Camila Fernández releases an album in honor of Chente, her grandfather

CDMX.- The memories that Camila Fernández has about when she told her grandfather, Vicente Fernández, that she would sing with a mariachi, about closing the Corona Capital Guadalajara and recording the video for her single “Volver”, which premieres this Wednesday, have something in common : They made her cry a lot.

The 24-year-old singer-songwriter, daughter of Alejandro Fernández, has spent these months of her artistic life with greater sensitivity for the death of her “tata”, as she called the “Charro de Huentitán”.

Although the loss caused her so much sadness that at first she did not want to work on anything, she has also felt that the interpreter of “Un Millón de Primaveras” accompanies her and has pushed her in the process to release her album Vulnerable today.

“I wanted to put this grain of me, my childhood, my family, my roots, my Mexico, where I come from, Guadalajara, mariachi, how I like mariachi and how I like their arrangements. I made an urban mix with mariachi , I put mariachi to a country one, a cumbia one and an electronic one.

“My grandfather and my father listened to them and they loved them. There are several songs inspired by the lyrics of my father and my grandfather. I had the opportunity to show that I am not fighting with the rancher, that, in fact, I love him very much and I have a lot of love”, shared Camila Fernández, in an interview.

The material is accompanied by the single “Volver”, an original composition inspired by “Volver, Volver”, by his grandfather. She wrote it during the isolation due to the pandemic for her now husband, but it took on meaning because of her longing for her grandfather, a figure that they included in the video clip.

‘Chente’, his biggest fan

Camila Fernández says that Vicente Fernández liked the way she experimented with the rancher, but even so he asked her to let him record a completely traditional album.

To please him, the interpreter of “Mío” composed several songs with those arrangements. When her “tata de ella” died, she thought that it would be kept as something intimate, until the organizers of the Corona Capital Guadalajara festival proposed that she be in charge of closing with a mariachi.

“It was as if my grandfather had sent it to me, I felt very sheltered by him, and more because (the event) was at his house. My (grandmother) Cuquis was there, she gave me her blessing and I decided to give my 100 out of 100 even if only three people saw me. And it began to fill, fill and fill. The reaction was something incredible.

“I wanted to do something of my own, they had taught me that I had to be original, look for my sound and my essence. When I told my dad that, he told me: ‘You already had that!’ Corona Capital) asked me to record a ranchero album and they were surprised that I already had the songs”, he shared about the following material, which he plans to publish in the spring of 2023.

Both her ranchera compositions and her album Vulnerable have lyrics to connect with young people, as Camila Fernández wants the new generations not to be disconnected from the sounds of the Country.

“I see my daughter and I say: ‘It was such a father that we all sang the mariachi and I knew all the lyrics.’ I want my daughter to also have this that we all share, this feeling. They describe us, they connect us, we hug each other, it’s home,” said Camila Fernández.

He will give samples of his ranchero repertoire in events focused on the mariachi, such as the showcase that he will give in Perisur this Thursday, at 5:00 p.m.

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