She went through many things in her life including: an 8 year abusive relationship, rape, and suicide attempts. She fought through everything and everyone, including herself, and she ended up becoming in my opinion the most famous and known banda singer. However, she passed away in December of due to a tragic plane crash. This book is her legacy. The main conflict begins where she starts to get hate because no woman has ever done banda and corridos.
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In , she earned a record-breaking eleven Billboard Award nominations, becoming the first female regional Mexican performer to be so honored. Now I am among the beautiful lights, but when I was alone, it was God who took care of me. El Farallon was where you went to hang out with your friends and get lost in the music, forgetting everything else for just a few hours. Most important, it was where many regional Mexican singers launched their careers.
My father had done business with the owner of El Farallon, Emilio Franco. Franco said we could shoot the video before the doors opened at p. At the time, my dad, known to many as Don Pedro Rivera, was one of the biggest producers of regional Mexican music. He had always been my biggest supporter, especially in those early days when I was struggling to break out.
It was difficult to get my songs on the radio because I refused to fit into the mold of the typical Latina singer. I should have been younger, thinner, softer, quieter, dumber. In the Latino community, female singers were supposed to be beautiful and superskinny, and their music was supposed to be silly.
Latina singers were meant to be looked at and not really heard. I was considered overweight. I was considered not to have vocal talent. And I was singing strong, ballsy corridos folk tales, often involving drug dealers.
I probably intimidated the men. No other women were singing corridos. It was like a woman rapping. The people in the industry tried to make me change. If you want to make it in this genre, they said, you have to do this or that. A lot of women had to do sexual favors to get played on the radio.
Fuck that. I wanted to make it based on my talent or not at all.
I had too much promise. At that time and still today, the genre known as regional Mexican music was and is dominated by men. In a interview with Billboard magazine, she stated, "It was hard knocking on those doors to get my music played. One radio programmer in L.
Unbreakable: My Story, My Way
A New York Times bestseller, this is the official biography from the beloved Mexican-American singer who lost her life in a tragic plane crash. Perhaps trying to move away from my problems and focus on the positive is the best I can do. I am a woman like any other, and ugly things happen to me like any other woman. The number of times I have fallen down is the number of times I have gotten up.