Monica Naranjo Biography
She started singing at a very young age. Cristobal Sansano became her first producer.
In 1994, she recorded her debut album, Mónica Naranjo, after signing with Sony Music. The album resulted in the hit singles Sola, Sólo se vive una vez, El amor coloca, Óyeme! and Fuego de pasión. She was nominated for "Eres Awards". In November 1995, the artist received acclamations during a performance at Mexico City's Metropolitan Theater.
In 1997, taking advantage of her popularity, she released her second album, Palabra de Mujer. The album was a hit, managing to sell more than 2,000,000 copies in the United States, Latin America and Spain, thanks to singles such as Entender el amor, Desátame, Pantera en libertad and Las campanas del amor.
In 2000 she released her third album, Minage, a tribute to the Italian singer Mina. In an interview that year, she mentioned that the album was like nothing her producers expected:
They were expecting another "Palabra de Mujer" album, but more than just a hit, I wanted something to let the world know that I am also a fanatic, and that there are many great artists/singers out there who deserve more recognition. An example of such an artist is Mina Mazzini.
In 2001, she released Chicas Malas, an album with several collaborations, among them Diane Warren, Gregg Alexander, John Reid, Sam Watters, and many more. Having such worldwide-known influences, the album sales were disappointing, having sold only 120,000 copies in its first year, it is the lowest-selling studio album in her Spanish-singing career—It was an extremely commercial dance album that did not achieve the success hoped for.
In 2002, as claimed by her fans, she decided to make a big leap into the English public by recording the English version of Chicas Malas, Bad Girls. A huge attempt to the International market, selling only 5,000 copies online, the album had almost no success. But the single "I Ain't Gonna Cry" did get Mónica some recognition in continental Europe.
In 2005, after a long musical rest, Mónica returned with a greatest hits album, Colección Privada, a big success that only contains one new song, Enamorada de ti. With this album, Mónica closes a stage in her life and career. In December, she sang Punto de partida with Rocío Jurado in a TV homage titled Rocío... Siempre.
In 2008, her new single Europa was officially launched on February 29, on her official site and it has climbed to #1 in the Spanish Single Charts. Tarántula is available in stores since April 22, reaching number 1 in Spain, being certified Platinum. Later she released a limited special edition of the album, with a DVD and a book with pictures of the "Tarántula era".
In 2009, Mónica released Adagio, a review of her 15-year career, including most of her hits, accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City.
Following the success of her latest album Tarantula, Monica Naranjo embarked on the tour Adagio Tour in which she offered a new vision of her songs and symphonic CD + DVD is a reflection of this journey.
The concert included in this album was recorded on October 16, 2009 at the Teatro de la Ciudad de Mexico, D. F., with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City, one of the most prestigious in America, directed by Pepe Herrero, who also signed the new orchestral arrangements.
The CD contains 16 songs: El despertar, Europa, Immensidad, Desatame, Que imposible, Usted, Empiezo a recordarte, Sobrevivire, Oyeme, Todo mentira, La soledad, Siempre fuiste mio, Kambalaya, Amame o dejame, Amor y lujo and El reecuentro. The audio was mixed and mastered by John M. Vinader. On December 10, was released the album in Mexico and the U.S. January 19.
In 2011, she sang the theme song for Mexican telenovela, "Emperatriz".
2012, NEW ALBUM. Today, Monica and her team are still finalizing the details of new work by artist: A Opera-Rock.
Concept: This is an album to accompany a novel, a story which will serve as a connecting thread of songs from the new job and this novel. The album will be in Spanish with a few strokes in other languages"Opera-Rock".
Production: We have the production itself Monica and Oscar Tarruella, and arrangements Pepe Herrero and Chris Gordon. Pepe Herrero arrangements will more disco classics on the other hand, the manager of alternative arrangements is Chris Gordon.
Released: Although it was initially hoped that her release would be at the end of 2011, Monica said in recent interviews that it will launch in 2012.
Despite all the secrecy surrounding this new album by the singer, Monica launched a video on their last 3 Adagio concerts of his tour that featured a seabed, and the words "The sea hides a secret".