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Zeljko Joksimovic
Zeljko Joksimovic or often credited Zeljko Joksimovic (born 20 April 1972 in Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian singer, composer and producer. He is also well known in Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, Germany, Austria and other European countries. He represented Serbia and Montenegro in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Lane moje", placing 2nd behind Ukrainian singer Ruslana.[1] He will represent Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Zeljko Joksimovic was born on 20 April 1972 in Belgrade and grew up in the city of Valjevo. Zeljko's first international success came at the age of 12, when he won the title of First Accordion of Europe at the prestigious music festival in Paris. He graduated from the Music University in Belgrade and launched his professional music career in 1997. In 1998 he won a contest at the Pjesma Mediterana festival with the song "Pesma Sirena", which led to opportunities to perform at more prestigious festivals in Belarus. The Serbian musician won the "Grand-Prix" award at two festivals in that country. Joksimovic can play 11 different musical instruments including accordion, piano, guitar, drums. Zeljko is multi-lingual, being fluent in Greek, English, Russian, Polish and French as well as his native Serbian. In 1999, Joksimovic signed with City Records, a music label owned by a private Serbian television station RTV Pink. The young singer was promoted then as a folk and pop artist. His first studio album, titled Amajlija, included "Pesma Sirena" along with seven other tracks. His first big success was with the single "Telo Vreteno", written by himself and Dragan Brajic - Braja. The song went to #1 on the Serbian pop music charts, and became very popular in other former Yugoslav countries. In 2000 Joksimovic released his second studio album Vreteno named after a song on the album. Other tracks on the album included "Rintam", "Gadura" and "Petak na subotu". Two music videos were produced for songs on this album. 111 was released in 2002, soaring to #1 on the pop charts of Serbia and other countries of the region. In 2003, Joksimovic wrote the song "Cija Si" for Macedonian music legend Toe Proeski which led him to win Beovizija - The Serbian festival for choosing a representative for the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest. However, Proeski did not go to the contest that year, instead representing his home country Republic of Macedonia with "Life". Serbia and Montenegro, sending an entrant for the first time to 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, decided on their representative through Evropesma 2004, a music festival and contest in Serbia and Montenegro. Joksimovic won the contest with "Lane Moje", composed by eljko himself, along with lyricist Leontina Vukomanovic. In the semi-final, Joksimovic placed first. However, in the final he placed second behind Ukrainian singer Ruslana, but did win "The Marcel Bezencon Press award" (Best Composer Award). "Lane Moje" was the best selling single in Serbia and Montenegro and other parts of Europe for many months. On 18 November 2011, it was announced that Joksimovic will represent Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. His song, Nije Ljubav Stvar, was presented to the public on March 10, 2012. The Serbian entry at the 57th "Eurovision Song Contest" in Azerbaijan is called "Nije ljubav stvar" a song composed and performed by Zeljko Joksimovic. The lyrics are by Marina Tucakovic and Milos Roganovic. Along with the version in Serbian written by Marina Tucakovic and Milos Roganovic, the English version of the song called "Synonym" by Ljilja Jorgovanovic has also been presented. The arrangements of both versions were done by Zeljko Joksimovic and Alek Alekov. Along with Zeljko Joksimovic, the Serbian team on the Eurovision stage in Baku will include members of the "Ad Hoc Orchestra": Ksenija Milosevic - violin and backing vocals, Olga Vulovic - violin and backing vocals, Milos Nikolic - kaval and backing vocals, Dusan Alagic - backing vocals and instrumentalist, and Dragan Krstic - percussions and backing vocals. The postproduction and mastering of "Ljubav nije stvar" in Serbian, and of the "Synonim" version in English was done James Cruz, an award-winning audio-mastering engineer in his New York studio. James Cruz has nine "Grammy" Awards under his belt. He has worked with many show-business greats: Beyonce, Puff Daddy, Mary Mary, Lil Wayne, Nina Simone, etc. In his career Cruz did the audio-mastering for more than 400 albums many of them winning either a gold or platinum certification. He also worked on the film "The Lord of the Rings". Sursa: Wikipedia