20 April 1982 |
|Genres||Pop, Alternative, Pop Rock|
|Associated acts||Miriam Cani|
Alban Skënderaj (born April 20, 1982) is an Albanian singer.
Alban Skënderaj moved to Pistoia, Italy at age fourteen, where his parents and three brothers still live. Alban's father was an army official and also the author of various books, poetry and prose. His mother worked in the laboratory of the town's aqueduct. After finishing secondary school, Alban left Albania for Italy. He continued school, studying Hotel Management but dedicated most of his time to his real passion, music. Discovering he could not devote enough time to both, he chose music. He took a guitar course for a year and continued teaching himself to play becoming friends with various musicians.
At age 17 he began writing songs and appearing on stage, taking part in competitions organised by the town where he lived. He also continued singing at various venues with different bands. He preferred writing songs in English and Italian. In festival called Top Fest Albania (Second edition), he won first place with "Vetem Ty" (Only You). A year later he again won first place in the same festival, this time performing in a duet with Kosovar band "Kthjellu"; the winning song was titled "Diçka" (Something). He won "Best Overall Singer" in the Videofest festival for the first time in 2007 with "Ky Ritëm" (This Rhythm). In June 2012 he won for second time in the Videofest festival with his clip "Mirësevjen në shpirtin tim" (Welcome to my soul). He is also part of the jury in the X Factor.  In June 2006 he played the role of Romeo in the Albanian version of Gerard Presgurvic's musical Roméo et Juliette, de la Haine à l'Amour. He sought to represent Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Germany in a duet with Albanian singer and his fiancee Miriam Cani.
- Fllad në shkretëtirë (Breeze in the desert)
- Ende ka shpresë (There's still hope)