk or Avril Lavigne and later alternative rock idols such as The Strokes, The White Stripes, Linkin Park or Coldplay. Lynda Thomas paved the path and has been a musical reference for later Latin teen idols such as Belinda Peregrín, Paty Cantú and Diego Boneta.  Others singers and groups are Jeans, Natasha Dupeyrón, Natalia Lafourcade, Ellas Tres, Maite Perroni, Nina, Eiza González, Anahí, Irán Castillo, Gloria Aura, Paulina Goto, Dulce María, Daniela Luján, Danna Paola, Myriam Montemayor, Litzy Domínguez and Ximena Sariñana.
Career as song-writer and producer
After the release and promotion of her fourth album, Lynda Thomas took a long hiatus from the music arena, she started writing and producing songs for the globally successful teen pop band RBD, which was composed of the six lead actors from the teen series Rebelde.
Meanwhile, according to "Rebelde" the official magazine for RBD, Lynda worked in the first five albums of the band, she also wrote the songs "No pares" (which won the Latin Song of the Year of the Orgullosamente Latino Awards), El Mundo Detrás and Me Voy among others and directed the gospel chorus that was part of 4 songs that were included in the 2006 album Live in Hollywood. She also provided the studio vocals for several songs of the band, and according with the journalist Horacio Villalobos and other press publications, she provided the original lead studio voice for many hits of RBD, including the Ibero-American number one hit "Sálvame" (2004), under the uncredited pseudonym "Polen Thomas".
"Sálvame" was originally written and recorded in 2002 for the 2003 Lynda Thomas album (Spanish language version), but due to her retirement, the song was re-recorded for the 2004 RBD debut album, becoming a number one hit all over IberoAmerica in 2005 including Brazil, Argentina and Spain. The successful ballad was written anonymously by Lynda herself alongside her close friend Max DiCarlo and produced by Lara. In fact, most of RBD singles were originally Lynda Thomas songs, but these were never released. Afterwards, she continued her career as composer, manager and producer of many other artists such as the teen-bands Eme 15, Uff! or Kudai among others.
Personal life, eating disorders and charity work
Lynda has been working on environmental sustainable development projects and she has said that she hates addictions to drugs or alcohol, environmental pollution and singers who are a product of marketing and scandals in media. Since her public absence, Lynda has been participating anonymously in projects about poverty, animal rescuing and other global problems. She alongside Greenpeace helped to create a Whale Sanctuary on the Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, against illegal hunting, contamination and industrial waste.
During the late 90s and early 2000s, Lynda suffered from Bulimia, subsequently, she declared to the Chilean and Argentinean press: "I didn't want to realize what I was suffering, this disease caused me several damages; Lynda claimed she lost large amounts of hair; she said "Weight became an obsession for me, I was wrong" "I'm now under medical treatment and working on my self-esteem, with the help of my family and close friends." Actually, in her hit single "A Mil Por Hora", she talks about this disease.
Ibero-American Press has had speculated without reliable sources and unfounded about her personal life. Press has been publishing false information about she actually died in the mid 2000s, anorexia, residence or relationships. Since 2003 to 2013, she only has appeared one time in public life, to clarify such media speculation; it happened in January 2005; Also, since 2003, it has been speculated about her musical return to the stages, but until 2013, never happened.
Discography as a singer
- 1996: Lynda
- 1997: Un grito en el corazón
- 1999: Mi Día de la Independencia
- 2000: Mi Día de la Independencia Edición Especial
- 2001: Polen
Debut Vinyl Single
- 1989: Cantemos Juntos
- 1995: Inseparables (In Alto Mare)
- 1996: Gira Que Gira
- 1996: Sólo Contigo
- 1996: Muriendo Por Él
- 1996: Chicos
- 1996: Blue Jeans
- 1996: Ya No Hay
- 1996: El Amor No Tiene Edad
- 1997: Dile
- 1997: Tanto, Tanto
- 1997: Corazón
- 1997: No Puedo No Quiero
- 1997: Sálvame
- 1998: Bang Bang
- 1998: Bailando
- 1998: Un Grito En El Corazón
- 1999: No Quiero Verte
- 1999: Maldita Timidez
- 1999: Vivir Sin Él
- 1999: Mi Día De La Independencia
- 1999: Con el Alma en la Piel
- 1999: Corazón Perdido
- 2000: Ahí Estare
- 2000: Voy A Seguir
- 2000: A Mil Por Hora
- 2000: Laberinto (Promo single)
- 2001: Lo Mejor De Mi
- 2001: Polen (Todas Las Mujeres)
- 2001: Estoy Viva
- 2001: Ay, ay, ay
- 2001: En El Anden
- 2002: Mala Leche
- 2002: Para Tí
- 2002: Amar Así (Unofficial, airplay only)
Other singles and EPs
- 1990: Los Triunfadores De Fantasía Musical (Compilation only)
- 1996: Blue Jeans (Radio Edit Mix)
- 1996: El Amor No Tiene Edad (Remix)
- 1997: Lo Que Daría Por Un Mundo Feliz (Children's Day official theme, alongside other singers)
- 1997: Jingle Bells (Compilation only)
- 1997: Estas Navidades (Christmas theme, alongside other singers)
- 1998: El Pescador (Pope John Paul II theme, alongside other singers)
- 2000: A 1000 X Hora (Extended Play)
Official Music Videos
|1996||"Gira Que Gira"||Benny Corral|
|1996||"Blue Jeans"||Edmon Williams|
|1996||"El Amor No Tiene Edad"||Patty Juárez|
|1999||"No Quiero Verte"||Pitipol Ybarra|
|1999||"Maldita Timidez "||Felipe Gómez|
|1999||"Corazón Perdido"||Nunca Pepe|
|2000||"A Mil Por Hora"||Pedro Damián|
|2001||"Lo Mejor De Mi"||Pedro Damián|
|2002||"Mala Leche"||Scegami Brothers|
Other Music Videos
|1997||"Por Un Mundo Feliz"||Children's Day Official theme, alongside other artists|
|1997||"Estas Navidades"||Christmas song, alongside other artists|
|1998||"El Pescador"||Pope John Paul II theme, alongside other artists|
Discography as a songwriter, record producer and backup vocals
- (Not including uncredited work)
- Live in Hollywood (2006) (Gospel Choir Director. Lynda Thomas wrote the song "No Pares" among many others.)
- Celestial (2006) (Chorus for various songs.)
- Rebels (2007)
- Eme 15 (2012)
- Wonderland-Zona Preferente (2013)
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