Olga Tanon was born on April 13, 1967 in Santurce, Puerto Rico. She is the first Puerto Rican to win both the American and Latin Grammys for the same song.
Biography and Career :
Born to a middle class family, Olga Tanon is the youngest of four children born to Jose and Carmen Tanon. Her childhood and teenage years were just like that of any other average child, the only difference was that Olga Tanon wanted to be a singer.
Olga Tanon's singing career started when she joined a group called Las Nenas de Ringo y Jossie (Ringo and Jossie's Girls) in the 1980s. A short time later a very popular group in Puerto Rico called Chantelle noticed her mezzo soprano voice and recruited her. They saw in her what they needed for their merengue style of music. When Olga Tanon was a member
of Chantelle, they scored their biggest hit, "Aunque Tu no Quieras" (Even If You Don't Want It), which was popular in Latin America.
In 1992, Olga Tanon 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 Left Me for Another) 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). Olga Tanon also debuted as a composer with the song "Presencie tu Amor" (I Felt Your Love).
In 1994, Olga Tanon earned her first double platinum record and in 1995, she earned three more platinum records with her album "Siente el Amor" (Feel the Love). This album also included another one of her compositions "Unicornio" (Unicorn), which was written to the rhythm of Salsa. Olga Tanon had gained fame and recognition throughout Latin America.
Olga Tanon recorded a Tex-Mex CD with Mexican singer Marco Antonio Solis called "Nuevos Senderos". Olga Tanon was now being heard internationally, and with that recording she became the first Puerto Rican to be certified by the RIAA to have sold over half a million records.
In 1997, Olga Tanon debuted as an actress in the Puerto Rican version of the popular production of Jesus Christ Superstar produced by Rafo Muniz. Olga Tanon played the part of Mary Magdalene. This version had a tropical feel to it and included some of Tanon's songs.
In 1998, Olga Tanon married Juan Gonzalez a Puerto Rican major league baseball star. In 1999, after many scandals, the marriage ended in divorce. The couple had a daughter, Gabriela Gonzalez Tanon.
In 2000, Olga Tanon, who was now known as the "Woman in Fire" 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 the top 20 productions of the year. The record went platinum and Tagnon earned her first Grammy Award.
On August 2000, Olga Tanon sold out 12 shows in the Antonio Paoli Hall at the Luis A. Ferre Center of the Fine Arts in San Juan. Later in that same month she debuted in the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. Her performances received rave reviews in the Fort Worth Star and the Dallas Morning News.
At the end of 2000, Olga Tanon presented her musical spectacular at the Anayansi Theater in Panama, and toured the southeastern United States with Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez.
In 2001, Olga Tanon recorded a CD titled "Yo por Ti" (Me for You) which won both American and Latin Grammys. The CD became a best seller in Puerto Rico, Latin America, and the United States.
In 2002, Olga Tanon toured many countries, including Venezuela, Panama and the United States. That year, according to an article in Rolling Stone Magazine by Stephen Thanabalan, she became the first significant merengue artist to successfully score a chart topper in the Middle East when her partnership with Egyptian music star Hakim yielded the highly successful Arabian hit, 'Ah Ya Albi'. In 2003, Olga Tanon continued to cultivate her global influence by touring Europe. She made a total of ten recordings for WEA Latina, and won her fourth Grammy. She also married music producer Billy Denizardwith whom had a son, named Indiana Noa.
- She won 2001 Grammy Award for best "merengue" album
- Olga Tanon won the Grammy award for best Merengue album for the second consecutive year for her album "Yo Por Ti." [February 27, 2002]
1. Con la musica por dentro (1999).
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