Upon first hearing Sarah La Morena singing regional Mexican music, what is immediately apparent is that she is a rarity -- a stunning vocalist who is also a gorgeous young African-American woman.
Adopted as a newborn, Sarah was raised by a loving Mexican family who already had three daughters of their own. “My parents always made a point of telling me that my birth mom couldn’t take care of me and that they loved me, so I never had a hard time with that,” she says. Her adopted family moved back home to Zacatecas, Mexico where Sarah spent the earliest years of her life on a rancho, tending to the horses and helping her dad milk cows.
When Sarah and her family came back to the states, although she spoke very little English, she caught up. While her adopted mom was adept at raising daughters, she needed a little help with the cosmetics. “I showed up to school a mess,” laughs Sarah. “But one of the African-American moms would braid my hair, and when my mom asked for help, a black teacher at school put together care packages with lotions and hair products.”
Music was always present in her life, as Sarah first sang in church, and later at talent shows at the local recreation center. In her senior year of high school she joined a local group playing cumbias and Norteñomusic, with whom she still performs today. She began posting clips of vocal performances. When popular established bands reposted her videos on social media, she connected to an appreciative audience far beyond her Moreno Valley, CA hometown.
Her distinctive narrative is reflected in her artistry “When I was growing up I was different. There were Mexicans who didn’t like me, and black people who didn’t like me. But I was given such a good life – to have parents who treated me the same as their other kids.”
Now the mother of an adorable baby boy, Sarah performed up until her eighth month of pregnancy. “When I have performances I take him in a baby carrier, or he sits in the audience with one of my family members,” she says. Clearly, family is a key factor in her life, and for this reason she chose to sign with Joyas Musicales. “They are family-oriented,” she confirms. “I’d had different labels reach out that seemed money hungry and controlling. The Joyas Musicales family vibe is super-important.”