Ventura Blvd – Meet Ángela Aguilar

At Only 15, She's a Three-Time Grammy Nominee and Third Generation of a Latin Music Dynasty.


In the current political climate, amid constant talk of wall building and a characterization by some of Mexicans as criminals, it might seem brave for Ángela Aguilar to title her third album Primero Soy Mexicana (First, I Am Mexican).

But according to the teen’s mother, it’s less of a pointed political statement and more of an expression of deep pride in and love for her Mexican culture and family’s music legacy. Aneliz Aguilar Álvarez says she is proud of her daughter’s status as an icon for second and third generation Mexican-Americans. “I’ve gotten emails from people who say, ‘My kids started to speak Spanish because of Ángela.’ It’s nice that she’s a good influence as a girl who’s super fluent in both languages. She is really bicultural and binational, but also 100% American.”

Ángela, who lives with her family in Hidden Hills, comes by her talent naturally. Her father, José “Pepe” Aguilar, is a singer/songwriter/producer with four American Grammys and four Latin Grammys to his credit. He has sold 12 million albums worldwide and even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. You will also find a star there for his late father, Antonio Aguilar, who sold 25 million albums during his lifetime.

Photo by Monica Orozco.


Shared on April 4, 2019

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