23 May 1974 (age 43)
Mónica Naranjo Carrasco (born May 23, 1974 in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain) is a Spanish singer. She has sold over 8 million albums worldwide and is one of the most popular Spanish female singers.
She started singing at a very young age. Cristóbal Sansano became her first producer. After signing with Sony Music, she recorded her debut album Mónica Naranjo in 1994, resulting in the hit songs "Sola", "El amor coloca" and "Óyeme".
In April 1996, the artist received acclamations during a performance at Mexico City's Teatro Metropolitan (Metropolitan Theater). Taking advantage of her popularity, a second album, "Palabra de Mujer", was issued. The album was a hit, managing to sell more than 2.5 million copies in the United States and Spain, thanks to songs such as "Desátame", "Pantera en libertad", "Las campanas del amor", "Entender el amor" or "Empiezo a recordarte".
In 2000, she released her third album, Minage, a homage to the great Italian diva Mina, with songs from "Sobreviviré", "If you leave me now" and "Enamorada". They were a complete success and her native country became dedicated to Mónica. After having achieved big acceptance in Europe, she managed to sing with Pavarotti and Mina herself.
In 2001, she released Chicas Malas, an album with several collaborations, among them Diane Warren, Gregg Alexander, John Reid, and many more. It was an excessively commercial dance album that did not achieve the success hoped for. But, in this way the songs "No voy a llorar" and "Chicas malas" continue in the mind of millions of persons.
In 2003, as claimed by her fans, she recorded the English version of "Chicas Malas", "Bad Girls".
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". The single and the album were both smash hits. With this album, Mónica closes a stage in her life and her career. In December, she sang with Rocío Jurado "Punto de partida" in her TV homage Rocío… Siempre.
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