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Sertab Erener
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Sertab Erener for Elle Magazine
Background information
Birth name Sertab Erener
Born December 4, 1964 (1964-12-04) (age 45)
Istanbul, Turkey
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1992 – present
Labels DMC
Website http://www.sertab.com/

Sertab Erener (born 4 December 1964 in Istanbul) is a Turkish pop music singer and also a cross-over soprano with a vocal range that extends to high F. She is one of the most successful female Turkish pop singers in her homeland, and is considered one of the divas of Turkish pop music. In Europe, she is best known for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 with her hit song "Everyway That I Can", although she has had many other achievements outside Turkey.

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Career

A native of Istanbul, Erener studied music in a university in the city before beginning her musical career working with Turkish music icon Sezen Aksu.

She released her first album, Sakin Ol, in 1992, and followed it with four more Turkish-language albums over the next decade. Her album Lâ'l was included by Sony Music in its "Soundtrack For A Century" collection.

After competing unsuccessfully in two national Eurovision Song Contest finals in 1989 and 1990, she was internally selected in 2003 and won the Eurovision Song Contest 2003, representing Turkey with the song "Everyway That I Can", co-written by Demir Demirkan. The song went on to top charts in countries all over Europe, including Sweden and Greece.

In the wake of her Eurovision success, Erener released her first English-language album, No Boundaries, in 2004. Her renditions of "Here I Am" and Bob Dylan's "One More Cup of Coffee" were used in international movie soundtracks. "One More Cup of Coffee" was used in the soundtrack to Masked and Anonymous a semi-biopic of Bob Dylan.

In 2005, Erener released a Turkish-language album named Aşk Ölmez, promoted with songs such as "Aşk Ölmez, Biz Ölürüz" ("Love Doesn't Die, We Do") and "Satılık Kalpler Şehri" ("City of Hearts For Sale"). She also appeared on the movie soundtrack album of Fatih Akın's Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul, with a lauded rendition of Madonna's song "Music".

On 22 October 2005, Erener appeared on Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest, a competition to choose the best Eurovision song of all time, performing the final verse and chorus of "Everyway That I Can". The song finished ninth in a field of fifteen. At the same event Erener revealed she was to release another English language album.

Discography

Albums

  • Sakin Ol! (1992)
  • Lâ'l (1994)
  • Sertab Gibi (1996)
  • Sertab Erener (1999)
  • Sertab (2000)
  • Turuncu (Orange) (2001)
  • Sertab (2003)
  • No Boundaries (2004)
  • Aşk Ölmez (2005)
  • The Best of Sertab Erener (2007)
  • Sertab Goes to the Club (Remix album) (2007)
  • Painted on Water (2009)

Singles

  • "Zor Kadın" (Difficult Woman) (1999)
  • "Bu Yaz" (This Summer) (EP) (2000)
  • "Yeni" (New) (2001)
  • "Everyway That I Can" (2003 - Eurovision 2003 Winner)
  • "Here I Am" (2003)
  • "Leave" (2004)
  • "Aşk Ölmez, Biz Ölürüz" (Love Doesn't Die, We Do) (2005)
  • "Satılık Kalpler Şehri" (City of Hearts for Sale) (2005)
  • "Kim Haklıysa" (Whoever Is Right) (2005)
  • "I Remember Now" (2007)
  • "Hayat Beklemez" (Life Doesn't Wait) (2008)
  • "Bu Böyle" (That's the Way It Is) (2009)
  • "Açık Adres" (Open Address) (2009)

Charts

Year Single Charts Album
TUR SWE GRE SPA BEL (Vl) NL AUT GER SUI HUN LAT IRE UK RUS
1999 "Zor Kadın" Sertab
2000 "Utanma" Bu Yaz
2001 "Kendime Yeni Bir Ben Lazım" Yeni
2003 "Everyway That I Can" 1 1 1 5 6 7 10 12 17 21 20 35 75 No Boundaries
"Here I Am" 1 58 6 41 64 106
2004 "Leave" 112
"I Believe (That I See Love In You)" 23
2005 "Aşk Ölmez, Biz Ölürüz" Aşk Ölmez
"Satılık Kalpler Şehri"
"Kim Haklıysa"
"Beni Bağışla" 266
2007 "I Remember Now" Drum
2008 "Hayat Beklemez" Hayat Beklemez
2009 "Bu Böyle" 1 Bu Böyle
"Açık Adres" 3 Açık Adres

See also

External links

Preceded by
Buket Bengisu & Group Safir
with "Leylaklar Soldu Kalbinde"
Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest
2003
Succeeded by
Athena
with "For Real"
Preceded by
Latvia Marie N
with "I Wanna"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
2003
Succeeded by
Ukraine Ruslana
with "Wild Dances"
Preceded by
Marija Naumova
Eurovision Song Contest winning composer
2003 (with Demir Demirkan)
Succeeded by
Ruslana Lyzhychko

Simple English

Sertab Erener
Birth name Sertab Erener
Born December 4, 1964 (1964-12-04) (age 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
Origin  Turkey
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1992 – present
Labels Simya Müzik
Website Official website

Sertab Erener (born December 4, 1964) is a Turkish pop music singer. She is one of the most successful female Turkish pop singers in Turkey. Erener is said to be one of the divas of Turkish pop music.

She released her first album which produced by Sezen Aksu, Sakin Ol (Calm Down) in August 1992. Her debut song "Sakin Ol" became greatly popular. Next album Lal (Ruby) released in October 1994. Lal was important for her career, because songs in the album such as "Rüya" (Dream), "Sevdam Ağlıyor" (My Love is Crying), "Mecbursun" (You Have to), "Gel Barışalım Artık" (Let's Make Peace) and "Lal" became hit quickly.

In May 1997, Sertab released her third album, Sertab Gibi (Like Sertab). She stopped working with Sezen Aksu and she worked with Demir Demirkan in this album. Although album's sales were very low, album is the favorite album of fans. "Aşkolan Aşktır" (Love Matters), "Seyrüsefer" (Navigation) and "İncelikler Yüzünden" (Because of the Niceties) were the important songs from the album. Sertab Erener released self-titled fourth album in March 1999. Albums hit were "Yanarım" (I Burn), "Zor Kadın" (Hard Woman) and Vur Yüreğim (Hit, My Heart). Vur Yüreğim's video clip was including real scenes from shocking and afflictive events such as martyr funerals, atomic bomb and natural disasters.

In Europe, she is best known for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 with her hit song Every Way That I Can.








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