Renata Przemyk

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Renata Przemyk
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Renata Przemyk - live in Lublin, Poland
Background information
Birth name Renata Przemyk
Born (1966-02-10) February 10, 1966 (age 48)
Bielsko-Biała, Poland
Genres rock, alternative, cold wave
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Artist
Labels MJM Music PL, Sony BMG Music Entertainment Poland, Sony Music Entertainment Poland, Universal Music Poland
Associated acts Ya Hozna, Megitza, Kayah, Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka[1]

Renata Przemyk (born February 10, 1966, in Bielsko-Biała)[2] is a Polish singer and song writer. In Bielsko-Biała she attended primary and secondary school. She enjoyed her childhood together with her parents, grandmother and brothers. After finishing school, Renata moved to Katowice and began to study Czech philology at University of Śląsk.

In 1994 she moved to Cracow, and at the end of 1999 she decided to lead a quiet life in the country near Cracow, away from the fuss of a big city, which enabled her to compose, make arrangements of her own songs and bring up her daughter in a peaceful atmosphere.

Her career as a singer started when she was a teenager, by singing with local rock bands. However, she developed the real calling for music during her studies when she was inspired by the music of Tom Waits, Talking Heads and Frank Zappa. As a result of it, she started a band named "Ya Hozna" in 1989.

Despite the fact, that the group lasted only for a year, they managed to release an album entitled "Ya Hozna", the album that revealed a unique and original musical style of Renata Przemyk. After her music began to catch on, she started her solo career.

As an independent artist Renata has recorded and edited the following albums: "Mało zdolna szansonistka" (1992), "Tylko kobieta" (1994), "Andergrant" (1996), "Hormon" (1999), "Blizna" (2001), "Balladyna" (2002) - soundtrack from a play directed by Jan Machulski, "The best of" (2003) - a compilation of her most interesting songs, "Unikat" (2006).

From the beginning of her artistic path, she has been accompanied by her dearest friend and manager - Anna Saraniecka, who at the same time is the author of all lyrics. Mature and wise lyrics have the same importance for Renata's songs as the music, and they are an integral part of creating the unusual nature of her work.

Most of Renata's albums were awarded with a status of "golden album" for selling over 50.000 copies. Moreover, they were nominated and awarded many times - mostly for artistic individuality.

From the beginning of her career, the singer has also won numerous awards in various festivals in which she took part, including first prize in the festival in Cracow, "Karolinka" in Opole and "Bursztynowy Slowik" in Sopot.

As an artist that connects rock sounds with poetry and theatrical performance she could perform both on the stage of a rock festival in Jarocin, and prestigious festivals of stage song that took place in Wrocław and Köln. She has given concerts in France (Normandy, Britany, Paris) and in the USA (New York) but because of the lyrics being written in her native language, she prefers to perform in front of the Polish audiences, which can fully appreciate the words and also sing the songs with her.

Although she has got many interests such as: art, cinema, 19th and 20th century literature, modern theater and drawing her own graphics, music is always the most important for her. She has cooperated with many artists but if it's for her art - she's always the only one who produces her ventures and decides about their character.

It is hard to classify her music - neither rock nor alternative nor poetry can describe what's deep inside it. She calls her music "an everlasting search for tones, sounds, emotions and climates not similar to anything that had been made before". That's why each album is different from the previous one. Nevertheless, there is always one motif in common - on every album we can hear the sound of accordion, an instrument the artist likes, despite all trends and fashions.

An individual and unique style of Renata's music has its origin in post-punk tones. However, the artist has been constantly using various instruments in her musical career. The electronic sounds were used for the first time by Renata on an album entitled "Hormon" in 1999, which at the same time was the first album composed by her. Since then she and the author of lyrics Anna Saraniecka have been the only "parents" of Renata's successes.[3]

What is more, in voting contests by two most important Polish weeklies - Polityka and Wprost, Renata has been chosen one of the most important artists of the last century.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
POL
[4]
Ya hozna
  • Released: 1989[5]
  • Label: Pronit
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DL[6]
Mało zdolna szansonistka
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: MJM Music
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
Tylko kobieta
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: MJM Music
  • Formats: CD, CS
Andergrant
  • Released: November 1, 1996
  • Label: Sony BMG Poland
  • Formats: CD, CS
Hormon
  • Released: February 16, 1999
  • Label: Sony BMG Poland
  • Formats: CD, CS
Blizna
  • Released: May 21, 2001[7]
  • Label: Sony Music Poland
  • Formats: CD, CS
23
Unikat
  • Released: March 27, 2006[8]
  • Label: Sony BMG Poland
  • Formats: CD
12
Odjazd
  • Released: November 16, 2009[9]
  • Label: QL Music
  • Formats: CD
19
Rzeźba dnia
  • Released: September 30, 2014[12]
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD
22
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
POL
[4]
The best of Renata Przemyk
  • Released: April 14, 2003
  • Label: Sony BMG Poland
  • Formats: CD, CS
17
Renata Przemyk Akustik Trio
  • Released: September 21, 2012[13]
  • Label: Impres-Art
  • Formats: CD, DL[14]
26
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Collaborative albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
POL
[4]
Panienki z temperamentem
with Kayah
  • Released: October 25, 2010[15]
  • Label: QM Music
  • Formats: CD, DL[16]
10
Dobra Nowina (Good Message)
with Megitza
  • Released: December 22, 2012[17]
  • Label: Megitza
  • Formats: CD, DL[18]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
Renata Przemyk w Trójce
  • Released: September 23, 2013[19]
  • Label: Polskie Radio
  • Formats: CD, DL[20]

Soundtracks[edit]

Title Album details
Balladyna
  • Released: June 24, 2002[21]
  • Label: Sony Music Poland
  • Formats: CD

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.t-mobile-music.pl/opinie/wywiady/wywiad-reprezentujemy-metal,4577.html
  2. ^ http://www.renataprzemyk.art.pl/english_biography.php
  3. ^ http://www.poezja-spiewana.pl/index.php?str=artf&no=17
  4. ^ a b c http://olis.onyx.pl/listy/index.asp?idlisty=143&lang=en
    http://olis.onyx.pl/listy/index.asp?idlisty=620&lang=en
    http://olis.onyx.pl/listy/index.asp?idlisty=548&lang=en
    http://olis.onyx.pl/listy/index.asp?idlisty=308&lang=en
    http://olis.onyx.pl/listy/index.asp?idlisty=33&lang=en
    http://olis.onyx.pl/listy/index.asp?idlisty=767&lang=en
    http://olis.onyx.pl/listy/index.asp?idlisty=889&lang=en
  5. ^ http://muzyka.interia.pl/plyty/plyta/przemyk-renata-ya-hoz-na,7723
  6. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ya-hozna/id651329183
  7. ^ http://muzyka.interia.pl/plyty/plyta/renata-przemyk-blizna,749
  8. ^ http://muzyka.interia.pl/plyty/plyta/renata-przemyk-unikat,15693
  9. ^ http://muzyka.interia.pl/plyty/plyta/renata-przemyk-odjazd,264338
  10. ^ http://www.zpav.pl/rankingi/wyroznienia/regulamin.php
  11. ^ http://www.zpav.pl/rankingi/wyroznienia/zlote/index.php
  12. ^ http://renataprzemyk.art.pl/dyskografia/rzezba_dnia
  13. ^ http://muzyka.interia.pl/plyty/plyta/renata-przemyk-akustik-trio-renata-przemyk-akustik-trio,352847
  14. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/akustik-trio/id710497974
  15. ^ http://muzyka.wp.pl/rid,591784,title,Panienki-z-Temperamentem,plyta.html
  16. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/panienki-z-temperamentem/id596324450
  17. ^ http://muzyka.interia.pl/plyty/plyta/megitza-dobra-nowina-good-message,359716
  18. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/pl/album/dobra-nowina-good-message/id590696288
  19. ^ http://renataprzemyk.art.pl/sklepik/renata-przemyk-w-trójce
  20. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/renata-przemyk-w-trojce-live/id705907109
  21. ^ http://muzyka.interia.pl/plyty/plyta/renata-przemyk-balladyna,1504

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