Ana Gabriel

One of the most prolific Latin pop artists, Ana Gabriel has had a career that has spanned many decades and seen numerous hit songs and albums. Born in 1955 in Sinaloa, Mexico, Gabriel began singing at a young age and sang on stage for the first time at age six. At fifteen she moved to Tijuana to study accounting and in 1977 recorded her first song, “Comprendeme.” She won second place at a local singing festival and in 1986 represented Mexico in the OTI Festival, where she was placed third—but her entry, “Ay Amor,” charted for fourteen weeks. Her debut album was released in 1988 but she did not receive much attention until 1990’s studio Quien Como Tu and live En Vivo propelled her to stardom; the former netted the singer a nomination for the best Latin Pop Performance Grammy Award. Through the 1990s she recorded almost one album per year in a variety of styles including modern Latin pop, traditional rancheras, and classical. As a songwriter, her material revolved around strong female characters who play an active role in their own lives. She continued to release albums of various styles through the 2010s and has worked with producers and artists within the Latin music diaspora including Emilio Estefan Jr. and Placido Domingo. In 2006 she was awarded the Lo Nuestro Excellence Award.