born on san antonio’s westside barrio liza ybarra 1st showed promise as an actress, dancer, & vocalista and was the only person chosen for BOTH selena broadway productions circa
upon returning home after the 911 tragedy she uleashed her greatest talent to date as both a music composer and lyricists. 10 of the 11 original tracks on her debut album “anoche sone” were virtually single-handedly composed by liza drawing on 3 female latina icons of three genres: rocio durcal (mariachi), celia cruz (salsa), and of course selena (tejano & cumbias).
3 producers were used on the project: little eddie, mike E, and severo. 14 seperate musicians were used representing almost 20 instruments-the idea being to produce “real” music in a hip-hop/computer dominated culture. almost 4 years (from ‘04 to ‘06) for executive producer saul barbosa to complete, most who reviewed the album gave it incredible props with some comparing it to selena’s best album that preceded her untimely death.
the album has since become a cult classic in mexico spreading slowly via fans and even bootleggers. included are some 7 different latin genres, and almost every listener/fan has a different fav. but ultimately the 1st track “tu dijistes” has got to be the gold-gem. an innovative fusion of reggaeton with columbiano cumbia with a spice of brass and liza’s incredible vocals. the outro to the song is perhaps the best of any latin single in history, hands down.
liza ybarra has since made her name locally as “las compositor mas perona en el historia de san antonio” “the best damn songwriter in san antonio history”, and is currently working on a new set of songs sure to shake up the boundries of what any latin genre has ever accomplished. perhaps liza will become the 1st san antonio musician/vocalist to make a worldwide name for themselves on the order of aretha, mariah, shakira, rocio, celia, or selena… stars above texas music 3-30-12