Frederik Ndoci

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Frederik Ndoci
Birth name Frederik Ndoci
Born (1960-02-09) February 9, 1960 (age 54)
Shkodra, Albania
Origin Shkodër, Albania
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer, Writer, Poet
Years active 1985 - present
Labels Blue November
Website frederikndoci.com
Frederik Ndoci singing at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007

Frederik Ndoci is an Albanian singer, songwriter, poet, writer, actor and international Recording artist. He also represented his country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, with the song "Hear My Plea".

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Before winning the Festivali i Këngës 45, he also won the 28-th edition, along with M. Nallbani & his sister Julia Ndoci. He performed "Balada e Gurit" (English translation: "Ballad of Stone") at the 45th festival. The song was re-titled "Hear My Plea" and translated into English for the Eurovision performance, which was only credited to Frederick. In Eurovision Song Contest semifinal he was placed 17th and didn't qualify to the final.[1]

Background[edit]

Frederik grew up in a family of artists from the northern Albanian city of Shkodra. His sister, Rita Ndoci was an operatic singer of folkloric music and a professional comedian. Another sister, Julia Ndoci, started a career as a singer right after Frederik, but with less success, she continued her career in Germany with better success. Frederik studied in the Academy of Arts and got diploma for actor. He performed in 6 movies, starring in main and supporting roles. Frederik Ndoci was named "Man Of Thousand Voices" because he sings baritone, tenor, bass and countertenor. Despite his success, he has had his share of difficulties and several times mostly caused from the Albanian communist regime of the time.

Career[edit]

After his brief career in acting, Frederik’s recording debut came out of Italy where he played guitar and sang with Pagina d’Album. The album Canta Frederik was well received in Italy and the subsequent video was aired on several TV stations. Frederik made inroads with his second album Sono Gitano, when it became a best seller in Italy. The CD continues to be a best seller in Frederik’s home country and parts of Eastern Europe. After invitations to several major events, such as the Peace Festival in Romania, where he sang a song for the late Mother Teresa, the Miss Europa pageant, and other key festivals, Frederik set sail for the U.S., landing in San Diego, California. It was here that he was courted by the Christian College Heritage and commissioned to record his third CD, Frederik and Friends. Featuring American Christian sacred songs, Frederik recorded his first project in English.[2]

In 2006 he was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.[3]

In 2011 he wrote a poetry book called "I Lindur dhe Plak i Divorcuar" thus starting a potential career as a writer and poet.[4]

Discography[edit]

  • Canta Frederik (1994 - 1995)
  • Sono Gitano (2002)
  • Vitet Gri (recordings of older songs)
  • Frederik & Friends
  • Romance (2005)
  • Canterina (2005)

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Luiz Ejlli
with Zjarr e ftohtë
Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest
2007
Succeeded by
Olta Boka
with Zemrën e lamë peng