Two years ago, Star de Azlán gave the performance of a lifetime.
Standing in the middle of the Dallas Cowboys Football Stadium in her native Texas, Star wore a traditional charro outfit while the song 'Guadalajara' played in the background.
"Tienes el alma de provinciana, hueles a limpio, a rosa temprana, a verde jara fresca del río, son mil palomas tu caserío, ¡Guadalajara, Guadalajara!" sang Star.
As she continued to belt out a few more lyrics to the Mexican ranchera song, the crowd went crazy with excitement.
Accompanied by the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders onstage, Star stripped down out of her charro outfit and revealed a Dallas Cowboys jersey with Quarterback Tony Romo's No. 9, underneath.
Within seconds, the lights, the sounds and the music changed. Star began to sing a country song -- 'I Like me a Cowboy' -- while adjusting a cowboy hat on her head and revealing matching cowboy boots. Nearly 17,000 people in the stadium erupted into an applause.
For the 27-year-old, it was the first time she witnessed an audience enjoying the sounds of two different music genres in two different languages, on the same stage. As an aspiring singer, it was one of her most memorable experiences.
Star, who grew up in the small town of San Marcos, Texas, doesn't expect to become the next crossover star because she's already singing her share of traditional Spanish rancheras and cumbias as well as English country and pop songs as effortlessly as any existing professional artist.
"The best piece of advice that I was given before going into this industry was to always be true to myself and who I am as a person, and to let that shine through my music and I have been really trying to do that," said Star on one of her promotional tour stops in Sacramento.
Earlier this month, she embarked on a 32-city-tour in California and the southwest to promote work for her first single 'Si Quieres Verme Llorar' (If you Want to See Me Cry), a new version of the classic rendition formerly sung by famous artists like Jenni Rivera and Yuridia.
"As a Mexican-American, I grew up fully embracing both of my cultures -- my Mexican heritage and roots -- that's why I love mariachi music and trios, but also my American side. I grew up listening to country music so it seemed natural not to limit myself in what I am able to do with my voice."
Since the tender age of five, Star has played both the violin and guitar and began writing and composing poetry and music at age 12 in hopes of becoming a singer one day. Aside from humming tunes around the house, it was her extraordinary voice that drew her family's attention.
Her father Guillermo immediately began to support her dreams of becoming a singer and helped promote her. On any given day of the week, Star could be found performing at Cancun, her father's Mexican restaurant, the only one in town that had "mariachis singing late into the night," said Star. "It was a total hot spot."
One day at the Market Square, the former manager of popular country star LeAnn Rimes was sitting in the crowd when he heard her sing.
"He signed me up on the spot," she said.
Today, she is working on two separate English and Spanish albums and says she can't decide which market she wants to target first.
"I love both of my cultures so it has been difficult to decide what kind of music I wanted to write and produce for an album. My dream is to do both," Star said.