One of the world’s most singular voices, Lila Downs’ poignant storytelling transcends all language barriers. Raised in Minnesota and Oaxaca, this global superstar’s exquisite artistry bridges traditions from across the Americas, with influences ranging from the folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America to North American folk, jazz, blues, and hip-hop. As a passionate human-rights activist, Lila’s lyrics often highlight issues relating to social justice, sharing stories that too often go untold.
Lila’s most recent release, Balas y Chocolate, went platinum in Mexico and she looks forward to sharing a new Sony album with audiences in Spring 2017. Lila has graced the stages of many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Festival of Sacred Music — Hollywood Bowl. She has been invited to sing at the White House, and performed on the Academy Awards and Latin Grammy Awards telecasts. Her music has also been included in several feature films such as The Counselor, Tortilla Soup, Real Women Have Curves, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Carlos Saura’s Fados, Mariachi Gringo, and Hecho en Mexico.
As a songwriter, Lisa’s songs unfold like masterpiece movies. With a rich and visual command of language – both in English and in Spanish, she captures the emotions of love and loss and all the shades of life in between in such vivid detail. Lisa has also worn producers hat with highly acclaimed production on Hayes Carlls’ Flowers & Liquor; co-wrote Waiting For the Stars to Fall with Hayes Carll on his CD Trouble In Mind, and also toured with him. Lisa Morales is also half of the Sisters Morales who have done countless shows including sharing stages with Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Raul Malo, Allison Krauss, Joe Ely, Merle Haggard, George Strait,Trace Adkins, Country Jam Festivals, and have performed at theaters and festivals such as World Fest, and countless others including many times in Europe.