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Stephanie Urbina Jones Makes History in Grand Ole Opry Debut as the First Female Artist to Perform with Mariachis

Stephanie Urbina Jones Makes History in Grand Ole Opry Debut as the First Female Artist to Perform with Mariachis

Stephanie Urbina Jones debut on Grand Ole Opry

All photos:Chris Hollo

Nashville, TN  – October 4, 2018Stephanie Urbina Jones made her Grand Ole Opry debut on
Tuesday, October 2 to a standing ovation. For Jones, performing on the
Opry stage alongside mariachis has been a life-long dream, and if the
audience reaction is any indication, Jones made their dreams come true
as well. In a moving introduction, WSM’s Eddie Stubbs spoke to Jones’
“lifelong love affair” with country music. “It’s in her heart, in her
soul, it’s deep in her very being. Also very deep in her being are her
Hispanic roots,” Stubbs said, “She has done something very unique with
music — marrying her God-given talents of loving and singing country
music with her Hispanic roots.” The audience gasped, delighted to be
part of a truly groundbreaking moment, when finally, Stubbs announced,
“As best as we can determine, nothing like this has ever happened before
in the 93-year history of the Grand Ole Opry.”

Jones opened her performance with a rousing rendition of Charley Pride’s
number-1 hit “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone” and closed with Lynn
Anderson’s 1970 iconic song “Rose Garden.” Jones also performed what she
calls a “telenovela” version of the classic Dolly Parton hit, “Jolene.”
All three songs are featured on her upcoming honky tonk classic country
mariachi album, Tularosa.  Jones was joined
on stage by her producer Patterson Barrett and seven-piece band,
Mariachi Internacional Nueva Galicia. Jones’ appearance marks the first
time in the Opry’s 93-year history that a woman performed on the iconic
stage with mariachis — a designation fitting for Hispanic Heritage Month
(Sept. 15-Oct. 15), which the Opry marked by hosting this performance.

Jones’ next stop will be a performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame
on Oct. 28 where she will take the stage with mariachis for their
Musician’s Spotlight at the Ford Theatre.

On September 28, Urbina Jones released her latest studio album, Tularosa, an inspired marriage of country classics and mariachi rhythms named for the place where it was recorded. Tularosa
honors Urbina Jones’ musical icons — a string of legends from Dolly,
Patsy, Willie, and Merle to Johnny and June — and the Mexican heritage
that feeds her sound and soul. Urbina Jones, a San Antonio native, is
well-known for celebrating her Hispanic heritage through her music,
which can be described as Latin-rooted Americana, or “Texicana country
folk-rock.”

To listen to Tularosa:  http://www.2lin.cc/tularosa

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