Marta Sánchez

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Marta Sánchez
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Marta Sánchez in 2008
Background information
Birth name Marta Sánchez López
Born (1966-05-08) May 8, 1966 (age 48)[1]
Origin Madrid, Spain
Genres Pop rock, dance, pop, R&B, Latin
Occupation(s) Singer, guitarist
Years active 1985-present
Website Official website
Official website {Spanish}

Marta Sánchez López (born 8 May 1966) [2] is a Spanish vocalist who is often cited as the Queen of Spanish pop.[3]

Biography[edit]

Marta was born in Madrid (Spain). Her father, Antonio Sánchez Camporro, was an Asturian opera singer. She began her musical career with the band Cristal Oskuro, but shortly after she was discovered by Tino Azores, a sound technician for the popular pop/rock group Olé Olé. In 1985, Marta became the band's lead singer replacing Vicky Larraz, which brought her to fame and made her one of the biggest sex symbols of the 1980s in Spain, during a time when the country was easing the traditional rigid moral values of Catholicism.

Her first hit with Olé Olé was "Lilli Marlen", a Spanish adaptation of the popular World War II German love song (Its greatest hit was singing this same theme in the Televisión Española New Year Celebration, aired on 31 December 1986). Other hits like "Bailando Sin Salir de Casa" and "Con Sólo Una Mirada" followed with the group. She remained with the band until 1991 before deciding to pursue a solo career.

In 1993, Marta released her debut solo album, Mujer. Its first single, "Desesperada", was released both in Spain and The Americas. A second single, "Tal Vez", was provided by Thomas Anders,[4] but it was the 3rd single, "De Mujer a Mujer" which would establish her as a household name all over Latin America.[citation needed] Following this successful debut album, Marta released Woman, an English version of Mujer. This made her one of the first Latin artists to do the English crossover.

Marta's second solo album, Mi Mundo, was released in 1995 with worldwide hits like "Dime La Verdad" followed by "Arena y Sol" and "La Belleza". Due to the success of Mi Mundo, Marta once again released her second album in English titled My World. In 1996, Marta recorded "Obsession", a song for the movie Curdled produced by Quentin Tarantino.

Her third solo album, Azabache, was released in 1997 with the collaboration of Slash (formerly from Guns N' Roses) and Nile Rodgers. The first single, "Moja Mi Corazón" reached number one in Spain and Mexico's pop airplay in 1997. Also in 1997, she recorded the duet "Vivo Por Ella" ("Vivo per lei") with Andrea Bocelli. It became a major hit in Latin America. Marta released her fourth album, Desconocida, in 1998. Its hits include "Desconocida", "Quiero Más de Ti" and "Los Mejores Años de Nuestra Vida". In 2000 she led the musical La Magia de Broadway.

Her fifth album, Soy Yo, was released in 2002 and sold over 200,000 units in Spain.[citation needed] In 2004, she released Lo Mejor de Marta Sánchez a greatest hits compilation with three new songs, "Profundo Valor", "Caradura". The compilation also included updated versions (with new recorded vocals) of "Desesperada" and "Soldados del Amor" (from her Olé Olé days), produced by Carlos Jean. In 2005, she launched her first live album, Gira 2005: La Coruña En Directo, which was released on CD and DVD.

April 2007 saw the release of "Superstar", the lead single from her sixth studio album, Miss Sánchez. Produced and co-written by the electro hit maker DJ Sammy, the song became an instant hit, reaching the top positions on airplay and digital sales charts in Spain. Miss Sánchez debuted at number three on physical CD sales and at number one on digital sales. It is Marta's most successful album in Spain in terms of charting and was certified gold.[citation needed] Instead of releasing songs which had become fan favorites like "Si me cambias los recuerdos" or "Reina de la radio" as the second single, Marta choose the disco-influenced "Levántate", which became a minor hit in Spain, overshadowed by "Superstar"'s enduring popularity.

Sanchez was chosen as Europride 2007's Special Guest and the album was named Spanish Album of the Year at the 2007 Shangay Awards. In the end of 2008, she collaborated with Venezuelan singer Carlos Baute with the song "Colgando En Tus Manos". This was a huge hit, setting iTunes records in Spain and maintaining its number one spot for 29 straight weeks. The single was later released in the Americas and reached the Top Five in Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Chile, El Salvador, Colombia, Argentina, and Mexico. The single was number one in Mexico and was number one on Billboard Latin Pop Songs for two weeks in a row.

A greatest hits album with special guests is being planned.[citation needed]

Albums[edit]

# Information
01 Mujer/Woman
  • Released: November 18, 1993
  • Singles: Desesperada, Desperate Lovers, Amen, Tal Vez, De Mujer a Mujer, Lejos de Aquella Noche, Nube de Verano
  • Sales : 1 000 000 (Worldwide)
02 Mi Mundo/My World
  • Released: 20 June 1995
  • Singles: Dime La Verdad, Arena y Sol, La Belleza, ¿Qué Harás Tú Cuando Mueras?,Vive Cada Día
  • Sales: 900 000 (Worldwide)
03 Azabache/One Step Closer
  • Released: 22 April 1997
  • Singles : Moja Mi Corazón, Negro Azabache, Amor Perdido, Ya Ves, Algo Tienes
  • Sales: 900 000 (Worldwide)
04 Desconocida/Perfect Stranger
  • Released: November 17, 1998
  • Singles: Quiero Mas De Ti, Desconocida, Los Mejores Años de Nuestra Vida, Loca de Amor, Estrellas de Fuego
  • Sales: 600 000 (Worldwide)
05 Los Mejores Años de Nuestra Vida
  • Released: 2001
  • Greatest Hits CD + CD Remixes
  • Sales: 500 000 (Spain & Americas)
06 Soy Yo
  • Released: 16 July 2002
  • Singles: Sigo Intentando, Soy Yo, No Te Quiero Más, Amor Cobarde
  • Sales: 500 000 (Spain & Mexico)
07 Lo Mejor de Marta Sánchez
  • Released: 2004
  • Singles: Profundo Valor
  • Sales: 100 000 (Spain & Mexico)
08 Directo Gira 2005 La Coruña
  • Released: 2005
  • Live Album (CD+DVD)
  • Sales: 100 000 (Spain & Mexico)
09 Miss Sánchez
  • Released: 9 July 2007
  • Singles: Superstar, Levántate, Desafinados,Embrujada
  • Sales: 60 000 (Spain)
10 De par en par
  • Released: 3 November 2010
  • Singles: Soy yo
  • Sales:

Singles[edit]

# Information
01 Desesperada
  • Released: 1993
02 Desperate Lovers
  • Released: 1994
03 Amen
  • Released: 1994
  • Canceled in favor of Tal Vez
04 Tal Vez
  • Released: 1994
05 De Mujer a Mujer
  • Released: 1994
  • B-sides: Tal Vez
06 Lejos de Aquella Noche
  • Released: 1994
  • Replaced by Nube de Verano in the Americas
07 Dime la Verdad
  • Released: 1995
  • B-sides: Enamorada Sin Querer
08 Arena y Sol
  • Released: 1995
09 La Belleza
  • Released: 1995
10 ¿Qué Harás Tú Cuando Mueras?
  • Released: 1995
11 Vive Cada Día
  • Released: 1995
12 Sueños de Gloria
  • Released: 1996
  • From the Olympics Album "Voces Unidas"
13 Obsession Confession
14 Moja Mi Corazón
  • Released: 1997
15 Negro Azabache
  • Released: 1997
  • Replaced by Ya Ves in the Americas
16 Amor Perdido
  • Released: 1997
17 Ya Ves
  • Released: 1997
  • Not released in Spain
18 Vivo Por ella (with Andrea Bocelli)
  • Released: 1997
  • From Andrea Bocelli's album "Romanza"
19 Algo Tienes
  • Released: 1997
  • Not Released in Spain
20 Cuida Bien
  • Released: 1997
  • From the animated show "El Nuevo Mundo de los Gnomos"
21 Quiero Más de Ti
  • Released: 1998
22 Desconocida
  • Released: 1998
23 Perfect Stranger
  • Released: 1999
24 Los Mejores Años de Nuestra Vida
  • Released: 1999
  • Replaced by Loca de Amor in the Americas
25 Loca de Amor
  • Released: 1999
26 Estrellas de Fuego
  • Released: 1999
  • Promo remix version only released in Argentina
27 Y Sin Embargo Te Quiero
  • Released: 1999
  • From the compilation album "Tatuaje"
28 Sigo Intentando
  • Released: 2002
29 Soy Yo
  • Released: 2002
30 No Te Quiero Más
  • Released: 2002
31 Amor Cobarde
  • Released: 2003
32 Profundo Valor
  • Released: 2004
  • B-sides: Soldados del Amor 2004 (Only in the Americas)
33 Caradura
  • Released: 2005
  • Canceled single
34 Superstar
  • Released: 2007
  • Sales: 40.000
35 Levántate
  • Released: 2007
36 Desafinados
  • Released: 2007
37 Colgando En Tus Manos (with Carlos Baute)
  • Released: 2008
  • Sales: 320.000
38 Soy Yo (with Nena Daconte)
  • Released: 2010
39 Get Together
  • Released: 2011
40 Mi Cuerpo Pide Más
  • Released: 2012
41 Hasta el Fín (with Mónica Naranjo & La Josa)
  • Released: 2013
42 Y Si Fueran Ellas
  • Released: 2013
43 La Que Nunca Se Rinde
  • Released: 2014

Videography[edit]

  • "Desesperada"
  • "Desperate Lovers"
  • "De Mujer A Mujer"
  • "Dime La Verdad"
  • "Such A Mystery"
  • "Arena Y Sol"
  • "Vivo Por Ella"
  • "Moja Mi Corazón"
  • "La Noche Del Amor"
  • "Desconocida"
  • "Perfect Stranger"
  • "Quiero Más de Ti"
  • "Sigo Intentando"
  • "Soy Yo"
  • "Profundo Valor"
  • "Nadie Mejor Que Tú (Fangoria)"
  • "Superstar"

Notes and references[edit]

External links[edit]

Videos