Pelageya, folk-rock singer
Russia has produced a singer, who, according to music critics and cultural experts, is going to decide the direction of Russian music. Pelageya Khanova has a remarkable voice that covers three and a half octaves. Musically, she can do everything, including acoustic, electronic and folk music. She also recorded a song called Home for the Depesha diya Depeche Mode tribute album and sang the famous Mary Magdalene aria from Jesus Christ Superstar. Apart from that she is a person with unique abilities — when she was only three and a half years old she wrote short stories and typed them up on a typewriter; she also finished school earlier than other students. Although this charming and lively teenager has sung for presidents, first ladies, and other celebrities, she says all her listeners are equally important to her, whoever they are. She insists she has never been influenced by her fame — “I go clubbing, go to the movies — I’m just like any other girl of my age and I like it!” She sees her goal in life as reviving folk music. Pelageya has a real interest in singing folk songs because she finds hundreds of profound messages in them. She wants to explode the kitschy image of folk music — peasant women, bears and balalaikas — that both Russians and foreigners may have.
Pelageya was born on July 14, 1986 in Novosibirsk.
She is a Russian folk-rock singer, founder and lead singer of the band “Pelageya”.
At the age of 9 she became a winner of the TV show “Morning Star” as the “Best folk songs singer – 1996”.
When Pelageya was 10 years old she signed a contract with «FeeLee Records» and moved to Moscow.
In July 1999 Pelageya got an invitation by Mstislav Rostropovich and took part in a music festival in Switzerland, along with Leo Marcus, Evgeny Kissin, Paata Burchuladze, BB King.
In 2004 she starred in a cameo role in the movie “Yesenin”.
In 2009 Pelageya together with an actress Daria Moroz participated in the third season of the TV show “Two Stars”.
In 2009 the singer won the hit parade “Chart Dozen”.
In 2010 she married the ex-director of “Comedy Club” – Dmitry Efimovich.