One of the world’s most successful ranchera singers, Yolanda Jaen Lopez, better known as Yolanda Del Rio, hails from Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico. She began singing in her community when she was five years old, and even made her television debut before her teens. Her mother, determined to foster this newfound creative passion in her youngest of 4 children, took her to Mexico City to compete in a television show for talented children. Naturally, Yolanda took first place.
While devoting time to her schooling, her passion for performing only grew. At the age of fourteen, Yolanda recorded an album for a small record label. After a bit of airplay, and a quickly-growing local fanbase, she was discovered by RCA records and produced the songs “La Carta que Hoy Te Escribo” and “La Hija de Nadie.” The latter of which stirred some lyrical controversy, and despite a boycott by several radio stations, became a massive hit and continues to be one of her most popular songs.
Yolanda’s popularity continues to grow, now with 11 films (setting Mexican box office records along the way) and 49 LPs and CDs (including one recorded in Sao Paulo in Portuguese) under her belt, as well as a Grammy nomination and five “Gold Nippers” from RCA for record-setting sales. These 40 years of success, dedication, and hard work have earned her a special place in the hearts of her fans and the name “La Gran Señora de Mexico” (the Great Lady of Mexico).