Maria Mena

Maria Mena was born in Oslo, Norway on February 19th. 1986. With international hit singles like "All This Time", "You're the Only One", "Just Hold Me" and "Miss You Love" she is highly regarded for her confessional song-writing and personal lyrics. In the autumn of 2011 she will release her fifth studio album. Her father, an American drummer, played in several bands in Oslo, influencing Mena to write and record her own music. After pleading with her father, he contacted some acquaintances in the music industry to record a demo. Presenting his daughter's songs to several record companies, Sony Music signed Mena to their label. At only 14 she recorded "My Lullaby", an instant smash hit in her home country. After the success of the song, she released her debut album, "Another Phase" in Norway, which went on to reach platinum status. In 2004 Mena released her sophomore album "Mellow". This led to her first international album release and a breakthrough into the worldwide singles charts that year with the highly successful and lyrically explicit single "You're the Only One". International superstar Kanye West was one of many to praise the song, naming it "song of the summer". The single appeared on Billboard charts, making #25 on the U.S. Top 40 Mainstream. In July 2004, Mena made an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman to promote "White Turns Blue", a combination of her two previously released albums especially made for the American market.