Maria Arredondo

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Maria Arredondo
Maria Arredondo.jpg
Background information
Born (1985-07-06) 6 July 1985 (age 31)
Vennesla, Norway
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2002-Present
Labels Universal Music Norway 2002-
Website www.maria-arredondo.net
www.maria-arredondo.co.uk

Maria Arredondo (born 6 July 1985 in Vennesla, Norway) is a Norwegian pop singer. Her surname Arredondo comes from her Chilean stepfather.[1]

Career[edit]

In March 2003, Arredondo released her first album, the self-titled Maria Arredondo by Universal Music Norway. The album was a success in Norway, attaining the highest possible scores from a Norwegian newspaper, VG.[2]

In November 2004, Arredondo released her second album, Not Going Under. This was the first album to have videos from the singles, as Arredondo did not produce any videos for her first album.

After Arredondo released her Christmas album, Min Jul with some tracks produced and arranged by Jon Lord of Deep Purple). The track "On Christmas Day" was released as a single. Arredondo's three albums have combined sales of over 150,000.[3]

Arredondo was among other contributions of singers like Marit Larsen in the song "For a Friend" and Marion Raven in the song "That Day", both members of the defunct band M2M.

On 12 November 2007, she released her fourth album For a Moment. The first single from this album, "Brief and Beautiful" became a monster-hit throughout the fall. "Brief and Beautiful" was written by Hanne Sørvaag and Harry Sommerdahl, and a Spanish-language adaptation of this song called "Fue para los dos" was released earlier in 2007 by Spanish singer Edurne.

Her fourth album was met with mixed reviews. On the album, "Even when you're with me" is a cover of the Spanish singer Chenoa's "Me Enamoro Del Dolor", and "If You Could Only See Me" was originally recorded by another Norwegian artist called Ina.

Arredondo entered the qualifying rounds of the Melodi Grand Prix 2010 (the Norwegian selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest) on 16 January 2010 and was voted through to the national final, with the song "The Touch", which is written by Rolf Løvland.

Today,[when?] Maria works (beside her singing career) 20% in Heggedal church, Asker.

In July 2014, Maria took the leading female role in a musical play titled "Kober Mystery". In November, the planned "Sound Of Music In Concert" will be on stage for two shows, also starred by Maria.

Musical style[edit]

Arredondo's musical style is a mixture of pop and dream pop very similar to artists such as M2M, Natalie Imbruglia, Michelle Branch, Jewel, and The Cranberries.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions Certification
VG-lista
2003 Maria Arredondo 2
  • Platinum
2004 Not Going Under 7
  • Platinum
2005 Min Jul (My Christmas) 6
  • Platinum
2007 For a Moment 12
2008 Sound Of Musicals 28
2013 Heime Nå (At Home Now) 12

Singles[edit]

/ : The singles were only released as radio single.
—: The singles did not enter the charts

Year Single Chart Positions Album
VG-lista Hit40
2002 "Can Let Go" 3 Maria Arredondo
"Just A Little Heartache" 10 2
2003 "In Love With An Angel" 1 1
"Hardly Hurts At All" 5 2
"A Thousand Nights"
"Julekveldsvise" (with Winta, Sølvgut) Nå Har Vi Vaske Golvet
2004 "Mad Summer" 3 2 Not Going Under
"Burning" 1
2005 "Cross Every River"
"Himmel På Jord" 11 Min Jul
2006 "On Christmas Day" 4 For A Moment
2007 "Brief and Beautiful" 4 1
"Kyrie Eleison"
2010 "The Touch" Melodi Grand Prix 2010
2013 "Det Jeg Har Gitt Fra Meg" Heime Nå
"Heime Nå"
2014 "Antenna" non-album single

Features[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions Album
VG-lista Airplay
2009 Ett sår i min själ (with Jan Johansen) Minnen
2011 Kimer i klokker (with Torstein Sødal) Jul i sør

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dagbladet - fan questions, 2004
  2. ^ VG, 2003
  3. ^ VG, 2006

External links[edit]