Congratulation to India for winning this year’s Latin GRAMMYs. She very well deserve this award.
More than an international artist, a Latin music diva
India (born Linda Bell Viera Caballero in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico), grew up in the Bronx, New York, where by the age of seven she had put all shyness aside to nurture her love of the arts, training first as an opera singer and later moving on to runway modeling.
Music producer Little Louie Vega was one of the first to approach her and introduce her to fellow producer Jellybean Benitez, who amazed by her gifted vocals decided to sign her to his own independent label distributed by Warner Brothers. Under his guidance, she released her first single: “Dancing on the Fire” – with its Spanish language version “Bailando En El Fuego” -, and later, “Lover that Rocks”, which made it to the Top 5 singles spot under the dance genre.
And so started the era of a true diva followed by endless hits in the dance genre and club scene as well as in the international Latin music industry.
India, now also known as the new “Queen of Latin Soul”, is an intricate part of international Latin music history with a brilliant legacy that will forever be a defining element for her generation and for those to come.