Helen Ochoa on New Single 'Ahora Soy De El': 'It's a True Story Many Women Can Relate To'

Helen Ochoa at ArcLight Cinemas on Aug. 24, 2016 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Helen Ochoa at ArcLight Cinemas on Aug. 24, 2016 in Hollywood, Calif.

Regional Mexican singer Helen Ochoa is baring it all in her new single "Ahora soy de él," which dropped today (Feb. 24), and Billboard is exclusively premiering the acoustic version of the banda track.

Co-written by Ochoa and Luciano Luna, the song is about overcoming heartbreak and learning to have self-respect -- something Ochoa herself has experience with, and something she hopes other women will relate to as well. 

"Now more than ever we have to teach women to love and respect themselves," the Mexican-American singer-songwriter tells Billboard. "I want to write songs about women overcoming obstacles, or help them overcome something they're going through with my lyrics."

And that will be a recurring theme for her upcoming album, following the release of her 2016 debut LP Si Yo Fuera Un Chico (If I Was a Boy)

"In my first album, I talked about how different my career and/or love life would be if I was a boy," Ochoa explains. "It's no secret that I'm in a genre dominated by men, but that's going to change soon. There's so much female talent out there. In my new album, it'll all be about overcoming those challenges." 

In a candid interview with Billboard, Ochoa talks about "Ahora soy de él," her forthcoming album and dream collaborations.

Tell us about the inspiration behind "Ahora soy de él," and how messages from your fans have inspired you to write songs that empower women.   

This song is very special for me, and not only because I co-wrote it, but because it's based on something that has happened to me. I wanted to share it, because I want my fans to know that I'm just like them. I've also gotten my heart broken. But it's not just a song about heartbreak -- the message is that you have to get up and overcome the situation. Heartbreaks are part of life, and you have to deal and learn from them.

Sometimes women will write me and I feel like I'm their therapist or psychologist, because they talk to me about their problems, or they tell me that my songs have helped them personally. I get messages from single moms who are doing amazing things. It's so important to teach women self-love. 

?Will female empowerment be a theme for your upcoming album?

Yes! We are working on new material. On my last album, the message was that if I was a boy, things would be different in my career. My next album will be more personal, and more deep. People will know who I really am and what I can do. Stories about stuff that I've gone through, and how I have overcome many things. You guys can expect the new album this summer or fall. 

In a male-dominated genre, what's the key to success or at least to get your foot in the door?

You have to work very very hard. Nothing will happen if you're just sitting at home. You personally have to go out and look for those opportunities, and be demanding. The industry needs to open more doors for women, just like they do for male artists. There's tons of music from female artists that you don't hear on the radio or see videos on YouTube. Yes, it's slowly changing, and that makes me happy because it's our time. There has to be more equality. 

You've collaborated with Lupillo Rivera and Marco Antonio Solís, is there a collab with another female artist in the works or who would you love to work with (in or outside your genre)?

I am willing and able to work with anyone. I'd love to work with other women in my genre, of course, but in music there are no barriers. I'd love to sing with Karol G, she's a great singer and doing amazing things in her genre as well, which is dominated by male reggaetoneros. I've been told by mutual friends that we have a lot in common and our personalities are similar. She actually just followed me back on Instagram, so you never know.

If I'm dreaming big, I'd love to collaborate with Marc Anthony. I love everything about him. He's an artist I admire so much. And just like I got to sing with some of my other idols, Lupillo Rivera and Marco Antonio Solís, it can happen with Marc Anthony. 

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