Lenna Kuurmaa

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Lenna Kuurmaa
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Lenna Kuurmaa in 2005
Background information
Also known as Lenna
Born (1985-09-26) September 26, 1985 (age 28)
Tallinn, Estonia
Origin Estonia
Genres Pop,[1] rock
Occupations Singing-songwriting, acting
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Labels Mortimer Snerd & Frontiers Records
Associated acts Vanilla Ninja
Website Lenna.ee

Lenna Kuurmaa (born 26 September 1985[2] in Tallinn, Estonia)[1] is an Estonian singer-songwriter and actress.[3][4] She is a member of the girl group Vanilla Ninja, but after the band's hiatus since 2009, continued to work as a solo-artist. She also formed a band with the name "Lenna" who released the debut album Lenna in June 2010.[5]

Musical career[edit]

From 1990 to 2002, Lenna Kuurmaa was a member of the ETV Lasteekraani Muusikastuudio and performed together with the choir in many festivals internationally (in Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Israel, the United Kingdom, Spain, USA and Russia). She studied violin in Tallinn Music School from 2000 to 2006 under teacher Urvo Uibokand. She received vocal training from Ester Lepa and Ludmilla Issakova 1997–2002. In 2002 she took part of televised singing contest Fizz Superstar, where she made it to the quarter-finals.[1] In the same year Kuurmaa, together with 3 other girls, formed the rock band Vanilla Ninja. After Vanilla Ninja's hiatus in 2009, Lenna Kuurmaa started working as a solo-musician with the artist-name Lenna. In June 2010, she released her debut album Lenna under Mortimer Snerd.[5] All of the songs were written together with and produced by Vaiko Eplik, who is also the owner of the record label.[6] Her band also performed at the 2010 Shanghai EXPO.[6]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Lenna Kuurmaa has taken part in the Eurovision Song Contest and its national preselection contests with varying success.

  • In 2003, with Vanilla Ninja, the song "Club Kung-Fu" was placed at the last position by an international jury at the national preselection contest Eurolaul, even while having a strong popular support.[7]
  • Again together with Vanilla Ninja, she represented Switzerland with the song "Cool Vibes" in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 in Kiev, where they finished 8th.[1]
  • In 2007, Vanilla Ninja participated in Eurolaul 2007 with the song "Birds of Peace", and placed fourth.
  • In 2010, Lenna Kuurmaa participated as a solo artist at the national contest Eesti Laul 2010 with the song "Rapunzel", which was co-arranged by Vaiko Eplik. The song finished second.
  • In 2012, Lenna participated again in the national contest Eesti Laul 2012 with the song "Mina jään", which finished second.
  • In 2014, Lenna participated again in Eesti Laul with the song "Supernoova". She finished fourth.

Acting[edit]

Kuurmaa played the second lead role of Maya in the year 2007 Estonian film Kuhu põgenevad hinged (English: Where Souls Go) and Angela in the Estonian soap opera Kodu keset linna, also in 2007.[1][8][9] Since 2008, Kuurmaa has taken part in NO99 theatre's play Pericles as a guest-actress.[1][10] In 2010, she was given a role of an Estonian Security Police investigator in the crime-drama series Kelgukoerad.[6] She has stated that she has no interest in pursuing professional acting education.[6]

She has a role in the 2012 Finnish movie Vuosaari, named after a particular district in Helsinki.

Other activities[edit]

Lenna Kuurma performing at the Raadio 2 Hit of the Year award gala, 2007

Kuurmaa has also worked in television, for example being the host for the song contest Laulukarussell in 2006. She has also hosted programs in the Sky Plus radio since 2007.[1] Kuurmaa is a member of Estonian Performers' Association (EEL) and Estonian Authors' Society (EAÜ).[1] She has been involved in the musical theatre projects Kuningas ja mina (The King and I) and Helisev muusika (The Sound of Music).[1] In 2007, Lenna Kuurmaa was chosen by the audience of Raadio 2 to be a singer in the Unistuste Bänd (Dream Band), a supergroup composed of popular Estonian musicians for a one-time performance at Raadio 2 Hit of the Year award gala.[11]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Lenna (2010)
  • Teine (2013)
  • Moonland (Featuring. Lenna Kuurmaa) (2014)

Singles[edit]

  • "Saatus naerdes homse toob"
  • "Rapunzel" # 1 EST
  • "Sellel ööl" (Violina feat. Lenna Kuurmaa) # 20 EST[12]
  • "Musta pori näkku" (Lenna Kuurmaa & Mihkel Raud)
  • "Kogu tõde jüriööst"
  • "Mida sa teed"
  • "Õnnelaul"
  • "Hüvasti, Maa"
  • "Vana klaver"
  • "Naked Harbour" for the Finnish film "Vuosaari" where she plays
  • "Mina jään" # 1 EST
  • "Sinule"
  • "Seal, kus jäljed kaovad maast" # 14 EST
  • "Supernoova" # 10 EST
  • "Heaven Is To Be Close to You

Other songs[edit]

  • "Saatus naerdes homse toob/Think idly"
  • "Loomeinimesed"
  • "Like a kid"
  • "Mine tee tööd"
  • "Vara" (with Slide-Fifty)
  • "Rada" (with Mikk Saar)
  • "Sinuni" (with Ott Lepland)
  • "Kallim kullast (with Koit Toome)
  • "Eesti, Eesti, Eesti"
  • "Falling Star"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Mattisen, Tiina (2008). "Kuurmaa, Lenna". Eesti muusika biograafiline leksikon (in Estonian) 2. Tallinn: Eesti Entsüklopeediakirjastus. pp. 591–592. ISBN 978-9985-70-299-4. 
  2. ^ Niineste, Mart (22 August 2009). "Lenna Kuurmaa: tuleb endale võimalus anda". Eesti Päevaleht (in Estonian). Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Vanilla Ninja - Love Is War - Review - Stylus Magazine (archive)
  4. ^ Lenna Kuurma iMDb
  5. ^ a b Nestor, Siim (5 June 2010). "Nädala album: Õhuküllane ja värvirikas suvekuulutaja". Eesti Ekspress (in Estonian). Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d Tooming, Rando (5 June 2010). "Lenna: mõni lugu sai linti köögis". Õhtuleht (in Estonian). Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  7. ^ Nestor, Siim (15 December 2004). "Ninjade suur saladus". Eesti Ekspress (in Estonian). Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  8. ^ JUST: Kuhu põgenevad hinged? Lenna Kuurmaa veenev muutumine satanistiks Kalev.ee (Estonian)
  9. ^ Lenna Kuurmaa pääseb Angelana homsele õhtusöögile - Õhtuleht(Estonian)
  10. ^ "Perikles" (in Estonian). NO99. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  11. ^ Eger, Ninn (28 November 2007). "Unistuste Bändi esimesed pillimehed on selgunud". Elu24.ee (in Estonian). Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Estonian Top 40 (week 39)". Radio Uuno. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 

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