Born December 23 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, STEFANI MONTIEL arrived with a rich cultural lineage extending to Mexico, Spain, Germany and Italy. Her Mexican-American roots, nevertheless, are her source of pride and the solid foundation for her life and her music.
Searching for a future in the music business, Stefani moved to San Antonio, Texas in hopes of realizing greater fame. She was soon signed to a long term contract with Sony Discos and released "TE VOY A ENAMORAR" which established her as a major force in the Tejano music industry. The second album, "TODO MI AMOR" proved that Stefani was not a "one-hit wonder" and expanded her fan-base by including more of a "Pop" feel to some of the songs.
Her next release "PORQUE SOY MUJER" (Because I am a Woman) delivered songs that are now standards including "Porque Soy Mujer, "Baila Conmigo", and the driving beat of "Ven Conmigo".
Her fourth album " DULCE SENSACION" (Sweet Sensation) featured one of the first songs she ever sang, "Angel Baby" with a Spanglish and a Spanish version featuring a cumbia beat. The first single "Ay Papi" written by Stefani, included a Tejano, hip-hop, and "Mambolicious" tropical version which all drew immediate success and airplay throughout the country as well as Los Angeles, Miami, and Puerto Rico. The album was so successful it earned Stefani a nomination for "BEST TEJANO PERFORMANCE" at the first ever Latin Grammys in 2000.
The most recent release, TAKIN ON THE WORLD is loaded with radio-friendly hits. The album hints at Regional Mexican, Pop, and Tropical while still strongly rooted in the Tejano sound. The painstaking detail of the arrangements, the lyrics, the vocal delivery and the production quality speak volumes of Stefani Montiel's talent and earned her another nomination for "BEST TEJANO ALBUM" at the Grammys in 2005.