Alexandra Rosamund Cartañá-Marks
April 7, 1983
Cartañá was born to a Spanish father and a British mother in Sussex, England. Despite her mixed heritage, Cartañá identified most strongly with her Spanish background and considered Spain to be her true homeland. She grew up in Mallorca, Spain, until the age of seventeen, when she returned to England to study Drama at Ardingly College. She took extracurricular courses at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. During this time, Cartañá became interested in pursuing a singing career, as people in her Theatre Studies class would often compliment her voice.
Cartañá pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies at the University of Westminster. However, during her time at school, Cartañá sought a place within the music industry. Some of her greatest influences included Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and Madonna.
Whilst working as a club promoter for Death Row Records and Def Jam Recordings, Cartañá came into contact with Big Brovaz, whom she collaborated with to make a three-track demo. In 2003, Cartañá signed a record deal with EMI Records, which allowed her the opportunity to co-write with pop icons such as Beyoncé, Ne-Yo, and Rihanna.
She co-wrote and performed "Shake It (Move A Little Closer)" with Lee-Cabrera. The single was released in 2003 and broke into the Top 20 UK Singles Chart. After the success of the song, Cartañá released her first solo single, called "Hey Papi", which showcased her Spanish heritage and documented her relationship with her father, who had become overprotective after the death of Cartañá's sister. Cartañá eventually left EMI Records.
Cartañá lent her voice to several commercials in both North and South America for companies such as Fisher-Price, Pampers, and Samsung. Most notably, her vocals were used in Samsung Galaxy's 2014 campaign for the World Cup, which took place in Brazil.
For Disney Junior, Cartañá provided main and backing vocals for several television series. She lent her voice to the theme songs for Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Miles from Tomorrowland, and Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero.
Cartañá joined the crew of Disney Junior's The Lion Guard as the voice of Twiga, a giraffe. She provided vocals for several songs in the series, including "A Trail to Hope" from "The Mbali Fields Migration".