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"The Princess of Salsa"
In 1992, when Eddie Palmieri walked into the studio to listen to the Goddess of House Music he had heard so much about, he knew that a star was about to be born. Together, they recorded an amazingly popular album "Llegó La India Via Eddie Palmieri." This is how she arrived in the eyes of the Latin Music world.
Linda Caballero, best known as La India, was born in Rio Piedras (Puerto Rico) but grew up in South Bronx, New York. La India grew up in a very poor family and singing was the only way to get out of the ghetto. Linda began singing at the age of 6. Her major influences were Ella Fitzgerald and Celia Cruz.
La India's career began at age 15 when she was a model. Her musical talent was discovered while auditioning for the popular group T.K.A. She joined this group and toured the United States with them. Her career as a soloist began with internationally-renowned producers: "Little" Louie Vega and John "Jellie Bean" Benítez. With the help of these producers, India reached #1 on the Billboard Dance charts with such hits as "Love And Happiness."
In 1994 this indisputably fantastic performer of Latin music released her record breaking album "Dicen Que Soy." The result was four #1 Billboard Tropical Singles and six Top Ten, as well as achieving Quadruple Platinum sales in the United States and Puerto Rico alone. The album's success led to a two year concert tour of every major U.S. city in the Latin market, as well as tours throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia.
Throughout her career, India's visibility in the recording studios, radio and within the retail and print media has been unstoppable. She has been part of many major independent projects such as: "Jazzin'," the hit Jazz album with Tito Puente and the Count Basie Orchestra, "La Combinación Perfecta," where she participated in a duet with one of salsa's most popular artists Marc Anthony, "Voces Unidas," (A production inspired by the Atlanta Olympics) where India recorded a song titled "Banderas," the "Nuyorican Soul" album with the song "Runaway" which also had a hit-video that put India's face on TV all over the world, rap artist Puff Daddy sampled "No Me Conviene" on "Señorita" a track featured on the soundtrack of the movie "No Way Out," and her most recent collaboration with Salsa super-star Oscar D'León on the tune "Hazme El Amor."
In addition, India has written material for other artists such as Marc Anthony, Barbara Tucker and Xavier Gold. India has also done background vocals for other productions such as: the soundtrack of "The Mambo Kings" (on the song Ran Kan Kan with Tito Puente), Marc Anthony's "Ride on the Rhythm," and "Voices in Mind" by Voices. In short, India has enhanced her abilities through her collaborations with many other artists of different music genre's.
With "hit" releases in the Dance, Jazz, R&B and Tropical genres, India's artistic abilities, fierce versatility and singular style prove to be unmatched not only in the Latin market but any other genre that she undertakes. She expertly takes her listener into her soul, from a New York City Latina who is caring, talented, bold, passionate and rebellious.
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