Tish Hinojosa

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Tish Hinojosa
Tish Hinojosa Hamburg Germany 2010.jpg
Background information
Birth nameLeticia Hinojosa[1]
Born (1955-12-06) December 6, 1955 (age 66)
San Antonio, Texas, US
GenresCountry, Folk
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active198x-present
LabelsWarner Bros. Records, MCA/Curb, A&M, Rounder, Valley Entertainment

Leticia ("Tish") Hinojosa (born December 6, 1955, San Antonio, Texas) is a folksinger recording in both Spanish and English. Hinojosa was the youngest of 13 children. Hinojosa's parents were Mexican immigrants. Known for singing both traditional Mexican folksongs and her own original songs, both in Spanish and English, Hinojosa accompanies herself on guitar, which she plays right-handed although she is naturally lefthanded. Influenced by traditional Mexican, folk, Tejano, conjunto, and country musics, Hinojosa considers her music to be music of the US/Mexico border. Hinojosa has charted twice on the Billboard country charts and has recorded several albums, primarily for Rounder Records.

Her 1992 album Culture Swing won the NAIRD Indie Folk Album of the Year.

Using music to bring awareness to cultural issues, Hinojosa hopes to bring into focus the plight of migrant workers and children of the poor. Additionally, she often performs children's music of her culture to help children develop an understanding of the Southwest's Hispanic traditions.[2]

In 2005, Hinojosa moved to Germany, and returned to Austin in 2013.[3]

Career highlights[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • White House performance for President and Mrs. Clinton
  • NAIRD Indie Folk Album of the Year Culture Swing
  • Las Primera (The Firsts) award from MANA, the largest organization of Latino women
  • Performances at presidential and gubernatorial inauguration events.


  • VH 1
  • ABC-TV special: Alma Awards
  • MTV
  • The Nashville Network
  • Austin City Limits (three separate appearances)
  • Fox Television Bravo Awards
  • Good Morning America
  • Onyx TV Germany
  • WDR TV Germany
  • SWR TV Switzerland
  • VPRO TV Netherlands

Humanitarian activities[edit]

  • Spokesperson, National Latino Children's Agenda
  • Spokesperson, National Assoc. Of Bilingual Education
  • United Farm Workers of America




Year Single US Country[1] Album
1986 "I'll Pull You Through" (with Craig Dillingham) 80 single only
1989 "Til U Love Me Again" 75 Homeland
1992 "In the Real West" Culture Swing
1993 "Closer Still"
"Drifter's Wind"
1994 "I'm Not Through Loving You Yet" Destiny's Gate

Music videos[edit]

Year Video
1992 "In the Real West"
1993 "Drifter's Wind"
1994 "I'm Not Through Loving You Yet"


  • Hinojosa, Tish, and Lucia Angela Perez. 2002. Cada Niño = Every Child : A Bilingual Songbook for Kids. El Paso, Tex. : Cinco Puntos Press, 2002.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 190. ISBN 978-0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ Holston, Mark (January–February 1994). "Rhythm & Roots". Hispanic.
  3. ^ Flores, Nancy (September 14, 2014). "TISH HINOJOSA PICKING UP THE PIECES; Singer-songwriter who once lit up the scene returns to Austin to rebuild her career". The Austin American-Statesman.
  4. ^ "A Heart Wide Open". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved June 28, 2010.

Further reading[edit]

  • Ragland, Cathy "South Texas culture: Austin's Tish Hinojosa has made the jump to a major label", Folk Roots; Nov. 1994, pp. 42–43
  • Dexter, Kerry “A Home in Music.” Dirty Linen: Folk & World Music, no. 141 (May 2009): 24–27.
  • Interview: Tish Hinojosa, Singer-Songwriter, Discusses Her Life, Music and New CD. 2000. National Public Radio.
  • Rodemann, Katharyn. 2005. “Tish Hinojosa.” Texas Monthly 33 (12): 124–26.

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