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Julieta Venegas has been telling stories about love, loss, and Mexico for the past 20 years.

She will play some of those stories at the Rialto Theatre Thursday night.

The singer-songwriter was born in California, but grew up in the border city of Tijuana, Mexico. There, she saw the contrast between two countries.

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Photo: Fernanda Echavarri, AZPM

Julieta Venegas

Venegas said American artists and traditional Mexican songs have influenced her music.

“I can totally relate to people growing up in border cities, you’re from both places,” she said.

Venegas’ music does not easily fit in standard categories, she said.

“I would not know how to describe myself, really, that’s very difficult for me, I don’t know if I can call myself a pop artist and I can’t call myself a rock artist because I compose in piano,” Venegas said.

Venegas has won multiple Latin Grammys and one Grammy. In 2009 she was named a Goodwill Ambassador to Mexico for the United Nations Children's Fund.

Her latest album “Los Momentos” was released this year and as part of the album’s tour Venegas will travel throughout the United States, Mexico and South America.

Thursday night’s show at the Rialto Theatre starts at 8 p.m.