Donny Montell

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Donny Montell
Birth name Donatas Montvydas
Also known as Donny Montell
Born (1987-10-22) October 22, 1987 (age 26)
Vilnius, Lithuania
Origin Lithuania
Genres Pop, Soul, R'n'B
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2008–present
Website Official Facebook page

Donatas Montvydas (born October 22, 1987), better known by his stage name Donny Montell, is a Lithuanian singer-songwriter who represented Lithuania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, held in Baku, Azerbaijan.[1]

Early life[edit]

Donatas Montvydas was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. His mother was a gymnast and his father was a drummer of the famous hard rock group „Plackartas“.[2] Montvydas' older sister is a professional dancer. His interest in music began at a young age. He started performing publicly at age six when his vocal teacher let him to participate in the contest for young singers “Dainų dainelė” (“The song of the Songs”),[3] singing " Aš kiškelis mažas“ and he became a laureate.

Musical influences[edit]

As a child, Montvydas was highly influenced by artists such as Michael Jackson and rock band Queen and would often impersonate these artists from a young age. He also admires Freddie Mercury for his personality.[4] Montvydas also stated that his father is his biggest inspiration.[5]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Year National Final Song Results
Lithuanian National Final Eurovision Song Contest
2009 "Dainų daina" „Remember Last Time“
"Dainų daina" (with Rosita Čivilytė)
#2
#11-20
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2010 National Final "Running Fast"
DSQ
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2011 National Final „Let Me“
„Best Friends“ (with Sasha Son)
#5
#10
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2012 National Final Love Is Blind[6] Won
14

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • Running Fast (Single; 2010)
  • Leisk Mylėt[7] (Single; 2010)
  • Let Me (Single; 2010)
  • Mano Vasara (Single; 2011)
  • Yes Or No (Single; 2011)
  • Love Is Blind (Single; 2012)
  • Norim dar (Single; 2012)

Albums[edit]

  • Donny Montell (2012)

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Evelina Sašenko
with C'est ma vie
Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest
2012
Succeeded by
Andrius Pojavis
with "Something"