Mexican Songwriter and Two Time Latin Grammy Nominee, Ximena Sariñana, Releases Her First English Single

Mexican Songwriter and Two Time Latin Grammy Nominee, Ximena Sariñana, Releases Her First English Single

Wed, 2011-08-03

Mexican songwriter Ximena Sariñana, already a two time Latin Grammy nominee and one time Grammy nominee, has released her first English single. The self-titled album, “Ximena Sariñana,” is a major-label pop album that introduces gringos to her eccentric and succinct songwriting style. While the album awaited release, Ms. Sariñana was already performing its songs on tour with, among others, songwriters like Sara Bareilles, Sia and Ray Montaigne.

“Languages open a window to seeing the world wider or clearer, in a different light,” Ximena said of her bilingual songwriting experience, “It adds another color to your spectrum, and it makes things more complete because you see them from two different perspectives.”

Ms. Sariñana, 25, is well known in Mexico, where she has acted in telenovelas and movies since she was 11. She also proved herself as a musician: songwriter, singer, keyboardist and bandleader. Released in Mexico, her 2008 debut album, “Mediocre” (Warner Mexico), sold a respectable 50,000 copies for a Latin Grammy nominee.

Greg Kurstin, who has also worked with Lily Allen and is half of the duo the Bird and the Bee, collaborated and produced Ximena’s new album. Some differences in this album from her first Spanish language album is that Ms. Sariñana, who once belted and screamed through parts of “Mediocre,” sings more calmly and approachably in her English-language songs.

The album, while a collaborative effort with Greg Kurstin, was a highly personal project. There are hints of Talking Heads, the Beatles, Depeche Mode, Radiohead, Carole King and the Beach Boys. Meanwhile the engaging melodies hold lyrics tinged with melancholy and disillusion. “I will never tie your loose ends,” she sings. “We can stop pretending I know who you are.”