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Ana Bárbara

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Altagracia Ugalde Mota, best known by her artist name Ana Bárbara, was born in San Luis Potosí, on January 10, 1971. Since early age, she showed great interest for music. Her sister Viviana Ugalde was a teenaged singer of some notoriety across San Luis Potosi and Ana Bárbara loved to accompany her to her shows and gigs. At the age of eight, Ana Bárbara fell in love with the stage while she sang backup for her sister. Ana Bárbara participated in a children singing contest and ended up taking over the first place. She was able to become a beauty queen and was able to represent her native state as “Miss San Luis Potosi” in Miss Mexico beauty contest (however, she didn’t became Miss Mexico). After the contest she realized she wanted to sing professionally and flew to Mexico City. In 1993, Ana Bárbara was named Ranchera Ambassador, also getting her first Heraldo Award. She was able to go to see the Pope John Paul the II. Ana Bárbara interrupted the whole mass and sang for the Pope.

In 1994, Ana Bárbara signed with Fonovisa (Televisa’s musical company). She released her self-titled debut album Ana Bárbara produced by Anibal Pastor. It soon climbed the local charts with songs like “Nada” and “Sacudeme”. It was until 1995, after Selena’s death, that she started to get international fame. A song named “Selena” was added to her CD prior to its American release. That same year she released her album La Trampa. Her third album titled Ay, Amor (1996) included two number one hits “Ya No Te Creo Nada” and “No Llorare”.

In 1998, Ana Bárbara made public her album Los Besos No Se Dan En La Camisa. While promoting this album she was awarded as Queen of La Calle Ocho. Its song “Como Me Haces Falta” remained in number one for 18 weeks. Her album Tu Decision was released in 1999. This album brought Ana Bárbara many nominations including Favorite Female by Premios Heraldo, and a Grammy Award nomination for the first ever Latin Grammy awards. After taking some time off, she returned in 2001 with one of her most popular albums, Te Regalo la Lluvia. Ana Bárbara reaffirmed her position of “Reina Grupera” with her release of “The Atraparé…Bandido” in 2003. On November 3 of 2005, Ana Bárbara was awarded a Latin Grammy Award.

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