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Dmitry Koldun, pop singer

Dmitry Koldun

Dmitry Koldun, pop singer


Dmitry Koldun is a talented singer and composer, who became internationally famous. You know, he became the winner of the TV project Star Factory. Moreover, the singer performed at the Eurovision Song Contest. He represented Belarus at the music contest and for the first time in the history of Eurovision brought this country to the finals. Actually, he recorded four studio albums and presented more than a dozen music videos.
Dmitry was born on June 11, 1985 in Minsk, USSR. His parents worked as schoolteachers, and the boy dreamed of becoming a doctor. He didn’t even think he would be a singer.
It is noteworthy that at an early age, the future singer managed to write a story called Dog Polkan – Petya’s Buddy (Pes Polkan Priyatel Peti). It was noticeable that all one hundred and sixty-six words in the story began with the same letter – the letter “P”. Later, his story was even published in one of the Belarusian newspapers.
After school Koldun entered the Belarusian State University, one of the most prestigious universities in Belarus, where he studied chemistry. But suddenly he turned from a scientific path and decided to go into show business. Why had he changed his plans? Perhaps the reason was the career of his elder brother – Georgi Koldun, who at that time performed in Minsk clubs with his band.
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Grigory Leps, Russian singer-songwriter

Grigory Leps, Russian singer-songwriter

Grigory Leps, Russian singer-songwriter


Grigory Lepsveridze, commonly known as Grigory Leps, is a Russian singer-songwriter of Georgian descent. He created a unique style mixing between rock music, pop music, and in his early career chanson. He’s known for his low, strong voice with long-range vocals.
The boy was born on July 16, 1962 in Sochi into an ordinary working family. Like all the boys he fought, loved football, girls and music. At the age of 14 he entered the School of Music. Then he served in the army. When the boy returned, he played and sang in restaurants in Sochi. Actually, he was known in the city. But he began to drink a lot of alcohol and understood he needed to change anything in his life. And at the age of 30 Leps went to Moscow.
The talented singer was not expected in Moscow with open arms. He had to sing in restaurants. Again, alcohol, and even drugs …
In 1995 Leps began working with Vitali Manshin, Yevgeniy Kobylyansky and Anatoliy Dolzhenkov. With the support of these people their debut album May God Keep You was finally recorded. The song Natalie became popular not only in Moscow but throughout the country.
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Dmitry Malikov, Russian singer

Dmitry Malikov, Russian singer

Dmitry Malikov, Russian singer


Dmitry Malikov is a Soviet and Russian composer, pianist, singer, producer and television host, People’s Artist of Russia (2010).
The boy was born on January 29, 1970 in Moscow into a family of musician, composer, founder and CEO of VIA Samotsvety, Yuri Malikov and former ballet dancer, soloist of the Moscow Music Hall, Lyudmila Vyunkova.
You know, Dmitry began to play the piano at the age of 5 and in 1994 he graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory. When Dmitry was seven years old, his sister Inna Malikova was born. Subsequently, Inna, like the whole family, chose music and vocals as her profession.
At the age of 14, the boy wrote his first song. In 1988 he became famous. His songs Moon Dream, You’ll Never Be Mine and Until Tomorrow were very popular all over the country. As a result, in 1988 Dmitry became the Discovery of the Year. The following two years Dima was voted Singer of the Year. In 1990, the 20-year-old singer gave his first solo concerts at the biggest concert arena in the country, Olympic Stadium in Moscow.
By the way, Dmitry played the male lead role in the film See Paris And Die directed by Proshkin in 1992.
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Andrei Lityagin, music producer

Andrei Lityagin, music producer

Andrei Lityagin, music producer


Andrei Lityagin is a music producer and composer, working in pop and Euro disco genres.
He was born on September 20, 1962 in Moscow. In 1985 Andrei graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute.
As a student, Lityagin together with guitarist Sergey Proklov and vocalists Margarita Sukhankina and Sasha Kirsanov created the project Active Zone. However, it wasn’t successful.
In 1986 Lityagin and Sokolov created a band Mirage (Mirazh). Soon the band had recorded 12 tracks and Valery Sokolov wrote poetry for almost all of them. He asked Margarita Sukhankina to sing the first song. She agreed and recorded three songs (Stars Are Waiting For Us, Video, This Night). However, Margarita refused to sing other songs because she wanted to make an opera career and did not want to be a pop singer.
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Dina Garipova, Russian Adele

Dina Garipova, Russian Adele

Dina Garipova, Russian Adele


Dina Garipova is a Russian singer. In 2012 she became the winner of the TV show The Voice on the Channel One. You know, Garipova is Honored Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan. To tell the truth, she is the youngest Honored Artist of Tatarstan (she was awarded the title at the age of 22) after ballerina Kristina Andreeva.
Pretty girl was born on March 25, 1991 in Zelenodolsk. She began singing at the age of six at the Golden Microphone theatre of the song.
In 1999 Dina took part in the Russian contest The Firebird (Ivanovo) and in 2001 she was the winner at the Constellation-Yoldyzlyk festival. Later, in 2005, she won the International Competition in Tartu (Estonia).
Then, in 2008, Dina together with the Golden Microphone theater participated in the international competition in France, where their musical won the Grand Prix.
In early 2010, she made a debut with her own musical group in the city competition Winter Hits and won the Grand Prix.
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Vladimir Kristovskiy

Vladimir Krestovskiy - Russian singer and actor

Vladimir Krestovskiy – Russian singer and actor


Vladimir Kristovskiy is a composer and an actor. He starred in the films Election Day (2007), The Visit (2012) and in the film The Date he played together with his daughters.
The boy was born on December 19, 1975 in Gorky (now Nizhny Novgorod). After school Vladimir studied to become an electrician. Then the young artist decided to master the hairdressing. In a certain period, Vladimir tried many professions: from the night guard in the morgue and the agent for selling lemonade and chocolate to the driver in the Ministry of Finance and the courier. However, he was always fond of music.
Vladimir and his elder brother Sergei are singers in Moscow-based band Uma2rman. They have been active since 2003. In 2004 their first album V Gorode N (In the City N) was realized. The group was nominated for the Best Russian Group at the 2004 Europe MTV Music Awards along with t.A.T.u. and Gorod 312.
Uma2rman’s track Nochnoi Dozor (Night Watch) became the soundtrack for the film Night Watch.
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Elvira T

Elvira T

Elvira T


Elvira Tugusheva, better known as Elvira T, was born on August 14, 1994 in Saratov. The singer tells that she had an interest in music when the project Stars Factory started on the First Channel. Actually, she had a desire to change her biography.
At the age of 14 she began to study in the vocal studio. The girl took part in many concerts, festivals and competitions. In 2010, she entered the Moscow state university and moved to the Russian capital, where she lives and works to this day.
In the summer of the same year Elvira recorded her debut song Everything Is Solved, which became a hit in various online charts and got into the rotation of some radio stations. So she was noticed by 5sta family’s producers.
By the way, Elvira was a participant of the music label Flow Project, and a year later received support from the recording studio All Stars Records.
Now the singer has 7 solo and 2 collaborative tracks. The girl writes texts for her songs herself.
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