Ximena Sariñana

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Ximena Sariñana
A Latin woman of twenty-something smiling.
Sariñana in 2011
Background information
Birth name Ximena Sariñana Rivera
Born (1985-10-29) 29 October 1985 (age 28)
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Genres Jazz, pop, rock, alternative
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actor
Instruments Vocals, piano, percussion, charango
Years active 1994–present
Labels Warner Bros. Records
Associated acts Omar Rodríguez-López
Website ximenamusic.com

Ximena Sariñana (Spanish: [xiˈmena sariˈɲana]; born October 29, 1985) is a Mexican singer-songwriter and actress. Sariñana's musical career was started in 2008 with the release of her first studio album Mediocre, an adult contemporary pop-rock/vocal jazz album that has been critically acclaimed and nominated for various awards, including a Grammy nomination and two nominations at the Latin Grammy Awards of 2008.


Ximena Sariñana Rivera (pronounced: [xiˈmena sariˈɲana riˈβeɾa]) was born in Guadalajara, Mexico[1] to producer/director Fernando Sariñana and screenwriter Carolina Rivera. When she was 2 years old, Sariñana attended an Ella Fitzgerald concert, claiming this to be the beginning of her interest in music and one of her biggest influences. She soon started listening to other artists such as Paul Simon and Tracy Chapman. She would often be seen singing and dancing, dressed up in costumes. When Sariñana was 7 years old, her neighbor, Cecilia Toussaint suggested she should take singing lessons with her teacher Ricardo Sánchez, known for instructing Mexico's biggest talents. She also took up piano lessons with Hanna Cot. In 1994, Sariñana acted in Hasta morir (English: 'Til Death[2]), which was produced by her father, Fernando Sariñana.[3] Sariñana would later attend the Academia de Musica Fermatta. In 2014, Sariñana revealed to be been diagnosed with Asperger syndrom.[4]

Acting and early work[edit]

She started acting in telenovelas at the age of 11 as the villain Mariela in Luz Clarita,[2] starring Daniela Luján as the main character, Luz Clarita.[5] The following year, Sariñana acted in the telenovela María Isabel as Rosa Isela, with Adela Noriega as the main character, María Isabel.[2] Her final appearance on a telenovela was in 1998 on a telenovela entitled Gotita de amor (English: Droplet of Love) as Enriqueta.[6] At seventeen, after earning a scholarship for the Five Week Program of the Berklee College of Music, she composed three songs for the soundtrack of the Mexican movie Amar te duele where she also played the part of Mariana. Other important movies in which she acted were as Ximena in the 2001 film El Segundo Aire (English: A Second Chance[2]), Valetina in Niñas Mal (English: Bad Girls), and Mariana in the 2002 blockbuster film Amar Te Duele; all of which were directed by her father and written by her mother. She also appeared in a short film called De paso in 2005. In 2007, Ximena Sariñana acted in the movie Dos abrazos (English: Two Embraces[7]) directed by Enrique Begne. Dos abrazos won Sariñana an award for Best Female Actress at the 38th Diosas de Plata of Pecime awards.[8] The latest movie in which she has acted is called Enemigos íntimos[2] (English: Close Enemies) and was released on DVD in late 2008.

She went on to be part of the band Feliz No Cumpleaños (English: Happy Un-Birthday), a Mexican funk-jazz, pop-rock band she formed alongside old friends from the Academia de Musica Fermatta. She captivated the audience on television by performing "El Triste" (English: The Sad One), originally performed by Mexican icon José José.

Music career: Mediocre[edit]

Main article: Mediocre (album)
Sariñana in 2008

Her first solo album Mediocre was released on February 12, 2008 by Warner Music Group. Ximena wrote most of the songs on the album and revealed in Venus Zine's Summer 2009 cover story that, “Learning the language of my nationality was something I really wanted to achieve... so I thought maybe if I did a Spanish album it would be a good challenge."[9] On March 28, 2008, Mediocre was certified gold by AMPROFON for selling more than 50,000 copies.[10][11] Sariñana would later receive further achievement when Mediocre reached platinum status for selling more than 80,000 copies.[12]

The videos for Vidas paralelas, Normal, and No Vuelvo Mas were all shot in Iceland. Vidas paralelas was directed by Pablo Dávila.[13]

In late June, Metronomy stated that they were fascinated with Ximena's debut album Mediocre and the group produced a remix of La tina. Her music video for the second single, No Vuelvo Más, was premiered as an exclusive video on July 14, 2008 in MTV Mexico. She was later nominated for two Latin Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Song but lost to Kany García and Volver a Comenzar by Café Tacuba respectively.


In 2007, she contributed vocals for the song "Valenciana" in the album Extempore by the Ensenada-based nujazz band Kobol. In March 2009, Sariñana was featured as a vocalist alongside her then-boyfriend Omar Rodríguez-López with his solo group on their tour of Europe, which resulted in the live record Los Sueños de un Higado. She also provided vocals on Rodríguez-López's solo albums Xenophanes, Solar Gambling, Ciencia de los Inútiles, Cizaña de los Amores and Tychozorente.

Along with Jason Mraz, she has released a Spanish version of Mraz's song "Lucky". The video for the Spanish-version has both her and Mraz in it, it was released to MTV on 22 June 2009.

Another memorable collaboration is with singer, songwriter, and record producer: Alex Wong on "Oceanside" for his first solo album (A City on a Lake) released in 2012. The video for "Oceanside" has an amazing creativity that which embraces the thought of a loved one dying, specially with Sariñana's angelic features and her unforgettable voice.

Second album: Ximena Sariñana (2009—2012)[edit]

In November 2009, Sariñana was in the studio working on her second album. Her second, self-titled, album consists of English songs written or co-written by her. The album contains one Spanish-language track, called "Tu y Yo". The album was recorded in Mexico City and Los Angeles during 2009 and was completed in early 2011. It was released in North America on August 2, 2011. The album's first single, "Different", was released in June 2011.[citation needed]. Shine Down was released as a promotional single in summer 2011.

2013 to present[edit]

Sariñana returned to acting in 2014, appearing in the short film, Gonazlo alongside Alfonso Herrera in May 2014. Her third studio album, which she began recording in Mexico City and Los Angeles in 2013, is slated for release in October 2014.[14]



Album Chart positions
Mediocre 2
Ximena Sariñana 16


Year Song Album
2008 "Vidas Paralelas" Mediocre
2008 "No vuelvo más" Mediocre
2009 "Mediocre" Mediocre
2011 "Different" Ximena Sariñana
2011 "Echo Park" Ximena Sariñana
2012 "Aire Soy feat. Miguel Bosé" Miguel Bosé- Papitwo

Guest appearances[edit]


Year Title Role Type
1994 Hasta Morir Melisa Movie
1996 Luz Clarita Mariela de la Fuente Telenovela
1997 María Isabel Rosa Isela Telenovela
1998 Gotita de amor Enriqueta Telenovela
1999 Todo el poder Valentina Movie
2001 El Segundo Aire Ximena Movie
2002 Amar te duele Mariana Movie
2005 De Paso Short documentary
2006 Amor Xtremo Mariané Movie
2007 Niñas Mal Valentina Movie
Año Uña Additional voices Movie
Dos Abrazos Laura Movie
El Brassier de Emma Movie
2008 Coraline Coraline Spanish-language voiceover
2008 Enemigos Íntimos Mariana Movie
2014 Gonzalo Lucía Short film


  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason (2008). "Ximena Sariñana". AllMusicGuide. Retrieved March 31, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ximena Sariñana". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 14, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Hasta morir (1994)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 14, 2008. 
  4. ^ Roterman, Natalie (August 25, 2014). "Ximena Sariñana Opens Up About Suffering From Asperger's Syndrome". Latin Times. IBT Media. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Luz Clarita (1996)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 14, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Gotita de amor (1998) - Full cast and crew". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 14, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Dos abrazos (2007)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 14, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Ximena Sariñana - Prodigy/MSN Entretenimiento : Cine". MSN Entretenimiento (in Spanish). MSN.com. 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2008-09-14. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Venus Zine: A Life Less Ordinary" Venus Zine Summer 2009 Issue
  10. ^ "Certificaciones" (in Spanish). AMPROFON. 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  11. ^ "Entrega Miguel Bosé disco de oro a Ximena Sariñana" (in Spanish). El Universal. 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  12. ^ "Ximena Sariñana alcanza el Disco de Platino en México con su álbum debut "Mediocre"" (in Spanish). TodoMusicaYMas.com. 2008-10-28. Retrieved 2008-11-16. 
  13. ^ "Ximena Sariñana lanza al mercado su primer disco de estudio" (in Spanish). Rock.com.mx. February 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  14. ^ http://www.vanguardia.com.mx/natalialafourcadeyximenasarinanaunduetoexplosivo-2018629.html
  15. ^ http://austinvida.com/music-film/2011/interview-ximena-sarinana/

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