Kamaliya has already established herself as one of Ukraine’s biggest stars now she is bringing her unique brand of pop-opera-dance fusion back to the UK following a number one hit in the dance chart with Crazy In My Heart in late 2011 and a string of hits in 2012. Not only that, but she and her husband Zahoor are the stand-out stars in the major Fox TV reality show ‘Meet The Russians’.
In short she’s the biggest pop star you haven’t heard of – yet! In an age of unlikely pop stars (hello Psy) the timing couldn’t be better for Kamaliya to make her mark on the rest of the world.
Kamaliya started performing at the tender age of three, when she began singing in her local children’s choir. Her military father was later deployed to Budapest, where she continued performing and set her sights on a career as a musician.
On moving back to Ukraine she studied at Lviv Music School. Whilst there she began writing her own songs, learnt to play violin and was also encouraged to study opera due to her incredible singing range. “Opera wasn’t something I’d really thought about doing before but my teachers said the style would suit my voice. Once I tried it I fell in love with it and it was great to have that other side to my singing. I also learnt to direct shows while I was at the University of Performing Arts in Kiev, so that’s something I would love to in the future.”
In her teens she started singing professionally having won a series of singing competitions, and was soon offered a record deal. “Growing up I loved all styles of music, from Deep Purple to Boney M and Abba. I also had a real passion for soul music so I loved Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton and Mariah Carey, and two of my idols were Madonna and Michael Jackson. Nowadays I still love all of those artists and I also adore Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna. I like big voices and lots of energy. All of those people have influenced me in some way.”
Kamaliya released her first Russian language album in 1996 and went on have a further four massive hit records – becoming one of the Ukraine’s best-known singers in the process. As a result, in 2004 she was awarded the title of Honored Artist of Ukraine by the President of Ukraine as a thank you for her outstanding achievements in developing Ukrainian culture.
Four years later she entered – and won – the Mrs World beauty pageant, which put her on the worldwide radar. Offers soon started rolling in and in 2009 her acting career took off. She has starred in a number of successful Russian language films and TV shows, as well as several Hollywood movies. 2013 will see her starring alongside Sharon Stone and Andy Garcia in the drama What About Love, while past co-stars include Stephen Dorff and James Woods.
Despite having a hundred and one things going on in her life, right now Kamaliya’s main focus is getting back on stage and showcasing her new album. “I am happiest when I am on stage with my dancers around me. I like to put on a big show with incredible lights and lasers and create a real party atmosphere. My aim is to make the world feel good!”
Music video of Kamaliya’ single “Never Wanna Hurt You (Bad Love, Baby)”. It is filmed in the castle of Bückeburg, Germany. The storyline builds up on the movie “Doctor Zhivago”. Credits of the song “I’m Alive”: Music and Lyrics by Joern-Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen (Senator Music/Lakeworth Music Publishing); Ronny Svendsen, Anne Judith Wik, Nermin Harambasic, Robin Jenssen (Universal Music Publishing AB). Production: Joern-Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen and Ronny Svendsen for DSign Music AS. Choreography Anja Jadryschnikowa, Producer Dr. Mohammad Zahoor, Executive Producer Lutz Jarosch, Production AVA studios GmbH, Director Oliver