In the same year she recorded her most successful record, Aire, with the hits "¿Qué Te Pasa?
Yuri's first album, Tú Iluminas Mi Vida, was released on Gamma Records in 1978.
Her father wanted her to pursue a college degree, and her mother, convinced of Yuri's talent and charisma, supported her artistic endeavor.
In the mid-1970s, she and her mother left the rest of the family in Veracruz to pursue a record deal in Mexico City without her father's consent or economic support.
The band played at fiestas and important festivals around the city of Veracruz; at one of these festivals she had the opportunity to sing with Celia Cruz.
During another performance, Julio Jaramillo, an executive producer from the recording studio Gamma, discovered her talent as a singer.