Alicia Villarreal (born Martha Alicia Villarreal Esparza on 31 August 1974, in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico) is a Mexican Latin Grammy award-winning singer.
Villarreal first performed the song Mundo De Juguetes at Pipo, a national TV show her parents took her to. Her first professional performance was at a church fund-raiser. In 1995, Grupo Límite, group of Musica Grupera with her as lead singer, started touring with the more famous Grupo Bronco. Among their songs were "Acariciame", "Te Aprovechas" and "Solo Contigo". Grupo Limite released six albums altogether, including a live CD recorded in Mexico City.
In 2003, Alicia released her first solo album in the ranchera style titled Soy Lo Prohibido. It launched the single Te Quedo Grande la Yegua. In it, she sings to her man, telling him that she is too much woman for him to handle.
In 2004, after parting ways with her bandmates, she released her second solo album entitled Cuando el Corazón se Cruza. The album was produced by her current husband, Cruz Martínez, and they wrote several of the songs together. The album has garnered her several awards.
Alicia Villarreal performed for the highly televised Selena Vive, where she performed Si Una Vez. She later released this song along with 2 other new songs Punalada Trapera and Ya No Hay Amor on a dual disc of the album Cuando El Corazón Se Cruza. The dual disc also contained 5 remixes to her previous songs and a collection of all her music videos. The dual disc was released in Mexico in 2005.
Alicia Villarreal has a daughter, Melanie Aidée, in 1999. She is currently married to Cruz Martínez Owner / Producer of international bands Kumbia Kings and Los Super Reyes. In December 2005, she gave birth to a son, Cruz Angelo Martinez and Felix Estefano Martinez born on February 2006.
In 2006, she released her third solo album titled Orgullo De Mujer with the lead single Insensible a Ti. .