Maria Arredondo was born in 1985. She was raised in a small village called Vennesla located 20 kilometres north of Kristiansand.
Maria has been singing since she could walk. From the age of 10 she participated in many local concerts and events. As a multi talented singer she has done everything from classical to pop music. She spent almost two years developing her own style and sound, before signing a record deal with Universal Music
Her debut album, “Maria Arredondo”, got the highest score possible in norway’s largest newspaper – VG. Read the review here. The album debuted in the charts at an impressive no. 6 and went platinum. It was recorded in Sweden and Norway, and was produced by several well known producers such as Jonas von Der Burg, Espen Lind, Harry Sommerdahl, Jonny Sjo, Bluefish, and Bjørn Erik Pedersen. Several successful songwriters have also contributed: Christian Ingebrigtsen, Jonas von Der Burg, Silje Nergaard, Espen Lind and Harry Sommerdahl, to name a few.
Her debut song “Can let go” was released on Norwegian radio in May 2002, and proved to be a strong hit all throughout the summer. The second hit, “Just a little heartache”, stayed in the charts for incredible 35 weeks and the single “In love with an angel”, which is a duet with Christian Ingebrigtsen, debuted at no. 1 in the sales charts and went platinum. Her latest hit song, “Hardly hurts at all” stayed in the charts for several months and went gold.
Her incredible success has made Maria the first artist in Norway which has reached top 3 in the airplay chart with the first four releases from a debut album. The next single “A thousand nights” has now been released for radio