Maya Sar

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Maya Sar
Maya Sar publicity.jpg
Born Maja Hodžić
(1981-07-12) 12 July 1981 (age 33)
Tuzla, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
Occupation
  • singer
Years active 2009–present
Spouse(s)
  • Mahir Sarihodžić (m. 2008)
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • vocals
Labels
Website MayaSar.com

Maja Sarihodžić (Bosnian pronunciation [mǎːja sǎrixodʒitɕ], née Hodžić; born 12 July 1981), known by her stage name Maya Sar, is a Bosnian pop-ballad singer. Sar represented Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Korake ti znam". Her debut album Krive riječi was released 1 June 2013.

Early life[edit]

Maja Hodžić was born into an ethnic Bosniak and Muslim family in Tuzla, a city in eastern Bosnia. She has a younger brother named Srđan. Their mother Bahira was an elementary school professor of music. Maja lived for some time in Pećinci, Serbia with her family.[1]

Career[edit]

Sar's debut album, Krive riječi (2013).

In 2005, Maya Sar graduated with a Bachelor of Music on a concentration on piano from University of Sarajevo's Sarajevo Music Academy. Before she started her solo career, Sar was a backing vocalist for many famous singers, including Dino Merlin, Hanka Paldum and Emina Jahović.[2][3]

Her first single "Nespretno" (Awkwardly) was released in March 2010 and it became big hit in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as in neighboring countries.

She is the founder of the regional humanitarian project in the fight against cervical cancer Moj je život moja pjesma (My Life Is My Song) and the composer and songwriter of the eponymous song which is performed by leading some of the leading stars in the region - Nina Badrić, Karolina Gočeva, Aleksandra Radović and Maya Sar herself. For this, she received the Gold plaque of the great human heart by the International League of Humanists in 2011 and the European award by European Cervical Cancer Association (ECCA) in February 2014.[4]

Sar's debut studio album Krive riječi was released 1 June 2013 through the record label Hayat Production.[5][6][7]

Eurovision[edit]

Maya Sar participated on Eurovision as a back vocalist in 2004 and 2011 (both times for the Bosnia and Herzegovina entry). She also played the keyboard on Dino Merlin's "Love in Rewind" during the semi-finals and finals at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011.

On 15 December 2011 it was confirmed that Maya Sar would represent Bosnia and Herzegovina with the song "Korake ti znam" in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The song premiered on 15 March 2012.[8] She progressed from the second semi-final into the grand final where she finished in 18th place.

Personal life[edit]

Sar met her future husband Mahir Sarihodžić (born June 1974) when she was 16 and he was 23 in 1997. They wed in 2008.[9] Sarihodžić is a music producer and together they own the recording studio "Long Play Studio".[10] They live in Sarajevo.

In addition to her native Bosnian, Sar is fluent in English and Italian.

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ima li Maya Sar bh. pasoš?". Express. 16 January 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Prvi spot MayeSar, novog bh. muzičkog talenta". Klix. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kažu da sam partibrejkerica, na derneku mi se uvijek prvoj prispava". Gracija. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "MAYA SAR, BH. KANTAUTORICA: "NAGRADA EVROPSKOG NIVOA VELIKA JE ČAST"". BH magazine. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Krive riječi". Discogs. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Maya Sar: Želja mi je da se ljudi pronađu u pjesmama". Slobodna Evropa. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Održana promocija albuma Maye Sar "Krive riječi"". Ekskluziva. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Maya Sar premijerno predstavila pjesmu za Eurosong". Klix. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Održana promocija albuma Maye Sar "Krive riječi"". Ekskluziva. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Maya Sar: “Već duže vrijeme mi je želja osnovati školu pjevanja, radim na tome”". Backstage. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Dino Merlin
with Love in Rewind
Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest
2012
Succeeded by
[to be determined]