Alban Skënderaj

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Alban Skënderaj
Born (1982-04-20) April 20, 1982 (age 34)
Vlorë, Albania
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • television personality
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Associated acts Miriam Cani

Alban Skënderaj (born April 20, 1982) is an Albanian singer, songwriter and television personality.[1]

Early life[edit]

Alban Skënderaj moved to Pistoia, Italy at the age of fourteen, where his parents and three brothers still live. Alban's father was an army official and also the author of various books, poetry and prose. His mother worked in the laboratory of the town's aqueduct. After finishing secondary school, Alban left Albania for Italy. He continued school, studying Hotel Management but dedicated most of his time to his real passion, music. Discovering he could not devote enough time to both, he chose music. He took a guitar course for a year and continued teaching himself to play becoming friends with various musicians.

At age 17 he began writing songs and appearing on stage, taking part in competitions organised by the town where he lived. He also continued singing at various venues with different bands. He preferred writing songs in English and Italian. In festival called Top Fest Albania (Second edition), he won first place with "Vetem Ty" (Only You). A year later he again won first place in the same festival, this time performing in a duet with Kosovar band "Kthjellu"; the winning song was titled "Diçka" (Something). He won "Best Overall Singer" in the Videofest festival for the first time in 2007 with "Ky Ritëm" (This Rhythm). In June 2012 he won for second time in the Videofest festival with his clip "Mirësevjen në shpirtin tim" (Welcome to my soul). He is also part of the jury in the X Factor. [2] In June 2006 he played the role of Romeo in the Albanian version of Gerard Presgurvic's musical Roméo et Juliette, de la Haine à l'Amour.[3] He sought to represent Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Germany in a duet with Albanian singer and his fiancee Miriam Cani.

Discography[edit]

  • Stoli i trëndafilave
  • Engjëll
  • Duart Lart
  • Unë dhe Ti
  • Kam Nevojë (ft. Elinel)
  • 24 Orë (ft. Young Zerka)
  • Urat e Jetës
  • Je Ti
  • Mrekullia e 8 (ft. Dr. Mic)
  • Një Ëndërr (ft. Capital T)
  • Nëse Thua Po
  • Peng
  • Mirësevjen në Shpirtin Tim
  • Mirëmëngjes
  • Ende Ka Shpresë (ft. Miriam Cani)
  • Somebody Hurts (ft. Miriam Cani)
  • Refuzoj
  • Më Prit Atje
  • Si Më Parë
  • Bella Cicatrice
  • Let Me Die With You (ft. Miriam Cani)
  • Njëherë në Jetë
  • Diçka (ft. Kthjellu)
  • Thirrje e Dëshpëruar
  • Ky Ritëm
  • Larg dhe Afër
  • Eklips
  • Fllad në Shkretëtirë
  • Ata Sy
  • Melodi
  • Do Jemi Ne
  • E Vështirë
  • Hapësira e Një Ëndrre
  • E Vërteta Ime
  • Bukuri e Frikshme
  • Kur Fjalët Mungojnë
  • My Oasis
  • Si Më Parë
  • Mall Mërgimtar
  • Ike Me Erën
  • Deri në Fund
  • Verso Il Blu
  • Bardhë e Zi
  • Zgjohu në Ëndërr
  • Vetëm Ty

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Festivali i Këngës

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2010 "Ende Ka Shpresë (ft. Miriam Cani)" Second Prize Won

Kënga Magjike

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2012 "Refuzoje" First Prize Won
Public Prize Won

Kult Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2009 "Melodi" Best Album of the Year Won

Netet e Klipit Shqiptar

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2008 "Larg dhe Afër" Best Video/First Prize Won
2013 "Më prit atje" Best Story in Video Won
2016 "Kam Nevoje (ft.Elinel)" Best collaboration Won

Top Fest

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2005 "Vetem ty" First Prize Won
Internet Prize Won
2006 "Dicka (feat Kthjellu)" First Prize Won

Top Music Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2016 "Alban Skenderaj" Male Artist of the Year Won
Achievement Award Won
2016 "Une edhe ti" Tar Hit of the Year Won
Song of the Year Nominated

Video Fest Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2006 "Dicka (feat Kthjellu)" Best Rock Nominated
2007 "Ky ritem" Best Male Won
2008 "Eklips" Best Male Won
2009 "Larg dhe afër" Best Video/First Prize Won
Best Camera Won
Best Performance Nominated
Best Rock Nominated
2010 "This Is Your Day" Best Male Won
Best Camera Won
2010 "Let Me Die With You (ft. (ft. Miriam Cani)) Public Prize Won
2012 "Mirë se vjen në shpirtin tim" Best Video / First Prize Won
Best Pop Won
Best Director Won
2013 "Mirëmëngjes" Best Pop Nominated
Best Male Nominated
2014 "Mrekullia e tetë " Best Pop Won

Zhurma Show Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2009 "Mesnate" Best Rock Album Nominated
2009 "Let me die with you" Best Rock Collaboration Nominated
2010 "Si më parë" Best Rock Nominated
2012 "Mirmëngjes" Best Video / First Prize Nominated
Best Rock Nominated
2013 "Nëse thua PO" Best Pop Nominated
2014 "Je ti" Best Performer Nominated
2014 "24 Ore (ft.Young Zerka) Best Pop Nominated
2016 "Duart lart" Best Video / First Prize Nominated
Best Pop Nominated
2016 "Kam nevojë (ft. Elinel)" Best Collaboration Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.teksteshqip.com/alban-skenderaj/biografia
  2. ^ [1] Alban Skenderaj - About me Archived August 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ [2] Youutbe - Skenderaj[dead link]

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