Soluna was a pop girl group from the 2000s that consisted of members America Olivo (born America Athene Olivo on January 5, 1978 in Van Nuys, California), Aurora Rodriguez, Christina “T” Lopez (born on April 18, 1981 in Ontario, California) and Jessica Castellanos.
The group’s name were the combination of the Spanish words “Sol” (which means “sun”) and “Luna” (which means “moon”).
The group formed in 1998 when Aurora and America (who became friends while they attended California Institute of the Arts) met up after a few years apart.
The girls met with a friend who was a record producer and found Jessica. The three of them sang together, but wanted a fourth member to complete the group.
Music producer Nick Martinez recommended to the girls about a young girl (who was Christina) that he met while driving in Ontario, California where he stopped at a local auto body shop due to car trouble & saw a picture of Christina on the wall.
Christina’s father assured Nick that his daughter was a talented singer. After Christina sung the song “Amazing Grace” over the phone, she became the last member of the group.
Once Soluna’s line-up was completed, they signed a record deal with DreamWorks Records. The group’s album was completed by the summer of 2001. During that same year, Soluna released their first single “Bring It To Me” which peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. Due to the events of September 11, 2001, the group decided to go in a different musical direction by focusing on promoting a power ballad as their next single with the song “For All Time.”
On February 12, 2002, the song was released to radio & managed to peak at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100, #33 on Billboard’s Top 40 Tracks chart, #29 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart & #17 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart.
The remixes of the song managed to peak at #16 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
On April 23, 2002, “For All Time” was released commercially along with an a cappella version of several patriotic songs (which was called “A Patriotic Medley”). On May 14, 2002, Soluna’s debut album “For All Time” managed to peak at #17 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart.
During that same year, the group performed at the NAACP Image Awards and Elton John’s 10th annual Oscar gala.
In June of 2002, the music video for “For All Time” was directed by Bille Woodruff & was shot in both English & Spanish.
The video made its debut on “Total Request Live” (or “TRL”) on July 24, 2002.
During that time, Soluna toured with artists such as Marc Anthony & Enrique Inglesias as the opening act for their concerts. They also traveled to Puerto Rico & Mexico to promote their music. The third & last single from the album “Monday Mi Amor” was released to radio on November 11, 2002.
During its first week on the charts, the song was among the top 10 most-added tracks in the CHR\Pop category for radio. The dance remix for the song (by DJ Wildlife) peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Hot Dance\Club Breakout chart.
In December of 2002, the group appeared on the Nickelodeon television show “The Brothers Garcia.”
After the release of their third single, Soluna announced that they were working out a sitcom deal with the UPN network that was supposed to be based on their adventures in the music business.
The pilot for their sitcom was shot on April 28, 2004 and was reviewed by UPN to be added to their Fall 2004 program line-up, but the pilot was not picked up by the network.
During that same year, Soluna had been writing & recording tracks for their sophomore album (which was supposed to be a Spanish-language album).
In May of 2004, the group announced that they had recorded a duet with recording artist J. Roman on a song called “Where Are You?”
Despite the song receiving moderate radio airplay, J. Roman re-recorded the song with female singer Natalie, but this version received little attention.
In late 2004, Soluna disbanded, leaving on amiable terms & leaving the option of eventually reuniting.
These days, Jessica, America and Christina are pursuing solo music careers.
Jessica released several demo versions on her MySpace page. She later decided to travel to Europe and Spain (where she met her husband while on holiday).
These days, she lives in England & has two daughters. Jessica continues to write & record songs and is looking for a solo record deal and a publishing deal.
After Soluna broke up, America focused on her career as a an actress and a solo singer.
She has performed as the lead role in the musical “Hotel C’est L’Amour” at the Blank Theatre in Los Angeles, California where she was nominated for an LA Weekly Theater Award in 2007.
In 2008, America appeared in a dance single called “Deja Vu” which became a Top 40 hit on Billboard’s dance charts.
During that same year, she appeared nude, painted head to toe in silver on the cover of Motley Crue’s album “Saints of Los Angeles” & also appeared on the covers of two romance novels.
America also appared on the cover of the June 2009 issue of “Playboy” magazine where she appeared fully nude in seven pictures (which were shot by fashion photographer Terry Richardson).
She has appeared on various television shows such as “General Hospital,” “House,” “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Jake in Progress,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Chicago PD.”
America has also appeared in films such as “Friday the 13th,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” “Iron Man,” “Bitch Slap,” “Represent” and “The Thirst: Blood War.”
She also appeared in the Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”
These days, America continues to act and she is married to actor Christian Campbell.
On January 12, 2012, she gave birth to a daughter named Indira Rose who sadly passed away from Edwards syndrome when she was only 3 days old.
In 2013, America became the spokesperson for the Baby Quest Foundation (which helps raises funds for medical expenses that are imposed by infertile couples).
Christina or (“T” Lopez) has appeared on television shows such as “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” “CSI,” “Charmed,” “Ghost Whisperer” & “Days of Our Lives.”
She also starred in independent films such as “April Fools,” “Hollywood Kills,” and “A Wake Up.” She was also the host of the Si TV program “The Drop.”
T also continues to be active in the music business and is working on her yet-to-be released (or titled) solo album with Cash Money Records.
To see the music video for “Bring It To Me,” go to:
To see the music video for “For All Time,” go to:
To see the music video for the Spanish-language version of “For All Time” called “Por La Eternidad,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Monday Mi Amor,” go to:
As a bonus, here is a video of Soluna performing on “AOL Sessions” back in 2002: