Tell us about the song Llorando (Roy Orbison, Crying) and how it came about?
In 1993, I started singing the English version of Crying acapella after seeing KD Lang’s duet with Roy Orbison. And because I wanted to make it my own, I asked my friend Thania Sanz to translate it for me and we finessed it to be almost word-for-word. This arrangement became a signature song for me, opening the door to my record deal in Nashville and with the prestigious agency CAA. The song has been synonymous with my career, and I’ll be performing as long as people still want to hear it.
How did you meet David Lynch?
When I was in Nashville recording my record, during one of my trips back to LA, my agent at CAA invited me to David’s home and asked me to sing “Llorando.” I sang it for David and unbeknownst to me, David recorded it and he developed an entire scene for his Mulholland Drive project based on my rendition. David likes to call it a “happy accident”, our meeting, but I believe we were destined to cross paths. Mulholland Drive has been considered the No. 1 critically acclaimed movie of the century.
How did the experience in Mulholland Drive affect your music and your life in general?
Because I already had a record deal and was on my way to becoming a full-fledged country music artist, I wasn’t really prescient toward the notoriety of appearing in a David Lynch film at the time. I didn’t really know what the ultimate impact was going to be; I just knew that I was a big fan and that it would be fantastic. In the end, it has changed my life completely, and I’m eternally grateful for it. I went from an up-and-coming country artist to worldwide recognition, stemming from this particular scene in Mulholland Drive. No matter what happens, there will always be that scene, and that will live forever in the hearts and minds of the fans. Also, I continue to honor the legacy of Roy Orbison with his song.