This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll meet a singer who left home at an early age to become an international star.
Carmen Jara was born on March 12, 1975, in Ciudad Obregon, in the state of Sonora, Mexico. She left home at the age of sixteen and began performing professionally.
In 1991, she moved to the United States, where she built a successful musical career. Jara recorded with such prominent artists as Jorge Hernández, of the legendary norteño band, Los Tigres del Norte.
Carmen Jara is well-known for blending traditional Mexican folk music with boleros, bossa novas, and norteño, making her one of today’s most popular Latin performers along both sides of the Texas-Mexican border.