Soraya (March 11, 1969 – May 10, 2006) was a singer/songwriter, guitarist, arranger and record producer (born in the US to a Colombian family). She was a successful Latin music star who had two number-one songs on Billboard’s Latin Pop Airplay charts. She won a 2004 Latin Grammy Award for the self titled album “Soraya”. She was the opening act for the 2005 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Her career spanned ten years, and she recorded five albums.
Soraya obtained a record contract with Polygram Latino/Island Records in 1996. Her first album, called En Esta Noche (English-language version On Nights Like This), received positive critical acclaim and enabled her to tour and open for famous musicians such as Natalie Merchant, Zucchero, Sting, Michael Bolton, and Alanis Morissette.
Four of her songs climbed to the top of the charts just about everywhere in the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic markets, and her single “Suddenly/De Repente” dominated the Billboard Latin Pop listings. Her second album, Torre de Marfil (English-language version Wall of Smiles), co-written with her idol Carole King and released in late 1997, helped her attain worldwide recognition.
Unfortunately, her breast cancer was diagnosed shortly after the release of her third album — just before she was about to tour to promote it. Yet, Soraya created two more successful albums before she finally succumbed to the disease in 2006.