Amaia Montero Saldias

(born on 26th August 1976 in Irún, Gipuzkoa, Spain). Singer and songwriter. She participated as a singer in the group "La Oreja de Van Gogh" from 1996. In 1998, the band was signed by Sony BMG after they won a Rock music competition in San Sebastián. Amaia then completed work on the band's first album "Dile al sol", making it the 20th best-selling album in Spanish history. The following albums have also been well received by the public with a tour through Latin America, USA and parts of Europe, and with more than 50 shows in Spain. La Oreja de Van Gogh's second studio album, released in September 2000, received the name "El viaje de Copperpot" (Copperpot's Journey). In 2003, they released their third album "Lo que te conté mientras te hacías la dormida" and in 2006, Amaia Montero and La Oreja de Van Gogh, released their fourth and last work together called: "Guapa". Amaia announced her departure from the group in November 2007, to launch a solo career. Montero recorded her first solo album in the Italian cities of Genoa and Milan, and mixed the songs at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles. This new record came after 11 years filled with hits with La Oreja de Van Gogh. It was released in November 2008 in Spain and went to number one there, in its first week. The self-titled album contains eleven songs composed by Montero. "Quiero Ser" was the first single released from the album, which peaked at number one in Spain, in its first week. Amaia Montero's second solo album 2 was released in November 2011 with the lead single being Caminando. In 2012, she recorded a cover of "Moon River" in Catalan entitled "Riu de lluna", for the CD of TV3's telethon La Marató.
Selected Works: With La Oreja de Van Gogh: Dile al sol, 1998; El viaje de Copperpot, 2000; Lo que te conté mientras te hacías la dormida, 2003; Guapa, 2006. As a solo singer: Amaia Montero, 2008; 2, 2011.
Awards: In 2001 they won an award for Best Spanish Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards held in Germany. With the album "El viaje de Copperpot", they won several awards, including an award for Best Group or Duet at the MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica 2004, and an Ondas Award for Best Album. The album also received a Grammy Award nomination, for Best Latin Album. In 2006, the band won a Latin Grammy Award for Best Pop Album By a Duo or Group, a second nomination at the MTV Europe Music Awards for Best Spanish Act, 3 nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica 2006 for Artist of the Year, Best Group or Duet and Best Pop Artist. And in 2007 they received all audience acceptance awards at Viña del Mar International Song Festival 07.