Sony Music Mexico Signs Singer/Songwriter Lila Downs
Sony Music Mexico Signs Singer/Songwriter Lila Downs

Lila Downs
Lila Downs, signed to Sony Music Mexico. (Photo:

Singer/songwriter Lila Downs has signed a recording contract with Sony Music México, according to a spokesperson with her label.

The songstress, formerly on Blue Note, is tentatively scheduled to release her next album, "Pecados y Milagros/Sins and Miracles," in October.

Downs has recorded nearly a dozen albums in a prolific career that has earned her accolades for creating music with the traditional sounds of her native country.

Downs' new album is inspired by Mexico's traditional votive paintings and the birth of her son.

Her 2004 album "Una Sangre/One Blood" received a Latin Grammy Award for best folk album. She received a Grammy nomination for her 2008 album "Shake Away," also named one of the top ten albums by the World Music Organization.

Roberto Lopez, president of Sony Music Entertainment Mexico, said that the company looks forward to seeing Downs create music that celebrates the country.

"It is an enormous privilege to have the talent, the music and the voice of Lila Downs," Lopez said in a statement. "This signing is a cause for celebration for us because we admire the passion, love and pride that Lila has for her roots and Mexican art."

Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, Downs is the daughter of Mixtec singer Anita Sanchez and Allen Downs, a Scottish-American art professor and filmmaker. She graduated the University of Minnesota where she majored in voice and social anthropology.

Downs' compositions are often meshed with a variety of musical styles including blues, jazz and soul. Her music also taps into cumbias, rock and raps that often explore culture, identity and politics.

"I'm so lucky," Downs said in a statement. "People who follow our music are from all walks of life and they want to scratch the surface to know the whys and hows."