Natalia Lafourcade

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Natalia Lafourcade
Lafourcade in 2018.
Lafourcade in 2018.
Background information
Birth nameMaría Natalia Lafourcade Silva
Born (1984-02-26) 26 February 1984 (age 36)
Mexico City, Mexico, Mexico
OriginCoatepec, Veracruz, Mexico
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active1998–present[1]
Associated actsNatalia y La Forquetina, Los Macorinos

María Natalia Lafourcade Silva (Spanish pronunciation: [maˈɾi.a naˈtalja lafowɾˈkaðe ˈsilβa]; born 26 February 1984) is a Mexican pop-rock and folk singer and songwriter who since her debut in 2003 has been one of the most successful singers in Latin America. Lafourcade's voice has been categorized as a lyric soprano.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Lafourcade was born in Mexico City, Mexico, surrounded by music and art. Her father is the Chilean musician Gastón Lafourcade who had French parents[3] and her mother is the pianist María del Carmen Silva Contreras. Her uncle is the Chilean writer Enrique Lafourcade, a representative of the so-called "Generation of the 50s".

Natalia Lafourcade in 2014.

She attended Instituto Anglo Español, a Catholic middle school, and studied painting, flute, theater, music, acting, piano, guitar, saxophone and singing. When she was 10, Natalia sang in a Mariachi group.

She grew up in Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico, where she studied music with her mother, María del Carmen Silva Contreras, imitating artists such as Gloria Trevi and Garibaldi. Her mother studied piano with a specialty in musical pedagogy and is the creator of the Macarsi Method for musical training and personal development for children and educators. She adapted and practiced the method with Natalia to help her rehabilitate through music following a head injury from being kicked by a horse.

In 1998, Natalia was part of a girl trio called Twist. The group was unsuccessful and they split up the following year.

2018 at Gran Rex

When she was 17, Loris Ceroni gave Lafourcade the opportunity to be in a pop/rock group under his guidance. Lafourcade was hesitant, and Ceroni instead encouraged her to become independent. Lafourcade produced her first LP under the label of Sony Music. It was recorded in Italy and was cowritten with Aureo Baqueiro. Sabo Romo played in 2 songs.

Natalia Lafourcade is a mix of pop, rock, bossa-nova and Latin rhythms. It features the songs "Busca Un Problema", "Elefantes", "Te Quiero Dar", "Mírame, Mírate", and her biggest hit, "En El 2000".

In 2003, she was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the Best New Artist category for her debut album. She was also the principal contributor to the soundtrack for the Mexican movie Amar te duele and contributed the song "Un Pato" for the movie Temporada de patos. Lafourcade was nominated for Rock New Artist at the 16th Lo Nuestro Awards, losing to fellow Mexican singer Alessandra Rosaldo.[4][5]

In 2011, Lafourcade won the Best New Producer of the Year award in the Indie-O Music Awards, for her work with Carla Morrison's Mientras tu dormías album.

Natalia y La Forquetina era[edit]

In 2005, she released Casa, her second album, but this time as Natalia y La Forquetina, the name of her band. Produced mostly by Café Tacuba's Emmanuel del Real, Casa presents a more mature, rock-oriented sound while retaining pop and bossa-nova influences on a few tracks, such as lead single "Ser Humano" (pop-rock) and its follow-up "Casa" (pop-bossa-nova). Aureo Baqueiro returned to produce the few tracks not produced by del Real.

In June 2006, after a tour through Mexico and parts of the U.S., on 2 June, Lafourcade announced she would leave La Forquetina to once again work as a solo artist. Natalia y la Forquetina's final show was played on 18 August 2006 in San Luis Potosí. Following the group's break-up, Casa won the Latin Grammy for Best Rock Album by a Duo or Group with Vocal in September.

Also in 2006, a documentary about the band, showing the group on the road and their travels, was aired on MTV Tr3s in the fall of 2007.

Natalia Lafourcade has also appeared on other songs with various other artists. These include Liquits' "Jardin", Kalimba's "Dia de Suerte", Control Machete's "El Apostador", and Reik's rendition of a Lafourcade song "Amarte Duele". Also she along with her former band have appeared on various compilation disks with previously unreleased tracks such as "Y Todo Para Que" on Intocable's X and on the Tin Tan tribute album, Viva Tin Tan, with the hit "Piel Canela". In 2011, she made "Quisiera Saber", a music video with Los Daniels.

Return to solo work[edit]

Natalia in 2018

More than a year after Natalia departed from La Forquetina, she recorded an instrumental album called The 4 Seasons of Love under Sony BMG label. She also wrote the Lyrics for "Tú y Yo" from Ximena Sariñana's self-titled album.

In 2008, she performed on Julieta Venegas' MTV Unplugged album and DVD.

In 2009, she released the album Hu Hu Hu, a top 10 album in Mexico. The album was produced by Emmanuel del Real (who produced "Casa" in 2005), Marco Moreno and Ernesto García. It was nominated for Best female Pop Vocal Album at the 2009 Latin Grammy Awards (won by Laura Pausini) and Best Latin Pop album at the 2010 Grammy Awards (won by La Quinta Estación). Club Fonograma also named the album the second best of 2009,[6] and the seventh best of the decade.[7]

In 2012, she released a tribute album to Agustín Lara called Mujer Divina.

Her next album, Hasta La Raíz, was released in March 2015. "Nunca Es Suficiente" (It's Never Enough), the first single off the album, was released on 10 February. The track "Hasta La Raíz" was No. 5 of the Viral 50 Global Spotify Chart and the No. 1 on the Viral 50 México chart.[citation needed]

She performed on the NPR Music Tiny Desk series on 27 October 2017. In the first month of its presence on YouTube, it had been viewed more than 1,350,000 times.[8] As of 25 August 2019 that same video had been viewed over 8,671,800 times.[9]

In 2017, she recorded "Remember Me" as a duet with contemporary R&B singer Miguel for the credits of the movie Coco, and together they also performed the song at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony.[10]


Natalia Lafourcade
  • Released: 25 February 2003
  • Mexican Chart Position: #1
  • Mexican Certification: Platinum
  • Singles:
    • "Busca un Problema"
    • "En el 2000"
    • "Te Quiero Dar"
    • "Mirame, Mirate"
    • "Elefantes"
  • Released: 30 August 2005
  • Mexican Chart Position: #1
  • Mexican Certification: Gold
  • Singles:
    • "Ser Humano"
    • "Casa"
    • "O pato (El Pato)"
Las 4 Estaciones del Amor
  • Released: 22 January 2008
Hu Hu Hu
  • Released: 29 May 2009
  • Mexican Chart Position: #9
  • Singles:
    • "Azul"
    • "Ella Es Bonita"
    • "Cursis Melodias"
    • "No Viniste"
Mujer Divina, Homenaje a Agustín Lara
  • Released: 22 September 2012
  • Mexican Chart Position: #9
  • Singles:
    • "La Fugitiva"
    • "Limosna"
    • "Mujer Divina"
    • "Aventurera"
Hasta la Raíz
  • Released: 17 March 2015
  • Mexican Chart Position: #6
  • Singles:
    • "Nunca Es Suficiente"
    • "Hasta La Raíz"
    • "Lo Que Construimos"
    • "Mi Lugar Favorito"
Musas: Un Homenaje al Folclore Latinoamericano en Manos de Los Macorinos, Vol 1
  • Released: 5 May 2017
  • Singles:
    • "Tú sí sabes quererme"
    • "Soledad y el Mar"
    • "Mexicana Hermosa"
Musas: Un Homenaje al Folclore Latinoamericano en Manos de Los Macorinos, Vol 2
  • Released: 9 February 2018
  • Singles:
    • "Danza de gardenias"
    • "Alma Mía"
    • "Desdeñosa"
Un Canto por México, Vol. 1
  • Released: 8 February 2020
  • Singles:
    • "Una Vida"
    • "Veracruz"
    • "El Balajú / Serenata Huasteca"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

The Grammy Award is an accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to recognize outstanding achievement on the music industry.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2004 Natalia Lafourcade Best Latin Pop Album Nominated
2010 Hu Hu Hu Nominated
2016 Hasta la Raíz Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album Won
2018[11] Musas Vol. 1 Best Latin Pop Album Nominated
2019[12] Musas, Vol. 2 Nominated

Latin Grammy Awards[edit]

A Latin Grammy Award is an accolade by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2003 Natalia Lafourcade Best New Artist Nominated
"En el 2000" Song of the Year Nominated
Best Rock Song Nominated
Natalia Lafourcade Best Rock Solo Vocal Album Nominated
2006 Casa Best Rock Album by a Duo or Group with Vocal Won
2009 Hu Hu Hu Best Female Pop Vocal Album Nominated
2013 Mujer Divina, Homenaje a Agustín Lara Best Alternative Music Album Won
Best Long Form Music Video Won
Best Engineered Album Nominated
2015 Hasta la Raíz Album of the Year Nominated
Best Alternative Music Album Won
Best Engineered Album Won
"Hasta la Raíz" Record of the Year Won
Song of the Year Won
Best Alternative Song Won
2017 Musas Album of the Year Nominated
Best Folk Album Won
"Tú Sí Sabes Quererme" Song of the Year Nominated
Musas, El Documental Best Long Form Music Video Won
2018 "Danza de Gardenias" Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Musas, Vol. 2 Album of the Year Nominated
Best Folk Album Won
2020 Un Canto por México Vol. 1 Album of the Year Pending
"En Cantos" Best Alternative Song Pending
"Mi Religión" Best Regional Song Pending



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  2. ^ "Sopranos, Mezzosopranos y Contraltos en la música popular". Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Substance over style".
  4. ^ "Ricky Martin, Shakira, Thalía, Ricardo Arjona, Pepe Aguilar Y Vicente Fernández entre las superestrellas nominadas para el Premio lo Nuestro 2004". Univision. Business Wire. 14 January 2004. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Marc Anthony y Marco Antonio Solís entre los Grandes Ganadores del 'Premio Lo Nuestro a la Música Latina'". Univision (in Spanish). Business Wire. 27 February 2004. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Club Fonograma's Best Albums of 2009". Archived from the original on 10 June 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Best of the decade recap". Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Natalia Lafourcade: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert". 27 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Natalia Lafourcade: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert". YouTube. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  10. ^ Emeryville, Calif (23 January 2018). "Pixar's 'Coco' nominated for 2 Academy Awards". ABC 7 News. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  11. ^ Lynch, Joe (28 November 2017). "Grammys 2018: See the Complete List of Nominees". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  12. ^ Lynch, Joe (7 December 2018). "2019 Grammys Nominees: The Complete List". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved 10 December 2018.

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