Delia Matache

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Delia in 2016
Delia in 2016
Background information
Birth nameDelia Matache
Also known asDelia
Born (1982-02-07) 7 February 1982 (age 38)
Bucharest, Romania
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
  • TV personality
  • philanthropist
  • Flute
  • percussion
  • vocals
Years active1999–present
Associated acts

Delia Matache (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈdeli.a maˈtake], born 7 February 1982), known by the stage name of Delia, is a Romanian singer-songwriter, dancer and philanthropist. She started her career in 1999 as a member of the house and Eurodance musical duo N&D with Nicolae Marin, and released four albums. The duo split in 2003, and Matache began her solo career, releasing six studio albums.

Life and career[edit]

1982–1999: Early life and education[edit]

"It was so fresh at the beginning... The public was more carried away. Obviously, I had the stage fright because of all those people, and this band was at the start. You can imagine I was astonished when I realized we actually received a good feedback. However, all I could think of was 'this is just a game'."

—Delia, about N&D era and her passion for music

She was born in Bucharest, Romania. Delia graduated from Dinu Lipatti music high school after five years of piano studies and after-school flute studies. She was encouraged by her mother Gina to follow her dreams of becoming a star. Delia has a brother, Eduard, and a sister, Oana.[citation needed]

1999—2003: N&D era[edit]

Delia's music career started when she was in 11th grade in the duo-band N&D together with Nick (Marius Nicolae) – the name of the band, which they formed in 1999, came from the first letter of their names (Nick & Delia). They launched 3 albums together (from 1999 to 2002), Altfel ("Different"), Fac ce vreau ("I do what I want") and Nu e vina mea ("It's not my fault"), out of which more than a few songs were smash-hit's "hit-machines" and dominated the charts over the years, including the famous song "Vino la mine" ("Come to me"). The last CD that Delia released was in 2002, by the name of Nu vreau să te pierd ("I don't wanna lose you").

2003 – Present: Solo career[edit]

Delia's solo career came with a change of style and image. From the glittery underwear to the sexy, independent and controversial woman through personal life that has often been exposed in tabloid,[1][2]. Her first single was "Ce vor de la mine" / "What they want from me", but the big hit was "Parfum de fericire" / "Perfume of Happiness".

In 2007, she released the second album "Listen Up!"[3] This album includes the lead single "Sufletul meu" / "My soul", and "Secretul Mariei" / "Secret of Mary", from the Romanian soundtrack Secretul Mariei.. For the track listing she worked with Marius Moga, Smiley, Connect-R, Leonard. Matteo, Michael Pow, Cristi Enache, DJ Star & the artists from HI-Q, Gabi Huiban, Miss J, Solo & Umberto Tomassi aka Costi. At the public album launch, Delia played with the band. A different song released by the celebrity was "Ziua ta" / "Your day". The atmosphere was maintained by Connect-R. The special moment was Delia offering her guests an impromptu duet on the spot with her mother. On this occasion Delia officially announced her intention to start working with her mother on an album.[4]

"I accepted this offer from A.P.A.A, I carry one's heart upon one's sleeve for daws to peck at, when we talk about such problems, and through this song, my hope was to support people with psoriazis, because for them this life is a daily fight, and especially cause' a friend of mine, suffer from a disease like this, and I know very well how hard is. Not few are the moments when she is the most marginalized, or, I don't know.... excluded from a group, and this fact I'm sure it is in common for others psoriazis patients. By this song, I want to assure all of them, that I am next to they, and I impel them to be more rosier, and to put aside others prejudices, to keep a good table, for their lives, for a normal life. "

—Delia talking about the charity action for A.P.A.A and people with psoriasis[5]

In 2008, she was in a Romanian dance competition, "Dansez pentru tine" (the Romanian version of Dancing With the Stars), with her partner, Ionuț Pavel. They got to the duel fivefold, and then left the competition.[6]

In September 2009, Delia achieved 10 points, at Golden Stag Festival for the song "I Will Survive".[7]

In 2015 the third album was released titled "Pe Aripi de Vânt" / "On the wind's wings" [8]. Delia, continued to reinvent her style, and enter in the popcorn-dance music, on the radio frequencies with "Dale",[9] "Omadeo",[10]"Wuella Wuella" or "Africana".

"Everything comes naturally to me, because I do what I feel. Even more ... I want to make the music more and more good and showed a Delia that may not be so well known. I strongly believe that through music I can change this, which is why I started to get involved and leave my signature in my music. The following single is written entirely by me and will come as a great surprise"

—Delia talking about the inspiration of her music[11]

In 2016 the fourth album is released titled "Deliria". In 2017 "Delia Live" was released.

In 2019 "Acadelia" is launched with a big show inspired by the big artists in USA with her style shifting slightly to pop rock and trap.[12]

On 20 June 2012, it was announced that Matache was to be one of three judges of the contest show X Factor. on Antena 1.[13][14]

Delia surprised her fans with a new collaboration, with a talented actor, TV presenter and judge in the show "România Dansează" ("Romania Dance"), Mihai Bendeac, and they released a single named "Doi în unu" ("Two in One"),[15][16] that gained success in Top 100 in Romania.[citation needed]

Delia has supported a cause more than ticklish: "Ia-mă de mână" ("Take my hand")[17] released in two variants: in English and Romanian, and she is the first Romanian artist to help people with psoriasis; it is the anthem of a campaign deployed by Association of Patients with Autoimmunity Diseases (A.P.A.A),[18] and is for the fight that this people badly off with themselves every day, with the discrimination and with other lesions, with the fear up against others.[1][19]

Since 2016 she has been a judge on the comedy TV show iUmor on Antena 1.[20]

In October 2017, Delia released the experimental song "Verde împărat" through Cat Music to acclaim from music critics, who though that it expanded her artistry.[citation needed] In the trap-inspired "Acadele" (2018), Delia references the controversy around the LGBT community in Romania and alludes to the 2018 Romanian constitutional referendum regarding the constitutional definition of a family.[21]



Musical style[edit]


Music videos[edit]

Public image[edit]

Impact and legacy[edit]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Award Year Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Category Result Ref.
Media Music Awards 2015 Delia Best Female Won [22]
Pe aripi de vânt(featuring Kaira) Best Song Won
Best Featuring Won
Best Video Won
Media Forest Award Won
Best Pop Won
Best YouTube Won
2016 Gura ta(with Deepcentral) Best Featuring Won [23]
2017 Delia Best Female Won [24]
MTV Romanian Music Awards 2004 Ce vor de la mine Best Female Nominated [25]
2005 Parfum de fericire Best Female Nominated [26]
2006 Delia Best Female Nominated [27]
Romanian Music Awards 2012 Dale Best Female Nominated [28]
2014 Ipotecat(featuring UDDI) Best Female Nominated [29]
Best Song Nominated
Radio Romania Music Awards 2015 Delia Best Female Won [30][31]
Best Artist Nominated
Pe aripi de vânt(featuring Kaira) Best Song Won
Best Pop Song Nominated
2016 Inimi desenate Best Song Won [32][33]
Big Like Won
Delia Best Artist Won
Best Female Nominated
2017 Gura ta(with Deepcentral) Best Song Nominated [34]
Best Duo/Group Won
Best Pop Song Won
Ce are ea? Nominated
Best Video Nominated
Cine m-a făcut om mare Best Message Nominated
Delia Best Female Nominated
Best Artist Nominated
Deliria Best Album Won
2018 „Weekend” (with The Motans) Best Song Nominated [35]
The Artist Awards 2019 Acadelia Best Show Won [36]
Casa de Papel - Netflix Best Ad Campaign Won
Delia Favorite Artist Won
The Artist Nominated
The Female Artist Nominated
„Rămâi” (featuring The Motans) Best Artist Collaboration Nominated
Romanian Top Hits Music Awards 2013 „Love Me” (with Sunrise Inc) Bands Top Hit Nominated [37]

Other ventures[edit]


Politics and activism[edit]

Product endorsements[edit]


  • Parfum de fericire (2003)
  • Listen-Up (2007)
  • Pe aripi de vânt (2015)
  • Deliria (2016)
  • 7 (2020)




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  3. ^ "Listen Up!". 29 May 2007.
  4. ^ "Bio Delia". Archived from the original on 31 March 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2009.
  5. ^ Scris de Alex (22 March 2013). "Delia – Ia-ma de mana (videoclip)". Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Delia Matache – Ionel Petcu au fost eliminati din concurs | Dansez pentru tine | ProtTv". Archived from the original on 18 January 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Delia Matache – I Will Survive – Gloria Gayner – Video – Trilulilu". Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Pe Aripi de Vânt". 5 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Delia - Dale". YouTube. 8 August 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Delia – OmaDeo (Official Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 15 July 2013."Wuella wuella"
  11. ^ "De vorba cu... Delia (interviu)". 3 June 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Sala Palatului a devenit "Acadelia", un spațiu magic și colorat în care Delia a transmis publicului bucuria copilăriei". (in Romanian). 16 November 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
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  18. ^ "A.P.A.A. – Asociaţia Pacienţilor cu Afecţiuni Autoimune". Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  19. ^ A.P.A.A. – Comunicate de presă
  20. ^ Delia - Jurat la „iUmor”, 13 March 2016 (in Romanian)
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  28. ^ "Află ce au votat peste 1 milion de oameni la RMA 2012" (in Romanian). Music Channel. 9 June 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  29. ^ "Romanian Music Awards anunță astăzi nominalizații pentru gala anuală de premiere" (in Romanian). Music Channel. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
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  37. ^ "Romanian Top Hits, cel mai așteptat eveniment muzical" (in Romanian). Jurnalul Prahovean. Retrieved 20 May 2020.

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