Jana (singer)

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Jana (singer)
Birth name Dragana Stanojević
Born (1974-03-15) 15 March 1974 (age 40)
Pristina, Yugoslavia
Genres Turbo-folk, Pop folk
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1988–92; 1997–present
Labels Grand Production (formerly ZaM/Zabava miliona), VIP Production (later renamed BN Music)
Associated acts Sejo Kalač, Asim Bajrić, MC Stojan, Jasmin Jusić

Dragana Todorović (Serbian Cyrillic: Драгана Тодоровић; née Stanojević (Станојевић); born 15 March 1974), known by her stage name Jana (Јана), is a Serbian turbo-folk and pop folk singer.

Biography[edit]

Jana was born in the village of Babin Most, near the city of Priština, Yugoslavia in 1974. She has two siblings: a brother Dejan and a sister Danijela.[1]

Her career started at the age of fourteen, in 1988, when she visited a well-known kafana in the town of Obilić one night with her parents and brother (who played the accordion). She had worn a white overcoat and pink hat. During dinner, she took the microphone, got a chair, and, being shy, turned her back against the audience and started singing "Što me pitaš" (Why Are You Asking Me) by Šemsa Suljaković to roaring applause.

After finishing the Stevan Mokranjac music academy in her hometown, she recorded an album in 1992 that sold very few copies and flopped. She went back to performing in kafanas throughout Kosovo, then took a short break from singing due to the disappointment of her last album, working as a music educator.

In 1997, she met singer Marina Živković in Kosovska Mitrovica, a meeting which kick-started her career. As Živković was preparing for her concert, she overheard Todorović singing and was left 'breathless'. She asked for Jana to come to her table and talk and after the conversation, she recommended Jana to friend, Ivan Todorović (Jana's future husband) who owned a discothèque and was in need of a live band. Not long after, Ivan traveled to Priština to meet with Jana. That day, Jana and her cousin met up with him near the Grand Hotel and struck up a record deal. In October 1997, with great sadness, she left her home country and moved to Germany, four months prior to the outbreak of war in Kosovo. She became extremely homesick in Germany, but was unable to travel home because of the insecurity. She was signed to the now-defunct record label Zabava miliona (ZAM). As there already was a famous singer called Dragana Mirković, Saša Popović, the label's director, recommended her to adopt Jana as her stage name. During the recording of her second album, Sokolica (Falcon, 1998), she fell in love with Ivan Todorović and they later married. Her first album was a huge success and she went on tour with famous singer Lepa Brena.

She then recorded her third album, Prolaznica (Free Pass, 1999), under the label Grand Production (formerly ZaM).

Jana's fourth studio album, Ostavi mi drugove (Leave My Friends, 2000), featured the hit songs "Ko visoko leti" (He Who Flies High), "Robinja" (Slave) and the title track. It was followed by her fifth release: Prevare do prevare (Affair After Affair, 2001) had the hit songs "Barabar" and "Tuge mi dovoljno".

For her seventh album, Zidovi (Walls, 2003), she started to work with VIP Production (later renamed BN Music), a label founded and owned by her husband Ivan Todorović. It was the first album distributed by VIP Production.[2]

Jana released three more albums under the label: Malo magije (A Little Magic, 2005), Kući, kući (Home, Home, 2007) and Jana Dva (Jana Two, 2011).

On 2 November 2006, Jana and her husband had a daughter, Kristina Džulijen Todorović.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Dragana Stanojević (1992)
  • Sokolica (1998)
  • Prolaznica (1999)
  • Ostavi mi drugove (2000)
  • Prevare do prevare (2001)
  • 5 (2002)
  • Zidovi (2003)
  • Malo magije (2005)
  • Kući, kući (2007)
  • Jana Dva (2011)
  • Rame uz rame (2013)

Sokolica (1998)

  1. Crna ovca
  2. Druge ljubiš srcem
  3. Dva života
  4. Greši nebeski
  5. Hiljadu puta
  6. Kapitulacija
  7. Moje drugo lice
  8. Primadona
  9. Sestre
  10. Sokolica

Prolaznica (1999)[4]

  1. Prolaznica
  2. Mostovi
  3. Za tebe za mene
  4. Željna
  5. Piši propalo
  6. Umirem ti majko
  7. Ožiljak
  8. Inostranstvo
  9. Veselo društvo
  10. Spremna na sve

Ostavi mi drugove (2000)[5]

  1. Ostavi mi drugove
  2. Robinja
  3. Ko visoko leti
  4. Odvedi me srećo
  5. Pesmu imam samo
  6. Samica
  7. Tamo gde me najviše boli
  8. Patila sam ja
  9. Neće moći tako
  10. Oprosti ženo

Prevara do prevare (2001)[6]

  1. Prevera do prevare
  2. Tuge mi dovoljno
  3. Sviraj nešto narodno
  4. Dođe mi da vrisnem
  5. Nazdravi sa mnom
  6. Kuda
  7. 'Ajde dođi, šta ćeš tu?
  8. Lažu me lažu
  9. Jasno je
  10. Barabar

5 (2002)

  1. Hajde Jano
  2. Htela sam ti reći
  3. Miraz
  4. Pa nek sama večera
  5. Piješ, ne nudiš
  6. Rođena za kraljicu
  7. Samo da znaš
  8. Šta će ti pevačica
  9. Suviše lepa
  10. Vratiti se neću
  11. Za badava

Zidovi (2003)[7]

  1. Koje li su boje njene oči?
  2. Rame uz rame
  3. I lomi i moli
  4. Duh iz lampe
  5. Svi dignu ruke
  6. Zidovi
  7. Kad slavuji zapevaju
  8. Evo, ja ću
  9. Srećna nova
  10. Za mene se zna

Malo magije (2005)

  1. Ne pitaj
  2. Malo magije
  3. Imam pravo
  4. Crna kutija
  5. Cena tuge
  6. Sunce sjalo (featuring Sejo Kalač)
  7. Troši me ove noći
  8. Ja sam tvoja
  9. Stari prevarant
  10. Zabranili ženi piće

Kući, kući (2007)

  1. Iza tvojih prozora
  2. Idi pa se leči
  3. Ja nisam ona
  4. Beleg
  5. Kući, kući
  6. Prevari me
  7. Ljubav nije greh
  8. Kunem ti se
  9. Tužni se smeju najlepše
  10. Ja te samo ljubim

Jana Dva (2011)[8]
New songs

  1. Jana 2
  2. Rane od pre
  3. Kada se svetla pogase
  4. Princeza
  5. Višak prtljaga
  6. Nije in da budeš fin
  7. Jutro posle
  8. Niko nije kriv
  9. Gori kuća naša

Old songs as bonus tracks

  1. Kući kući
  2. Iza tvojih prozora
  3. Beleg
  4. Ne pitaj
  5. Crna kutija
  6. Stari prevarant
  7. Cena tuge
  8. Ljubav nije greh
  9. Ja nisam ona

Non-album singles[edit]

  • Lune, lune (2012)
  • Bruka i sramota (2013)
  • Boginja (2014)
  • Može, može (2014)

As featured artist[edit]

References[edit]