Born Maria Guadalupe Araujo Yong on December 10, 1958, in Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico. Addresses: Record company--Sony Discos, 407 Lincoln Rd., Miami, FL 33139-3020, phone: (305) 695-3500. Management--Hauser CIE Entertainment, 11003 Rooks Rd., Whittier, CA 90601-1624. Website--Ana Gabriel Official Website: http://anagabrielonline.com.
A Mexican music star, Ana Gabriel has made her mark as a singer, songwriter, and producer. Her trademark rasp brings power and sensuality to her repertoire, which varies from traditional mariachi to pop. Her songs have charted consistently since she began cutting albums in the mid-1980s. Ramiro Burr of the Houston Chronicle calls her "far and away the top female ranchera singer in Mexico."
Born Maria Guadalupe Araujo Yong on December 10, 1958, in Guamuchil, Sinoloa, Mexico, Gabriel began singing at an early age. While still in her teens she moved to Tijuana where she studied accounting while launching her singing career. She won the local Valores Juveniles (Youthful Values) competition in 1984, and competed in the OTI (Iberoamerican Television Organization) song festival a year later, a performance that earned her a recording contract with CBS Mexico. In 1986 she placed first in the festival and went on to represent Mexico at the international competition in Portugal.
In 1988 Gabriel released her first album, Tierra de Nadie, followed by Pecado Original in 1989, which met with some chart success. Her 1990 album Quien Como Tu made her a force within the Mexican music industry. Eight months later, her live album En Vivo showcased her powerful stage act and scored several hits: "Hice Bien Quererte," "Propuesta," and "Solamente un Vez."
Throughout the 1990s Gabriel released an album almost every year. A versatile singer, she showcased her talent as an interpreter of many different musical styles, from lambada to mariachi and romantic ballads to pop music. She also honed her skills as a songwriter and a producer, releasing Mi Mexico, a ranchera-influenced, mariachi-backed pop album, in 1991. This unique blend of styles was also reflected in the songs, all written by Gabriel. Her lyrics described strong, active women involved in their love lives, counter to their passive, traditional depiction in older songs. The album also included a tribute to Mexico's most popular singer-songwriter, Juan Gabriel (no relation).
Gabriel scored a number-one hit with the duet "Cosas del Amor" in 1991, which she sang with Vicki Carr, a Mexican-American pop singer famous in the 1960s. The single earned Gabriel a Billboard Latin Music Award as Song of the Year in 1992. At the same awards ceremony Gabriel was also named Female Artist of the Year in the Mexican regional category and Pop Female Artist of the Year; Mi Mexico was named Regional Mexican Album of the Year.
In 1996 she released the pop-oriented Vivencias. She followed this with the traditional ranchera album Con un Mismo Corazon in 1997, an album she wrote and produced herself. Of particular interest is her title-track duet with Vicente Fernandez, one of the most prolific and popular ranchera singers in Mexican history. Burr wrote of the duet, "The beauty here lies in the melding of two great voices--Gabriel's husky sensuality and Fernandez's powerful, understated expressions--set against a 25-piece symphony."
Gabriel released another live album in 1998, En la Plaza de Toros Mexico, a 30-track boxed set. That same year she traveled to Miami to work with the renowned producer Emilio Estefan, Jr., on her 1999 album Soy Como Soy. The result was a pop-influenced ranchera album that went gold in the Latin music market and helped Gabriel win the Ritmo Latino Music Award for Female Pop Artist of the Year in 2000.
With the release of Eternamente in 2000 Gabriel returned to mariachi love ballads, using only guitar as accompaniment. That same year she also appeared with other Mexican music icons in an independence day television special called Viva Mexico, a celebration of Mexican music and history. In 2001 Gabriel released Huelo a Soledad, once again balancing the traditional sounds of Eternamente with sophisticated pop songs, a cappella numbers, and dance tracks.
In 2002 Gabriel's platinum-selling album Sagitario was released. In that same year she won the Billboard Latin Music Estrella Award in recognition of her contribution to the Latin music industry, performed at a tribute concert for Vicente Fernandez sponsored by the Latin Music Awards, and participated in the ninth annual Las Cruces International Mariachi Concert and Festival in New Mexico. In December of that year she was scheduled to perform at the eleventh annual Christmas Mariachi Festival in Phoenix, Arizona, but was denied a work visa and refused entry into the United States.
Gabriel is a devout Catholic, telling Luther Orrick-Guzman of QV Magazine, "I believe and have a lot of faith in God." She places a red rose and a white carnation onstage at each of her performances, telling Orrick-Guzman the flowers symbolize "communication between myself and God." Her performances are also noted for their power and the respect she has for all of her fans.
For more than 20 years, Gabriel has contributed to the Mexican music industry. Her wide range of talent is evident in her work: she produces, writes, sings, and performs across a variety of styles. She has performed with such diverse musical stars as opera singer Placido Domingo, pop star Jon Secada, and the ranchera king himself, Vicente Fernandez. Popular from Latin America to Europe, her extensive discography and prolific songwriting ensure that her star will continue to rise well into the twenty-first century.
by Eve M. B. Hermann
Ana Gabriel's Career
Competed in the Iberoamerican Television Organization (OTI) song festival and signed recording contract with CBS Mexico, 1985; released live album En Vivo, 1990; number-one Latin song, "Cosas del Amor" (duet with Vicki Carr), 1991; released pop-oriented album, Vivencias, 1996; released another live album, En la Plaza de Toros Mexico, 1998; released Soy Como Soy, a mix of pop and ranchera, 1999; released album of bolero songs, Eternamente, 2000; released platinum-selling album Sagitario, 2002.
Ana Gabriel's Awards
Iberoamerican Television Organization Festival, first place, 1986; Billboard Latin Music Awards, Pop Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, 1991; Regional Mexican Album of the Year, Regional Mexican Female Artist of the Year, Pop Female Artist of the Year, Pop Song of the Year, 1992; Pop Female Artist of the Year, 1993; Mexican Album of the Year, 1997; Ritmo Latino Music Award, Female Pop Artist of the Year, 2000; Billboard Latin Music Estrella Award, 2002.
- Selected discography
- Tierra de Nadie Sony, 1988.
- Pecado Original Sony, 1989.
- En Vivo Sony, 1990.
- Qien Como Tu Sony, 1990.
- Un Estilo Sony, 1990.
- Mi Mexico Discos CBS, 1991.
- Silueta Discos CBS, 1992.
- Luna Sony Discos, 1993.
- Joyas de Dos Siglos Sony, 1995.
- Vivencias Sony, 1996.
- Con un Mismo Corazon Sony, 1997.
- En la Plaza de Toros Mexico (live), Sony, 1998.
- Soy Como Soy Sony, 1999.
- Eternamente Sony, 2000.
- Huelo a Soledad Sony, 2001.
- Sagitario Sony, 2002.
- Arizona Daily Star (Tuscon, AZ), December 15, 2002, p. B7.
- Billboard, March 28, 1992, p 10; May 30, 1992, p. 10.
- Business Wire, September 12, 2000; May 10, 2002, August 29, 2002.
- El Paso Times, November 15, 2002, p. 1.
- Houston Chronicle, November 30, 1997, p. 7.
- PR Newswire, October 20, 2000.
- "Ana Gabriel," Latin.com, http://music.latin.com/artistprofile.asp?artist=agabriel (June 12, 2003).
- "Ana Gabriel Mi Mexico," RollingStone, http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/cd/review.asp?aid=62590&cf=8971 (June 12, 2003).
- "Simplemente Ana! A QV Interview with Superstar Ana Gabriel," QV Magazine, http://qvmagazine.com/qvArtist/ana/ (June 9, 2003).
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over 11 years ago
estoy tistesa por que hay un parte en mi cuerpo se fue anna tu eres mi vida y te gusta mucho nunca te olvidare
about 12 years ago
I have heard so many Latin(Spanish)song,when i hear Ana Gabriel song,her voice was very beautiful and powerful.I have read her biography,her career and her awards.But not her life history.By the is she married?? and have a family??.
over 12 years ago
i love your songs you are the best♥
almost 14 years ago
I just want 2 say that shes the greatest. Her love in her music say it all. There is no words of how she mays me feel - sadness - happines - joy - & love etc. etc. O.X.O.X.O.X. I have not had the plesure 2 me her, but I hope someday that dream will come true. For now I'll keep on wishing 4 a blessing & I do belive - I do believe - I do believe in prayers. Down here in Brownsville, Texas & S.P.Island.
almost 14 years ago
yo soy fiel armirador de ana gabriel esde que empeso acantar asido my cantante favorita cuando no sale en la tv me preocupa tu armirador jjjise ramos
about 14 years ago
I have heard many many songs in spanish but when i heard Ana Gabriel, My world did a 360 turn around , she has the most beautiful voice I have ever heard , I needed to know who she was . Of course been the private investigator that i am it didn't take me long to find out it was ANA GABRIEL, I have since then been her biggest fan I especially love the song DEMASIADO TARDE, my dream is to someday meet her in person. but til that day comes I will keep enjoying her music forever ,
about 14 years ago
Ana Gabriel has inspired me through her music,with her passion and raw emotions of life of ups and downs faced head-on. Truely she is and will continue to be the best latin singer ever.
over 14 years ago
I LOVE ANA GABRIEL MY DREAMS ARE FILLED WITH HER,SHE IS AN ANGEL,WHO REACHES US ALL THROUGH HER MUSIC
about 15 years ago
Dios mediante, le escribo para brindarle mi apoyo en estos momentos de tristeza que vive, es un modesto homenaje a un mujer que se ha ganado la admiración de millones de personas, doy gracias a Dios por poder expresar mi gratitud y corresponder con el amor que has dado en cada composición, en cada interpretación y el respeto que siempre has demostrado a tú publico, le escribo a la mujer a Lupita Araujo, la que compone en su estudio que llama su templo. Es en estos momentos que necesitas a los que realmente te quieren, has dicho “El amor no se mide, se da, el amor se gana” y has dado amor y debes ser recompensada igualmente, rezo porque Dios ilumine tú camino, y puedas seguir luchando y estando al lado de tu familia y nos sigas iluminando. A veces ustedes los artistas aunque sienten el amor del publico cuando van a sus conciertos no se imaginan realmente cuanto nos hacen soñar y nos ayudan a levantarnos viendo un video aunque hayan pasado meses o incluso años de realizado el amor, el cariño la pasión están en él y lo que lo disfrutamos nos parece que estamos en el lugar coreando las canciones y vivimos intensamente esos momentos. Le escribo desde Cuba, donde tiene muchas personas que la admiran y la quieren. Permítame humildemente seguirle escribiendo brindándole mi amistad si me lo permite. Sólo pido que mi dirección y mi nombre no se publiquen en ningún lugar, quisiera que estás líneas te sirvan de consuelo y apoyo, somos nosotros los que estamos obligados a brindarte conciertos de amor, de apoyo y de esperanza, seguiré escribiendo si no es molestia y si Dios me lo permite. Saludos de mi familia, mi hijo que pronto cumplirá dos años, mi madre y mi esposo, Besos y que Dios te bendiga Sandra Nota: Este mensaje lo envié hace dos días por mi correo directamente al que aparece en su página, pero no sé si llegó por eso un amigo que está en Brasil me hizo el favor de enviarlo, pues desde mi trabajo sólo podemos ver las páginas, por reglamento de Seguridad Informática no se puede escribir en las mismas.
about 15 years ago
ana has a perfect voice the sound is the one that your ears don't want you stop playing her music. the perfect sound.