Her first album, Ofrenda, was released in 1994, in 1999, Downs came to prominence with her debut studio album, La Sandunga, which was a critical and commercial success. She achieved international success in 2001 with the album Border which emerged in the music scene of Mexico and Latin America in the early 2000s. Lila's seventh album, Pecados y Milagros, topped albums charts in most major markets and generated chart-topping world music albums. Her eighth album, is planned for release in 2014.
Downs began performing in school, demonstrating her vocal ability with traditional music, Latin and American influences, and with her own original twist on dancing. Is a native Spanish speaker, and also speaks fluent English and mixtec.
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