Paty Cantú

Patricia Giovanna Cantú Velasco (born November 25, 1983), known professionally as Paty Cantú, is a Mexican singer, songwriter and actress, who rose to fame as one of the founding members of the successful Mexican pop duo Lu.

Paty Cantú
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Background information
Birth namePatricia Giovanna Cantú Velasco
Born (1983-11-25) November 25, 1983 (age 36)
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Years active
  • 2000–2007 (group)
    2008–present (solo)
LabelsCapitol Latin
Associated acts

Early lifeEdit

Cantú was born in Guadalajara. The family returned to Guadalajara (Mexico) when she was a child. At the age of 16, Cantú was drawn to entertaining people; she started taking bass and guitar lessons,[1] eventually leaving law school to pursue her musical career.

Music careerEdit


Paty Cantú became a member of the Mexican pop duo Lu alongside Mario Sandoval. The pair rose to fame with hits like Por Besarte, Una Confusión and La Vida Después de Ti and being certified gold and platinum for both records in Mexico and USA.[2] Their self-titled debut album released in 2004, which was produced by Aureo Baqueiro, producer of artists like Natalia Lafourcade, Sin Bandera, Kabah, and Moenia, had success in Mexico and Brazil in which enjoyed success because they and their song "Por Besarte" were featured on Rebelde. Her song-writing skills were shown in the track "Sé" and writing songs for Lola and Alejandra Guzmán. After various reeditions from their first album, and a sophomore one called "Álbum", it was announced on August 27, 2007 that Mario and Paty parted ways due to artistic ideas, giving their last concert in October in Reynosa, Tamaulipas.[3]


Mexicali Baja California, México.

After the split, Paty started to write songs for her debut album, having 54 songs[4] before selecting the final 10. In 2008, she was featured in Motel's hit "Dos Palabras" which was released on August 12 and appeared in the reedition from their second album 17 Bis. After that, Paty Cantú debuted as a solo artist on October 17 as an opening act for Mexican singer Aleks Syntek, making this her start as a successful solo singer. In November 2008,[4] Paty Cantú released her first single "Déjame Ir" which reached Top 10 in the Mexican Radio Airplay proving an instant hit and the video was premiered in MTV on November 18.[5] Her album Me Quedo Sola was released on January 27, 2009 [6] under EMI composed of 10 songs, 9 written by her and 1 written by Billy Mendez from Motel. In only three days of sales, Me Quedo Sola debuted at #8 in "Lo Mas Vendido" in Mixup and after a week, the album reached #1. However, in the Mexico Main Top 100 Albums Chart reached #2, just under Vicente Fernández.

"No Fue Suficiente", her second single was released on February 21 and its video inspired by Tim Burton[7] was produced by Esteban Madrazo and debuted in "Los 10+ Pedidos" of MTV. She started to write songs for Alejandro Fernández, Dulce María's debut album as well as upcoming greatest hits from Alejandra Guzmán.[4]

In August 2009 it was announced that Paty Cantú would participate in the movie Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure as part of the soundtrack with the song Historia Ancestral, which was to be released on September 4, 2009.[8][needs update] She also announced in her MySpace that her debut album would have a reedition which include new tracks like Muñeca de Papel written by Billy from Motel, Casi Divas featuring Alfonso Pichardo, lead singer from Moenia and Mi Amor Destruye featuring Ballesteros.

Paty Cantú was nominated for Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2009 in two categories, one alongside her former mate Mario Sandoval and his group Sandoval.[9] On September 29, Paty Cantú received two nominations for Premios Oye!, the Mexican Grammy Awards for Breakthrough of the Year alongside Alexander Acha, Beto Cuevas, Tush and Victor & Leo and Best Female Solo competing against Colombian Fanny Lú, Italian singer Laura Pausini and connationals María José and Natalia Lafourcade.[10]

Paty Cantu's song "Afortunadamente no eres tu" became widely known throughout Mexico and within the United States Hispanic community. The song was used in a MasterCard commercial as well as Ninas Mal's soundtrack.

She is featured in the single "The World is Ours" used by Coca-Cola to promote the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The single is featured in the album One Love, One Rhythm.

In 2018, she released her fourth album, #333.

On April 16, 2020, she participated in a charity single for the people of Mexico, titled "Resistiré México".[11]

Acting careerEdit

Paty Cantú appeared as a musical guest in Rebelde, in the 2nd season of El Show de los Sueños and in Verano de Amor starred by Dulce María but her acting debut will be in the 3rd season of the Mexican series El Pantera as the character of María a car thief which will be involved as a love interest of El Pantera.[12] In 2013 she is the voice of Gossip Girl in Gossip Girl: Acapulco.


Paty Cantu

Studio albumsEdit

List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
Me Quedo Sola
  • Released: January 27, 2009
  • Label: EMI
  • Format: CD, digital download
Afortunadamente No Eres Tú
  • Released: August 17, 2010
  • Label: EMI
  • Format: CD, digital download
Corazón Bipolar
  • Released: November 6, 2012
  • Label: EMI
  • Format: CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Live albumsEdit

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Certifications
Drama Queen En Vivo

Compilation albumsEdit

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Certifications


As lead artistEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart
Certifications Album
"Déjame Ir" 2008 2 Me Quedo Sola
"No Fue Suficiente" 2009 5
"Me Quedo Sola"
"Afortunadamente No Eres Tú" 2010 3 Afortunadamente No Eres Tú
"Clavo Que Saca Otro Clavo" 5
"Goma De Mascar" 2011
"Se Desintegra El Amor"
(featuring María León, Rodrigo Dávila, Ha*Ash)[14]
2012 Non-album single
"Corazón Bipolar" 3 Corazón Bipolar
"Suerte" 2013 5
"Valiente" 2015 1
  • AMPROFON: Platinum[13]
"Amor, Amor, Amor" 2016 3
"Rompo Contigo"
(featuring Juhn)
  • AMPROFON: Platinum[13]
"War (En Vivo)"
(featuring Bea Miller)
"Cuenta Pendiente"[16]
(featuring Alejandro Sanz)
2 #333Deluxe
"—" denotes a title that did not chart.

As featured artistEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart
"Dos Palabras"
(Motel featuring Paty Cantú)
2008 3 41 17
"La Copa de Todos"
(Wisin featuring Paty Cantú and David Correy)
2014 14 4 One Love, One Rhythm
"Entre Tu Boca y La Mía"
(Álex Ubago featuring Paty Cantú)
2017 non-album single
"Resistiré México"
(among Artists for Mexico)
2020 Non-album single
"—" denotes a title that did not chart.

Other appearancesEdit

Title Year Album
"See Crees En Ti" 2009 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Soundtrack
(Álvaro Soler featuring Paty Cantú)
2015 Eterno Agosto (International Edition)
"No Llores Por Mí Argentina"
(Andrea Bocelli featuring Paty Cantú)
Cinema (Edición en Español)
"No Discutamos"
(Juan Gabriel featuring Paty Cantú)
Los Dúo, Vol. 2

Awards and nominationsEdit

Los Premios MTVs are awarded annually by MTV Latin America. Cantú has received two nominations. She received two nominations again in the 8th gala of the Premios Oye!

Year Nominee / work Award Result
Premios MTV 2009 Paty Cantú Best New Artist — North Won
Breakthrough Artist Nominated
Premios Oye! 2009 Paty Cantú Breakthrough of the Year Nominated
Best Female Soloist Nominated


  1. ^ Lu's biography Archived 2009-04-30 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ a b c Paty Cantú persigue su propio sueño Archived 2009-08-21 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Paty Cantú first show Archived 2009-04-21 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Paty Cantu Archived 2009-08-30 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ Dominika Paleta hace doblaje de Tinkerbell
  9. ^ Los Premios MTV Archived 2009-09-07 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ [4]
  11. ^ "'Resistiré' en las voces de Yuri, Trevi, Sariñana, Yahir, Ha*Ash, Belinda y más en tiempos de coronavirus". Los Angeles Times en Español (in Spanish). April 15, 2020. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  12. ^ Paty Cantú roba coches en acción
  13. ^ a b c d e "Certificaciones" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Type Paty Cantú in the box under the ARTISTA column heading and {{{title}}} in the box under TÍTULO
  14. ^ "Adelante - Single de Paty Cantú, Ha-Ash, Maria & Rodrigo", iTunes (in Spanish), retrieved 2020-01-30
  15. ^ TKM (2018-02-15). "Paty Cantú presenta #Natural, su nuevo sencillo junto a Juhn". TKM United States (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  16. ^ "Paty Cantú y Alejandro Sanz saldan 'cuenta pendiente'". September 3, 2018.

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