Myriam Hernandez

Myriam Hernandez

Myriam Hernández (May 2, 1967-) is a Chilean singer known throughout Latin America for her romantic ballads.

Biography

Myriam Hernández began her career in the late 80's. Her artistic talent, combined with her tenacity, enthusiasm and dedication, was her greatest ally in ensuring that with her first track, "Ay Amor," she was recognized as one of the most outstanding musical figures in her native Chile. At age 10 she participated in a student festival and received first place. At age 11 she debuted on the program "Generación joven," followed soon after by "La Pandilla," both part of Chilean National Television, where she stood out not only because of her vocal talent, but also her theatrical ability. Based on this she was offered a role in the soap opera "De cara al mañana," where she appeared in five episodes. The following year, and resolutely as a solo artist, she entered into the "Ranking Juvenil" of Canal 13's "Sábados Gigantes" program. At 18 she was named Artista Revelación (Best New Artist) by the Chilean press before having even recorded a single album. She chose not to participate along with artists of her same generation in the Festival de Viña del Mar show in 1986.

Although it seemed crazy to let an opportunity like this slip by, Myriam knew fully well what she was doing - she set a path for herself, a goal to reach, and wanted above all to one day record an album and become a solo artist. This was a difficult path for a young artist at a time in Chile when record companies didn't usually record new albums and, what's more, didn't agree with her melodic, romantic trajectory. Myriam Hernández, being persistent and methodical, saved her money to buy a car, but her passion for music was stronger and she didn't hesitate for an instant to invest that money in an independent production, contracting the writers and the producer for what would be her first hit: "Ay Amor." In Chile, in December of 1988, she released her first album under record label EMI entitled simply "Myriam Hernández," in which she demonstrated she could be successful at reviving the most essential of romantic music.

In Chile the record got her the Disco de Oro, and would later go quadruple platinum in - among other countries - the United States, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Costa Rica, and Panama. Thus began her international career. Two tracks on this album, "Ay Amor" and "El hombre que yo amo," spent months at the top of music charts in Latin America and the U.S. In February of 1989 she was a guest artist and jury member at the Festival de Viña del Mar. She gave one of the most memorable performances in the history of this important Latin music competition. When she took the stage at the Quinta Vergara Amphitheater, nearly 20 thousand people shook with the interpretative power of each of her songs dedicated to love. Her performance was a resounding success and fans awarded her with thundering applause, securing for her the Antorcha Award and the Gaviota de Plata (Silver Seagull). All this culminated in the press unanimously crowning her Queen of the Festival.

That same year, 1989, the Asociación de Periodistas de Espectáculos de Chile awarded her the APES award for Best Female Performer and her album received the Mejor Producción Discorgráfica (Best Record) award. She infused the song "El hombre que yo amo" with a style and spirit all her own. The song's music video, filmed in Viña del Mar, launched her into stardom once and for all and the sensual image of her in a red chair on a deserted beach will forever remain in the public's collective unconscious. This is how, beginning with her first album, she positioned herself as a noteworthy female artist in the Latin world. Myriam Hernández also marked a change at the time by performing songs dedicated to the essence of love in its simplest and most direct form so that any women could recognize the message and dedicate it to her partner. In July of 1989, Billboard's Hot Latin scored her first success with "EL Hombre que yo Amo," and soon after in December her album was among the 10 best selling albums in the Latin world.

In Los Angeles in January of 1990 she began recording a second album, produced by Humberto Gatica, and on which collaborated David Foster, Jason Scheff (Chicago Group) and Lucho Gatica as executive producer. Noteworthy songs included "Te pareces tanto a él," "Tonto," "Mio," "Peligroso amor," and "Herida" (composed by Myriam Hernández). The album remained on the Billboard charts from May of 1990 to July of 1991, with "Peligroso Amor" occupying the No. 1 spot for several weeks, followed by "Te pareces tanto a él" and "Herida." This album held the No. 1 spot for Top Latin Albums for a record 18 consecutive weeks. "Peligroso amor," whose video, produced by Luis de Lllano (Televisa-México), was nominated for Billboard magazine's Best Latin Video.

Once again in 1991 she was invited to the Viña del Mar International Song Festival, having already become a South American star, where she performed for two nights, receiving both the Antorcha and Gaviota de Plata awards. The public, from the generations that had admired Lucho Gatica to those whose surrendered to the craze of the novelty of New Kids on the Block, gave a standing ovation to Myriam Hernández, who had become a cross-over star. In Los Angeles in 1992 she recorded her third album produced by Spaniard Juan Carlos Calderón and mixed by Humberto Gatica. All the songs were written by Juan Carlos Calderón, with the exception of "Mira," co-written by Myriam and Juan Carlos. The album's hits were "Un hombre secreto," "Se me fue," and "Si no fueras tú." The album went Gold and Platinum in the U.S., Mexico, Central America, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Chile. She also released albums in Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates.

It's also worth noting that Myriam Hernández performed in May of 1992 at the Festival de Acapulco, accompanied on the piano by the master Juan Carlos Calderón. The performance lasted thirty minutes and was applauded by the public and entertainer Raúl Velasco. The video for the song "Se me fue" was filmed in Los Angeles and was directed by esteemed U.S.-based Argentine director Gustavo Garzón. The closing night of the Festival de Viña del Mar, in February of 1994, was unforgettable, bringing together three greats of Latin music - Luis Miguel, Miguel Bose and Myriam Hernández - who performed a selection of their greatest hits and paid musical homage to Violeta Parra. That same year she began a new project by founding the "School of Vocal Arts" along with her voice instructor, speech therapist Ricardo Álvarez.

This interest is part of her belief in supporting and developing new talents and passing on her experience through education. Among the professional artists to have gone through this School are Beto Cuevas, Lucybell, and Kudai. Her fourth album, released in 1994, was also produced in Los Angeles where she worked again with her close friend, producer Humberto Gatica. From this album the song "Ese hombre," by Chilean songwriter María Angélica Ramírez, won ASCAP's "Best Pop Balada" of the year, as well as first place on the Billboard charts. In 1996 esteemed artist Paul Anka invited her to collaborate on an album of all-time Spanish hits called "Amigos," on which they performed together the song "Tu cabeza en hi hombro." Figures such as Celion Dion, Ricky Martin, Julio Iglesias, and Juan Gabriel also collaborated on that album, which was released by Sony.

In 1998 she released "Todo el amor," her newest and fifth album. Produced by Humberto Gatica and achieving success in all Spanish-language markets, including once again the United States, where the first single, "Huele a peligro," by Armando Manzanero, quickly climbed to the first spot of Billboard magazine's Hot Latin Tracks. It also included hits such as "Deseo," by Mónica Naranjo, and "La Fuerza del Amor," by Estefano. The music video for the song "Huele a peligro" was directed in Chile by esteemed director Germán Bobe.

In 1998 she was a special permanent guest on the Chilean program "Gigante y Ud," along with Don Francisco, for two months. In the June 1999 issue of People En Español she was elected one of 25 Latin beauties, together with Ricky Martin and Spanish actor Antonio Banderas. In 2000 she released "+ y Más" with a large selection of producers and authors such as Kike Santander, Rudy Pérez, Estefano, Humberto Gatica, and Lester Méndez. Notable songs included "Mañana," "Quién Cuidará de mí," "Si yo me vuelvo a enamorar," and "Leña y Fuego." The record went Gold and Platinum in various Latin American countries. The video for the song "Quién cuidará de mí" was directed by esteemed Mexican director Carlos Markovic. In February of 2001, at the Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar, she gave an impeccable performance accompanied by her musicians, chorus, and dancers, and was awarded the Gaviota de Plata and Oro (Silver and Golden Seagull) by the public.

In October of 2001 she gave two very successful concerts at Santiago de Chile's Municipal Theater. Both nights were fused together in a live album entitled "El amor en concierto," released in Chile where it went Gold and Platinum. Based in Miami since 2000, with an established musical career, gifted with great versatility and having received numerous offers to work in other spheres, she decided to make a foray into designer modeling photography for Italian brand Santini Mavardi and also agreed for the first time to associate her name with a commercial brand and act in an ad campaign for "Head & Shoulders."

In 2002 she debuted as host of the Festival de la Canción de Viña del Mar, a prestigious competition held every year in Chile and in which she participated until 2006 alongside entertainers Antonio Vodanovic, Ricardo Montaner, and Sergio Lagos. She became the only woman to entertain for 25 nights with 3 different entertainers. Critics and the public recognized her for her impeccable work and she received praise from the press and the unconditional approval of a public that applauded her every night. Myriam Hernández accepted this invitation with gratitude and pride. It was a challenge and she was a great winner. She also was an entertainer on Chilean television programs such as "La Movida del Festival," "Con Mucho Cariño," "Protagonistas de la Música," and "La Noche del Mundial." She was also part of the show on the closing night of the 2002 competition and the public awarded her once again with the Antorcha Award and the Gaviota de Plata and Gaviota de Oro.

Nevertheless, Myriam Hernández continues to insist that music is her passion. In 2004 she released HUELLAS, a collection of her greatest hits including three never before-released songs. Armando Manzanero composed a new hit for her, "No te he robada nada," and Myriam Hernández and her son Jorge Ignacio, then only eight, composed the song "He vuelto por ti." The album included a new version of the song "Mio" recorded with Argentine group Los Nocheros as well as the song "El amor de mi vida" (written by Myriam and Los Tetas) recorded with Chilean hip-hop group Los Tetas. Huellas was released across Latin American and went Gold and Platinum. She also released her first DVD. At the end of 2005 she produced her first DVD-CD of a live performance entitled CONTIGO EN CONCIERTO.

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