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Her musical experience began in the 1980s when she sang as a female vocalist for numerous Polish bands, including Human, Fatum and Talking Pictures. In 1994, she started solo career releasing album Gemini. The album is said to represent her complex personality with the name following her zodiac sign.
In 1995, she took part in the Sopot Festival, where she won Grand Prix. One of the judges was Malcolm McLaren. After that, she released her 2nd album Koncert Inaczej a collection of her live performances and rock and jazz covers.
In 1996, she represented Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest with a song called Chcę znać swój grzech... and finished 15th out of 23 and received 31 points (including 7 from three countries (Turkey, Greece, and Bosnia and Herzegovina but very little from the other ones). Afterwards, she starred in a movie called Nocne Graffiti and recorded a song for soundtrack of the movie. She also recorded a song to the soundtrack of a Disney movie, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame - the prayer of Esmeralda.
She got involved in a relationship with Kostek Yoriadis, the future father of her daughter.
On 2 May 1997, she gave birth to her daughter Aleksandra Julia.
In 2001, was nominated for MTV Europe Music Awards as "Best Polish Artist" and won the award.
Kowalska writes all the lyrics for her albums by herself, reflecting in large part her own experiences, usually about disappointment in love. She is known as a true "stage animal" because of her strong vocal abilities and great communication with audiences. She collaborates with some of the best Polish musicians, including the great bass player Wojciech Pilichowski.
On 23 June 2008, she gave birth to her second child, son Ignacy Ułanowski.
Her latest album was released on Nov 10 and is being promoted by the single "A Ty Czego Chcesz".
- 1994 - Gemini
(over 300.000 copies sold)
- 1995 - Koncert Inaczej
("Concert Differently" - over 200.000 copies sold)
- 1996 - Czekając Na...
("Waiting for..." - over 200.000 copies sold)
- 1998 - Pełna Obaw"
("Full of Fear" - over 124.000 copies sold)
- 2000 - 5
(over 95.000 copies sold)
- 2002 - Antidotum"
("Antidote" - over 100.000 copies sold)
- 2004 - Samotna W Wielkim Mieście
("Lonely in the Big City" - over 70.000 copies sold)
- 2008 - Antepenultimate
("Third from Last", the title is in Latin - over 40.000 copies sold)
All sales: 1.089.000 copies sold
- 1994 - Greatest Hope of Polish Rock Scene
- 1995 - Vocalist of the Year
- 1995 - Hit of the Year
- 1998 - Song of the Year
- 2001 - Best Polish Music Video
- 2001 - Best Polish Vocalist
- 2002 - Rock Album of the Year
- 2002 - Artist of the Year.
- Barclay, Simon (2010-06-17). The Complete and Independent Guide to the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. Simon Barclay. pp. 102–. ISBN 9781445784151. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
|Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Anna Maria Jopek
with "Ale jestem"