Alina Baraz

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Alina Baraz
Born (1993-09-24) September 24, 1993 (age 25)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2013–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitealinabaraz.com

Alina Baraz (born September 24, 1993) is an American singer and songwriter from Cleveland, Ohio. In 2015, Baraz and electronic producer Galimatias released a collaborative EP together titled Urban Flora through Ultra Music after discovering each other's work online. The EP was met with positive reception and streaming success.[1] Since 2016, Baraz has been working to create her debut solo studio album and has released her first solo singles as well as her first solo EP, The Color of You.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Alina Baraz was born on September 24, 1993 in Cleveland, Ohio to Russian parents. She was the first child in her family born in America. Growing up, her parents raised her on classical music and on her own she became interested in 90s music and singers such as Adele, Amy Winehouse and Corinne Bailey Rae. She began singing at a young age in her gospel choir. At age 19 she decided to move to Los Angeles, California to pursue singing as a professional career. She developed a passion for songwriting and wrote her first song titled "Roses Dipped in Gold", released on April 15th 2013 in the "Lounge Masters Vibes" collection series.[4][5][4]

Career[edit]

2013–2016: Urban Flora[edit]

After moving to Los Angeles Baraz discovered Danish electronic producer Galimatias' music online. She wrote lyrics for one of his instrumentals and released it on SoundCloud as a song titled "Drift" in 2013. Galimatias heard the track and decided to create more music with her. The two created an EP titled Urban Flora by sending each other music through Facebook and did not meet in person until February 2015, when the project was already finished.[6] Alongside "Drift", the songs "Pretty Thoughts", "Make You Feel" and "Fantasy" were released individually preceding Urban Flora. The EP was originally released on SoundCloud but on May 19, 2015, it received a commercial digital release through Ultra Music.[7][8] Upon release Urban Flora was met with positive critical reception and it peaked at number 111 on the US Billboard 200 and number 2 on the US Billboard Top Dance/Electronic Albums Chart. On September 9, 2015, a remix EP for Urban Flora was released, and later that month Baraz and Galimatias embarked on a brief co-headlining North American concert tour in support of the EP.[9][10] In August 2016, Baraz signed a record deal with independent label Mom + Pop Music and released a vinyl edition of Urban Flora.[11][12]

2016–present: The Color of You and upcoming debut studio album[edit]

In spring and summer of 2016, Baraz made her first solo live appearances by performing at North American music festivals such as Lightning in a Bottle, Sasquatch! Music Festival, Electric Forest Festival and Lollapalooza.[13] Also in summer of 2016, Baraz shared that she was working on her debut solo studio album.[14] Baraz's first solo single, "Electric" featuring American singer Khalid, was released on January 20, 2017 through Mom + Pop Music, the single later appeared on her second EP The Color of You in 2018.[15] Following the release of the single, Baraz announced her first solo concert tour, entitled the 'Let's Get Lost Tour'. The tour took place from March to April 2017 and visited various cities across the United States and Canada.[16]

In September and October 2017, Baraz supported British rock band Coldplay for the final 8 North American shows on their A Head Full of Dreams Tour.[17] On September 29, 2017, Baraz released two singles titled "Lavender and Velvet" and "Buzzin" in anticipation of her upcoming debut studio album.[18] "Buzzin" peaked at number 10 on the US Billboard Dance/Electronic Digital Songs Chart and the music video for the song, Baraz's first music video, was released exclusively through Apple Music on December 22, 2017.[19][20] It was announced that Baraz will be part of the Coachella 2018 lineup.[21]

On April 6, 2018, Baraz released her first solo EP The Color of You and released a music video for the track "I Don't Even Know Why Though".[2]

Tours[edit]

Headlining
  • Urban Flora Tour (with Galimatias) (2015)[10]
  • Let's Get Lost Tour (2017)[16]
  • Alina Baraz: The Tour (2018)
Supporting

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays with selected details and chart peaks
Title Details Peak positions
US
[22]
US
Elec.

[23]
US
Heat.

[24]
Urban Flora[8]
(with Galimatias)
  • Released: May 19, 2015
  • Label: Ultra
  • Formats: LP, digital download
111 2 1
The Color of You[2]
  • Released: April 6, 2018
  • Label: Mom + Pop
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
59

Singles[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart peaks and certifications
Title Year Peaks Certifications Album
US
Elec.
Dig.
[19]
"Drift"[25]
(with Galimatias)
2013 Urban Flora
"Pretty Thoughts"[25]
(with Galimatias)
"Make You Feel"[26]
(with Galimatias)
"Fantasy"[27]
(with Galimatias)
2014 36
"Electric"[29]
(featuring Khalid)
2017 The Color of You
"Gone"[30]
(with Phlake)
Weird Invitations
"Lavender and Velvet"[18] Non-album singles
"Buzzin"[18] 10

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Down for You"[31] 2015 Ta-ku Songs to Make Up To

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruder, Claire. "After 2 years Galimatias resurfaces— with a new voice [Interview]". Earmilk. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Ortiz, Edwin (April 5, 2018). "Exclusive: Alina Baraz Shares "I Don't Even Know Why Though" Video and Talks 'The Color of You'". Complex. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  3. ^ Jasmine Montgomery, Sarah (September 25, 2017). "Alina Baraz teases new song "Buzzin"". The Fader. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Rutherford, Chrissy (October 13, 2015). "Alina Baraz On Creating Her Debut Album Over Facebook". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "Alina Baraz — Mom+Pop". Mom + Pop Music. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  6. ^ Duwe, Morena (July 21, 2015). "Exclusive Interview And Tea Party With Galimatias & Alina Baraz". Huffington Post. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "Alina Baraz and Galimatias Team Up for Seductive EP, 'Urban Flora". EDM.com. Archived from the original on January 1, 2018. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Urban Flora by Alina Baraz on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  9. ^ "Urban Flora (Remixes) by Alina Baraz on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Wilde, Frankie (August 18, 2015). "Alina Baraz & Galimatias Announce Urban Flora Tour". EDMTunes. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "Alina Baraz Signs to Mom + Pop and Releases Urban Flora on Vinyl". Mom + Pop Music. August 16, 2016. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  12. ^ "Alina Baraz & Galimatias - Urban Flora - Amazon.com Music". Amazon. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  13. ^ Minsker, Evan; Monroe, Jazz (March 23, 2016). "Lollapalooza 2016 Lineup Announced". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  14. ^ "Alina Baraz on Twitter: "Working on my album"". Twitter. June 25, 2016. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  15. ^ Vensand, Rachel (January 24, 2017). "Alina Baraz and Khalid Link Up on Seductive New Track, 'Electric'". Ones to Watch. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Alina Baraz Announces the 'Let's Get Lost Tour 2017'". Digital Tour Bus. January 31, 2017. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Alina Baraz Announces Upcoming Tour Dates with Coldplay". Mom + Pop Music. February 17, 2017. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  18. ^ a b c Shouneyia, Alexa (September 29, 2017). "Alina Baraz Shines on Her 2 New Songs "Buzzin" and "Lavender and Velvet"". Complex. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  19. ^ a b "Alina Baraz - Chart history (Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  20. ^ ""Buzzin" on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  21. ^ Varga, George. "Coachella 2018 lineup will include Beyoncé, Eminem, The Weeknd & SZA". sandiegouniontribune.com. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  22. ^ "Alina Baraz - Chart history (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  23. ^ "Alina Baraz - Chart history (Top Dance/Electronic Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  24. ^ "Alina Baraz - Chart history (Heatseeker Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  25. ^ a b "Drift - Single by Alina Baraz, Galimatias on Spotify". Spotify. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  26. ^ "Make You Feel (Single) - Galimatias, Alina Baraz mp3 buy, full tracklist". Music-bazaar.com. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  27. ^ "Fantasy - Single by Alina Baraz & Galimatias on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  28. ^ "Gold & Platinum – RIAA". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  29. ^ "Electric (feat. Khalid) - Single by Alina Baraz on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  30. ^ "Gone, a song by Phlake, Alina Baraz on Spotify". Spotify. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  31. ^ "Songs To Make Up To by Ta-ku on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved January 1, 2018.