Bio

La Mariana is Mariana deSoto Hughes located in Northern California. Mariana is a teacher, administrator, wife, mother, nana, sister and the best friend you will ever have.

Mariana is the 10th child of Jose and Manuela Soto. Her passion for music, family and children is all-consuming. She grew up dancing to her parents Rancheras and Cumbias while experiencing her family's music of James Brown, War, Tower of Power, Santana and others. Later, she fell in love with Billie Holiday. Something about Billie's life resonated deeply and a calling to record her music to share with a Latino audience was sparked.

Mariana is a founder of Globo Rojo Records, an independent record label assisting others with getting their music out into the world. She is also a Director of the Gardenia Society, a music education and appreciation non-profit in collaboration with the Billie Holiday Memorial Foundation.