|Born||28 December 1959|
|Genres||Pop, synthpop, post-punk, new wave|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, musician|
Ana Torroja Fungairiño (born 28 December 1959 in Madrid) is a Grammy Award-nominated Spanish singer. She was the lead singer of the pop trio Mecano, considered one of the most popular pop bands from Spain during the 1980s and 1990s. Mecano split in 1998 and she embarked on a solo career.
Ana Torroja met José María Cano while studying economics at university. The two became good friends, and José María soon introduced her to his younger brother, Nacho. After hearing Ana sing José María's guitar compositions, Nacho suggested that the three form a band. In 1981, Mecano was formed.
After seven Mecano albums and huge success in Europe and Latin America, the continuous touring began taking its toll on the band. Ana was especially affected and started developing vocal problems. In 1993, the band announced a temporary split. While José and Nacho released solo albums, Ana chose to travel around the world and visited Hawaii, Bombay, and New York—places she had sung about while with Mecano. She eventually settled in New York and took dance classes.
By 1997, Ana felt confident enough to sing again and moved to London to record her first solo album, Puntos Cardinales (Cardinal points). The album, produced by Tony Mansfield, marked a curious change for Ana. Because her new songs were not written from a male point of view—unlike the Mecano hits written by the Cano brothers—she felt that she could express herself as a woman for the first time. The first single from the album, A Contratiempo, was a Spanish-language cover of an old Bette Midler song, "Bottomless". Both the album and the single went to No.1 in Spain.
In 1998, partially due to the cost and commercial failure of José María's opera project, Mecano reunited for the double-disc greatest hits compilation Ana, José, Nacho, which also featured seven new songs.
Ana's biggest solo success came in 1999 with her album, Pasajes de un Sueño (Passages of a dream). This album was hailed by critics and the first single, Ya No Te Quiero ("I don't love you anymore" or "I don't want you anymore"), became one of the best-selling songs in Spain that year. As a part of the promotion of this album, Torroja undertook, together with Miguel Bosé the "GIRADOS" tour in May 2000, throughout Spain, the United States, and part of Latin America. The tour concluded at the beginning of the following year.
In 2001, Ana tried to reconquer the French audience she had won over at the time of Mecano, recording the album Ana Torroja.
She then took part in the recording of the disc Duetos 2 by the Mexican artist Armando Manzanero, with whom she recorded the song Nada personal (Nothing personal).
In 2003 she published her third album Frágil (Fragile), in which she presented a more genuine pop-based image. For the album, she appeared for the first time solo on stage, in a brief tour across America and Europe called the Gira Frágil (Fragile Tour). It was this material that consolidated her success as a solo artist, and with which she also obtained numerous nominations and prizes such as the Grammy Latino, Shangay (Spain) and Oye (Mexico).
Shortly afterwards, she took a brief break from her musical career, guesting with artists such as Mexican singer, composer, and keyboard player Aleks Syntek in 2004. She dueted with Syntek on the song Duele el amor (Love hurts), which was a major commercial success. That same year she did a duet with Italian singer Gigi D'Alessio, a new song called Bacio (kiss) in Italian, a cover of the same song also sung by Gigi D'Alessio with Anna Tatangelo.
In 2006, Ana released a new studio album called Me Cuesta Tanto Olvidarte, produced by Syntek. The album contained new versions of old Mecano hits. The first single was Los Amantes, which reached #2 on the Spanish charts.
On 17 May 2008, Ana Torroja was invited by Aleks Syntek to take part in the macro concert of the Fundación ALAS, in aid of children in Latin America. She sang Me cuesta tanto olvidarte, Duele el amor, Corazones, and Te amaré (alongside all the invited artists).
Ana's music has managed to spread further than just France and Germany. In 2010, British singer Jack Lucien announced that he had covered her song "Hoy ya no te quiero" for his forthcoming third studio album.
In October 2010 Ana released Sonrisa (Spanish for smile), her fifth original studio album in Spanish. The album was produced by the Venezuelan Andrés Levin, who also produced her second album. The recording of the album started in 2008, the album being originally scheduled for release in March 2009. The release had however been delayed due to her car accident in 2008. So far Sonrisa has been met with favourable reviews.
Studio albums and Compilations
- "Puntos cardinales" (1997)
- "Points Cardinaux" (1997)
- "Pasajes de un sueño" (1999)
- "Girados en concierto" - a collaboration with Miguel Bosé (2000)
- "Ana Torroja" (2001)
- "Frágil" (2003)
- "Esencial" (2004)
- "Me Cuesta Tanto Olvidarte" (2006)
- "Sonrisa" (Smile - 2010)
Covers and Collaborations
- "A contratiempo and Les murs (version en français)" ("Bottomless" - Bette Midler) (1995)
- "Hold on" (duet with Jason Hart) (1997) (marketed in 2005)
- "Si fuera tú" (1997) (If It were you) - Jason Hart
- "No estás" (1999) (Don't fall) - Jason Hart
- "Media luna" (duet with Deep Forest) (1997)
- "Dulce pesadilla" (1999) (Sweet nightmare) - Jason Hart
- "Veinte mariposas" ("Hidden like a secret" - Josefina Sanner/Jimmy Wahisteen/Jorge Drexter) (2003)
- "Quien dice" ("I really don't think so" - Tina Harris/Marc Nelkin/Jamie Hartman) (2003)
- "Sólo por eso" ("Rien que pour ça" - Tristan Boccara/Nathaniel Brendel) (2003)
- "Cuatro días" ("Would you like to know" - Tina Harris/Mats Bernhoft/Anders Bagge) (2003)
- "Menos, más" ("Vers ta voix" - Tino Izzo/Diane Cadieux) (2003)
- "I wish you were here " ("Wish you were here" - Waters G.) (2003)
- "Sweet Lullaby" (duet with Deep Forest) (2003)
- "Duele el amor" (duet with Aleks Syntek)("Love breaks your heart") (2004)
- "Enfant de la lune" (duet with Psy 4 de la Rime, a French hip hop group) (2005)
- "Porque te vas" (duet with Schiller) (2008)
- "Hijo de la luna" (duet with Raphael) (2008)
- "Ana Torroja, herida en un grave accidente de tráfico". El Pais. October 10, 2008. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
- Mecano WebSite Official - Mecano
- Ana Torroja Homepage
- Forus Official Ana Torroja
- Review of Sonrisa (in English)