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Vlad Topalov, Russian singer

Vlad Topalov, Russian singer

Vlad Topalov, Russian singer

Vlad Topalov is a Russian singer, ex-lead singer of the band Smash!!.
He was born on October 25, 1985 in Moscow. Since childhood he studied music and graduated from music school (violin). As a schoolboy Vlad played in rock bands in Rostov-on-Don, Moscow and St. Petersburg. In 1990, he and his younger sister, Alina (born 1988) joined the children’s musical group Neposedy (Fidgets). His partner became Julia Malinovskaya – future presenter of children’s musical TV contest Morning Star. With the group Neposedy Vlad appeared on concert stages, not only in Russia but all over the world, successfully performed at music festivals in Italy, Bulgaria, Japan, Norway, and won the children’s music competitions such as the Morning Star, Bravo Bravissimo, etc. Elena Katina and Yulia Volkova, future singers of the band Tatu, also performed in Neposedy.
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Laima Vaikule, pop singer

Laima Vaikule, pop singer

Laima Vaikule, pop singer

Laima Vaikule is a Latvian and Russian pop singer and actress.
She was born on March 31, 1954 in Cesis, Latvian SSR. Laima says “I began to sing only because of my grandmother, who sang in the church choir”.
For the first time Laima performed at the age of 12, taking part in a competition for young singers.
At the age of 15 she became a soloist of the Riga Radio and Television Orchestra under the direction of Raymond Pauls.
Since 1979 she had performed at the famous variety show, Juras pearl (Sea pearl) in Jurmala.
In 1984 Laima entered the Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS).
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Hellawes – Natalia O’Shea

Hellawes - Natalia O'Shea

Hellawes – Natalia O’Shea


Hellawes is a Russian harpist, singer-songwriter, linguist and band leader of Melnitsa (folk-rock), Clann Lir (traditional Celtic folk) and Romanesque (folk). Her real name is Natalia O’Shea (nee Nikolayeva). Natalia took part in the project Till Eulenspiegel, where she was a vocalist and co-author of many songs.
The beautiful and talented woman was born on September 3, 1976. She began singing at the age of three. Her dad was fond of classical music, and he taught his daughter to listen to it and understand it.
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Dmitry Nechaev, Musician

Dmitry Nechaev, Russian musician

Dmitry Nechaev, Russian musician


Dmitry Nechaev was born on October 29, 1987 in Moscow, Russia.
He is a musician, who started his career working as a professional model when he was 11 years old.
Dmitry participated in photo sessions for the world’s leading fashion magazines. In a short period of time, Dmitry gained the status of an international model in Russia and Europe.
At the age of 15 he fell in love with music. He began to combine sounds together into a symphony.
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Vlad Sokolovsky, singer and dancer

Vlad Sokolovsky, singer and dancer

Vlad Sokolovsky, singer and dancer

Vlad Sokolovsky (his real name is Vsevolod) is a Russian singer, songwriter and dancer. Vlad danced in show-ballet Todes, sang in the band BiS. Now he is a solo artist, who works in R&B and euro-pop styles.
He was born on September 24, 1991 in Moscow.
Together with Russian singer Philip Kirkorov Vlad performed the hit My Bunny when the boy was only three years old. And in 1996, he sang this song in the TV project Morning Star. In 2012 Vlad sang the same song in the program Property of the Republic with singer Nyusha.
In 2002 and 2004 Sokolovsky took part in a musical circus show Fairy Journey.
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Irina Toneva, singer

Irina Toneva, singer

Irina Toneva, singer


Irina Toneva is a Russian singer, member of the group Fabrika, which was formed after TV project Star factory 1.
Irina was born on June 27, 1977 in Krasnoznamensk, Moscow region.
In 1999, the girl graduated from the Moscow State University of Design and Technology.
Irina became popular after the song You See (Ponimaesh), which she sang together with Pavel Artemyev.
In 2005, the girl received Glamour award.
Irina starred in films Hi, I’m Your Papo! (2006), Snow Angel (2007), Women on the Verge and some other.
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Lesya Yaroslavskaya, beautiful singer

Lesya Yaroslavskaya, beautiful singer

Lesya Yaroslavskaya, beautiful singer


Lesya Yaroslavskaya is a Russian singer, soloist of the group Tutsi (from 2004 to 2012), author and performer of her own songs.
The girl was born on March 20, 1981 in Severomorsk, Murmansk region. Lesya began to sing at the age of four with her mother, who was a vocal teacher. In 1988, the girl with her parents moved to the Naro-Fominsk in the Moscow region. After graduating from the Music School she entered the Moscow School of Art. Yaroslavskaya has a younger sister, Maria.
Lesya is a winner of many contests, Golden Microphone (1998, 2000), Young Talents (1995), TV-competition Victoria (RTR 1998), Moscow International Festival of the army song Vivat, Victory!.
Lesya took part in the TV project Star Factory 3. After this project Lesya, Irina Ortman, Anastasia Krainova, Maria Weber got into the pop group Tutsi.
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