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VARÈSE SARABANDE RECORDS TO RELEASE GLORIA – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Featuring Original Music by Lorne Balfe & Original Recording of Nine Classic Gloria Trevi Songs Performed by The Film’s Sofía Espinosa

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Varèse Sarabande will release the GLORIA – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, digitally on August 21, 2015.  The film features original music by Lorne Balfe (TERMINATOR GENISYS, HOME, The Penguins of Madagascar) along with nine classic Gloria Trevi songs performed by Sofía Espinosa, who stars as Gloria in the film.

Espinoza studied CDs, news clips and videos to in order to perfect the ‘concert’ performance in the film.  While recording the music, she worked closely with some of Trevi’s former band members to recreate the nuance of Gloria’s voice and phrasing.  In the film and on the soundtrack her performances are virtually identical to archival footage of the multi-million selling superstar.

“We really wanted to tell the story through the music, not stop the story for a musical performance,” the director and leading force behind the film, Christian Keller explained. “One of the first things that Gloria told me was, ‘If you want to know my story, just look at the lyrics of my songs.’ She is one of music’s most prolific songwriters and at every point in her life, she wrote about what she was experiencing. The songs in the film complement Gloria’s inner world, her thoughts and emotions. Instead of interrupting the plot, they support and drive the story line.”

“There are few directors who would sacrifice ten years of their lives for a film,” said composer Balfe. “Christian Keller’s dedication to Gloria’s story is a true testament to the importance he places on the details in his film. Each of Gloria’s songs tells an important part of her life and Christian does them justice in his visual retelling of her remarkable story. He placed great faith in me to create a score for Gloria and I am thankful to have been a part of his long and fruitful journey.”

A bold and compelling tale of ambition, betrayal and redemption, Gloria chronicles the life of international pop star Gloria Trevi, the ‘Mexican Madonna.’ Carefully groomed by an abusive manager and propelled by her politically charged lyrics and unashamed sexuality, Gloria shoots to unparalleled stardom—until a sex scandal that mesmerized the world brings her crashing down.

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The New York Times describes, “Gloria, a screen biography of Gloria Trevi, the rebellious pop diva widely viewed as Mexico’s Madonna, would be worth seeing if for no other reason than for the tempestuous performance of its star Sofía Espinosa. With its dry-eyed view of the seamier side of show business, it is a superior pop-star portrait. Ms. Espinosa’s ferocious performance evokes both Madonna and Miley Cyrus.”

The Director Christian Keller refuses to look at Gloria’s life as a tragic tale of seduction and sexual abuse. His aim has always been to tell a universally relatable story about an ambitious young woman who is in love and yearning to feel loved. “That led her to a very dark place,” Keller said. “She and Sergio certainly did some crazy things, but they also created magic together. And she has emerged from a potentially crushing experience as a strong, triumphant woman who has gone on to even more success.”

Picturehouse will release the film GLORIA on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand this fall through Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Varèse Sarabande will release the GLORIA – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, digitally on August 21, 2015.

Mexican singer Gloria Trevi working on a new CD

“It will be something different, always taking a chance but with things that come straight from my heart,” the songstress said during a visit to Los Angeles.
Trevi was uncompromising in saying that in her new disc she’s not going “with the formula,” and will again be setting off in an unexplored direction.
In her most recent concert in Los Angeles last October, the “Mexican Madonna,” as many of her fans call her, for the first time performed a song live in English, which seems to have been the first step toward a future crossover.
“All my life I wanted to do the crossover of languages, because I’ve already done it generationally and socially speaking: at my concerts you see people of all ages and all social classes, breaking those barriers and borders through music,” Trevi said.
In her concert at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, Trevi sang the number “Habla Blah Blah” in English.
“It was our people who inspired me to do it, it was seeing that LatinosPicture1 in the United States have no fear of speaking out and expressing themselves,” Trevi said, adding that she finds it difficult to talk in English.
“So I said ‘Why am I so worried about singing with an accent if I’m Mexican?’ I’m not going to sing with a British accent or an Irish accent, but with a Mexican accent,” Trevi said

‘A Toda Gloria,’ Gloria Trevi’s First Reality Show Hits the Airwaves!

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During a brotherly visit to my beloved sister’s place over the weekend I learned through her and her DVR that my sister’s idol, Gloria Trevi has a really show on Mun2, a 13-episode docu-series that premiered on Sunday. It’s geniusly named, “A Toda Gloria” which followers the Mexican pop star while on tour to promote her latest album with a birds eye view of her behind-the-scenes to the show’s creation with all the drama that comes with it, as well has her relaxed home life with her husband and children.

In an interview with Variety Trevi said, “It never occurred to me to have a reality series, given all the attention I get.

Honestly, why didn’t someone think of giving her a reality show years ago? I mean this is the woman who’s sold out concert arenas and topped the pop charts for decades, became a fugitive from the law who then served almost five years in prison in Brazil and Mexico even giving birth to her son while behind bars! That in itself would have made for really good television!

Gloria Trevi is a Mexican Pop/Rock goddess, an icon and let’s not kid ourselves, the gays adore her and you know once the gays do, she’s doing something right!

To give an idea of the Gloria Trevi trajectory, she has published over 400 songs, sold over 20 million records, surpassed 100 million video views online, and sold out concert venues around the world.

After living between Monterrey, Mexico and Miami the singer recently decided to set up residency in Texas to avoid the constant glare of paparazzi. However, when Mun2 reached out and informed Trevi that 80% of the respondents to a survey said they wanted to see a show about her, she agreed to do it!

Trevi told Variety, “I feel that making a reality show is giving my fans the keys to my home, my life and is a way of sharing my dreams and frustrations with them, I’ll just have to forget the cameras are there.

Where Trevi is concerned, there’s never a dull moment. In the fist episode, I gagged because there is a scene where Trevi is watching porn on a phone and expresses how hot the guy in the video is, while making her husband who sits next to her very uncomfortable, I mean it was just hysterical(to me)!

It seems Mun2 aims to accentuate the positive with “A Toda Gloria” but there’s no doubt that the channel hopes Trevi’s notoriety will translate to ratings. “This will show Trevi as a mother, a wife and an empowered woman,Mun2 Ruben Mendiola, told Variety, “it will give Trevi a chance to tell her own story as an artist.

A Toda Gloria” is in the tradition of Mun2’s successful string of celebrity reality series, starting with “I Love Jenni,” which centered on Mexican American pop icon Jenni Rivera, who died in a plane crash in late 2012 while the show was still in production.

Judging by the advance buzz on “A Toda Gloria,” Mun2 is expecting glorious results.

You can catch “A TODA GLORIA” on Mun2 Every Sunday at 9PM EST | 8PM Central

Watch the promo here: