Şebnem Paker

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This is a Turkic name. The family name "Odabaş" is sometimes transliterated as "Odabas".
Şebnem Paker Odabaş
Birth name Şebnem Paker
Origin Turkey
Genres Pop, blues, folk
Occupation(s) Music teacher, guitarist, singer
Years active 1996–

Şebnem Paker Odabaş (Istanbul, June 1977) is a Turkish guitarist, singer and music teacher.[1][2]


She attended the Department of Classical Guitar at Istanbul University State Conservatory between 1992 and 1996. Later, she studied singing at Marmara University Music Department.[2]

Paker represented Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest 1996 and Eurovision Song Contest 1997. Her entry in 1997, the song Dinle, composed by Levent Çoker and written by Mehtap Alnıtemiz, achieved a 3rd-place result, Turkey's best result in the contest until their first win in 2003. She released her only album, also called Dinle, in August 1997.

She is currently a teacher at a high school in Istanbul, Turkey.[3] She has also coauthored a textbook that is currently being used in art high schools in Turkey.[4]


  1. ^ Şebnem'i Dinleyin, Semra Kardeşoğlu, Milliyet, 1997/05/11 in Turkish (Last accessed 5 August 2013). The article mentions that Paker was 20 years old when she achieved third place in 1997 Eurovision contest.
  2. ^ a b Şebnem Paker Kimdir? in Turkish (Last accessed 12 April 2012).
  3. ^ Website of İstanbul Avni Akyol Güzel Sanatlar ve Spor Lisesi, in Turkish (Last accessed 5 August 2013).
  4. ^ Bireysel Ses Eğitimi, Şebnem Paker, Didem Yücel Kırcı, Esin Öztürk, ISBN 978-975-11-3313-7.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Arzu Ece
with "Sev"
Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest
1996, 1997
Succeeded by
with "Unutamazsın"