Born 1988 in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, Belinda Esquer Khan is the youngest of three girls. At a young age, her family moved to Tucson, Arizona where she spent the majority of her childhood. Belinda attributes much of her accomplishments as a musician and songwriter to her mother’s unwavering support, encouragement, and purposefully fostering a creative environment for her children. As a single mom with limited means, she would buy art supplies for the girls as often as possible.
“To this day, the smell of a brand new box of Crayola’s makes me happy. It reminds me of all those wonderful moments I shared with my mother as a child and I appreciate the hard work it took for her as a single mother to buy me a box of crayons, when even putting food on the table was hard.”
At the age of 13, her mother bought Belinda her first guitar. It was a Yamaha starter set that included an electric guitar, guitar case and stand, a small amplifier and an instructional book. At the time she knew nothing about music and aside from a failed attempt at learning the violin in elementary school had not ever thought about pursuing music.
“There was something intensely attractive to me about the electric guitar. From the moment I brought it home and plugged it in, I could hardly put it down.”
After a month of practicing, non-stop, Belinda wrote her first song. Pulling inspiration from her personal life, she began a catalog of original songs that reflected her feelings about family, friends and experiences as a teenager. For Belinda, songwriting allowed her the freedom to express her true emotions--without fear of judgement or criticism. Over the years, she saved up money from part-time jobs to purchase more instruments and equipment, including a drum set at the age of 16.
In her early 20’s Belinda played in and song-wrote for a variety of local Tucson bands, including Yardsale Heart, Simple Violet, and Head Over Heart. Each band allowed Belinda to explore a different genre and style of music. Ultimately, she wanted the freedom that came as a solo artist.
She has released three solo albums – “SAND” (2016), “The Truth” ( 2016), and my most recent album, "The Girl" (2018).
"'The Girl' is a celebration of finally understanding who I am and being at a point in my life where I can, not only understand it, but also embrace it."