Ivy Quainoo

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Ivy Quainoo
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Ivy Quainoo in concert in Cologne, January 2014
Background information
Born (1992-01-11) 11 January 1992 (age 22)
Berlin, Germany
Years active 2012 – present
Associated acts The BossHoss

Ivy Quainoo (born 11 January 1992) is an Afro-German singer. In February 2012, she won the first series of The Voice of Germany.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ivy Quainoo was born in Berlin to Ghanaian parents. She attended Schiller High School in Charlottenburg. While still in school and also after her Abitur in 2011, she attended a dramatic arts school in Kreuzberg.[2] In the summer of 2011, Ivy spent time lending her voice as a background singer in writer/singer Jakob Royal's self-titled debut album.

After finishing high school, she auditioned for the reality talent show The Voice of Germany. During the live broadcasts, Quainoo was the only participant of the series to be voted in every time by the spectators. During the finals show on 10 February 2012, she received 33.65% of the combined votes, based on telephone voting and the number of song downloads, with which she left the other three final candidates behind.

Career[edit]

2012: Ivy[edit]

Ivy Quainoo in concert in Stuttgart, May 2012

After the final show, she promoted her single "Do You Like What You See?" on the Harald Schmidt Show and on Verstehen Sie Spaß?.[3][4] Her first album, entitled Ivy, was released in March 2012. At the Echo award ceremony she sang, together with Aura Dione, Caro Emerald, Ina Müller and Dionne Bromfield, the song "Valerie" in memory of Amy Winehouse. Furthermore, Quainoo presented her second single "You Got Me" on ProSieben Celebrity Boxing. On 14 May 2012, she started her first tour of Germany with a concert in Lüneburg.[5] On the final show of Germany's Next Topmodel Quainoo sang her single "Break Away".[6] In October 2012, Quainoo worked with Mousse T. on a song for the movie Man tut was Mann kann. She also recorded the Song "Who You Are" with Stanfour for the mini-series World Without End. On November 16, she released her album Ivy as a Gold Edition in which these new songs are available.

2013: Wildfires[edit]

Quainoo has been working on her second studio album in New York City, London & Los Angeles.[7] In June, Quainoo stated that the album is finished and will be published in fall 2013.[8] The album called Wildfires which was revealed some days later.[9] On 6 September 2013, the first single "Wildfires (Light it Up)" from her second studio album was released.[10] To promote the single and the album Wildfires, Quainoo performed at Schlag den Raab, Promi Big Brother and also makes radio interviews round the release dates. The album Wildfires was released on 27 September 2013.[11] In October Quainoo is a special guest on Olly Murs Germany tour dates. Her next solo tour starts in January 2014 and is called Wildfires Live Tour.

Other ventures[edit]

Ivy Quainoo filmed commercial spots for VW in 2012. Since February 2013 she is the ambassador of the German campaign Together for Africa.[12] In June 2013, Quainoo walked as a model for the Berlin Fashion Week.[13]

Discography[edit]

Albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
GER
[14]
AUT
[15]
SWI
[16]
Ivy 5 11 10
  • GER: Gold
Wildfires 40

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
GER
[14]
AUT
[15]
SWI
[16]
2012 "Do You Like What You See" 2 8 12
  • GER: Gold
Ivy
"You Got Me" 31 61 61
2013 "Wildfires (Light It Up)" 44 Wildfires
"Atomic"

Promotional singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
GER
[14]
AUT
[15]
SWI
[16]
2012 "Who You Are"
(with Stanfour)
49 Ivy

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Work Result
2012 CMA Wild and Young Awards Best Album Ivy Nominated
Best Song "Do You Like What You See" Nominated
Best Newcomer Herself Nominated
Napster Award Favorite Shooting-Star Nominated
2013 ECHO Awards Best National Newcomer Nominated
Best Female National Artist Won
Napster Award Favorite Shooting–Star Nominated
Radio 7 Award Best Newcomer Won

Tours[edit]