Lynda Thomas

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Lynda Thomas
Lynda Foto Chat -14 Jul 2003- (cropped).jpg
Thomas in July 2003
Born Lynda Aguirre Thomas
(1981-12-21) December 21, 1981 (age 34)[1]
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Other names Lynda
Occupation Musician, singer, songwriter, activist[2]
Years active 1984–2002
Musical career
Instruments E-mu Emulator, guitar

Lynda Aguirre Thomas (born December 21, 1981),[3][4] known professionally as Lynda, is a Mexican musician, singer and songwriter.[5][6] She achieved recognition in Ibero-America during the 1990s and early 2000s. Thomas released her eponymous major-label debut album at the age of 13 through Capitol Records, and featured on MTV.[6][7][8][9][10] In 2001, Thomas released her last studio album Polen[11][12] and retired shortly afterwards, making her last public appearance in July 2003.[13][14]

Thomas also produced and co-wrote songs for other bands and singers.[15] While in the public eye, Thomas was involved in environmental and human rights campaigns.[16][17][18]

Early life and musical debut[edit]

Thomas was born Lynda Aguirre Thomas in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, on December 21, 1981.[19][15]In 1984, Thomas made her first appearance on TV alongside her sister Alissa Thomas (Rosángel) on the Televisa's music contest Juguemos a Cantar.[20] In 1986, Thomas launched a solo career, then in 1989, she took part in the TV singing contest Fantasía Musical featured in Siempre en Domingo.[21] Soon after, following the advice of Raúl Velasco, she moved to Mexico City and was supported by her sister Alissa and producer Carlos Lara, then a member of the 1980s pop rock-adult contemporary duo "Lara y Monárrez" and known for his previous work with boy band Menudo and for the first hit singles by pop-rock teen bands Timbiriche and Flans.[22][23][24] The song "Cantemos Juntos", was released in 1989 under Melody records and later included on the LP compilation Los Triunfadores de Fantasía Musical.[25]


1995–1996: Mainstream success[edit]

In 1994, Thomas signed with EMI-Capitol.[21] In 1995, at the age of 13, Thomas recorded her debut album Lynda,[4] which was officially released in early 1996.[26] It contained the single "Inseparables" and "Gira Que Gira",[27] which became the commercial breakout of the album;[28][29] the track charted in several countries during the spring of 1996,[citation needed] while the music video appeared on MTV and TeleHit.[2] Soon after, Lynda Thomas released the single "Blue Jeans", which became a success in Ibero-America and other countries.The track is loosely based on Another Night by Real McCoy.[citation needed][30][31][32][26] She continued her studies during her early career.[33]

In the same year, she released the reggae single "Chicos"; it was one of the earliest demos from the album; Thomas also released the mid-tempo ballad "Ya No Hay" and the hip/hop single "Solo Contigo".[34]

Then, the musician released "El Amor No Tiene Edad" (Love Has No Age).[35] At the time, the musician released a live cover version of the 1959 classic Bolero song "Sabor A Mí", originally performed by Eydie Gormé, the track had a limited airplay release.[9][21][36][37]

At the age of 14, she received the "Revelation Artist" award by Televisa.[38]

1997–1998: Critical recognition[edit]

In 1997, at the age of 15, Thomas released the Eurodance album "Un Grito En El Corazón", produced by Italian producer Max Di Carlo and former singer Carlos Lara.[39][40] the first single taken from the album was "Dile" (Tell Him). Thomas was commissioned to record the music of the 1997 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus tour through the Americas. She performed live the music in several dates of the show. A short-film recorded during 1996 and 1997 in Washington, D.C. and Mexico city was broadcast by Televisa in 1997.[41]

In April of that year, Thomas had the lead in the official Children's Day celebration; it became one of the most attended events in the history of Mexico city. By the time, she launched the top 3 Eurodance single "No Puedo No Quiero" (I Can't, I Don't Want).[42]

Subsequently, Thomas released the Bubblegum dance track "Corazón" (Heart), which became number one in several countries; The track was released in the golden era of Bubblegum dance with female acts incluging Thomas, Whigfield, Paradisio and Aqua. At the time, Thomas released the house rack "Hazlo Tu Mismo" (airplay only), the song addresses issues of personal growth and positive-healthy lifestyle among the teenagers.[43]

In the summer of 1997, the musician released the trip-hop song "Sálvame (Destrucción Ambiental)", it made complaints about global environmental issues such as environmental destruction, the Chernobyl disaster, animal extinction, the Lacandon Jungle tragedy and pollution; the track achieved success in countries such as Brazil, Colombia and Chile. "Salvame", was included as an auxiliary resource in some University Core Curriculums. Thomas donated all royalties from 'Sálvame' to Greenpeace.[44] Soon after, Thomas released as a single her last power ballad of the decade, the soft rock track "Tanto, Tanto" (So much, so much), the song entered the top ten on the charts.[45]

In the fall of 1997, the musician released a promo of Bang Bang, soon after, in early 1998, the track was officially released as a single in the rest of IberoAmerica and some European areas, it reached the top 3 in several countries and was a number one track on the dance radio stations; "Bang Bang" became the last international eurodance hit released by Thomas, it coincided with the end of the golden years of eurodance all over the world in the first half of 1998.

In December 1997, Thomas had the lead in the Christmas single "Estas Navidades" (This Christmas), originally scheduled as a solo release, it was later recorded alongside other singers; they performed the song on 21 December of that year during the last Christmas celebration of the highest-rated variety show in Ibero-America "Siempre en Domingo". By the time, Thomas released, a bubblegum dance version of Jingle Bells, which was released in December 1997, it obtained significant sales in Ibero-America specially in Brazil.[46][47][48]

In February 1998, Thomas released officially the eurodance single, "Bailando" (Dancing), the track was first released only as a promo in early 1997, one year later, it became a number one hit on the dance radio stations from Italy and Spain. Bailando became the last official eurodance single released by the musician.[4][49][50]

In the first half of 1998, the musician launched her last teen-oriented single in her career, "Un Grito en el Corazón", the single was released in three different versions, being the acoustic version, the most played on the radio, it reached the top 3 in several countries.[9][51][52][53]

During her absence in 1998, Lynda Thomas decided to move to Los Angeles, California to finishing recording Mi Dìa de la Independencia. Since 1997, she became an activist 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.[54]

Subsequently, shortly before the international success of Mi Día de la Independencia, Thomas released as a promotional recording a folk live version with orchestral arrangements of the 1978 classic song "Solo Pienso en Tí" originally by the Spanish singer-songwriter Victor Manuel, which was included in her live setlist since 1998.[55] The musician also released a Spanish version of the track Wind Beneath My Wings, mostly known for the version of Bette Midler.

Later, in December of that year, she was involved in a homage to Pope John Paul II alongside other singers, the song was Pescador Juan Pablo II, it became number one in some countries. The song received the Medal of Merit from Vatican.[56][57]

1998–2000: Height of fame, and alternative rock period[edit]

International success, "Maldita Timidez - No Quiero Verte"[edit]

In early 1998, Thomas moved to Los Angeles, CA, to begin recording "Mi Día de la Independencia", alongside her producers and Vinnie Colaiuta, it was finished recording in late 1998; the album was released around the world in early 1999, when Lynda Thomas had just turned 17.[21][58][59]

In 1998, Thomas formed her alternative rock band which consisted of 6 members. 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" from Mexico City.[60] One year later, the album was re-released on two occasions. When Thomas released the album, she said about its concept - "I´m a rebel, not to make a mess of my life or do self-destructive things, I need the rebellion to achieve my dreams and defend them against all odds.[16][61][62]

In late 1998, the track "Pienso En Tí" was originally scheduled to be the first promotional recording from the album, as a Double A-side single together with "Vivir Sin El". Both songs entered the top ten in some countries including Argentina, Chile and Spain during the spring and summer of 1999.[59][63]

Instead of the Double A-side single, Thomas first released the single "No Quiero Verte", (I Don't Wanna See You), an alternative rock track which reached number one in Spain and Ibero-America, remaining more than 14 weeks at the top position;[64][65] It became one of the best-selling singles of 1999 in Ibero-America.[8][66][67]

Her second physical single was "Maldita Timidez" (Damn Shyness), it was her second consecutive Ibero-American No. 1 of 1999; the music video, which featured actor Héctor Arredondo in his first professional acting work, climbed to the top position on MuchMusic and TeleHit, it also became number one on MTV for four non-consecutive weeks.[68][69][70][71] the single established Thomas as one of the most successful alternative 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).[72][73][74][75]

In July 1999, the musician released a promotional recording of "Girando", the song addresses issues such as youth personal development and youth awareness, Girando charted inside the top 10 portion of the Iberian, Argentinian and Chilean airplay charts. A rare and never aired video was filmed while Thomas and musician Vinnie Colaiuta were recording the song in Los Angeles, California. The song was loosely inspired by She Drives Me Crazy by Fine Young Cannibals. At the time, Thomas had sold more than 3 million records only in Mexico.[76][77]

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 single on the IberoAmerican charts; in Spain and Portugal the single reached the number 3 spot on the charts; the song is about the misconception that adults have about teenagers and made complaints against animal cruelty and the extinction of the whales.[21][78]

MTV-Much Music, "Corazón Perdido - A 1000 X Hora"[edit]

"Corazón Perdido" (Lost Heart), was the last number one single from the 1990s released by Thomas, it reached number one in Spain, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay among other countries. Both, 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 also number one on MTV.[79] Thomas recorded in Argentina an acoustic version of the song for MuchMusic.[80][81] Meanwhile, Thomas continued across the world with the international Mi Día de la Independencia Tour, in several countries including France, Spain, Portugal or Italy among other European territories. The tour also included Acoustic gigs as happened in Argentina, Brazil and Chile.[72][82]

Subsequently, in early 2000, the musician released officially the acoustic ballad "Ahí Estaré" (I'll Be There); first, the studio version won significative airplay on the radio in 1999. Subsequently, she released as a single in SouthAmerica and Spain an acoustic live version of the song recorded in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for MuchMusic on September 29, 2000.[81]

She also worked for the TV ad campaign of Sabritas snacks company, with an adaptation of her successful single "Corazón Perdido". On March 23, 2000, Lynda Thomas re-released her album Mi Día de la Independencia, due to the high sales from the first edition.[83] At the time, the musician released the acoustic single "Voy A Seguir" (I'll Go Ahead), written by the then-unknown musician Leonel García. 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.[84][85]

In July 2000, Thomas released the alternative song A 1000 X Hora (A Thousand Per Hour) in 12" inch and EP formats; it was written by Thomas about her eating and mental disorders;[86][87][88] the track became number one in IberoAmerica and other regions of Europe, including Spain, Romania, Argentina, Portugal, Chile, Brazil and Hungary; Meanwhile, Mi Día de la Independencia Edición Especial was certified Gold a few weeks after its release.[89]

The track was the main-theme of the high-rating telenovela Primer Amor: A mil por hora, the main role was originally scheduled to be starred by Thomas, but she turned down the proposal of Pedro Damián and Televisa about begin an acting career. Instead, she only accepted to write and record the soundtrack for the teen melodrama.[90][91][92]

The single sold over 500'000 units in Ibero-America and won a Gold certification,[74] The 2006 debut single and video "Responde" by Hollywood actor and singer Diego Boneta was and adaptation of A 1000 X Hora.[93][94][95]

At the 2000 Chilean telethon, held at Estadio Nacional in Santiago de Chile, Thomas made a special live concert during the prime time hour of the event, in benefit of children with some disabilities and terminal diseases; her performance drew positive reviews from critics and audience.[96][97]

2001–2002: Commercial peak - experimental music, and events leading up to unannounced retirement[edit]

Personal and professional struggles - "Estoy Viva" - "Polen (Todas Las Mujeres)"[edit]

In April 2001,[11] Thomas released the last album in her career, "Polen", when she was 19 years old. For this album, the musician dabbled into post grunge, folk, heavy metal, pop punk and Britpop; by the time, the album was released before the debut of other acts such as Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson.[98][99]

"Polen" featured American musician Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and co-production, who worked before with musicians such as Frank Zappa, Sting or Eric Clapton.[100][101][102]

Shortly before the official release of "Polen", on Sunday, February 25, 2001, at Festival de Viña Del Mar held in Chile, Thomas was selected as a member of the internacional jury alongside soul performer Peabo Bryson and others;[103][89] Viña Del Mar is considered the most important musical event in the Americas, she had also an acclaimed performance and received positive reviews by critics and audience in the main day of the festival.[66][96][104]

The first single taken from "Polen" was the alternative track "Lo Mejor De Mí" (The Best Of Me), the song reached the number one spot on the charts.[101][105]

Subsequently, also in 2001, the musician released "Polen (Todas Las Mujeres)" (Polen - All Women), a Funk metal-alternative metal track; the musician wrote about women's human rights, gender discrimination, child sexual abuse, poverty, school bullying and domestic violence, the track received harsh criticism, poor airplay and minor sales except in Chile, Argentina and some European regions. The song was influenced musically by Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin) and Epic (Faith No More).[106][107][108][109][110][111]

Meanwhile, Thomas hosted alongside Colombian rock-singer Juanes in the first original edition of the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards LatinAmerica, held in Santa Monica, California, in 2001.[112]

During the second half of 2001, Thomas released the post-grunge track "Estoy Viva" (I'm Alive), written and produced by Thomas and recorded in Los Angeles, California alongside Vinnie Colaiuta; for the track (as well as Perdedor), Thomas dabbled into a different musical direction, influenced by Brit-pop and the Seventies punk rock;[98] Estoy Viva was banned from radio broadcast; the single obtained moderate airplay in Spain.[113]

last days in the music industry - "Ay, Ay, Ay" - "Amar Así"[edit]

Furthermore, in the fall of 2001, the musician released the Andalusian-Flamenco Folk rock single "Ay, ay, ay". The song was written by Thomas, influenced by the work of the Chilean Nobel prize winner Pablo Neruda. The lyrics were based on the poem "La Canción Desesperada" ( first published in 1924). The flamenco song was a commercial failure in Ibero-America, except in Spain, Chile and Portugal.[114] At the time, Thomas created alongside Greenpeace a Whale Sanctuary on the Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf of California against illegal hunting, contamination and industrial waste.[115][116] Subsequently, was released the alternative punk-rock track "En El Anden". It was the last song recorded by Thomas alongside her sister Alissa and Vinnie Colaiuta.[117]

In November 2001, Thomas released at the request of her record label the teen pop-punk single Mala Leche ("Nasty Person"), in Spain, Argentina and Chile; for the song, Thomas recorded the last music video in her career, in early 2002 it was released other countries. The track became a top 3 single all over Ibero-America.[109][118][119]

On April 11 and 23, 2002 the studio album Polen was remastered and re-released only in the United States to increase the popularity of the album; it coincided with the American Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards show hosted by Thomas for the IberoAmerican broadcasting, in which she conducted interviews with several actors and music groups of that time including Jennifer Love Hewitt, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, O-Town, No Secrets, Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith or Ashley Judd among others.[120]

She also released the last official single in her career, "Para Ti" (It's For You), a semi-acoustic track which reached Top ten in some countries. It was also the last musical theme that Thomas performed live in her career, it happened in May 2002.[121]

When Lynda Thomas finished her last tour "Polen" - "Lo Mejor de Mí") in May 2002, the ballad "Amar Así" (Love This Way), was scheduled to be the last official CD single taken from the album, but the track had never an official release.

In 2002, Thomas finished recording her world music-experimental rock album in English language, which was originally scheduled for release in the second half of the same year; a Spanish-language, Portuguese-language and Italian-language versions of the album were also scheduled for international release.[122]

2002–present: Retirement[edit]

In May 2002, at the age of 20, Thomas retired from music and public life.[6][10][105][122][122][123][124]

On 14 July 2003, after one-year absence, Thomas announced the last details of her lawsiut during an online discussion for Univision. She confirmed that her new label in the United States and Canada was Interscope Geffen A&M Records. Finally, her 2002 album was never released. As of 2016, it has been officially the last public appearance in the singing career of the musician, in which she stated "My biggest fear is to leave this world with no legacy".[93] She was a record producer and songwriter of several singers and bands.[125][126][127][128][129]

Since the early 1990s, Thomas formed a music producing team with her sister Alissa "Rosangel" Thomas and her former manager Carlos Lara alongside Moroder´s enginner Massimiliano "Max" Di Carlo and film score composer Tino Geizer, they began producing since the early 1990s for many pop-rock acts including RBD, Ricky Martin, Flavio Cesar, Jeans, Ellas Tres, Kudai, Eme 15 among others.[22][130]

From July 25, 2009 to 2016, EMI and Televisa removed most of the published videos of Thomas from the free video-hosting website YouTube, due to a copyright infringement case. In May 2000, her official website acquired and re-launched by Starmedia LatinAmerica in association with Greenpeace, focused on social impact issues and political interviews conducted by Thomas.[131][132][citation needed][72]


Peter Gabriel performing
Natalie Merchant performing
According to Thomas, Peter Gabriel (left) and Natalie Merchant (right) significantly influenced her music

According to Lynda Thomas, during her career, her major musical influences were the former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel and his pupil Paula Cole, the former lead singer for 10,000 Maniacs Natalie Merchant, Sarah McLachlan, Fiona Apple, Björk, Janis Joplin, Ani DiFranco, The Cranberries and Jewel.[93][123]

Personal life and activism[edit]

Thomas kept a low profile during her career and turned down leading roles in film and television. From 1997 (at the age of 15) until 2002, Thomas imparted university lectures on poverty, violence, human rights, environmental issues, and public policy subjects.[17][18][44][116]

Illness and sudden absence from public life[edit]

During the late 1990s and early 2000s, the musician suffered from Bulimia nervosa, social isolation and a major depressive disorder, for her single "A 1000 X Hora", she wrote about her illness. Since 2002, there is no information about her location and personal life.[16][13][14][62][77]


Albums / Singles[edit]

Year Album title Singles from the album Album details
1996 Lynda 1995: "Inseparables"
1996: "Gira Que Gira"
1996: "Sólo Contigo"
1996: "Ya No Hay"
1996: "Chicos"
1996: "Blue Jeans"
1996: "El Amor No Tiene Edad"
* Label: EMI Capitol
* Formats: CD, LP, cassette
1997 Un grito en el corazón 1997: "Dile"
1997: "Corazón"
1997: "Hazlo Tú Mismo"
1997: "No Puedo, No Quiero"
1997: "Sálvame (Destrucción Ambiental)"
1997: "Tanto Tanto"
1998: "Bang Bang"
1998: "Bailando"
1998: "Un Grito en el Corazón"
* Label: EMI Capitol
* Formats: CD, cassette
1999 Mi Día de la Independencia 1999: "No Quiero Verte"
1999: "Maldita Timidez"
1999: "Vivir Sin Él"
1999: "Girando"
1999: "Pienso en Tí"
1999: "Con el Alma en la Piel"
1999: "Mi Día de la Independencia"
1999: "Corazón Perdido"
2000: "Ahí Estaré"
2000: "Voy a Seguir"
* Label: EMI Capitol
* Formats: CD, cassette, VCD
2000 Mi Día de la Independencia Edición Especial 2000: "A Mil Por Hora"
2000: "Laberinto"
* Label: EMI Capitol
* Formats: CD, DVD
2001 Polen 2001: "Lo Mejor De Mi"
2001: "Polen (Todas Las Mujeres)"
2001: "Estoy Viva"
2001: "Perdedor"
2001: "Ay, Ay, Ay"
2001: "En el Andén"
2002: "Mala Leche"
2002: "Para Tí"
2002: "Amar Así"
2002: "De Pie"
* Label: EMI Capitol
* Formats: CD, digital download

EPs and other singles[edit]

  • 1990: Los Triunfadores De Fantasía Musical (compilation)
  • 1996: Sabor a Mí (Cover of the 1959 Bolero romántico song performed by Los Panchos and Javier Solís, written by Alvaro Carrillo
  • 1996: Gira Que Gira (Radio Edit Mix, extended version, Cassette Maxi Single)
  • 1996: Blue Jeans (Radio Edit Mix, 12" single version)
  • 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: Imagine (cover of John Lennon)
  • 1998: Solo Pienso en Tí (Cover of the 1978 song by Víctor Manuel)
  • 1998: Wind Beneath My Wings
  • 1998: El Pescador (Pope John Paul II theme, alongside other singers)
  • 2000: Corazón Perdido (Versión Acústica) (Argentina only)[133]
  • 2000: Ahí Estaré (Acustico Much Music) (South America)
  • 2000: A 1000 X Hora (Extended Play)

Official Music Videos[edit]

Year Title Director
1996 "Gira Que Gira" Benny Corral
1996 "Blue Jeans" Edmon Williams
1996 "El Amor No Tiene Edad" Patty Juárez
1997 "Dile"
1997 "Corazón"
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[edit]

Year Title Notes
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, assistant work and backup vocals[edit]

- (Uncredited work and songs credited to Thomas after 2002 are not included)


Year Title Role Notes
1989-1990 Fantasía Musical (TV series) Herself Performer
1997–1999 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Herself Host; performer
2000 Carita de Ángel Herself 2 episodes
2000 Primer amor... a mil por hora Herself Cameo appearance; performed "A Mil por Hora (a cappella)"
2001 2001 Viña del Mar International Song Festival Herself Member of the international Jury, performer
2001 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Herself Co-host alongside Juanes (live broadcast for IberoAmerica)
2002 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Herself Host (live broadcast for IberoAmerica)


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