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Guadalupe Pineda (Remarkable Women #41)

Early life

Guadalupe Pineda was born on February 23, 1955, in Guadalajara, Mexico. Her mother, Josefina Aguilar Barraza, is a sister of singer and actor Antonio Aguilar. Guadalupe is a first cousin of singers Antonio Aguilar, hijo and Pepe Aguilar.


While studying sociology at UNAM in Mexico City, Guadalupe left school to pursue a singing career full-time. At first, she was paid only thirty pesos plus food per performance. She learned Hebrew and Yiddish from the owner of one of the clubs she sang at. She began two groups called La propuesta and Sanampay with whom she recorded two records. Shortly afterwards, she went solo.

For the next ten years, Guadalupe mostly performed at universities, public plazas, and other such venues until her first major hit Yolanda (Te amo) came in 1984 which sold 1.5 million copies in Mexico.

This led to major venues in Mexico such as the Teatro de Bellas Artes, La Sala Nezahualcóyotl, the Auditorio Nacional, the Teatro de la Ciudad de México, the Teatro Degollado, the Teatro Juárez and the Festival Internacional Cervantino.

Guadalupe has appeared throughout Mexico and in various parts of the world, playing festivals, headlining her own tours and participating in other events. In Mexico, she appeared at the Festival International Cervantino, Palacio de Bellas Artes, the Auditorio Nacional, the Teatro Metropólitano, Teatro de la Ciudad “Esperanza Iris”, Teatro Degollado and the Teatro Juárez. 

Other countries she has performed in include United States, Italy, Ireland, Spain, France, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela and Argentina. Guadalupe has appeared in the Rimini Italia Festival (1987), El casino de Madrid (1989), MGM Grand Las Vegas (1996), Teatro de Bellas Artes in Puerto Rico (2003), Saint Germain des Prés Cultural Festival, La maison de L’Amerique Latine (2005), El Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (2006), the New York Theater and UIC Pavilion in Chicago (2007), Festival Internacional del Mariachi at the Santa Barbara Bowl (2008), Harris Theater in Chicago, Du Rond Point Theater in Paris, and Notre Dame (2009).

Guadalupe has recorded 30 albums, the last eight of which she produced herself under the Inter-sound label, with distribution by Televisa-Emi. Her first album as an independent producer was Arias de Ópera. Her albums have sold in various parts of the world in countries such as Japan, the U.S., Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia as well as in various other countries in Latin America.

She and/or her voice have appeared in movies such as Monjas coronadas by Mexican director Paul Leduc, Campanas rojas a joint Mexico/USSR production by Sergei Bondarchuk and La finestra di fronte from Italy directed by Ferzan Özpetek.

Guadalupe received a Gold certification with the hit album Un Poco Más in 1986, success that continued with 20 Boleros de Siempre in 1990 and Costumbres in 1991, both selling over 100,000 copies. In 2002, she became the only Mexican to be included in a discography compiled by the Buddha Bar of France.

In 2004, her album Arias de Opera earned her a Double Platinum certification. In 2007, she received an award at the Cannes Festival for her work in French and charity work for the poor, from the Europa-Africa Committee. In 2009, she became the first Mexican to receive the Grand Prix Sacem Award in France for her album Francia con Sabor Latino.

In 2016, her album collaboration with Tania Libertad and Eugenia León titled Las Tres Grandes: Primera Fila, received Gold certification in Mexico and a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Long Form Music Video.

In 2017, she received the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award to honor her brilliant musical career and achievements.

Personal life

In 1998 Guadalupe married Antonio Lozano Gracia, a Mexican lawyer and former General Attorney of Ernesto Zedillo’s government.

She has a daughter, Mariana Gurrola Pineda, whom she recently presented on stage as a new talent and sang a duet with her.

Guadalupe’s artistry

Her voice is among the best-known in Mexico, with poet Alí Chumacero calling it “a voice of brilliant metal.” Guadalupe has sung in various styles from bolero, tango, ranchero, ballads, meringue, jazz and opera. She has sung works by José Alfredo JiménezAgustín LaraVioleta ParraPablo MilanésCarlos GardelEdith PiafCharles AznavourJohannes Brahms and Franz Schubert .

Guadalupe has been called the “Queen of Bolero” with the album “Los Trios del Siglo” of various bolero classics such as Historia de un amorContigoSin tiRayito de Luna and Odiame. She has performed operatic arias such as those by Verdi, Saint-Saëns, Bizet, Donizetti and Puccini.

The “Enamorarse Así” album is a tribute to the mariachi, filled with classics from that genre. “A Flor de Piel” pays homage to two Latin American singers, Olga Guillot and Mercedes Sosa, to whom she gave a tribute performance at the Lincoln Center in New York.[17][18]

She has collaborated with Mireille MathieuLinda RonstadtAida CuevasPepe AguilarTania LibertadEugenia LeónCarlos CuevasLa Sonora SantaneraPlácido DomingoPablo MilanésPaquita la del BarrioMaria LeónLila DownsEly GuerraRocío DúrcalFernando de la MoraMercedes SosaNatalia LaFourcadeAntonio AguilarJosé Beltrán and Armando Manzanero.

She has appeared with musical groups such as Los Tres Ases, Los Tres Reyes, and Los Dandys. In 2011, she sang with the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (OFUNAM), at the Sala Nezahualcóyotl in Mexico City.

She mostly sings in Spanish but has sung in other languages as well. She recorded the song Cómo Fue in Italian. She also recorded an album called Un mundo de arrullos of children’s songs in various languages such as Portuguese, French, Italian, Hebrew, Maya and Gaelic.

Other albums have contains songs in other languages such as Corcovado in Portuguese on the Gracias a la Vida album and Over the Rainbow in English. In 2009, Guadalupe recorded the French language album called Francia con sabor latino. The album originally was only going to be marketed in France, but it was sold in Mexico reaching number one in sales for a period of eight weeks in the country.

Though not a native speaker, she has studied the language since childhood. She sang selections from the album at a gala in Los Pinos in honor of French president Nicolas Sarkozy who was present.


  • Homenaje a Los Grandes Compositores (2018)
  • Las Tres Grandes: Primera Fila (with Tania Libertad and Eugenia León) (2015) – Gold Certification
  • Tiempo de amar (2015)
  • En Bellas Artes, Vol. 2 (2013)
  • En Bellas Artes, Vol. 1 (2013)
  • A flor de piel (2011)
  • Francia con Sabor Latino (2009) – Winner of the Grand Prix Sacem Award in France
  • La voz en vivo, Vol.2 (2007)
  • La voz en vivo, Vol 1 (2007)
  • Gracias a la vida (2006)
  • Un mundo de arrullos
  • Canciones de mi tierra (2004)
  • Arias de ópera (2002) – Double Platinum Certification
  • Con los tríos del siglo (2000)
  • Vestida de besos (1998)
  • Así como tú (1997)
  • Enamorarse así (1994)
  • De nuevo sola (1993)
  • Costumbres (1991) – Gold Certification
  • Boleros de siempre (1990) – Gold Certification
  • Eclipse de Mar
  • Un Canto a México
  • Para Comenzar
  • Solamente una vez
  • Todo cambia (1980)
  • Un poco más (1985) – Gold Certification
  • Te amo (1984) – Platinum Certification
  • Guadalupe Pineda (1981)
  • Guadalupe Pineda y Carlos Díaz “Caito”
  • Coral Terrestre (Grupo Sanampay)
  • Yo te nombro (Grupo Sanampay)

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