Ainhoa Cantalapiedra

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Birth name Ainhoa Cantalapiedra
Born (1980-09-25) 25 September 1980 (age 35)
Origin Galdakao, Vizcaya, Basque Country, Spain
Genres Rock
Years active 2002–present
Associated acts Rosa Lopez, Lorena, David Bisbal
Website AinhoaCantalapiedra.Com

Ainhoa Cantalapiedra (born 25 September 1980 in Galdakao, Basque Country, Spain) is a popular Spanish singer and songwriter, most commonly known as Ainhoa.

She is the winner of the second series of Operación Triunfo (Spanish version of Star Academy).

Early life[edit]

Born in Galdakao, since 1998 she has been in many groups of different styles, and was once given the nickname of 'la Céline' (Galdakao's reference to their very own Celine Dion).

Operación Triunfo[edit]

In 2002, she became a contestant in the second series of Spanish Fame Academy, Operación Triunfo. Within a week, she ended up in line for eviction, but managed to survive against Mai Meneses, who is now a member of the group Nena Daconte. Ainhoa came up for eviction 2 more times while being on the show. Her Renditions of Celine Dion's Si Tu Eres Mi Hombre and Monica Naranjo's Sobrevivire made her one of the favorites to win. She went on to win the show with over 34% of the votes split between her and the remaining 6 finalists. She received one million Euros and a record deal with Vale Music.

Post O.T[edit]

In 2003, Ainhoa released her highly anticipated debut album, 'Escencia Natural' (Natural Essence). It was produced by Latin Grammy Award winning record executive, Emilio Estefan, and was very successful in Spain, selling 80,000 copies on its first week of release, selling over 300,000 copies later on. However, close to 1 million people voted for her to win Operación Triunfo. The first single was Acéptame Así, the second was El Amor Me Está Llamando (a version of LeAnn Rimes's 'Love Must Be Telling Me Something'), and the third was Decídete. Also in this year, Ainhoa recorded the theme tune for the Spanish animation series 'Glup', noticeably in Spanish, Catalan and her native Basque.

A year later, Ainhoa released her second studio album, 'Mi Tiempo Roto' (My Broken/Distraught Time). Her image became a lot more rock (compared to Avril Lavigne), and was not well appreciated by fans. The first single was the track Seguire Estando Yo, which received limited radio play. The follow-up single was the track Salir Corriendo. To date, the album has sold over 50,000 copies. The record was considered a failure in the charts and in comparison to the sales of her debut album.

In 2005, Ainhoa stayed out of the public view. However, in December 2005, Ainhoa sang Can't Help Falling In Love live with Soraya Arnelas on an Operación Triunfo Christmas special (this duet was originally recorded by Ainhoa and Marey on the 2003 Operación Triunfo Season 2 compilation Fuerza de la Vida). On this same show, Ainhoa revealed that she was working on a brand new album.

In 2006, Ainhoa parted ways with Vale Music due to creative differences and signed a new deal with another management. Ainhoa said that she wanted to create an album which defined who she really was as an artist, and that staying with Vale Music would not allow her to make that creative difference.


After much delay of the release of her third studio album, it was finally released on January 31, 2008 under the name, 'Imperfecta' (Imperfect). Almost four years since the release of her last album. Her new album, Imperfecta, is made up of original compositions, with all of its 11 tracks written and composed by Ainhoa herself, it consists of 10 Spanish songs and an English one. The album was put online as a free legal download, which can now be downloaded off her unofficial website ([1]

As of December 2008, 'Imperfecta ' has had over 30,000 downloads through ''

After high petitions and continuous requests by fans, her third studio album Imperfecta was released on physical CD format in 2009. The album was therefore for the very first time available to buy in shops and eligible to chart. All information is provived by Ainhoa's new and official website ( The album was conclusively released to Spanish stores on 13 April 2009.

In 2010, Ainhoa released a new single entitled "Volvere" (I'll Return). The track competed in the competition to select the Spanish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. It finished 6th in the Spanish national final.


Album Released Peak Positions Sales Record Label Singles
Esencia Natural (debut album) September 2003 (SPN)
Gold (50.000 units)
Vale Music
  • Official singles:
    • 2003 "Aceptame Asi"
    • 2003 "El Amor Me Esta Llamando"
    • 2004 "Decidete"
    • 2004 "Emotional Rescue"
Mi Tiempo Roto (second album) October 2004 (SPN)
Vale Music
  • Official singles:
    • 2004 "Seguire Estando Yo"
    • 2005 "Salir Corriendo"
    • 2005 "Cuando Existe El Amor"
Imperfecta (third album) 31 January 2008 (Free download)(SPN)

13 April 2009 (CD format)(SPN)

ACC Music
  • Official singles:
    • 2008 "My Prisoner"
    • 2008 "Hasta El Final"
    • 2008 "Crece"
    • 2008 "Estas Aqui"
    • 2008 "Recuerdame"
    • 2009 "My Prisoner" (re-release)
  • Imperfecta (initially only released via free download off her website. CD version in shops as of 2009) (in 10 months there have been over 30.000 downloads of the album)

Esencia Natural track listing[edit]

  1. Inquilino
  2. Acceptame Asi
  3. No Hieras Mas
  4. El Amor Me Esta Llamando
  5. Buscando Senales Divinas
  6. Cuando Tu No Estas
  7. Decidete
  8. Le Digo Adios Al Ayer
  9. Resignacion
  10. Emotional Rescue
  11. Lo Bueno Queda
  12. El Camaleon

Mi Tiempo Roto track listing[edit]

  1. Seguire Estando Yo
  2. Tengo Que Aprender
  3. Mi Opportunidad
  4. Siempre Amanece
  5. Cuando Existe El Amor
  6. Es Mi Juego
  7. Dame Una Razon
  8. A Veces
  9. Salir Corriendo
  10. Buscando Quien Eres
  11. Cristales Rotos
  12. En Silencio

Imperfecta track listing[edit]

  1. Suerte
  2. Crece
  3. Estas Aqui
  4. Mi Hogar
  5. Recuerdame
  6. Tu Mejor Animal
  7. No Hay Lugar
  8. Hasta El Final
  9. Entre Tanto
  10. Las Calles De Madrid
  11. My Prisoner


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Preceded by
Rosa Lopez
Operación Triunfo Winner
Succeeded by
Vicente Segui