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23 May 1974

Mónica Naranjo Carrasco was born in the small town of Figueres, known by most foreigners for being the home of painter Salvador Dali. She started singing at a very young age. Cristobal Sansano became her first producer. After signing with Sony Music, she recorded in 1994 her debut album, Mónica Naranjo, in 1994. It sells reasonable. To launch her career in Latin America she is scheduled to appear in the then popular Mexican TV show ‘Siempre en Domingo’. The performance of the single ‘El amor coloca’ is so convincing that her name is immediately established in Mexico. In 1995 she performs at Mexico City's Metropolitan Theater to raving reviews. This creates the odd situation that Mónica is more popular in Mexico then in her homecountry at the start of her career. The success in Mexico does push her second album ‘Palabra De Mujer’ that would sell 10x platinum in Spain and is her breakthrough at home. Internationally the album sold 2 million copies. With it Mónica also takes her styling more into her own hands. Was she initially marketed as a naïve girl, in 1997 Mónica reappeared as a diva appearing in her video’s as a vestal priestess dominating her surroundings. Songs like ‘Desátame’, ‘Tú y Yo Volvemos al Amor’ and ‘Pantera en Libertad’ confirmed her hit status.

But her career also had a downside. Suffering from stress and insecurity she often appeared close to a nervous breakdown. Her follow up album was delayed several times and eventually a surprise to many fans. Distancing herself from light pop she brings a tribute to Italian singer Mina with ‘Minage’. A singer that formed her voice as she states in an interview. On the album she also does a duet with Mina. Fearing a commercial failure Sony included two commercial leftovers to the album remixed by the team that also did Cher (Enamorada" and "If You Leave Me Now). In the end the album still sold 3x platinum in Spain alone.

Fearing another commercial difficult project Mónica was linked to several international collaborators famous for their hits, among them Diane Warren, Gregg Alexander, John Reid, Sam Watters, and many more. Overall, the sound of the album is proper pop international dance, close to that of then popular artists like Anastacia and Enrique Iglesias. 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. In an attempt to get something in return Sony released an English version of the album online a year later that sold even worse. Insecure by nature Naranjo retreated from musical life for most of the years 0. A compilation project in 2005 featured one new song, ‘Enamorada de Ti’.

Her contract with Sony was terminated but renewed two years later. A new single ‘Europa’ was released, followed by the album ‘Tarántula’. In 2009 and 2010 she tours South America with the ‘Adagio tour’. An orchestral concert with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City is released in DVD. She started working on a concept album called ‘Opera-Rock’ scheduled for 2011. The album was never released and it would take untill 2015 (and several English attempts) for her to return with a Spanish album.

On the web:

- Mónica's website: http://www.mn-monicanaranjo.com/

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What do we think:

DB: Flamboyance with a Spanish temparement and a four octave voice. For some maybe too commercial but she unwithstanding leaves an impression on you the moment you hear that voice. Our first encounter with Mónica was with 'Minage' and her voice is so near to that of her idol (Mina) that it's almost scary. After her seven year sabatical she returns with more a face of her own. Out with the lolita image. Mónica has turned to Spanish rock and pulls it off in the studio and live. Let's see if she keeps it up..

Recommended albums:

- Mónica Naranjo – 1994

- Palabra De Mujer – 1997

♪♪♪ - Minage  - 2000

- Chicas Malas  - 2001

♪♪♪ - Tarántula - 2008

- Lubna - 2015

♪♪♪♪♪= outstanding album, an absolute must-have
♪♪♪♪ = great album, highly recomended
♪♪♪ = nice album
♪♪ = be careful, requires listening before buying
♪ = best to be avoided


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