Loca de Amar
Mexican singer, songwriter and producer Ana Barbara was awarded her first Latin Grammy Award for her album “Loca de Amar” (2005). Making her recording debut in 1994 with “Ana Barbara,” she went on to gain attention with the albums “La Trampa” (1995) and “Ay, Amor” (1996). She did not earn her first Latin Grammy nomination until “Tu Decisión” (1999). After a short break in 2000, Barbara was put back in the spotlight with the Grammy nominated “Te Regalo La Lluvia” (2001) and “Te Atraparé... Bandido” (2003) and the Grammy winning “Loca de Amar” (2005). However, after the album “No Es Brujería” (2006), which received a Grammy nomination, she again disappeared from the music scene. She made a comeback in late 2009 with the release of her new album, “Rompiendo Cadenas.” Barbara also produced the Mexican duo Los Elegidos' first two albums, “Tal y Como Somos” (2005) and “Niña Mimada” (2006).
Currently, Barbara resides in the resort city of Cancún, México, with her husband, Jose Maria Fernandez, and their four children.
Besides a controversial romance with her current husband, whom she dated shortly after his wife died, Barbara's romantic life has attracted public interest. In the early 2000s, she was reported to have dated comedian Julio Sabala. She also dated millionaire businessman and boxer Jorge Kahwagi in the early 2005 and was once linked to singer José Manuel Figueroa.
Altagracia Ugalde Motta
Childhood and Family:
Ana Barbara was born Altagracia Ugalde Motta on January 10, 1971, in Rio Verde, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. She has on older sister named Viviana Ugalde, who was a popular singer locally. It was Viviana that inspired Ana to become a singer. Ana also had a younger sister named Marissa. She died in a car crash in October 2001.
Ana gave birth to her first child, son Emiliano, in 2000. She later married architect Jose Maria Fernandez, the widower of Mexican actress, singer, and television show host Mariana Levy, on January 27, 2006. Their romance was considered scandalous because the two began dating only about three months after Levy's death. The couple welcomed a baby boy, José María, on December 2, 2006. Her husband has two children, Paula (born in 2002) and José Emilio (born in 2004), from previous marriages.
Ana Barbara developed a love for music at a young age when she was amazed by her older sister Viviana Ugalde's performances and quickly decided she wanted to be a singer herself. By age 8, she had sung backup for her sister. A talented youth, Barbara scored success in beauty pageants and won the title of Señorita San Luis Potosí. She later represented San Luis Potosí at the 1988 local Miss Universe sponsored Miss Mexico pageant.
Barbara began singing at various events and festivals and in 1990, she toured Columbia. Her popularity grew significantly in 1993 when she was given the titles of “Ambassador of Ranchera Music” and “El Rostro del Heraldo de México,” which led to an invitation to perform during Mass at The Vatican for Pope John Paul II.
Barbara signed with Televisa's musical company, Fonovisa, in 1994 and released a self titled debut album later that same year. Produced and primarily written by Aníbal Pastor, the album spawned the hits “Nada,” “Sacúdeme” and “Todo Lo Aprendí De Ti” and received gold certification in Mexico. She won a 1994 Premio El Heraldo for Best New Artist, El Heraldo Como Revelación, and El Trofeo Furia Musical and was subsequently launched as a star on the rise.
The sophomore effort, “La Trampa,” followed in 1995. Also produced by Pastor, the album garnered Barbara even more recognition thanks to the hit singles “La Trampa,” “No Se Que Voy Hacer” and “Me Asusta, Pero Me Gusta,” which became chart toppers on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks. Her next album, “Ay, Amor,” (1996) which was produced by Jorge Avendaño, cemented her status as one of the most successful recording artists in Mexico. Popular singles spawned from the album included “Ya No Te Creo Nada,” “No Lloraré” and “Y Siempre.” Written by Manuel Eduardo Castro, “Ya No Te Creo Nada” hit the Hot Latin Tracks Top Ten and the Regional Mexican Airplay Top Five. Also in 1996, Barbara was awarded a Premio Lo Nuestro à la Musica Latina for Regional Mexican Best Female Artist.
Barbara resurfaced in 1997 with the release of her fourth album, “Los Besos No Se Dan En La Camisa,” in which she collaborated with singer, songwriter, and producer Marco Antonio Solis. The album was not a big commercial success and only produced the hit single “Como Me Haces Falta,” which was originally sang by Los Bukis in 1982. Around the same time, Fonovisa also launched the compilation album “Lo Mejor de Ana Bárbara: En la Monumental Plaza Mexico” (1997). Despite the failure of “Los Besos No Se Dan En La Camisa,” Barbara won her next Premio El Heraldo and Premio Lo Nuestro à la Musica Latina Award in 1997. She picked up another Premio Lo Nuestro à la Musica Latina Award in 1998.
In 1999, Barbara released the album “Tu Decisión” (1999), which marked her reunion with Anibal Pastor and also her debut as a songwriter (she wrote four of the 12 songs included on the album). The album generated the hits “Engañada,” “Quize Olvidar” and “Todo Contigo,” a theme song for the TV film “Todo Contigo” (released in 2002), which she also starred in. “Tu Decisión” brought her a nomination at the Latin Grammy Awards.
Following a brief hiatus in 2000 to give birth to her first son, Barbara made a major comeback in 2001 with the album “Te Regalo La Lluvia,” which was produced by songwriter Fato. The album produced the hit singles “Te Regalo La Lluvia” (written by Fato) and “Eso No Es De Hombres” and won Barbara her next Latin Grammy nomination. The compilation album “15 Exitos” followed in 2002 before Barbara released the studio album “Te Atraparé...Bandido” in 2003. She collaborated with Carlos Cabral, Jr. on the album and received her third Latin Grammy nomination for her efforts.
After the release of the 2004 compilation album “Un Mujer, un Sueño,” Barbara was reunited with Carlos Cabral, Jr. for the 2005 album “Loca de Amar” and took home a Latin Grammy Award her work on the album. The singles “Loca” and “Lo Busqué” rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks. 2005 also saw the release of the albums “Dos en Uno,” “Divas Gruperas: Ana Bárbara & Alicia Villareal” and “Confesiones: Ana Bárbara & Jennifer Peña.” Barbara also took part in the 2005 tribute concert “Selena ¡VIVE!” at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, and branched out to producing later that same year with “Tal y Como Somos,” a debut album of the Mexican duo Los Elegidos. She wrote and composed several tracks on “Tal y Como Somos,” including the chart topper “Fruta Prohibida.” She went on to produce Los Elegidos' second album, “Niña Mimada” in 2006.
Barbara released “No Es Brujeria,” the final album with record label Fonovisa, in 2006. Another collaboration with Carlos Cabral, Jr., the album spawned the hits “No Es Brujería,” “Solo Mio” and “Vete” and brought her a Grammy nomination and her fourth Premio Lo Nuestro à la Musica Latina Award.
After “No Es Brujeria,” Barbara concentrated on her family and explored her entrepreneur side by opening the restaurant “Chocolate City” and the night club “Bandido,” which are both located in Cancún, México.
In 2009, Barbara returned to the music industry by releasing the album “Rompiendo Cadenas” on the independent label AB Productions. The lead single, “Rompiendo Cadenas,” debuted at No. 39 on the Billboard' Latin Pop Songs on November 12, 2009.
Latin Grammy: Best Grupero Album, “Loca de Amar,” 2005
Casandra Award: Most Outstanding Artist, 2002
Premio Lo Nuestro à la Musica Latina: Regional Mexican Best Female Artist, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2006
Premio El Heraldo: Best New Artist, 1994, 1997, 2000
Premio Furia Musical: Seven