Danijela Martinović known as Danijela, is a Croatian singer, born on 15th of July 1971 in Split, one of her first bigger appearances was at Split Festival in 1989 when she performed the song “Zumbuli”. Her breakthrough came in 1991 when she joined Magazin a famous pop band which has been part of the Croatian and Yugoslavian music scene for a long time. With Magazin she recorded the song “Svileni”, she made re-recorded the song and released it in the new arrangement as a part of her new album “Neopisivo” (Indescribable) which will feature her biggest hits with new arrangements and performed in a different way.
As part of Magazin, Danijela has made her first appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1995 when Magazin together with Lidija Horvat Dunjko performed “Nostalgija”. They ended on 6th place just a point behind the 5th placed Denmark. It was the third participation of Croatia at Eurovision stage and that was their best result out of those three.
In 1996 Danijela started her solo career with a release of the album “Zovem te ja”. Danijela participated at Dora 1998 with the song “Neka mi ne svane” (May the Sun Never Rise) and after winning the Croatian selection she graced the Eurovision stage for the second time, this time as a solo artist. She ended on 5th place with 131 points.
Danijela has released 9 albums, 2 compilation albums, 1 EP and more than 30 singles. She participated at many festivals and appeared at Dora again. At the Croatian selection in 2005, Danijela has reached 3rd place with the song “Za tebe rođena” in an exciting superfinal round after she competed against Boris Novković which ended up as winner and a band in which she performed, Magazin which ended at 2nd place.
Her last participation at Dora was in 2006 when Danijela reached 14th place out of 16 competitors with the song “Oči od safira”. Danijela also appeared at the Croatian version of the show “Dancing with the stars”. Some of her biggest hits include: “Pleši sa mnom”, “Sve što srce poželi”, “Grube riječi”, “Jednom se živi”, a duet with Kemal Monteno “Ovako ne mogu dalje” and more. For the song “Svileni” which Danijela released with Magazin she made a re-release in a gipsy swing arrangement. The backing vocalists are Gelato Sisters, one of which is Neda Parmać (who also participated at Eurovision on two occasions, both time as part of Feminnem once for Bosnia & Herzegovina with song “Call me” in 2005 and once for Croatia with song “Lako je sve” in 2010)
We wish Danijela happy birthday and can’t wait to see which video releases will be featuring the other songs of her album “Neopisivo” avaliable on Spotify, Deezer, iTunes and Google music.
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