California girl Cindy Shea can be called an honorary Latina. The blonde Irish-Italian calls herself a “gringa who can get by in Spanish,” she’s married to Mexican musician, Alberto Jimenez Maeda, and she lives and breathes mariachi.
She says when she was first introduced to traditional Mexican sounds at age 23, she knew she was never going back. In fact, only a year later, she formed her own all-female Grammy-winning mariachi band called Mariachi Divas. The group is now nominated in the category of Best Regional Mexican Music Album for their 8th album, “Oye,” in the upcoming Grammy Awards to be presented on Sunday.