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Valentina Monetta

Valentina Monetta is representing the republic of San Marino for the second year in succession, after having just missed out on qualification for the Grand Final in Baku last year.

Valentina Monetta was born on the 1st of March,1975 in the Republic of San Marino. She is the second of two children, her father is from Calabria and her mother is San Marinese. Monetta spent her childhood in San Marino where she attended primary and secondary schools. She then graduated from the high school for arts “Giovanni da Rimini” in Rimini. 


In her childhood she discovered the love for music, listening tirelessly to various musical styles, creating and forming over time a specific taste. Although she has not dealt with an academic background, she had studied piano and singing by herself, reaching the same professional high quality. 


Starting from 1995, she has been working with the best local musicians, becoming a versatile singer with a great talent for improvisation; her voice is both colorful and versatile, ranging from jazz to melodic Italian, from soul to R&B and pop.


Monetta's artistic versatility has allowed her to deal with varied work experience as a singer, actress and presenter, and she even composed the music and written the lyrics to her first solo album, a celebratory work of personal and professional balance, releasing the CD Il Mio Gioco Preferito  recorded with the trio My Funky Valentine.


In 1995, Monetta started an adventure with her first band Tiberio, and soon thereafter formed the Parafunky. She was also part of the group 2Black, as well as forming the female vocal duo Harem'B. In 2002, with the project Charme, she released the single Sharp, and collaborated with the band Bluesmobile.  


In March 2012 she worked with Fabrizio Raggi staging the show Ma Che Differenza Fa, a tribute to Ornella Vanoni in which Monetta shows her singing and acting talent.


In August 2012, still directed by Raggi, she was the protagonist of Camelia, a musical commissioned by UNICEF, in which Valentina presented her songs together with covers of some great Italian singers and songwriters.

Her most recent experiences are all with her live band My Funky Valentine. Performing live for Monetta is crucial, as she really loves the stage and having contact with the public.

She is influenced by her musical idols Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Erika Badu, Caterina Valente and Ornella Vanoni.

Composer

Ralph Siegel, a native of Munich, was born on September 30th,1945. His father was a composer and lyricist, his mother an opera singer , so it is no wonder that Siegel began dedicating his life to music at a very early age.


He has written far more than 2.000 recorded songs and hit the Top 100 Charts more than a 100 times, with many of his compositions having reached the number one position worldwide.

This will be his 21st entry into the Eurovision Song Contest, and the second year in a row that he has entered for San Marino. He composed the winning song for Germany in 1982, Ein Bißchen Frieden sung by Nicole, and has several times figured in the top four places in the contest, and describes it "a great honour to represent San Marino one more time in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö with the wonderful Valentina Monetta; hopefully we have more luck than last year!"






Lyrics of Crisalide (Vola)

Uhuh.... Mmm....

Certe volte dentro me
Ho sentito un vuoto che
Mi chiamava dentro di sé
Vieni ora a vedere la verità
C'è un ponte sull'immensità

Cosa sono in fondo io
Sogno fragile di dio
Con un corpo fatto così
Grandi occhi colore
Vivendo si muore
Rinnovati per l'eternità

Vola, vola
Che la forza arriverà
Sempre sola
Verso un'altra libertà
La farfalla nuova lascia sempre giù
La crisalide che eri tu
Vuota senza me

Dalle nuvole si sa
Poi la pioggia scenderà
D'improvviso succederà
Le ali bagnate
Di lacrime che non si asciugano
Poi vento verrà

E tu vola
Vola, vola via da te
Sempre sola fino che
Un riflesso apparirà
Nello specchio che ruba l'immagine
In mille pezzi di vertigine
E luce scintillerà

Quanta vita c'è
Non me n'ero accorta mai
E se ancora non lo sai
L'universo siamo noi

Vola
Che la forza arriverà
Mai più sola
Nella vera libertà
La farfalla nuova lascia giù
La crisalide e di più
Vuota senza me

Vola
Nella gioia sarai
Mai più sola
Nell'immensità di noi
In un attimo l'amore
Come nuovo sole
Tutto cambierà
Vola, vola, vola insieme a me
Uhuh.... Mmm....

Sometimes I feel torn inside
Far away from life and light
And there is a voice in my soul
Just believe in the truth it will let you see
The bridges of eternity

Is my being good or bad
Just a dream that god has had
With two eyes reflecting the dark
I must die to start living
And I’ll start forgiving
All that pain and despair in my heart

You’ll be flying
On the wings of confidence
Just stop crying
And the future will make sense
Start emerging from your chrysalis
Find the kind of freedom that you miss
Like a butterfly

Sometimes when the rain pours down
Holds you captured on the ground
And it seems your wings just won’t dry
Times they are changing
The wind blows the clouds of tears away
As you rise to the sky



You’ll be flying
Leaving all you’ve been behind
Don’t stop trying
Don’t let sunlight make you blind
Until the image in the looking glass
Cracks to pieces and at last
You‘ll see the light

There is more in life
Than your dreams have ever known
And our hidden fantasy
Is the universe we own

Flying
On the wings of confidence
No more crying
For uncertainties are friends
You’re emerging from your chrysalis
Real freedom feels like this
Flying to the sky

Flying
And let lovin be your guide
Love’s not lying
For the truth is on its side
Changing everything and everyone
Like a shining new born sun
Only hearts can see
Flying, flying
Flying – fly on with me
Uhuh.... Mmm....

Parfois au fond de moi
Je sentais un vide qui
M'appelait dans son intérieur
Viens maintenant voir la vérité
Il y a un pont sur l'immensité

Que suis-je au fond de moi
Rêve fragile de dieu
Avec un corps fait comme ça
Grands yeux, couleurs
Vivant on meurt
Renouvelé pour l'éternité

Vole, vole
Que la force sera
Toujours seule
Vers une autre liberté
Le nouveau papillon laisse toujours en bas
La chrysalide qui était toi
Vide sans moi

Des nuages on sait
Puis la pluie va tomber
Tout à coup arriver
Les ailes humides
De larmes qui ne sèchent pas
Puis le vent sera

Et tu voles
Voles voles loin de toi
Toujours seule jusqu'à ce qu'une réflexion apparaîsse
Dans le miroir qui vole l'image
En mille morceaux de vertige
Et la lumière brillera

Tant de vie il y a
Je ne l'avais jamais remarquée
Et si tu ne le sais toujours pas
L'univers c'est nous

Vole
Que la force sera
Plus jamais seule
Dans la vraie liberté
Le nouveau papillon laisse en bas
La chrysalide et plus
Vide sans moi

Vole
Dans la joie tu sera
Plus jamais seule
Dans notre immensité
Dans un instant l'amour
Comme un nouveau soleil
Tout va changer
Vole, vole, vole avec mo