Chilean singer/songwriter and actress Mon Laferte blends rock, blues, pop, bolero, and electronic elements in her music. Born Norma Monserrat Bustamante Laferte in Viña del Mar, she began playing guitar at age ten, entered a musical conservatory at age 13, and later played gigs in Valparaiso. She released her first album, 2003's La Chica de Rojo, under the name Monserrat Bustamante. During this time, she also appeared on the television series Rojo Fama Contrafama and El Baile en TVN and the 2006 film Rojo, la Pelicula. She began performing as Mon Laferte after moving to Mexico City in 2007, and after battling thyroid cancer in 2009, released the album Desechable in 2011. In 2012, she appeared as a judge and mentor on the second season of Factor X, the Chilean version of The X Factor. She also joined the hard-rocking group Mystica Girls for 2012's MetalRose and 2014's Gates of Hell. Amidst all this activity, Laferte continued her solo career, issuing 2013's Tornasol and 2015's Mon Laferte, Vol. 1. On 2017's La Trenza, she collaborated with Enrique Bunbury, Juanes, and Manuel Garcia. It peaked at number 13 on the Latin Pop Albums chart. Its lead single "Mi Buen Amor," featuring Bunbury, took home the Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Song.
During extensive touring that took her all over the globe, Laferte experienced the end of a long-term relationship. Moved by the experience, she began writing songs while traveling, based on her romantic relationships, carefully mining the details of her life. The end result, Norma, was cut live in a single day at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles. Issued during the early fall of 2018, it was her first concept album and comprised ten songs, each examining a different stage of an amorous relationship in musical styles that crisscrossed cumbia, son, danzon, salsa, bolero, and bachata. ~ Heather Phares