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Soluna

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Soluna was a music group consisting of four members, all of Hispanic descent - Aurora Rodriguez, America Olivo, Jessica Castellanos, and Christina "T" López. The group's name is the combination the Spanish words for sun ("sol") and moon ("luna").

However, with the events of September 11, 2001, Soluna decided to go in a different musical direction by focusing on promoting a power ballad, "For All Time," as their new single. The single was released commercially along with an acappella arrangement of several patriotic songs ("A Patriotic Medley"). In 2002, Soluna performed at the NAACP Image Awards, as well as Elton John's 10th annual Oscar Gala. "For All Time" was formally released to radio on February 12, 2002. The debut album of the same name was released on May 14, 2002.

"For All Time" became Soluna's best-known song. The corresponding video, directed by Bille Woodruff, was shot in both English and Spanish in June 2002 and premiered on MTV's "Total Request Live" on July 24, 2002. This track made the Top 20 of Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream Chart as well as the Top 30 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. During this time, Soluna toured as the opening act for artists such as Enrique Iglesias and Marc Anthony. The quartet also traveled to Puerto Rico and Mexico to promote their music.

The third single from the For All Time album was a Latin-influeced dance track, "Monday Mi Amor." It was released to radio on November 11, 2002. During its first week on the charts, it was among the top ten most-added tracks in the CHR/POP Category for Radio. The dance remix to "Monday Mi Amor" by DJ Wildlife peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Breakout Chart, which was Soluna's highest charting.

Shortly after "Monday Mi Amor" was released, the members of Soluna announced that they were beginning to work out a sitcom deal with UPN based on their adventures in the music business. They appeared in an episode of Nickelodeon's first Latino-influenced show The Brothers Garcia in December 2002. The pilot for Soluna's sitcom was shot on April 28, 2004 and was reviewed by UPN to be added to the Fall 2004 program line-up. Unfortunately for Soluna, their television program was not picked up by UPN.

During this time, Soluna had been writing and recording tracks for their second album, which was to be a Spanish language disc. In May 2004, Soluna announced they had recorded a duet with recording artist J. Roman (a former member of the group Vi3). This track, entitled "Where Are You?" premiered on Chicago's B96 radio on May 17, 2004. Jessica was featured on the verses while all group members sang the chorus. A Spanish version ("Donde Esta?") was also recorded, as well as a pseudo cover of Eddie Money's "Take Me Home Tonight", with Castellanos singing the chorus and J.Roman performing original verses in a rap style. While "Where Are You?" achieved moderate success and radio play, J. Roman re-recorded it with a new female singer, Natalie, and this new version was released to radio. The song was released on Natalie's debut album as a bonus track, but the song received little attention.

In February 2003, Soluna won an award for Best New Pop Artist at the Los Heraldos Awards in Mexico. They were also nominated for two International Dance Awards in 2002: Best New Dance Artist Group, and Best Latin Dance Track for "Monday Mi Amor."



 


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