Leah Turner bridges a cultural divide in her new single “Once Upon a Time In Mexico,” and she’s premiering the sultry track’s lyric video on Sounds Like Nashville today (July 10).
Co-written by the “Take the Keys” star with forward-thinking hit maker, Jesse Frasure, the track unites turner’s Country roots with her Hispanic heritage. It was inspired by the true-romance story of her parents — Don Turner, a champion rodeo star, and her mother Susaña, a first-generation Mexican American — weaving a tale in both English and Spanish that stands out from the pack. With a hip-shaking beat, flamenco-style guitars and red-hot passion, it’s a totally different kind of summer anthem.
“This single is very personal for me because it was inspired by my parents’ own love story,” Turner tells Sounds Like Nashville of the song. “Bringing together my cowgirl side, and my Latina roots, while incorporating Spanish and instrumentation inspired by Latin culture, is something that hasn’t really ever been done before in country music. I am a really excited and grateful to unite these two worlds!”
“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,” goes the breathless chorus.
“Once Upon a Time In Mexico” follows Turner’s 2014 Top 40 single “Take the Keys,” and a number of bright, pop-country singles since then. An official music video for the new single is coming soon.