Soraya Arnelas was born in Valencia de Alcántara, in the Spanish region of Extremadura, on 13 September 1982. Her career as an artist started in 2005, after she had become the most popular finalist of the TV programme “Operación Triunfo.” Since then, Soraya’s record trajectory has been meteoric, with four albums made with the record company Vale Music/Universal Music Spain.
Her debut came with Kike Santander’s production for her first album, Corazón de fuego - a mix of Latin themes with other genres such as ballads and pop dance,which achieved Platinum Disc status in Spain in 2006. In 2007 the second album Ochenta’s was released and contained versions of great hits from the 1980’s. Soraya was awarded a new Platinum Disc for this album.
After this success, one year later, she released Dolce Vita, with new themes of the best dance music. And last year, 2008, she went once again into the recording studio to bring to life unpublished themes on her fourth album, “Sin Miedo,” which consolidated Soraya’s own style.
Soraya was an air stewardess. She speaks English, French and Portuguese, and also outside of her music career collaborates with humanitarian organisations in aid of children.
The Spanish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest is entitled La noche es para mí (The night is for me). It has the quality of being a song specially written to please a wide range of European tastes. On the one hand, it is connected to western pop sounds, with a musical dance base which is always a point of reference in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Soraya’s song also includes a mixture of ethnic sounds. There is a great deal of mixed music, particularly Latin sounds, thanks to the strains of the Spanish guitar, it is also reminiscent of eastern music and sounds typical of Scandinavian and Eastern European countries.
Another important element are the lyrics of the song, which combine on a 50-50 basis the strong characteristics of Spanish with the chorus sung in English, thus giving the song a clear international character.