Rebekah Del Rio

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Rebekah Del Rio
Born (1967-07-10) July 10, 1967 (age 50)
Origin Chula Vista, San Diego, California, United States
Genres Soft rock
Easy listening
Latin jazz
Years active 1994–present
Labels Baja Basement Records
(Indie Label)
Dreamworks Nashville
Giant Records

Rebekah Del Rio (born 10 July 1967) is a Mexican American singer/songwriter from Chula Vista, California. She has a three-octave vocal range.[1]

The San Diego Union-Tribune voted Del Rio one of the "Top 10 Singers in San Diego", after which she moved to Los Angeles in 1989 to further develop her career. After recording the song "Llorando", a Spanish-language version of Roy Orbison's "Crying", she moved to Nashville in 1994. There, she was signed to Irving Azoff's label, Giant Records, and recorded her first album, Nobody's Angel. The title track was released on a compilation album and made it to No. 2 on the singles charts in the Netherlands.

Her vocals can be heard on numerous soundtracks such as Sin City, Streets of Legend, Man on Fire, and Mia Sarah. Del Rio made a notable cameo appearance as herself in David Lynch's 2001 film Mulholland Drive, singing "Llorando" a cappella.[2] She is also featured in Richard Kelly's film Southland Tales, providing solo vocals in a string arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner". She performed the song "No Stars", written in collaboration with David Lynch and John Neff, at the end of Part 10 of Twin Peaks: The Return.[3] Joining Del Rio on stage was the musician Moby on guitar.[4]

Performance in Mulholland Drive film[edit]

The filmmaker, David Lynch created the scene in the neo-noir film Mulholland Drive in which Del Rio sings in the Club Silencio, after hearing her sing Crying (Llorando) at his home studio on the suggestion of the music agent, Brian Loucks, Lynch invited her to perform in the cult classic film.. Lynch refers to this event as "a happy accident."[5][1] Del Rio's emotional rendition of the song inspired the creation and development of the scene itself. In his book, The Impossible David Lynch, writer Todd McGowan describes Del Rio's performance as "the voice as the impossible object."[6] In the nightclub scene Del Rio is introduced as "La Llorana des Los Angeles" who belts out the song in a depressive stupor, only to faint onstage while the song continues playing. Film critic, Zina Giannopoulou likens the songs performance and (symbolic) death of the singer as a parallel to the relationship between the two female doppleganger characters, Diane/Betty and Rita/Camilla. [7]


  • "Llorando" can be heard at the end of the 57th episode (the 13th episode of season 3) of Prison Break, "The Art of the Deal".


  • Nobody's Angel (1994)
  • Mulholland Drive Soundtrack - Llorando (2001)
  • All My Life/Toda Mi Vida (2003)
  • Southland Tales Soundtrack - Star Spangled Banner (2008)
  • Love Hurts Love Heals (2011)
  • Wicked Game - Llorando Duet with Il Divo (2011)

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  1. ^ a b World, Ruby (November 27, 2002). "Rebekah Del Rio Lynching a songbird: Rebekah Del Rio's cinematic success". San Diego City Beat. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Cruz, Lena (August 29, 2016). "Track of the Day: 'Llorando' by Rebekah del Rio". The Atlantic. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  3. ^ Ivie, Devon. "Did You Catch the Mulholland Drive Cameo on Twin Peaks?". Vulture. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  4. ^ Pearis, Bill. "Moby and Rebekah Del Rio performed in tonight’s ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  5. ^ Barney, Richard A. (2009). David Lynch: Interviews. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. p. 244. ISBN 9781604732368. 
  6. ^ McGowan, Todd (2007). The Impossible David Lynch. Columbia University Press. p. 214. ISBN 9780231139543 Check |isbn= value: checksum (help). Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  7. ^ Giannopoulou, Zina (2013). Mulholland Drive. London and New York: Routledge. pp. 87–88. ISBN 9780415824651. Retrieved 27 July 2017.