Internationally celebrated Diva of Latin Soul and Dance Music, La India has earned the respect and admiration of music lovers worldwide, her magnetism, diversity and powerful dominance of her vocals, distinguishes her as an accomplished artist, unquestionably this young fervent Latina is the true essence of a Diva.
India was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico where the seed of her rich culture was planted and later cultivated in her hometown of the south Bronx, New York. Her given name is Linda Caballero, blessed with the exotic combination of jet black hair and cinnamon color skin like her Indian ancestors “Los Tainos,” her maternal grandmother lovingly christened her “India” as a tribute to her beauty and free spirit. As a child, she recalls being timid and bashful, but her love for music would transform her instantaneously into an audacious soul, delighting and charming her audience. At the tender age of seven, India began her vocal and artistic training in opera and upon reaching her adolescence she was persuaded by talent agents to pursue a career in modeling.
India’s inception into the music industry was with the popular dance group TKA, one of the first Latin Hip Hop groups to come out of the streets of New York City and credited with revolutionizing the sound of Latin music worldwide. Her association and collaboration with TKA exposed her to the intricate world of the entertainment industry often working in the same venues as Madonna, Jellybean Benitez and other mega stars.
Feeling more confident than ever, India embarked in a music venture with Master Dee Jay and Producer “Little Louie” Vega whom introduced her to record producer Jellybean Benitez. Awed by her self-assurance and vocal dominance, Jellybean immediately signed her to his independent record label, distributed by Warner Brothers. India’s first single under his tutelage was “Dancing in the Fire” which has a Spanish version known as “Bailando En El Fuego.” Subsequently after her first single, India released her second single, “The Lover Who Rocks You” which reached the top five single’s charts in the dance music genre. Achieving great success and recognition after the release of her first two singles, India released her first album, “Breaking Night” which established her dominance in the Dance music venue.
India is a spiritual soul and thought she attained great recognition and success in the Dance music industry, she experienced a heart felt desire to cultivate and embrace her Latin culture. It wasn’t long after her inquisitiveness that she met legendary composer, producer and pianist, Eddie Palmieri. Impressed by this talented Latina, Palmieri saw an opportunity to bridge the generation gap and capitalizing on the intensity of her youth, he recorded with India, thus the birth of her first Latin album, “Llego La India Via Eddie Palmieri” produced by RMM/Soho Latino. The success of this record production positioned India as a female powerhouse in the male dominated Salsa music genre and in 1993, she was signed by the internationally respected record label, RMM Records & Video Corporation.
In 1994 India launched her second album for RMM/Soho Latino, in collaboration with producer and arranger Sergio George, entitled “Dicen Que Soy” her first distinction as a triple platinum recording artist. The single, “Nunca Voy A Olvidarte” was a major number one hit internationally and it topped the billboards for over five consecutive weeks in conjunction with four other singles from this production that topped the Billboard’s Salsa Tropical Singles.
India evokes with great respect and admiration her mentors, the “Queen of Salsa” Celia Cruz and Latin Jazz legend Tito Puente. The late Mambo King was so impressed by this young talented artiste, that he christened her, ”La princesa de la Salsa.”
In 1996 they collaborated in the historical recording titled, “Tito Puente/India Jazzin with The Count Bassie Orchestra” for the label Tropi Jazz, a favorite among Latin Jazz lovers worldwide and it was again in 1999 that she had the honor to perform along side her mentors, Tito Puente and Celia Cruz under the musical directorship of Maestro Johnny Pacheco in a tribute to the “Queen of Salsa” titled “Celia and friends.” The highlight of this televised PBS special was the performance of India and Celia’s duet, “La Voz De La Experiencia” lyrics written by India as a tribute to her godmother.
Her two latest productions, “Sobre el Fuego” released in 1997 and “Sola” released in 2000 have both achieved the distinction of GRAMMY nominated albums. In the production, “Sobre Fuego” emotionally abused women found support, independence and self worth in the singles “Me Canse De Ser La Otra,” “Mi Mejor Venganza,” and “Costumbre” creating a strong alliance between women worldwide. Her last production, “Sola” was acclaimed by music critics and industry experts as one of her most powerful performance, in this album India solidifies her alliance with her male fans and in the single “Sola” she pays tribute to relationships based on mutual love and understanding. This production proved to be emotionally charged, India pays homage to deceased Cuban Diva, “La Lupe” known for her soulful voice and tempestuous personality; acclaimed as the “Queen of Latin Soul.” India’s rendition of “Que Te Pedi” and “Si Vuelves Tu” is a mirror image of La Lupe’s original recordings; a real hair raising experience. Among her numerous proclamations and recognitions India has been acclaimed as a two-time GRAMMY nominee for Best Tropical Music Artist in 1998 and Best Salsa Performer in 2000. All of her solo albums have been certified gold and platinum by the RIAA.
India is a multi-faceted accomplished international artiste, embracing Dance, Rhythm and Blues, Latin Jazz and Afro-Cuban music, all with immense success. She is also a gifted bi-lingual and diverse music genre lyricists, acclaimed for songs such as, “I Can’t Get No Sleep” for Masters At Work and “Love and Happiness” for River Ocean, both #1 Billboard Dance Singles; She co-wrote the 1992 # 1 Billboard hit song for Salsa and Pop singer Marc Anthony, “Ride On The Rhythm; with producer Sergio George and writer Shirley Marte she co-wrote “Dejate Amar”; and “No Me Conviene” which featured Tito Nieves and India in a duet, the Spanish adaptation for “I Just Want To Hang Around You.” In 1997 India collaborated with Venezuelan Salsa star Oscar De Leon in a duet titled “Hazme el Amor” for his album “En Nueva York” produced by Isidrio Infante.
On the personal side, India is a strong supporter and advocate for health and social issues, such as, the fight against Breast Cancer, Domestic Violence, Abused and Neglected children, AIDS, LOLA, The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and The Humane Society. Among numerous civic and professional obligations she is involved in NARA’s New York Chapter board of governors for a second year, and is the national spokesperson for the Grammy’s Concert Series for Young People participating as a super panelist on several occasions for the Grammy’s in School Programs. Among her major future business plans she has placed an important emphasis in the creation of a mentorship program for young talent along with the formation and development of her independent record label and company. At the present time this talented Diva is writing new material for her next production and is looking forward to her new partnership as an artist for the conglomerate record label Sony Records.
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