Growing up in Monterrey, Mexico, Lesly Reynaga remembers hearing a lot of music in the car. Specifically, her mother was a huge fan of Rocío Dúrcal, a Spanish singer of ballads and rancheras, and that particular CD soundtracked most car trips. Lesly soon discovered the pop music of Christina Aguilera, Shakira, and Selena for herself, but a transformative moment happened just across the border. After moving to McAllen, Texas in her teenage years, a high school teacher convinced Lesly to start singing for the school mariachi band. She fell in love with the genre, and now she’s making music inspired by mariachi but pushing its sound into new shapes. Her latest album, Valerosa, features this unique blend, and Lesly celebrates its release with a show at the Long Center on September 30, followed by a performance at Rock The Park on October 27.
This week on My KUTX, Lesly traces her musical roots from Monterrey to McAllen, showing how pop, mariachi, and Linda Ronstadt’s trailblazing example have made her into one of Austin’s most exciting young musicians. Hear Lesly Reynaga’s My KUTX on Saturday, September 23 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime right here.
- Hermanas Huerta – “Atotonilco”
- Rocío Dúrcal – “Desaires”
- Christina Aguilera – “Pero Me Acuerdo de Tí”
- Selena – “Dreaming Of You”
- Shakira – “Antologia”
- Rocío Dúrcal – “Costumbres”
- Linda Ronstadt – “Los Laureles”
- Lola Beltrán – “Cucurrucucú Paloma”
- Adele – “Make You Feel My Love”
- Linda Ronstadt – “Blue Bayou”
- Fleetwood Mac – “Landslide”
- Rosalía – “Pienso En Tu Mirá”
- Rosalía – “Candy”