Bobby Andonov

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Bobby Andonov (Macedonian: Боби Андонов; born 28 August 1994), known by his stage name BOBI, is an Australian singer, songwriter and record producer signed to Hollywood Records.

Early life[edit]

Andonov was born on 28 August 1994 in Melbourne, Australia, from Macedonian parents originating from Strumica, Macedonia.[1] He has performed since the age of six, when he started dancing and singing in his hometown of Melbourne. At the age of nine, he starred as Danny Zuko in a junior production of Grease the musical. He was then selected to be one of four young Simbas in a production of The Lion King in Melbourne and Shanghai, China. During his early career, he has also met Josette Amparo, a friend whom he has encountered[2]when he was still performing in theatrical plays, and he dated her since, up until today.

Music career[edit]

Talent shows (2008-2010)[edit]

At the age of 14, Andonov represented Macedonia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Cyprus. Out of 15 countries, he came in fifth with his song "Prati Mi SMS", which led to a European tour around the Balkans.[1] In 2010, at the age of 16, Andonov entered for Australia's Got Talent. His audition reached over 15 million views. He was a grand finalist on the show, performing covers of songs including Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and Kanye West's "Heartless".[3]. In 2010, record producer and music critic Molly Meldrum flew Andonov to Sydney to meet R&B singer Usher.[3]

BOBI (2014–present)[edit]

Known as BOBI, in early 2014, he wrote two songs for the Australian feature film The Dream Children, directed by Robert Chuter. He also worked on Afrojack’s 2014 debut album Forget the World, co-writing the track "Born to Run", which features Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees on vocals. BOBI co-wrote and provided vocals on Australian DJ Joel Fletcher's 2015 single "State Of Emergency",[4] and co-wrote and co-produced the 2015 single "Stone", recorded by The X Factor Australia winner Cyrus Villanueva.[5]

In November 2015, BOBI was signed to a deal with Hollywood Records.[6]

Influences[edit]

Andonov has cited Terence Trent D'Arby, INXS, Prince and George Michael as music influences.

Production and writing credits[edit]

Year Artist Album Song Credit Peak chart positions
AUS
[7]
2014 Afrojack feat. Tyler Glenn Forget the World "Born to Run" Co-writer -
2015 Joel Fletcher "State of Emergency" Co-writer, vocals -
Cyrus Villanueva Cyrus "Stone" Co-writer, co-producer 4
2016 Cole Plante feat. BOBI "Teardrops" Co-writer, vocals -

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jonathon Moran and Elle Halliwell, "Australia's Got Talent star Bobby Andonov has secret past life," The Daily Telegraph, May 16, 2010.
  2. ^ David Knox, "Bobby Andonov at Junior Eurovision," TV Tonight, May 16, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Colin Vickery, "Talent changes Bobby's future," Herald Sun, June 8, 2010.
  4. ^ "Joel Fletcher and his musician mates bouncing Australian dance music around the world," News.com.au, January 28, 2015.
  5. ^ David Watt, "Cyrus Wins 'X Factor' Australia and Celebrates By Dropping New Single," Noise, 2015.
  6. ^ Mike Wass, "Cyrus Wins 'X Factor' Australia, Drops 'Stone' Cold Smash," Idolator, November 25, 2015.
  7. ^ Peak positions in Australia:

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