A couple of days ago the nominees for the Latin Grammys were announced and one of the most-nominated - Mexican singer/songwriter Natalia Lafourcade who picked up five for her latest album "Hasta La Raiz."
Natalia's done pretty well for herself so far. She's been a grammy contender since her first self-titled album was released in 2003, when she was just a teenager.
"I didn't know that [the] album was going to get so famous... And I didn't know what to do. Because it was overwhelming. It was too much for me, so I went crazy," Lafourcade explains to A Martinez in a recent interview. "I would cry all of the time and I didn't know why! I was having shows and after the show I would go to the room, order a big hamburger and a vanilla shake or something like that... and cry because I was so depressed... I think it was because I was too tired. It was a lot."
She's come a long way since those days having released five albums by now, garnering pletny of awards.
Lafourcade explains that her latest work, "Hasta La Raiz," took her two years to put together. During that time she would record rough drafts of her work using Voice Memo on her iPhone, which came with its own set of risks. She lost the phone that had a lot of her work on it and had to make it up all over again.
The song "Nunca Es Suficiente" did make it to the final album, however. It was conceived one night with one of her friends who had called her to ask her if she wanted to help her write a song for another artist. "In the middle of this session, we were having this conversation about our relationships and our boyfriends. And we were both like having this weird moment with our couples. I think after the wine and after the conversation all that just came out for this song. And when we finished the song we were like, "NO! We can not give this to anybody. This is ours.""
Natalia goes deeper into the stories behind her album during the full conversation that she had with A Martinez. To hear the entire thing click on the audio link embedded above.