Valeriy Meladze, Russian singer from Georgia
Valeriy Meladze is a Soviet and Russian singer, TV presenter and producer of Georgian origin. You know, he is one of the most famous pop singers and has a large number of prestigious awards and prizes. By the way, he is Honored Artist of Russia (2006), People’s Artist of the Chechen Republic (2008), member of the International Union of pop art.
The boy was born on June 23, 1965 in Batumi, Georgian SSR, USSR. He is the younger brother of composer and producer Konstantin Meladze. At first Valeriy lived in Batumi, where he graduated from music school. In addition to music, Meladze liked sports: he played football well, was fond of swimming. After school, he tried to get a job at the plant, but soon realized that he wanted to achieve more. So, Valery went to Ukraine and entered the Nikolayev Shipbuilding Institute. Nikolayev was a city that played a special role in the fate of Valery. There he met a woman who later became his wife.
In 1989, Valery and his brother joined the group Dialogue.
The first hit of Valery was the song Do Not Disturb My Soul Violin. After the premiere of this song in the cult show Morning Mail the singer became famous.
In December 1993, Alla Pugacheva invited him to participate in her Christmas meetings with the song Limbo.
And in 1995 he released his first solo album Sera, which brought him instant fame. A year later, in 1996, the singer released his second solo album, The Last Romantic.
What is more, Meladze was going to perform at 1997 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Prima Donna but he fell ill. So, Alla Pugacheva, author of the song, performed it instead of him. She took the 15th place.
By the end of the 90s, Valery became a popular singer in the countries of the former Soviet Union. In total, the singer released 8 albums.
Later, in 2007, he became a music producer of Star Factory-7 together with his brother Konstantin.
Prominent representatives of Russian cinema, Sergey Bezrukov and Marina Alexandrova, took part in the filming of the music video for the song Love and the Milky Way in 2015.
The jubilee evening of Valery and Konstantin Meladze was held in 2015. Prominent representatives of Russian show business: Dima Bilan, Vera Brezhneva, Valeria and Grigory Leps took part in the concert.
In March 1989 Valeriy married Irina Malukhina. For the sake of the Moscow registration, they had to divorce, and in 1998 they got married again. However, in 2009 they divorced.
Valeriy has five children.
Irina gave birth to three daughters: Inga (born on February 7, 1991), Sophia (born on May 18, 1999), Arina (born on December 7, 2002).
Albina Dzhanabaeva, Russian actress, singer, TV presenter, former soloist of Ukrainian female pop group VIA Gra, gave birth to two sons: Konstantin (born on February 26, 2004; at that time Valeriy was still married) and Luka (born on July 2, 2014).