Mon Laferte is a Chilean singer whose real name is Norma Monserrat Bustamante Laferte. Born in 1983 in Vina del Mar, Chile, the singer and actress is best known for her pop, blues, rock, bolero and electronic style of music.
Laferte is a lively singer and songwriter who began performing at age 9 when she won a singing contest and she would go on to study at Vina del Mar's music conservatory in Chile at the age of 13. Shortly thereafter, she would begin performing in bars in Santiago and Valparaiso.
Laferte's music and rise to stardom
Laferte's first album, La Chica de Rojo, was released in 2003, and while it helped to launch her young career, she would later go on to be diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2009. Lafarte's second album, Desechable came out shortly before she starred on The X Factor in Chile, where it is referred to as Factor X. She would work alongside celebrity greats like Jose Luis Rodriguez, Karen Doggenweiler and Tito Beltran. By 2009, Laferte would move to Mexico City where she began working more on her music career as she wrote additional songs that would become popular all over South America.
Mon Laferte's third album was released in 2013 entitled, Tornasol, but it would be her fourth album Mon Laferte Vol. 1 that would get her an MTV Millennial Award where she won "Latin Video of the Year". She would then win at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2016 for "Best Alternative Song" for the hit "Amarrame." By 2017, she would go on to be nominated for "Album of the Year," "Best Alternative Music Album," "Song of the Year" and "Record of the Year."
Additional facts about Laferte
Mon Laferte can play the harmonica, guitar, piano and drums. Her music falls into categories that include bolero, alternative metal and alternative rock. She was under Warner Music until 2015 but switched over to Universal Music under Discos Valiente.
Laferte has starred in two movies, Rojo and La Pelicula, a Chilean film from 2006, where she played the character Belen, and Japy Ending, a Peruvian movie from 2013 where she played the character, Eli. She's had three separate television appearances. She was a contestant on the show Rojo Fama Contrafama which aired from 2003 - 2007, El BBaileeen TVN from 2006 - 2007, where she was a singer and Factor X which aired in 2012 where she was a judge and mentor.
Laferte became a vegetarian in 2013 and has since gone vegan as of 2017. The prize for winning her first singing competition at age nine? A new guitar.
Similar to Mon Laferte
Fans of Mon Laferte might be interested in Mana, a popular Mexican rock band, or Juanes, a Colombian singer and award-winning musician who performs with Laferte.