The 20-year career of Mexican singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and producer Julieta Venegas is mapped by a string of successful bands and albums, a solo career, and both American and Latin GRAMMY nominations and wins. Billboard has applauded Venegas, as “A pioneer whose music and image have broken Latina stereotypes…Venegas has forged a path between Latin alternative and pop music."
Venegas is widely recognized for her most successful album, Limón y Sal, which achieved Platinum status in many countries and includes the worldwide hit, “Me Voy”.
From her early years in Tijuana, an eight-year-old Venegas was destined for the stage as a young classical piano student. As her musical talents emerged she picked up classes in musical theory, cello, and voice at Tijuana’s Escuela de Música del Noroeste, and San Diego’s Southwestern College, all while still in high school. She was invited to join the group Chantaje, whose members would later be the heart of the band Tijuana No.
As a young adult she moved to Mexico City and founded the group La Milagrosa. Soon after, Venegas embarked on a solo career. The young musician signed a contract with BMG in 1996, releasing her debut album Aquí a year later, for which she not only wrote all the songs, but also played the accordion, piano, guitar, and vibes. In total, the album was released in Spain, the US, and many Latin American countries. Two singles from the album were particularly well received by the public: “De Mis Pasos” and “Cómo sé”, the latter of which landed Venegas an MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Performance in 1998. Aquí also netted Venegas a Nuestro Rock award for Best Album by a New Artist in 1997.
Venegas has since released six albums, her most recent being Algo Sucede, which was well-received in the U.S. and Latin American countries, and for which Venegas received a 2016 GRAMMY nomination for Best Latin Pop Album.