Olga Tañón

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Olga Tañón
Background information
Birth nameOlga Teresa Tañón Ortiz
Born (1967-04-13) April 13, 1967 (age 56)
Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico
OriginLevittown, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
OccupationsRecording artist, singer, songwriter
Years active1987–present

Olga Teresa Tañón Ortiz[note 1] (born April 13, 1967) is a Puerto Rican singer-songwriter. Over the course of her career, she has earned two Grammy Awards, three Latin Grammy Awards, and 29 Premio Lo Nuestro Awards.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Tañón is the youngest of four children born to José Tañón and Carmen Gloria Ortiz in the Santurce district of San Juan, Puerto Rico. She was raised in Levittown, located in the municipality of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, where she received her primary and secondary education.


Early career[edit]

At the early age of 16 years old, Olga Tañón participated in a television talent show called "Buscando Estrellas" singing one of her own compositions.[3] Her singing career began in the 1980s with "Las Nenas de Ringo y Jossie", before joining the merengue group Chantelle, with which she achieved great success.[4][5] When Tañón was a member of Chantelle, they scored their biggest hit, "Aunque Tú no Quieras".[6]


In 1992, Tañón signed a contract with the WEA Latina record label to record a solo album. Her first recorded album was titled "Sola" (Alone). Among the songs in the album were, "Me Cambio por Ella" (He replaced me with her), and "Quiero estar contigo" (I Want To Be With You). In 1993, she recorded her second album for WEA Latina, "Mujer de Fuego" (Woman of Fire). Tañón also debuted as a composer with the song, "Presencié tu Amor" (I Witnessed Your Love). That year, Tañón received three Lo Nuestro Awards nominations in the Tropical/Salsa field: Album of the Year (Sola), Female Artist and New Artist.[7]

In 1994, Tañón earned her first double platinum record and in 1995, she earned 3 more platinum records with her album, "Siente el Amor" (Feel the Love). This album also included another of her compositions, "Unicornio" (Unicorn), which was written to the rhythm of Salsa and also included the unforgettable Merengue song, "Es Mentiroso" (He's a Liar). Tañón had gained fame and recognition throughout Latin America.

Tañón recorded a Tex-Mex CD with Mexican singer Marco Antonio Solís, "Nuevos Senderos". She was now being heard internationally, and with that recording she became the first Puerto Rican musician to be certified by the RIAA to sell over half a million records. The lead single, the ballad "Basta Ya!" topped the U.S. Billboard Top Latin Tracks for several weeks and became Tañón's first No. 1. For the album Tañón earned 3 Lo Nuestro Awards nominations for Pop Album of the Year, Pop Song of the Year and Pop Singer of the Year.[8]

In 1997 Tañón debuted as an actress in the Puerto Rican version of the popular production of "Jesus Christ Superstar", produced by Rafo Muñiz. She played the part of Mary Magdalene. This version had a tropical feel to it and included some of Tañón's songs. In 1998, Tañón married Juan González a Puerto Rican major-league baseball star. They had a daughter, Gabriella Marie, but divorced in 1999.


In 2000 Tañón, now known as the "Woman of Fire" or "Mujer de Fuego" by her fans, recorded her first concert, titled, "Olga Viva...Viva Olga" in the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida. This production was named by the National Foundation of Popular Culture as one of the year's top 20 productions. The record went platinum and Tañón earned her first Grammy Award. In August 2000, Tañón sold out 12 shows in the Antonio Paoli Hall at the Luis A. Ferre Center of the Fine Arts in San Juan. Later that month she debuted in the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. Her performances received rave reviews in the Fort Worth Star Telegram and the Dallas Morning News. At the end of 2000, Tañón presented her musical spectacular at Panama's Anayansi Theater and toured the southeastern United States with Mexican singer Alejandro Fernández.

In 2001, Tañón recorded a CD titled, "Yo por Ti" (Me for You), which won both American and Latin Grammys. The first single, Como Olvidar, topped the U.S. Billboard Top Latin Tracks. The CD became a best-seller in Puerto Rico, Latin America, and among the Hispanic population in the United States. "Yo por Ti" is Tañón's only album that is not available on any streaming services.

In 2002, Tañón toured many countries, including Venezuela, Panama and the United States. That year she became the first merengue artist to successfully score a chart-topper in the Middle East when her partnership with Egyptian music singer Hakim yielded the highly successful Arabian hit, Ah Ya Albi. In 2003, Tañón toured Europe and made a total of ten recordings for WEA Latina. In 2003 she released Sobrevivir and won her fourth Grammy. She also married Billy Denizard, with whom she had two sons, Indiana Noa and Ian Nahir.

As part of an international tour called "Evolution Tour 2008", Tañón traveled to Italy where she made a presentation at the Festival Latinoamericano on July 5, 2008.[9] In 2005, Tañón released her hit album, "Una Nueva Mujer", which won Best Contemporary Tropical Album at the 2006 Latin Grammys.

In support of Latin American immigrants in the U.S., in 2006 Tañón recorded, "Nuestro Himno" in collaboration with Pitbull, Carlos Ponce, and Wyclef Jean. On May 2, 2010, Tañón first performed in Iquitos a concert where she presented her classic songs. The concert was part of her tour, which started in Peru.[10][11]

On February 22, 2007, Tañón won 3 awards at the 19th edition of Premio Lo Nuestro.[12] During the 2006 show, she won in the categories: "Album of the Year", "Female Artist" and "Song of the Year". She holds the record as the artist who has won the most "Premio Lo Nuestro Awards", with a total of 29.

In June 2009, Tañón released a new hit single called "Amor Entre Tres" which is the theme song for the new soap opera in Venezuela called "La Vida Entera." That month, WEA Latina released "25 Exitos de Fuego Vol. 1 & Vol. 2." Each CD has a set of greatest hits through her entire career of merengue and Latin pop. In September 2009 participated, next to Juanes and other internationally acclaimed artists, in "Concierto por la Paz" at Plaza de la Revolucion in La Habana, Cuba.

In 2011 the first of three Tañon albums was released on the Mia Musa Label: "Ni Una Lagrima más’". In 2013 "Una Mujer" was released, and in 2017 "Olga Tañon y Punto".[13]

Social activism[edit]

After her participation in the Concert for Peace in Havana, in 2013, Tañón, a resident and voter of the state of Florida, increased her social activism profile by announcing on Univision TV network that she would participate in the April March 10 in Washington, DC supporting immigration reform and a path to citizenship and the right to vote, as well as announcing her support for the admission of her native Puerto Rico as the 51st state of the nation.[14]


Studio Albums


  1. ^ In this Spanish name, the first or paternal surname is Tañón and the second or maternal family name is Ortiz.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Winners". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  2. ^ "Latin Grammy Winners". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  3. ^ GrupoRPP (June 27, 2012). "Olga Tañón compartió video de su primera aparición en televisión". RPP (in Spanish). Retrieved January 11, 2023.
  4. ^ Univision. "El fuego de Olga Tañón encenderá Reina de la Canción". Univision (in Spanish). Retrieved January 11, 2023.
  5. ^ ""La mujer de fuego", Olga Tañón, celebra sus 55 años". La Opinión (in Spanish). April 13, 2022. Retrieved January 11, 2023.
  6. ^ "Olga Tañón Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved January 11, 2023.
  7. ^ Lannert, John (March 30, 1993). "Secada Lead Latin Noms Following Grammy Win". Billboard. Vol. 105, no. 10. p. 10. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  8. ^ "Premios a Lo Mejor De La Música Latina". El Tiempo (in Spanish). Casa Editorial El Tiempo S.A. April 8, 1997. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
  9. ^ [1] Archived May 11, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Olga Tañon cantará en Iquitos LaRepublica. Retrieved May 23, 2010
  11. ^ "Olga Taсуn iniciarб su gira 2010 en el Perъ en mayo | RPP NOTICIAS". Rpp.com.pe. February 15, 2010. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  12. ^ [2][dead link]
  13. ^ "Olga Tañon Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  14. ^ [3][dead link]

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