Sanja Vučić (22) was born on August 8, 1993, in Kruševac. She has received musical education at departments of opera singing since childhood. It is interesting that her parents are also singers. They taught her to sing old folk songs and sevdalinkas when she was a child, and, a decade and a half later, she has developed a voice ready to sing the songs of Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé…
Sanja Vučić sang in several bands (dealing with jazz, reggae, ethno music) and performed with the choir in many countries. She further developed her voice with the opera diva Katarina Jovanović, who has said that „it is important for Sanja to remain who she is and retain her distinctiveness“.
Besides studying Arabic, she is a recognisable singer of the band „ZAA“ with which she has performed at all larger festivals in the region (EXIT, Love Fest, Nishville, Arsenal Fest, etc). As the member of „ZAA“, she has had one album called „What About“ published so far.
Ivana Peters, the author of the song „Goodbye (Shelter)“, with which Sanja will represent our country at the Eurovision Song Contest, says that they will have to „restrain Sanja’s voice, because she can do much more than the song requires“.
Sanja Vučić lives in Belgrade, but she adores her hometown of Kruševac, and says that she would feel extremely ashamed if it turned out that she hadn’t got to know some part of it.
Now, she will have the opportunity to get to know Stockholm, where she will perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in May. Certain editors already refer to Sanja’s career as „a Serbian dream“, since she is a young girl who, without any kind of favouritism whatsoever, only thanks to her talent, managed to get the chance of a lifetime.
Things you should know about Sanja…
What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?
- The first thing would be that I’ve been chosen to represent my country in the Eurovision Song Contest, without being a well-known artist. Also the music I create is somewhat non commercial, and in spite that fact, the organizers have seen the potential and given a chance to a young and perspective artist, and I hope to do so in many years to come.
What are the three most impressive facts about you?
- Is there a right way to answer this question without being vain? As a singer, I can „swim“ through genres of all kinds. For as long as I can remember, I have been testing my vocal abilities and challenging myself to do the impossible. I get around quite well with my dancing skills too, mainly in dancehall and afrobeat. I have a talent for languages, I speak three languages fluently, and I understand and can achieve a decent conversation with another three as well.
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
- Not really, but I still like to look behind the curtain right before I go on the stage, just to see the crowd. It gives me quite a rush, and while I perform, I like to pick a person from the crowd, and give him or her undivided attention, that creates an incredible synergy, which circulates through the venue and makes a fantastic atmosphere.
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
- It’s an excellent opportunity for me to widen my artistic horizons, and to work with people I’ve been admiring for many years. I hope it will open new doors for me in the music industry, so I can show to the wider audience that alternative music can be inspiring and a hell of fun.
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Sanja Vučić ZAA Goodbye (Shelter)
Music and lyrics by: Ivana Peters
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Ivana Peters was born on August 22, 1974, in Belgrade. She has been in the music world since she was a child, since she finished both primary and secondary music school. At the age of 15, she started singing in the group named „Who Is the Best“, dealing mostly with rap music, with which she recorded two albums in 1994 as its singer.
Being less than twenty years old, she performed at the „Belgrade Spring“ festival, drawing attention to herself by her outstanding performance and voice. After the festival, she joined the group „Tap 011″, one of the most popular groups in the country in the nineties, with many radio chart-busters. With this group, she recorded 3 albums and participated in numerous festivals.
Afterwards, she left the group and formed her own rock band „Negativ“, with which she has recorded 3 albums so far. With these albums, she became an accomplished author, composing and writing lyrics for most of the group’s songs.
In 2004, at the „Beovizija“ festival, she won convincingly, having performed the song „Confused“ (Zbunjena). The following songs also found their way to the top of music charts in the country and region: „I Would Dream About You“ (Ja bih te sanjala), „The World of Sorrow“ (Svet tuge), „Tango“ (Tango), etc. She participated along with Negativ band at the Beovizija 2007 with the song „The Real thing“ (Prava stvar) and at the Beovizija 2008 with the song „I would stay with you“ (S tobom bih ostala).
Both the listeners and music experts love her, since she is considered to have one of the best female voices in the region. She is currently working on her first solo album in the studio.[/ultimate_modal]