is nothing if not precocious. The Mexican actress/singer-songwriter claims her love affair with music began at the age of 2, when she attended anElla Fitzgerald
concert and at 7 she was enrolled in singing lessons with famed vocal coach, Ricardo Sanchez at the urging of her neighbor, another well-known Mexican actress/singer/song-writer,
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. Around the same time she also took up the piano. At the age of 9 she acted in Hasta Morir, produced by her father, and at by 11 she was acting in telenovelas. It was a natural progression for the bright daughter of artistic parents, producer/director Fernando Sariñana and screenwriter Carolina Rivera.
Ximena has kept busy in the years since, continuing to act in telenovelas and film as well as scoring music for film, earning a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, and finally, releasing her first album last year. Mediocre debuted to much acclaim, landing directly on the Mexican Top 100 Albums Chart at #19 and hauling in the accolades in the process. A smart blend of alternative, pop/rock and vocal jazz, the album nabbed her nominations in both the Grammy and Latin Grammy.
This spring Ximena kicks off her first U.S. tour, the dates of which have just been announced. Her schedule will take her to Dallas, Houston, San Fran, Anaheim, L.A., Chicago, New York, and of course, Miami, among others, including a stop at South By Southwest. The tour kicks off here on April 18th, when Ximena plays the Bandshell in Miami Beach.