She performed three songs for the executives and impressed them enough for her to be signed to record three albums.
The songs are a collection made by her since she was eight, mixed pop-rock ballads and disco uptempo songs with electronic accompaniment; however, it was hampered by a lack of cohesion in both its recording and the production.
Vargas held Shakira in high regard and, returning to the Sony office, gave the cassette to a song and artist director.
However, the director was not overly excited and thought Shakira was something of "a lost cause".
She is the only child of William Mebarak Chadid and Nidia Ripoll Torrado.
She enjoyed singing for schoolmates and teachers (and even the nuns) at her Catholic school, but in second grade, she was rejected for the school choir because her vibrato was too strong.
Her tenth album, Shakira (2014), is preceded by its lead single, "Can't Remember to Forget You".
Shakira has received numerous awards, including 5 MTV Video Music Awards, 3 Grammy Awards, 12 Latin Grammy Awards, 7 Billboard Music Awards, 33 Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated.
The music teacher told her that she sounded "like a goat".
To instill gratitude in Shakira for her upbringing, her father took her to a local park to see orphans who lived there.