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Valentina Monetta

Valentina Monetta was born on March 1st, 1975 in the Republic of San Marino. She is the second of two children, her father is from Calabria and her mother is Sammarinese. Valentina 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 in a tireless way 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.

Valentina's artistic versatility has allowed her to deal with varied work experience as a singer, actor and presenter, and she had 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 (Simone Migani on piano, Massimiliano Castri on drums, Alex Gorbi on bass).

In 1995 Valentina 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. 

First Eurovision

In 2012 she took part in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan, on behalf of  San Marino.

In March of 2012 she has worked with Fabrizio Raggi staging the show Ma Che Differenza Fa, a tribute to Ornella Vanoni in which Valentina 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 Valentina is crucial. She really loves the stage, having contact with the public, with her band, she creates a fact in the 'here and now' of the scene; in that way she feels to be an active part of a unique artistic process, in which she assumes the risk of transmitting something real and concrete, becoming a free artist, and a free woman.

With her songs, she tells of human suffering, sometimes with irony, sometimes with sarcasm; love is a key element that is at the same time protagonist and antagonist. In her songs, on the stage, she wants to create a concrete fact, without deceit, without covers, making it a unique singer-songwriter style with great singing talent and musicality in the blood.

Second Eurovision

In 2013 she took part again in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden with Crisalide and became unlucky11th in the Semifinal.

Third time lucky?

So San Marino RTV asked Valentina and her producer Ralph Siegel, if they would go for a third time in a row. After long consideration both musicians agreed to take part one more time hopefully being third time lucky and going to the final.

In summer and autumn 2013 Valentina and Ralph wrote and produced the new album Sensibilità (Sensibility) and finally experts and fans have chosen the song  Maybe (Forse) for Copenhagen. 

Lyrics of Maybe (Forse)

Maybe there's a pearl in the shell
Maybe there's a story to tell
Maybe we can not live in peace cos we're under a spell

Maybe there’s a light from above
Maybe there’s a flight of a dove
When it's time
To open the heart of love

Maybe we can try
Maybe you and I
Are finding pain to overcome

Maybe then one day
Every soul heals and will find a way

And maybe
We really are the dream of God
And we woke up in flesh and blood
With our emotion transformed into gold

Or maybe
In certain solid ways I feel
I know there’s nothing stronger and more real
Than falling in love

Maybe you and I
Are tear drops from the sky
That fill the sea eternally

Maybe we can try
To challenge the fear of the endless night

And maybe
We really are the dream of God
And we woke up in flesh and blood
to find our bodies transformed into gold

Or maybe
In certain solid ways I feel
I know there’s nothing stronger and more real
Than falling in love

Maybe it’s a journey in the darkest night
Maybe we can make it to the morning light
Maybe this is it this is real and I feel this is right
Finally right

And maybe
The courage that I'm finding now
Remembering and sensing how
We fell in love
peut-être y-a-t-il une perle dans le coquillage
peut-être y-a-t-il une histoire à raconter
peut-être que nous ne pouvons pas vivre en paix parce qu’il y a un sort

peut-être y-a-t-il une lumière d’au-dessus
peut-être y-a-t-il le vol d’une colombe
quand il est temps d’ouvrir le cœur de l’amour

peut-être qu’on peut essayer
peut-être toi et moi
avons une douleur à surmonter

peut-être qu’un jour
chaque âme guérit et trouve la voie

et peut-être
que nous sommes vraiment le rêve de Dieu
et que nous nous sommes réveillés en chair et en os
avec nos émotions transformées en or

ou peut-être
d’une certaine manière, que je sens
que je sais qu’il n’y a rien de plus fort et de plus vrai
que tomber amoureux

peut-être que toi et moi
sommes des larmes du ciel
qui remplissent la mer éternellement

peut-être que nous pouvons essayer
de vaincre la crainte de la nuit sans fin

et peut-être
que nous sommes vraiment le rêve de Dieu
et que nous nous sommes réveillés en chair et en os
avec nos corps transformés en or


ou peut-être
d’une certaine manière, que je sens
que je sais qu’il n’y a rien de plus fort et de plus vrai
que tomber amoureux

peut-être y-a-t-il un voyage dans la plus noire des nuits
peut-être que nous arriverons à la lumière du matin
peut-être que c’est la fin, c’est vrai et que je sens que c’est bien, bien enfin

et peut-être
le courage que je trouve maintenant
me souvenant et sentant maintenant
nous sommes tombés amoureux