Inna Zhelannaya, founder of the group Farlanders
Inna Zhelannaya is a Russian singer, founder of the group Farlanders (1994-2004).
Inna was born on February 20, 1965 in Moscow.
In 1989, Inna decided to work with the rock band Alliance. In 1994 the album Made in White received the Grand Prix de Radio France (Radio France International) for Best pop and rock music in the East.
Inna, the first world music star of Russia, is known for combining old, Russian folk songs with modern music productions.
In October 1998, the Moscow company Green Wave Records released the CD Foreigner, recorded in the Netherlands. In late 1998, the band performed at the world’s largest forum of Ethnic Music Worldwide Music Expo (WOMEX) in Stockholm, after which received many invitations from different countries. Since 1998, the group FARLANDERS takes part in many festivals of ethnic, jazz, pop and rock music acts in Germany, the UK, France, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Serbia, Slovenia, Poland (including concert at the famous Sopot Festival), Czech Republic, Singapore, Scotland. Its concerts are broadcasted by European radio and television stations – BBC (UK), ZDF, NDR, WDR, Radio Bremen (Germany), Radio France International (France), Radio Netherlands (Netherlands), Polish and Czech Television.
Inna founded the Russian super-group The Farlanders with Sergey Starostin who was awarded the BBC’s prestigious World Musician of The Year award in 2003. This was, in large part, due to his work with Inna. Inna and the Farlanders have performed in hundreds of prestigious festivals throughout Europe, Asia and the USA.
In 2000 the company Green Wave released first album – Moments, written during their performance at the club Moments in Bremen in autumn 1999).
In 2000, Inna began releasing her series of solo recordings. Her records have charted in international categories in Germany, France, Russia and Asia.
Cocoon, the first release of Inna Zhelannaya in the USA, is based entirely on old, Russian folk songs.