The Mexican singer spoke to about her first solo CD

Por Andrés Martínez Tutek / NYC
Updated Julio 22, 2008
Credit: Cortesía: Rodrigo Jimenez

Just a few years ago, Ximena Sariñana was having fun on television playing the hateful Mariela, a little rich brat who loved to make Daniela Luján suffer on the popular Mexican telenovela Luz Clarita. Time has passed and today, at age 22, the daughter of filmmaker Fernando Sariñana (Todo el poder, Niñas mal) is betting on music with her first album titled Mediocre.

During a stop in New York, the young singer spoke with People En about her music–a fusion of jazz and rock- pop–her wishes, and her journey into new territory … and, by the way, the album is anything but Mediocre.

Many people know you as an actress. What are you up to now?
Well, I'm promoting my new CD Mediocre, which was released in Mexico in February and can be heard here beginning July 15. It's an album full of personal themes in which I tell stories about my life, my love affairs and failed relationships, and things that happen to most people.

And why “Mediocre?”
Well, Mediocre stems from a song where I try to reject the middle of the road. It's not to say that the material is mediocre, but rather that it's a message of irony, and I think the public gets that, but there are some people out there who like to poke fun at the title.

Can you talk about your transition from acting to singing?
It's not truly a transition. I've been doing this for many years. I've been an actress, but also a singer. I was once part of a band called Feliz no cumpleaños (Not a Happy Birthday). It was a fusion band. Then I decided I wanted to make an album as a soloist, so I left the group in 2006, and began composing until someone became interested in me. Well, that's how I started doing it. I taped it and here I am, pleased with the results.

Tell us why this album is worth it.
First of all, it's a complete album. It's not one of those discs that has only one good track, and the rest is filler. It's good material. Plus, I have credibility as a musician and my fan base, which has been solid for a long time, knows what I do and we've already noticed the impact.

Is there a special song in on this disc that you want to tell us about?
The album has a single called “Vidas paralelas” (Parallel lives) that I like a lot. Basically, it talks about what happens to you when you're in a relationship and, after it ends, you have this pang of curiosity to know what really happened, when you know you gave it your best shot. It's what happens many times when you start to unleash your mind and try to resolve the factors that remain unanswered at the end. It's just a story that came to my mind.

What do you fear most in your career?
My worst fear is mediocrity; I'm afraid of being too middle of the road and not reaching for the extremes.
Where do you see your career in a couple of years?
Gosh, the truth is that I don't like to play what-ifs or think about accomplishments. What I do know is that this career chose me. Before, it was just a hobby like acting, but now I do it for the love of it and, well, for now I'd like to dwell more on my development as a musician without being pretentious.

What would you say to other young musicians who, like you, dream of being singers?
I tell them not to give up, that there are many different ways to do things, especially now that there are so many places like Zune looking for new artists to broadcast songs digitally. You have to work hard and believe that things are going to come around for you.