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Ani Lorak

Born in 1978 in the small west Ukrainian village Кицмань (Kitzman), just north of Чернiвцi (Tshernivtzi), as the daughter of a choir leader (father) and an employee of the administration of cultural affairs and host at a radio station (mother) young Каролина (Karolina) soon developed the desire to become a professional singer. She would often participate in singing contests at school, and already at the age of 14 (1992) she took part in the highly acclaimed Pervotsvit competition, where she first met her later producer, Yuri Falesoys. In March 1995 Каролина travele ...read more

Born in 1978 in the small west Ukrainian village Кицмань (Kitzman), just north of Чернiвцi (Tshernivtzi), as the daughter of a choir leader (father) and an employee of the administration of cultural affairs and host at a radio station (mother) young Каролина (Karolina) soon developed the desire to become a professional singer. She would often participate in singing contests at school, and already at the age of 14 (1992) she took part in the highly acclaimed Pervotsvit competition, where she first met her later producer, Yuri Falesoys. In March 1995 Каролина traveled to Russia, where she participated in a competition of the Moscow TV station Утренняя звезда ('Morning Star'). Due to the fact that another participant with the name Каролина (Karolina) was already there it was immediately decided that Ани change her stage name. The solution was to simply read her first name backwards: Каролина (Karolina) became Ани Лорак (Ani Lorak). After these proceedings Ани moved to Kiev which offered more possibilities to organize her professional career. Soon she took part in the 'Big Apple Music - 96' competition in New York which gained her fame even beyond the Ukrainian border. At the popular Ukrainian festival 'Таврийские игры '96' she was ticketed 'Discovery of the Year', followed by working on her debut album. She gained two massive chart successes with "Манекенщица" und "Боже мой", the latter being the soundtrack title for the film "Право на выбор". By the end of the year the debut Хочу Летать ('I want to fly') hit the market.

In 1997 Ани sang literally in every city of Ukraine and concentrated on completing her second album for which the pre-mastering was done in New York. Also, some video clips for the new songs were produced in California. The Ukrainian audience could see Ани drive along Santa Barbara beaches in a convertible, synchronizing with well-trained male dancers. Я Вернусь ('I will return') was finalized in December 1997 and hit the market in early '98. With new material in her luggage she performed to audiences in France, Germany, Hungary and the US. In 1999 she was rewarded 'Merited artist of Ukraine' (Заслуженная артистка Украины) and later the same year she met Russian composer Igor Kruty. Ани and Игор decided to collaborate which resulted in the dance track "Зеркала" ('Mirror') (2000), a next chart entry for Ани. Around that time she also agreed to join the advertising campaign of the chocolate brand Korona (a subsidiary of Kraft Foods). The release www.anilorak.com promoted her own homepage and contains a few new songs, but also the best cuts from the two first albums.

In 2001 the album Там, де ти Э ('There, where you are') was recorded, largely seeing Ани sing in Ukrainian instead of Russian. This long-player not only spawned a few hit clips but also resulted in more very successful live appearances of Ани and an appearance in the Ukrainian/Russian musical film "Вечера на хуторе близ Диканьки". 2003 saw the release the Remix Мрий Про Мене which was compiled by remix versions of known tracks (largely from the Там, де ти Э album) but also three brand new cuts. In May that year the audience could see her posing in the FHM magazine, and in August she made several live appearances with American songwriter Pam Reswick in the US.

In early 2004 the album Ани Лорак was released, now including the original version of "Мрий Про Мене" and two more big hits, "Три звичних слова" and "Мои бажання". Video clips of these tracks were constantly appearing on Ukrainian TV screens. After Ukraine's victory at the European Song Contest in 2004, winner Руслана publicly advocated that Ани Лорак (Ani Lorak) represent the country in the following year. And indeed, in October 2004 Ани appeared with a new song and video clip, "A Little Shot of Love", only her second song published sung in English. In the course of the so-called Orange Revolution of Ukraine she would often openly support Victor Yanukovich, who is regarded a representative of the overcome, post-Soviet regime of previous president Leonid Kutchmar. With "A Little Shot of Love" Ани participated in the qualification for the 2005 ESC festival, but much to the singer's disappointment, she only reached the second rank. The band Greenjolly finally won and qualified with their revolution hym "Razom nas bagato - nas ne podolati!". A lot of speculations assume the public voting manipulated. Shortly after this result became know she published her next clip "Smile" (again sung in English) which made it clear that she's actually Ukraine's most professional singer and performer. The next album, Smile, is scheduled for release in autumn 2005. « hide

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