Mónica Naranjo

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Mónica Naranjo
Naranjo in 2017.
Naranjo in 2017.
Background information
Birth nameMonica Naranjo Carrasco
Born (1974-05-23) 23 May 1974 (age 46)
Figueres, Catalonia, Spain
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
Years active1994–present

Mónica Naranjo Carrasco (born 23 May 1974) is a Spanish singer widely popular in Spain and Latin America and recognised as one of the most powerful voices of the Spanish and Latin American music scenes. She has performed with singers such as Luciano Pavarotti, Rocío Jurado and Mina Mazzini amongst others.


Early years[edit]

Mónica Naranjo was born in Figueres. Her parents, Francisco, a construction worker and Patricia a housewife, migrated from southern Spain (Málaga) to the north in the 1960s. Mónica, who is the oldest daughter of the family has two younger siblings Raquel and Enrique. Despite her troubled childhood, when she was only 4, she realised that music was her favourite activity.[1]

At the age of 14, the young Mónica enrolled a music school to learn singing and she also was given a voice recorder as a present so that she could start composing and recording her own songs.


She started singing at a very young age. Cristóbal Sánsano became her first producer. At 18, she emigrated to Mexico.

In 1994, she recorded her debut album, the self-titled Mónica Naranjo, after signing with Sony Music. The album resulted in the hit singles "Sola", "Solo se vive una vez", "El amor coloca", "Supernatural", "¡Óyeme!" and "Fuego de pasión". She was nominated for Eres Awards. Although the album went almost unnoticed in Spain, it had a great reception in Mexico, where it sold more than 900,000 copies.[2]

In 1997, taking advantage of her popularity in Latin America, she released her second album, Palabra de Mujer. This time, the album was a hit not only in Mexico, but also in Spain, her home country. managing to sell more than 2,000,000 copies. This success in Spain enabled the singer to return to her home country, and to perform in numerous TV programmes. The album was also successful in the United States, Latin America, thanks to singles such as "Entender el amor", "Desátame", "Pantera en libertad" and "Las campanas del amor". Due to the success of this album, she was awarded with the Amigo Award for the best Spanish female solo artist.[3]

In 2000 she released her third album, Minage, a tribute to the Italian singer Mina. In an interview that year, she mentioned that the album was like nothing her producers expected:

They were expecting another Palabra de Mujer album, but more than just a hit, I wanted something to let the world know that I am also a fanatic, and that there are many great artists/singers out there who deserve more recognition. An example of such an artist is Mina Mazzini.

Minage was known for the song Sobreviviré, a hit song that would turn into one of the most remembered and representative hits of the singer. This song, which is a cover of Mina Mazzini's "Fiume azurro" is not only considered a fight song, but also an LGTB anthem[4] and a hymn against domestic violence. She performed that song during the "Pavaroti and Friends" gala, where she also performed "Agnus dei" in a duet with the Italian tenor.

In 2001, she released Chicas Malas, an album with several collaborations, among them Diane Warren, Gregg Alexander, John Reid, Cliff Masterson, Sam Watters, and many more. Having such worldwide-known influences, the commercial dance album sales were disappointing, having sold only 120,000 copies in its first year, making it the lowest-selling studio album in her Spanish-singing career.

In 2002, she decided to make a big leap into the English language public by recording the English version of "Chicas Malas" named "Bad Girls". The international push met very little support, although the song "I Ain't Gonna Cry" did get Mónica some recognition in continental Europe.


After feeling overwhelmed by the music industry in general, and after thinking about her own personal life and career, the performer took the decision of moving away from the stages.[5]

In 2005, after a long musical rest, Mónica briefly returned with a greatest hits album, Colección Privada, a big success that also included one new release "Enamorada de ti". With this album, Mónica closed a stage in her life and career. In December 2005, she sang "Punto de partida" as a duet with Rocío Jurado in a TV homage titled Rocío... Siempre.


On 29 February 2008, her new single Europa was officially launched on her official site climbing to No. 1 in the Spanish Single Charts. The Album Tarántula was made available in stores on 22 April 2008. This album, which marked her return to music after almost seven years reached number 1 in Spain, and was certified Platinum. Later, she released a limited special edition of the album, with a DVD and a photographic book of pictures of the Tarántula era.

Following the success of her latest album Tarántula, Mónica Naranjo embarked on the tour Adagio Tour in which she offered a new vision of her songs and symphonic CD + DVD is a reflection of this journey. The concert included in this album was recorded on 16 October 2009 at the Teatro de la Ciudad de México, with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City, one of the most prestigious in America, directed by Pepe Herrero, who also signed the new orchestral arrangements. The 16-track CD was mixed and mastered by John M. Vinader. It was released in Mexico and the U.S.

Thanks to the success of Tarántula, in 2010 the singer partnered with Studio Kawaii, (A Madrid-based studio specialised in manga style comics) and released simultaneously two comics, the semiautobiographical "Amor y lujo"[6] and the fictional and futuristic "Todo mentira".[7] Some years she started new projects and also released a recipe book.

In 2011, she sang the theme song for Mexican telenovela Emperatriz and in 2012, she released A Opera-Rock, accompanying a novel in Spanish with a few strokes in other languages. It was co-produced by Mónica and by Óscar Tarruella, and arrangements were by Pepe Herrero and Chris Gordon. The release originally due in 2010 was postponed for release to February 2016 which finally had the title of Lubna, based on a same name novel.

New projects[edit]

In 2014, Mónica was part of the jury of the programme Tu cara me suena (Your face sounds familiar to me) which was broadcast by Antena 3. That same year, she was also a juror in the Spanish selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, which was won by Ruth Lorenzo, with whom she would perform in future concerts.

In 2017, she was also a juror in Operación Triunfo 2018, whose participation was controversial due to her sincere but also severe critics to the participating performers.[8]

In 2019, Mónica debuted her new television show called Mónica y el Sexo (Sex and Mónica) on which the performer talks openly about the problems brought by her recent divorce from Óscar Tarruella who had been her husband for 16 years. Her song "Tú y yo y el loco amor" (You and me and that crazy love) was released as the principal song of the OST of the same name film. After that, she started working in a new project called "Mes Excentricités", a project that will be split in three EP's, of which the first one, entitled "Le psiquiatrique" will be released in middle 2019. The first single entitled "Doble Corazón" will be released during the Gay Pride parade in Madrid[9]

In 2020, the singer presented the popular but at the same time controversial reality show "La isla de las tentaciones" (Temptation island) and also performed the openig theme of the program.[10] At the same time, she worked on the second volume of the EP series "Mes Excentricités" entitled "Les quatre saisons". This second volume will feature a cover of Radiohead's song Creep.[11]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Details Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1994 Mónica Naranjo
  • First studio album
  • Released: 14 March 1994
  • Label: Sony Music
1997 Palabra de Mujer
  • Second studio album
  • Released: 27 May 1997
  • Label: Sony Music
2000 Minage
  • Third studio album
  • Released: 16 March 2000
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Global: 1 million[22]
  • MEX: 75,000
  • SPA: 300,000
2001 Chicas Malas
  • Fourth studio album
  • Released: 26 October 2001
  • Label: Sony Music
2002 Bad Girls
  • Fifth studio album
  • Released: 12 November 2002 (Spain)
  • Label: Sony Music
2008 Tarántula
  • Sixth studio album
  • Released: 12 April 2008
  • Label: Sony Music
30 1
  • SPA: 80,000
2016 Lubna
  • Seventh studio album
  • Released: 29 January 2016
  • Label: Sony Music
49 1
  • SPA: 40,000
2019 Mes Excentricités Vol. 1: Le Psychiatrique
  • Extended play
  • Released: 11 October 2019
  • Label: Sony Music
2020 Mes Excentricités

Vol. 2: Les Quatre Saisons

  • Extended play
  • Released: 26 June 2020
  • Label: Sony Music
"—" denotes releases that did not chart, were not released or information is not available.


Year Title Details Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2005 Colección Privada
  • Released: 27 April 2005
  • 2nd compilation album
3 Worldwide: 100,000
2011 La Más Perfecta Colección
  • Released: 6 December 2011
  • 3rd compilation album
2013 Esencial
  • Released: 11 June 2013
  • 4th compilation album
2014 4.0
  • Released: 6 May 2014
  • 5th compilation album
54 1
2019 Renaissance
  • Released: 15 November 2019
  • 6th compilation album

Live albums[edit]

Year Album SPA
2009 Stage
  • Released: 22 March 2009
  • 1st live album
1 31
2009 Adagio
  • Released: 1 December 2009
9 55


Year Single ES[27] Album
1994 "El amor coloca" Mónica Naranjo
"Sólo se vive una vez"
"Fuego de pasión"
1995 "Supernatural"
"Llorando bajo la lluvia"
1997 "Entender el amor" 5 Palabra De Mujer
"Desátame" 2
"Empiezo a recordarte"
"Pantera en libertad" 7
"Las campanas del amor" 5
"Ámame o déjame"
"Tú y yo volvemos al amor"
"Rezando en soledad"
2000 "Sobreviviré" 1 Minage
"If You Leave Me Now/Seguire sin ti" 1
"Perra enamorada"
"Enamorada" 2
2001 "Chicas malas" 3 Chicas Malas
2002 "Sacrificio" 3
"No voy a llorar" 4
"Ain't It Better Like This" 10
2002 "I Ain't Gonna Cry" Bad Girls
2005 "Enamorada de ti" 1 Colección Privada
2008 "Europa" 1 Tarántula
"Amor y lujo" 1
2012 "Make You Rock" 11 Single-only
2014 "Sólo se vive una vez (4.0 Version)" 4 4.0
2015 "Jamás" 2 Lubna
2016 "Fin" -
"Perdida" -
2019 "Tu, Yo y el loco amor" Salir del ropero film OST.
"Doble Corazón" Mes excentricites: Vol 1: Le Psychiatrique
"Libre amar" 1
2020 "¡Hoy No! (Never Trust A Stranger)" Mes excentricites: Vol 2: Les Quatre Saisons

(—) means the singles were not eligible to chart, as they were sent only as a promo to radios.


  • 1995/1996 – Mónica Naranjo Tour (America)
  • 1998 – Tour Palabra de mujer (Spain/America)
  • 2000 – Tour Minage (Spain)
  • 2008 – Tarántula Tour (Spain)
  • 2009/2010 – Adagio Tour (Spain/America)
  • 2011/2012 – Madame Noir (Spain/America)
  • 2014 – Mónica Naranjo: 4.0 Tour (Spain)
  • 2019/2020 – Mónica Naranjo: Renaissance (Spain/America)

Other works[edit]

TV Programs[edit]

Other releases[edit]

  • Amor y lujo, with Studio Kawaii (Manga) (2008)
  • Todo mentira, With Studio Kawaii (Manga) (2010)
  • Come y calla (Recipe book) (2013)[28]


  1. ^ "¿Qué le provocó la mala infancia? La adversidad es lo que más nos hace crecer si estamos dispuestos a aprender de ella. Mis padres son muy buena gente, pero entre ellos saltaban chispas. La experiencia me ha servido para aprender a no repetirlo".
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  6. ^ Amor y lujo. ASIN 8415993048.
  7. ^ Todo Mentira Comic. ASIN 8415993005.
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