İzel (singer)

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İzel Çeliköz
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İzel Çeliköz
Background information
Birth name İzel Çeliköz
Also known as İzel
Born (1969-04-29) April 29, 1969 (age 47)
Origin Yalova, Turkey
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1990–present
Associated acts Ercan Saatçi (1990-1994)
Website Official Website

İzel Çeliköz (born April 29, 1969 in Yalova), commonly known as İzel, is a Turkish pop singer. She was originally part of the Turkish pop trio İzel-Çelik-Ercan, but after the group broke up in 1993, she decided to release solo albums. She is one of the most successful Turkish singers of the 1990s and 2000s.


İzel Çeliköz was born in Yalova, Turkey.

In 1991 İzel represented Turkey at the Eurovision Song Contest. Performing alongside Reyhan Karaca and Can Uğurluer with the song "İki Dakika", the trio finished 12th of 22 participants.

After deciding to start releasing solo albums, İzel released her solo debut album titled Adak.

In 1997, İzel released her second solo album titled Emanet which featured Mustafa Sandal on the opening track as well as listing him as a producer. She originally wanted the album to be produced by Ercan Saatçi and Aykut Gürel, but could not convince them to work together.[1]

In 1999, İzel released her third album Bir Küçük Aşk. In this album, she worked with young composer Altan Çetin. All of the songs were written by Altan Çetin.[2] The album closely sold 500.000 copies and created a successful career for her.[3]

In 2001, her fourth album Bebek was released. It was the second time that she was working with Altan Çetin. All of the songs were written by Altan Çetin. For the album, İzel tried arabesque music in some songs.[4]

In 2003, İzel released her fifth album Şak.[5]

In 2005, İzel released her sixth album Bir Dilek Tut Benim İçin. While she was working for Emel Müftüoğlu's album, she met Sezen Aksu and her present arranger Sinan Akçıl. She vocalized three Sezen Aksu songs in her own album. Also, Sinan Akçıl produced the album.[6]

In 2007, her seventh album Işıklı Yol was released. Sinan Akçıl produced the album.[7]

Now, İzel is working on her new album.[8]

Up to now, her all albums have sold more than 2 million copies.[9]


Solo Albums[edit]

Main article: İzel discography

Albums with Grup Vitamin[edit]

  • Bol Vitamin (1990)

Albums with İzel-Çelik-Ercan[edit]

Albums with İzel-Ercan[edit]

  • İşte Yeniden (1992)


Special appearances[edit]

Personal life[edit]

In December 2008, she had an operation for her acne. She has had a prolonged bout of acne, which she recently explained was a physiological response to her learning about being deceived by her partner.[10]

In April 2009, she had a second operation and said that she would have a skin like a baby's.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Aranjörlere suçlama". Milliyet (in Turkish). October 11, 1997. Retrieved January 7, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Artık ağlamak yok". Hürriyet (in Turkish). June 14, 1999. Retrieved March 29, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Yemedim içmedim yaz kasedi çıkarttım". Hürriyet (in Turkish). August 12, 1999. Retrieved March 29, 2009. 
  4. ^ "İzel'in kendi daha bebek". Radikal (in Turkish). July 8, 2001. Retrieved March 29, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Aşk işimi unutturuyor". Güneş (in Turkish). June 19, 2003. Retrieved March 29, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Mutlu aşk kalmadı". Michael Show (in Turkish). August 18, 2005. Retrieved March 29, 2009. 
  7. ^ "İzel albümünü bedevaya getirdi". Akşam (in Turkish). June 6, 2007. Retrieved March 29, 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ "İzel ABD'ye neden gidiyor". Superonline (in Turkish). February 19, 2009. Retrieved March 29, 2009. 
  9. ^ "İzel Berlin'i ısıttı". Akşam (in Turkish). January 29, 2003. Archived from the original on September 13, 2006. Retrieved March 29, 2009. 
  10. ^ "15 yıllık sırrını açıkladı". Vatan (in Turkish). December 9, 2008. Retrieved December 11, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Cildim bebek gibi". Hürriyet (in Turkish). April 17, 2009. Retrieved April 10, 2009. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
with "Gözlerinin Hapsindeyim"
Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Aylin Vatankoş
with "Yaz Bitti"