Ira Losco

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Ira Losco
Born (1981-07-31) July 31, 1981 (age 33)
Origin Sliema, Malta
Genres Indie, Rock, Alternative, Pop
Occupation(s) singer
Years active 1998–present
Website Official website

Ira Losco (born 31 July 1981) is a Maltese singer. With a string Number 1 singles and albums, Ira Losco is one of the best selling artists in Malta. She competed for Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 with the song "7th Wonder" and finished second. Losco released several commercially-successful albums and singles and received wide recognition across Europe.

Career[edit]

Tiara[edit]

Ira Losco started her career fronting and co-writing original songs with college band, Tiara. They released a track called "Teleport Me" which can be found on the Green Label Collection CD, and an album called "Hi-Infidelity" in 2001, which included tracks like "Basketball" which was their biggest hit.

Eurovision 2002[edit]

Tiara split up a few months after Ira Losco represented her country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 which was held in Tallinn. She placed 2nd with the song 7th Wonder.[1][2] In 2003, she was chosen to perform the song called "Reaching Higher" which was the official song of the Xth Games of the Small States of Europe Malta 2003.

Gieh ir-Repubblika.

On 13 December 2008, a national holiday in Malta in remembrance of Malta becoming a Republic, Ira Losco was awarded a national medal for making Malta proud in the international music scene, whilst opening concerts for international stars, in front of audiences of 80,000 at a time. She has opened for Sir Elton John, Rod Stewart, Katie Melua, Mel C, Ronan Keating, German Superstars Tokio Hotel and Söhne Mannheims and many others. All these concerts where held in Europe.

Album Releases[edit]

Someone Else[edit]

In February 2004, Ira Losco released her first ever E.P. "Love me or Hate me>Who I Am." On April 19, 2004, Ira released her first studio album "Someone Else." Again she was song writing, just as she used to with her first band. The album boasted international song writers and Ira Losco's first Anthem "Love me or Hate me" which quickly also became a dance floor hit remixed by Mark u-Bahn and DJ Ruby. On June 28, 2004, Ira launched her second music video (after 7th Wonder) for the track "I'm In Love Again"[citation needed]

On January 28, 2005, Ira Losco released "Blends & Remixes of Someone Else" a first in its genre for Malta. It included remixes by Top DJ's including DJ Ruby, Miss Roberta & Joseph Armani of the tracks on the album "Someone Else." Following the release, songs like "Love me or Hate me" and "I'm in Love Again" became huge dance floor fillers.

Accident Prone[edit]

"Accident Prone" was Ira Losco's highest selling album. After her successful German Tour Ira Losco was peaking in her home territory and making a name for herself in international waters. "Accident Prone" was the album which re-confirmed Ira Losco as Malta's hottest exports.

With tracks such as "Accident Prone", power ballads "Waking up to the Light", "I don't wanna talk about it" and "Get out" the album was a huge success.

Her third album named "Accident Prone" was released on November 16, 2005. It included 9 brand new tracks, "Get Out!", "Everyday" and a release of Lisa Miskovsky's "Driving One Of Your Cars" which had only been released in the territory of Sweden and also won a Golden Bear. Song writers Dead Mono, who co-wrote "Every day" with Ira Losco suggested she also recorded "Driving One Of Your Cars" It topped the charts on the island and won a BMA for the Best Song that year. Out of the 9 tracks, "Everyday", "Get Out!", "Don't Wanna Talk About It", "Driving One Of Your Cars", "Accident Prone", "Uh-Oh", and "Waking Up To The Light", were released as singles. All of them received great airplay by local stations, particularly "Accident Prone"[citation needed] and "Uh-Oh"[citation needed].

Tracks written by Losco/Debono and international writers have made their way to Michelle Hunziker's (popular Italian presenter/model/ex-wife of Eros Ramazzotti) album 'Lole'. These tracks were 'Someone Else', 'Get Out', 'I'm in Love Again.' The prominent guitar riff on 'Uh-Oh' was also included in Kelly Clarkson's hit "Don't Waste Your Time." A very important achievement for Losco the songwriter.

Unmasked[edit]

"Unmasked" is Ira Losco's unplugged album, including acoustic version of some of her tracks, 2 brand new tracks, a cover version of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time", another of Soft Cell's "Bedsitter", and another of The Cure's "Lovesong". Following the release of this album Ira Losco performed the first ever Vodafone Music Jam concert to a sold out audience at the Hilton. The classy performance was of international standard and a band including session musicians Dru Mayer on percussion, Sammy hayman on piano and keys and JeanPaul Micallef Grimaud on Cello played Ira Losco's greatest hits and some very touching impressive cover versions.

Fortune Teller[edit]

In July 2007, Ira Losco released her single entitled "Something To Talk About" from her third studio album Fortune Teller, which was released on June 11, 2008. Following (in December 2007) was the release of the second single from Fortune Teller, "Don't Look Down"[citation needed],written by Adam Bonello H Keith and Ira Losco, hit number one for four weeks in the local charts. On 10 December 2007, "Living It..." was released in local cinemas and on DVD. It includes memorable Live performances, international collaborations,videos, never seen before backstage footage, a personal interview and exclusive new tracks off the album.

Mixed Beats[edit]

Ira's second remix album called Mixed Beats was launched in Malta on August 22, 2009. This remix album contains remixes of tracks from Ira Losco's previous albums: Fortune Teller, Unmasked: the unplugged album, and Accident Prone.

The Fire[edit]

After the release of the single 'What I'd Give' in August 2012, Ira Losco released her fourth album in March, 2013.

Other Albums[edit]

Album information
Hi-Infidelity (with Tiara)
  • Released: Summer 2001 (Malta)
  • Genre: Alternative rock/Indie
  • Singles:
    • 1998: "Basketball
  • Tracklisting:
    • 01. Riverman
    • 02. Teenage In Love
    • 03. Basketball
    • 04. Some People
    • 05. Basketball (live at Red TV)
Butterfly
  • Released: January 2002 (Malta)
  • Genre: Pop
Compilations/Collaborations
Green Label Collection CD
Eurovision Song Contest 2002
Ipokriti Soundtrack
Xth Games of the Small States of Europe Malta 2003
Singing For Bay Kidz
Roger Shah's Magic Island Compilation Vol.2
Openminded? - Roger Shah
  • Released: 2011 (Europe)
  • Genre: Trance
    • Save It All Today
Propulsion - Duo Blank
  • Released: 2012
  • Genre: Electronica
    • Human Train (Duo Blank feat Ira Losco)
    • Affection (Duo Blank feat Ira Losco)
DVD's
  • 2007: Livin It...

Discography[edit]

Main article: Ira Losco discography

Modelling and Advertising[edit]

Ira Losco has been the face of Guess (clothing) in Malta since 2006,[3] filled in Heidi Klum's shoes for McDonald's Salad Plus in Malta.[4] She was also part of Vodafone's Music Jam Campaign.[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

2002

Awards
Eurovision Song Contest 2002 - 7th Wonder – 2nd Place

2003

Awards & Nominations
Malta Music Awards 2003

  • Best ImageWon
  • Best Female ArtistWon
  • Best CD Single - 7th WonderNominee
2004

Awards & Nominations
Tune In's Battle Of The Babes

  • Battle Of The BabesWon

Bay Music Awards

  • Best Solo ArtistWon
  • Best SingleNominee
2005

Bay Music Awards

  • Best Solo ArtistNominee
  • Best Single - EverydayNominee
  • Best Song Of All Time - Love Me Or Hate MeNominee
2006
  • Bailey's Woman Of The Year AwardWon
  • Best Live Act Award - Sole FestivalWon
  • Award for Foreign Achievement - Sole Festival

Bay Music Awards

  • Best Solo ArtistWon
  • Best Single - Driving One Of Your CarsWon
  • Viewers' Choice Awards - Best PerformanceWon
2007

Malta Music Awards

  • Best Album - Accident ProneWon
  • Best Female ArtistWon
  • Best ImageNominee
  • Best Video - Accident Prone'Nominee
  • Best Local Export'Won
  • Best Performance'Nominee

Bay Music Awards

  • Best Solo Artist'Won
2008

Malta Music Awards

  • Best Image'Nominee
  • Best Female Artist'Won
  • Best CD Cover' Fortune Teller Nominee
  • Best Album' Fortune Teller Won
  • Best Songwriter' Nominee
  • Best Song (Idle Motion) Nominee

Bay Music Awards

  • Best Solo Artist Nominee
  • Best Song (Idle Motion) Won
2009

Malta Music Awards

  • Best Remix' "What's The Matter With Your Cabrio?" (feat. DJ Ruby) Won

Malta Music Awards

Bay Music Awards

  • Best Remix' "What's The Matter With Your Cabrio?" (feat. DJ Ruby) Won

2013

BMA winner Best Song "The Person I Am" Presenters' Choice Award Recognition Award

2014

Malta Music Awards Best Album "The Fire" Best Artist Best Video "Me Luv U Long Time"

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Fabrizio Faniello
with "Another Summer Night"
Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest
2002
Succeeded by
Lynn Chircop
with "To Dream Again"