María José Loyola Anaya (born January 12, 1976), known professionally as María José is a Mexican singer, ballet and flamenco dancer, athlete and television personality. Her career started at age 15 when she joined the 90s famous Mexican band, Kabah as a vocalist. After leaving the band, in 2006, she continued her singing career solo and has released six studio albums. She currently is the main host of Esta historia me suena and coach of La Voz.
She has a B.A. in communications. She is well known and established within the music industry since she was part of a very popular pop-singing band in Mexico, Kabah, from the mid to late 1990s.
Her first experience on stage was at age 14 as a dancer in the Spanish Dance Company led by Maria Elena Anaya. She remained in the dance company participating with flamenco songs as well.
During 2007, Maria Jose posed for the cover of MAX magazine, the equivalent of Maxim in the US.
She opened for Gwen Stefani‘s The Sweet Escape Tour in Mexico. This part of the tour included concerts in Arena Monterrey in Monterrey and in Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City. She also appeared in the Reventour, a series of concerts in several places in Mexico, both as a singer and as a host.
In late July, she was part of an American tour with LU and Motel and announced the release of her first album in August in the United States, which she promoted extensively. She was also invited to participate in Hoy No Me Puedo Levantar, the Mexican musical based on the career and songs of the Spanish pop group Mecano.
She was nominated for Best New Artist in the Premios Oye!, the Mexican equivalent of the Grammys. She participated in El Show de los Sueños from September 30 to October 19, 2008, finishing in fourth place. In the first show, along with her counterpart Thalía, she sang “Tocando Fondo”. In the following show the two sang “Te Aprovechas”. In the third show they sang “No me quedas mas” and in the fourth show they sang “Quererte a ti”. In the fifth show “Amores Extranos” followed by the sixth show with “Amiga Mia”.
On February 6, 2010, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors proclaimed February 6 as “Maria Jose Day” during her club performance in the city.
Two weeks after the release date, the album reached number 84. This song has also appeared on iTunes as a free single during the week of January 11, 2008.
She has said in various interviews that she expects the second single to be “Mas de ti” or “Habla menos”. “Me Equivoque”, another track from the album, has garnered major digital sales in Mexico.
In late August, “Me Equivoque”, along with its video, was released. “¿Donde Esta?”, the third and final single of the album, was officially released in April 2008. The song’s video was filmed in Mexico City at Estudios Churubusco. Twenty fans, who were chosen after winning a contest, were invited to attend the filming.
Josa announced on April 18, 2008, that she had officially left Warner Music. No explanation was given, but her third single was released as an independent artist and not with the help of Warner Music.