Natalia LaFourcade Enchants Attendees with Saturday Morning Keynote
Coco and the 2018 Oscar Nomination
Saturday morning Latin Grammy award winning singer and songwriter, Natalia LaFourcade sat down with RootsTech host and emcee, Jason Hewlett, at the general session to talk about her numerous musical accomplishments, her family history, and to perform a special selection of her songs, which included her recent hit song, “Remember Me” from Disney/Pixar’s animated movie, Coco. The song was nominated for “best original song” at the 2018 Oscars.
A Vintage Instrument
When asked about the guitar she had brought to play, LaFourcade touched the instrument with obvious affection and shared that it was a 1957 vintage instrument that she had bought in San Francisco and named “Francisca.” She then enchanted the audience by playing it and singing the first single from her most recent album, Musas. The sounds brought many to tears, including Hewlett.
Sharing Her Culture
When she was asked what she was most proud of in her career, LaFourcade said, “It makes me very proud to have the opportunity to bring all of this inspiration that my country has given to me to many different places in the world.” She also shared that there are many things that make her feel proud and that she still feels that her career is “young.” She went on to say, “I have been going through many different experiences and one of the things that I love is to share the music, to share part of my culture, part of my story, and also [have] the opportunity to collaborate with many people.”
A Bridge of Humility
Staying grounded amid the international fame seems natural for LaFourcade. When Hewlett asked her about how she does it, she simply replied, “I am small. I am human. I get sick sometimes. I have insecurities just like everyone.” She went on to explain that, for her, staying humble is an important element for connecting to her listeners saying, “When you are on the stage you have the opportunity to bring a bridge between the emotions you are having and the emotions people are having … If you are playing music from a very humble place, then there is this moment when magic happens … a magic connection between hearts.”
The Gift of Family History
LaFourcade grew up in a musical family. Both of her parents taught music lessons and as a child she enjoyed being surrounded by classical sounds, though she felt rebellious for a time and focused her attention on pop music. Now she feels she has returned to her roots and enjoys sharing the traditional sounds of Mexico with people from all over the world.
She and her family always wondered about the last name, LaFourcade, and believed it to have some French origin. This assumption was confirmed when FamilySearch Product Manager, Tamra Stansfield, joined her on stage and presented her with her family history. LaFourcade was visibly touched by the information she received and expressed gratitude for what she had just learned about her French, Chilean, and Mexican ancestry.