Star de Azlan, faithful to her Mexican-American heritage, is starting to focus on making a musical crossover by fusing mariachi and country.

The Texas-born daughter of Mexican parents has just released the single "Si quieres verme llorar," with which she is seeking to broaden her fan base and fulfill her dream of integrating her Hispanic roots into her music.

"My style is country, mariachi and pop; it's a fusion that can be defined as country in Spanish with Mexican touches that sounds very good," the 27-year-old singer, who was born Esther Gonzalez, told Efe during a promotional stop in Los Angeles.

Produced by Pepe Quintana - who is known for his work with musical icons such as Sting, Mana and Luis Miguel - the song is the new version of a classic melody popularized by Lisa Lopez.

"It's a song that has not been done in 25 years and which now with the arrangements that Pepe Quintana put into it sounds fresher," said the artist.

But the most important thing for Star is the push that the number can give to a new stage in her career.

"It's a song that I can sing from my soul and my heart and in which I can project my voice," she said about the promotional single from her new album, which contains original compositions such as "Desnudate" and "Como una flor."

It was thanks to her love for genres such as country and pop that in 2008 Star managed to get her first single, "She's Pretty," onto the Billboard country charts.

Now, the artist is singing in Spanish and carving out a niche for herself in a segment of the market where she says she feels right at home. EFE