Directed and founded by trumpet player Cindy Shea in 1999, the Mariachi Divas have made big waves on the national and international music scene. With four GRAMMY nominations, 1 Latin GRAMMY nomination and 1 GRAMMY Award under their belts, the Mariachi Divas are a unique, multicultural, all female ensemble, imbued with the true flavor of Los Angeles and have been represented by women of Mexican, Cuban, Samoan, Argentinean, Colombian, Panamanian, Puerto Rican, Swiss, Japanese, Honduran, Guatemalan, Salvadorian, Peruvian, Tongan and Anglo descents. All together, the Divas discography includes 8 albums released through Shea Records and East Side Records.
Their most recent GRAMMY Award was in 2009 for Best Regional Mexican Album of the year for their release of Canciones De Amor. This marked the first time in the history of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences that an all-female mariachi group had been a nominee and a winner. Other GRAMMY nominations include:
- 2010 – 10 Aniversario, nominated for Best Regional Mexican Album of the Year, GRAMMY Awards
- 2012 – Orale, nominated for Best Regional Mexican Album of the Year, GRAMMY Awards
- 2012 – “Ay Mi Mexico” in the Oye Album, nominated for Best Regional Mexican Song of the Year, Latin GRAMMY Awards
- 2013 – Oye, nominated for Best Regional Mexican Album of the Year (Including Tejano), GRAMMY Awards
In addition to their musical career, the Divas have appeared in independent films including Dead Man’s Shoe, Ren and La Dentista, in which music from their CD was used in the movie’s soundtrack. The Divas’ rendition of the Ricky Martin hit, “La Bomba” was used in a film released in 2008 called Julia. Additionally, their music is included in the 2012 movie release of Mariachi Gringo and two of their Christmas songs are featured on Hallmark cards.
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Since September 2003, the Mariachi Divas are the official mariachi of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, performing weekly for audiences of all ages.