Rosana Arbelo (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈsana aɾˈβelo]; full name Rosana Arbelo Gopar; born October 24, 1963), is a Spanish singer and composer. In the Spanish speaking world she is known professionally as simply Rosana.
She was born on the island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, where she was raised. She was the youngest of a family of eight children. Arbelo was given her first guitar at the age of five years old and wrote her first song aged eight. She began composing music after moving to Madrid in the early 1980s. She won first place in Benidorm's music festival with her song "Fuego y Miel," (Fire and Honey, in English) which led to her winning a recording contract with MCA. Before pursuing a solo career, she wrote songs for other musicians, including Joaquín Sabina, Miguel Ríos, and María Dolores Pradera.Her debut album, Lunas Rotas, was released in 1996. The soundtrack for the 1996 movie Curdled featured her songs "Lunas Rotas" and "El Talismán", exposing her to an international audience.
Her second album, Luna Nueva, was released in 1998 and had a more mature and deep sound, but maintained the natural and smooth sentiments that characterize the artist. After three years, during which she wrote songs for other artists, her third album, Rosana, was released in 2001. Its sounds explored the rhythms of her birthplace in the Canary Islands.
In December 2003, Rosana released Marca Registrada, a double-disc album that contained 10 new songs, 12 greatest hits, and two videos. That same year her book Material sensible: Canciones y poemas (Sensitive Material: Songs and Poems) was published. It is a compilation of thoughts, poems, songs written for other performers, songs she wrote and performed, as well as some unpublished songs.
In the summer of 2005 Magia was released and at Christmas time came Grandes Exitos, another greatest hits compilation.
In 2009 she released A Las Buenas y Las Malas, followed by ¡Buenos Días, Mundo! in 2011, and 8 Lunas in 2013.
2016 saw the release of En la Memoria de la Piel, a collection of 11 songs she wrote following her 2013-2015 international tour, which included concerts in Europe, the United States and Latin America.
In 2018 a new version of En la Memoria de la Piel was issued, this one as a two CD set, consisting of a disc of the 11 original songs plus a duet with Mexican singer Carlos Rivera on the song No Olvidarme De Olvidar, and a second disc of acoustic versions of all the songs on the original album.
Rosana also appears regularly as an adviser and coach on the Spanish reality television singing competition programs Operación Triunfo, La Voz Kids, and La Voz Senior.