Leah Turner is getting personal. The California native has tapped into her Latin roots and her parents love story to bring us her new single, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico.”
The Latin infused tune, written by Jesse Frasure & Turner, tells the story of a romance that develops on the beaches of Mexico between a señorita and a vaquero (cowboy). In fact, the song is actually inspired by the love of Leah’s parents, Don Turner, a champion rodeo star, and her mother Susaña, a first-generation Mexican American.
“[The song] is very, very dear to me. I’m half Mexican,” Turner tells One Country. “It’s the love story of my parents, a Vaquero, which is a cowboy, falling in love with Señorita, which my mom is the Señorita. They fell in love at a time where two different worlds didn’t— weren’t supposed to come together and they did. They fell in love, which is a message of love always wins and you love who you love and you can’t stop with the heart wants.”
“We danced until the moon let go / and I fell for a Vaquero / once upon a time in Mexico / some loves fade and some loves don’t / Some love stories won’t let go / once upon a time in Mexico,” Turner sings in the chorus.
Turner sat down with One Country‘s Kelly Sutton to talk about what the the new single means to her and being Latina in the country music space.
“For me it’s really just taking country music global, tapping into a market that not a lot of people can and really giving Latinos and Latinas a place in country music,” Turner adds. “And just hoping—I guess in a sense— that it goes viral, which is really weird to say, but just really touching hearts and showing that we all come in different shapes, colors and sizes.”