Guadalupe Pineda is an interpreter whose voice and style have left a mark on the musical scene of Mexico and Latin America. Her versatility and interpretive strength have turned her into one of the favorite and most widely recognized voices of Mexico. Having earned countless prizes, several gold and platinum records, as well as critical acclaim, Guadalupe always represents a meeting point for those who enjoy good music.
A native of Guadalajara, Mexico, she began her singing career in small venues and cafes, interpreting the new songs of a young Latin America who wanted to be heard, while at the same time she studied Sociology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). During those years, she is a founding member of the groups La Propuesta and Sanampay, going on to record two albums with the latter one. Shortly thereafter, she begins her solo career.
After 10 years of intense struggle, performing at universities, public squares, prisons, office buildings and public parks, she finally reaches a mass audience with the song “Yolanda” (“Te Amo”), which she recorded in 1984. This song will go on to sell one and a half million copies in Mexico alone.
The Mexican public has applauded her performances on the most demanding and prestigious stages: the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts), the Nezahualcóyotl concert hall, the Mexico City National Auditorium, the Mexico City Theater, the Degollado and Juárez Theaters and the Cervantine Festival, to name but a few of the places where she has performed, always with success and enjoying the love and respect of the public that Guadalupe has earned.
Guadalupe is hard to label. Always restless during her more than 30-year old career, she has lent her voice to genres as different as boleros and tangos, Mexican country songs and opera, new song and ballads, as well as pieces she herself has composed. She knows no boundaries. It is quite as likely to hear her sing in Spanish, as in several other languages, some of the most beautiful examples of world music.
José Alfredo Jiménez, Agustín Lara, Violeta Parra, Pablo Milanés, Carlos Gardel, Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, among many authors, have been interpreted by the voice of this unique singer, who has sold more than four and a half million records.
She has held special performances and her voice has appeared as part of the soundtrack of several films, both Mexican and foreign, among which are the following: “Monjas coronadas”, a Mexican film by Paul Leduc. “Campanas Rojas”, a Mexican-Soviet co-production directed by Sergei Bondarchuk, “La Finestra di Fronte”, an Italian film by Ferzan Ozpetek. Gudadalupe Pineda is the only Mexican singer present in record collections as important as the French Buddha Bar compilation (2002, Volume IV), which has been published throughout the world, as well as in the Italian Monte Carlo collection (04/CD Amor).
Guadalupe is also the only Mexican artist to ever have received the GRAND PRIX, a prize granted by the Authors, Composers and Publishers Society of France (SACEM), which she received in Paris, France on December 2009, in acknowledgment of her “Francia con Sabor Latino” (“France with a Latin Flavor”) production.
Her recordings have been published in countries as remote as Japan and she has appeared on stages around the world in the United States, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Central and South America.
Her talent has erased borders, having appeared at places like the Rimini Festival (Italy, 1987), the Casino in Madrid, Spain (1989), the MGM Hotel of Las Vegas, United States (1996), Teatro de Bellas Artes (Theater of Fine Arts) of Puerto Rico (2003), the Saint Germain des Près Culture Festival and at La Maison de l’Amérique Latine (2005). At La Plage Miramar, in Cannes, in a special UNESCO gala (2007) and in the International Mariachi Festival at the Santa Barbara Bowl (2008), to mention but a few of the many places in the world where Guadalupe has sung.
She has shared the stage with world-class stars such as Mireille Mathieu, Linda Ronstadt, Pablo Milanés, Rocío Dúrcal, Fernando de la Mora, Antonio Aguilar and Armando Manzanero, among many other colleagues.
Invited by the great Argentinean singer Mercedes Sosa, she appeared at the Colón Theater in Buenos Aires (2006), the New York Theater in New York and the UIC Pavillion in Chicago (2007).
Recently, Guadalupe has appeared at the following prestigious venues: Chicago’s Harris Theater (2009), Theatre du Rond Point, in Paris, France (2009) and Paris’s Nôtre Dame Cathedral (2009).
She has recorded 25 albums, of which the 7 most recent ones are the result of her work as an independent producer, working under her own label InterSound.