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Ximena Sariñana
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Background information
Birth nameXimena Sariñana Rivera
Born(1985-10-29) 29 October 1985 (age 31)
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
OriginMexico City, Mexico
GenresPop, rock, Latin pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, actor
InstrumentsVocals, piano
Years active1994–present
LabelsWarner Bros.
Associated actsNatalia Lafourcade, Julieta Venegas, Jorge Drexler, Omar Rodríguez-López

Ximena Sariñana Rivera ([xiˈmena sariˈɲana]; born October 29, 1985) is a Mexican singer-songwriter and actress. In 2009, she received critical acclaim and a Grammy nomination for her debut album, Mediocre.


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Acting career
    • 2.1 Television appearances
  • 3 Music career: Debut album: "Mediocre" (2008-2010)
    • 3.1 Collaborations
  • 4 Second album: "Ximena Sariñana" (2010—2012)
  • 5 Third studio album: "No Todo lo Puedes Dar": (2013 to present)
  • 6 Personal life
  • 7 Discography
    • 7.1 Singles
    • 7.2 Guest appearances
  • 8 Filmography
    • 8.1 Television appearances
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links

Early life

Ximena Sariñana was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and raised in Mexico City to producer/director Fernando Sariñana and screenwriter Carolina Rivera.[1] When she was two years old, Sariñana attended an Ella Fitzgerald concert, claiming this to be the beginning of her interest in music and one of her biggest influences. She soon started listening to other artists such as Paul Simon and Tracy Chapman. She would often be seen singing and dancing and dressed up in costumes as a child. When Sariñana was 7 years old, her neighbor, singer Cecilia Toussaint, suggested she should take singing lessons with her teacher, Ricardo Sánchez, who instructed some of Mexico's biggest talents. She also took up piano lessons with Hanna Cot. In 1994, Sariñana acted in the film,Hasta morir (English: 'Til Death[2]), which was produced by her father.[3] Sariñana was educated at the Academia de Musica Fermatta, a performing arts school and Edron Academy, a private multi-lingual school, both located in Mexico City.

Acting career

She began her acting career at 11 as the villain, "Mariela", in the popular Mexican telenovela Luz Clarita,[2] starring Daniela Luján as the main character, Luz Clarita.[4] The following year, Sariñana acted in the telenovela María Isabel as Rosa Isela, with Adela Noriega as the main character, María Isabel.[2] Her final appearance in a telenovela was in the 1998 drama, Gotita de amor (English: Droplet of Love) as "Enriqueta".[5] Other important movies in which she acted were as Ximena in the 2001 film El Segundo Aire (English: A Second Chance[2]), Valetina in Niñas Mal (English: Bad Girls), and Mariana in the 2002 blockbuster film Amar Te Duele; all of which were directed by her father and written by her mother. She also appeared in a short film called De paso in 2005. In 2007, Ximena Sariñana acted in the movie Dos abrazos (English: Two Embraces[6]) directed by Enrique Begne. Dos abrazos won Sariñana an award for Best Female Actress at the 38th Diosas de Plata of Pecime awards.[7] The latest movie in which she has acted is called Enemigos íntimos[2] (English: Intimate Enemies) and was released on DVD in late 2008. Directed by her brother, Sebastian, Sariñana returned to acting, appearing in the short film, Gonzalo, alongside Alfonso Herrera in May 2014.

Television appearances

In September 2014, she was revealed as one of the judges for the reality talent show competition, Mexico tiene talento, the Mexican version of America's Got Talent. The program airs weeknights on TV Azteca in Mexico beginning on October 20, 2014.[8]

Music career: Debut album: "Mediocre" (2008-2010)

Main article: Mediocre (album)

Sariñana showed an interest in music from an early age. At seventeen, after earning a scholarship for a five-week program at the Berklee College of Music, she composed three songs for the soundtrack of the Mexican movie Amar te duele; she also played the part of "Mariana" in the film. Later, she performed as the lead vocalist in "Feliz No Cumpleaños" (English: Happy Un-Birthday), a Mexican funk-jazz, pop-rock band that she formed alongside old friends from the Academia de Musica Fermatta. She captivated audiences by singing "El Triste", originally performed by Mexican icon José José, during a televised performance.

Her first solo album Mediocre was released on February 12, 2008 by Warner Music Group.The album was recorded in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Uruguay. Ximena wrote most of the songs on the album and revealed in Venus Zine's Summer 2009 cover story that, "Learning the language of my nationality was something I really wanted to achieve... so I thought maybe if I did a Spanish album it would be a good challenge."[9] On March 28, 2008, Mediocre was certified gold by AMPROFON for selling more than 50,000 copies.[10][11] Sariñana would later receive further achievement when Mediocre reached platinum status in Mexico for selling more than 80,000 copies.[12]

The music videos for Vidas paralelas, Normal, and No Vuelvo Mas were all shot in Iceland. Vidas paralelas was directed by Pablo Dávila.[13] In late June, British electronic group, Metronomy, stated that they were fascinated with her debut album Mediocre and produced a remix of La tina. Her music video for the second single, No Vuelvo Más, was premiered as an exclusive video on July 14, 2008 in MTV Mexico.

The album received critical praise in both Latin America and the United States. It earned a rating of four and a half stars from Rolling Stone magazine in September 2008.[14] The album was also nominated for a Grammy for "Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album" at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in 2009. She was later nominated for two Latin Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Song but lost to Kany García and Volver a Comenzar by Café Tacuba respectively.


In 2007, she contributed vocals for the song "Valenciana" in the album Extempore by the Ensenada-based nujazz band Kobol. In March 2009, Sariñana was featured as a vocalist alongside her then-boyfriend Omar Rodríguez-López with his solo group on a European tour, which resulted in the live record Los Sueños de un Higado. She also provided vocals on Rodríguez-López's solo albums Xenophanes, Solar Gambling, Ciencia de los Inútiles, Cizaña de los Amores and Tychozorente.

She and Jason Mraz released a Spanish version of Mraz's song "Lucky". The video for the Spanish-version was released to MTV on 22 June 2009. In 2012, she recorded a duet for the song, "Oceanside" by musician Alex Wong for his first solo album, "A City on a Lake".

Second album: "Ximena Sariñana" (2010—2012)

In November 2009, Sariñana was in the studio working on her second album. Her second, self-titled, album consists of English songs written or co-written by her. The album contains one Spanish-language track, called "Tu y Yo". The album was recorded in Mexico City and Los Angeles during 2009 and was completed in early 2011. It was released in North America on August 2, 2011. The album's first single, "Different", was released in June 2011. Shine Down was released as a promotional single in summer 2011.[15]

Third studio album: "No Todo lo Puedes Dar": (2013 to present)

Her third studio album, "No Todo lo Puedes Dar", was recorded in Mexico City and Los Angeles in 2013. The album was released digitally worldwide on November 4, 2014.[16]

The album's lead single is called "Sin Ti No Puede Estar Mal". The official lyric video was directed by her brother Sebastian and filmed in Mexico City in August. It was released on her YouTube account on September 18, 2014. The music video for the single premiered on Sariñana's YouTube account on October 1, 2014.[17][18]

Personal life

Sariñana dated musician and producer Omar Rodríguez-López for several years before the pair split up in 2011.[19] Her brother, Sebastian, is a director and toured alongside her as a musician in her band. She is fluent in Spanish and English and is based in both Mexico City and Los Angeles, California.


Guest appearances

  • Extempore by Kobol (2007)
  • Los Sueños de un Higado by Omar Rodríguez-López Group (2009)
  • Xenophanes by Omar Rodríguez-López (2009)
  • Solar Gambling by Omar Rodríguez-López (2009)
  • Ciencia de los Inútiles by El Trío de Omar Rodríguez-López (2010)
  • Tychozorente by Omar Rodríguez-López (2010)
  • Cizaña de los Amores by Omar Rodríguez-López (2010)
  • Dōitashimashite by Omar Rodríguez-López Group (2010)
  • Tu Nite con Lorenzo Parro (2011)


  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason (2008). "Ximena Sariñana". AllMusicGuide. Retrieved March 31, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ximena Sariñana". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 14, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Hasta morir (1994)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 14, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Luz Clarita (1996)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 14, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Gotita de amor (1998) - Full cast and crew". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 14, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Dos abrazos (2007)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 14, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Ximena Sariñana - Prodigy/MSN Entretenimiento : Cine". MSN Entretenimiento (in Spanish). MSN.com. 2008-04-15. Archived from the original on December 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  8. ^ "Ximena Sariñana "México tiene talento" de Tv Azteca". Pendulo de Chiapas. 19 September 2014. Archived from the original on October 26, 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Venus Zine: A Life Less Ordinary" Archived July 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Venus Zine Summer 2009 Issue
  10. ^ "Certificaciones" (in Spanish). AMPROFON. 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  11. ^ "Entrega Miguel Bosé disco de oro a Ximena Sariñana" (in Spanish). El Universal. 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  12. ^ "Ximena Sariñana alcanza el Disco de Platino en México con su álbum debut "Mediocre"" (in Spanish). TodoMusicaYMas.com. 2008-10-28. Archived from the original on February 14, 2009. Retrieved 2008-11-16. 
  13. ^ "Ximena Sariñana lanza al mercado su primer disco de estudio" (in Spanish). Rock.com.mx. February 2008. Archived from the original on July 25, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  14. ^ Kemp, Mark (18 September 2008). "Ximena Sarinana". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 15 September 2008. 
  15. ^ "Ximena Sariñana prepara su segundo disco". Quien. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Ximena Sariñana No todo lo puedes dar iTunes". iTunes. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "Ximena Sariñana: "Sin ti no puede estar tan mal"". Altanto. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "Ximena Sariñana estrena video de su sencillo: Sin ti no puedo estar tan mal". REDACCIÓN SDPNOTICIAS.COM. 25 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "Captamos a Ximena Sariñana muy romántica con su nuevo galán". TV Notas (in Spanish). TV Notas. 2013-09-13. Retrieved 2014-09-14. 
  20. ^ "Interview: Ximena Sariñana is México's next crossover star". Austinvida.com. 2011-03-27. Retrieved 2016-01-24. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Ximena Sariñana at the Internet Movie Database

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