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Promotional photo for the album Kaçak
12 October 1974 |
|Occupation(s)||Singer, TV show host, actress|
|Labels||Istanbul Plak, Erol Köse|
The quality of her voice was discovered at an early age when one of her relatives took her to Neşe Demirkat, a partner in Raks Neşe Müzik, which is a record label in Turkey. Demirkat was impressed with her voice and introduced her to music producers Koral Sarıtaş and Selçuk Tekay.
Ebru Gündeş sings the kind of desperately tragic Arabesque (Arabesk) love songs that are the core of Turkish pop music. Aside from Turkey, she is particularly popular in Iran, because of the substantial Turkic minority in the country. Consequently, she is considered to be one of Iran's favourite singers. She is also very popular in Azerbaijan republic
Her debut album, Tanrı Misafiri, was released in 1992. It proved to be a massive success, selling 1,250,000 copies nationwide. At this stage, she was regarded as a very sweet and innocent-looking girl, slim, dressed in white and with an attractive habit of raising one eyebrow. She was on billboards all over Istanbul. Her subsequent albums have been hugely successful.
She has had serious health problems. She suffered from a cerebral haemorrhage in December 1999, while recording Dön Ne Olur. After two operations, Ebru eventually returned to full health. Dön Ne Olur was one of the best-selling albums of all time in Turkey. In November 2001, she released the album Ahdım Olsun. This album embodied the pain of the experiences she endured from December 1999 to November 2001.
Ebru Gündeş has made hundreds of television appearances in Turkey as a singer and recently as an actress in the comedy series İmkansız Aşk (Impossible Love). She was also the host of Mega Show, which was one of the most popular television shows in Turkey. Every week Ebru was joined by a variety of other Turkish singers, most notably her long-time friends Serdar Ortaç and İbrahim Tatlıses. The show featured Ebru singing her own songs, singing classic songs and singing duets with other singers. She then appeared in the hugely popular singing contest Popstar Alaturka as a guest judge alongside some of Turkey's most popular singers, namely Bülent Ersoy, Orhan Gencebay and Armagan Çaglayan. Just before leaving Popstar Alaturka because of problems with the show's host, she released her new album Evet (Yes).
Ebru Gündeş then released another album, "BEYAZ" ("White"). The album, like most albums released that year, has been unsuccessful, selling just over 100,000 throughout the year. In 2012, she released her latest album '13.5', which consisted only of covers of old popular songs. The album has reached average sales in the country. However, the general perception of music critics has been one of disappointment, as the album consisted solely of covers and was therefore considered to be 'repetition'. Currently, she is a judge on O Ses Türkiye (Turkish version of The Voice), which is Turkey's most-watched television show with Hadise, Murat Boz and Gökhan and Hakan Özoğuz.
In 2010, she married Iranian Azerbaijani businessman Reza Zarrab. The couple has one child. Reza Zarrab was arrested on 17 December 2013 by Istanbul police in light of a corruption scandal, which involving the AKP government being accused of giving bribes totaling 63 million dollars to government ministers or their proxies.
- Tanrı Misafiri (God's Guest) (1992)
- Tatlı Bela (Sweet Curse) (1994)
- Ben Daha Büyümedim (I Haven't Grown Up Yet) (1995)
- Kurtlar Sofrası (In the Company of Wolves) (1996)
- Sen Allah’ın Bir Lütfusun (You Are a Gift of God) (1998)
- Dön Ne Olur (Please Come Back) (2000)
- Klasikler (Classics) (2000)
- Ahdım Olsun (It's My Vow) (2001)
- Şahane (Great) (2003); has sold over 300,000 units.
- Bize de Bu Yakışır (This is the Right Way for Us) (2004); has sold more than 300,000 units.
- Kaçak (Fugitive) (2006)
- Evet (Yes) (2008)
- Beyaz (White) (2011)
- 13,5 (2012)
- "Araftayim" (Purgatory) (2014)
- Kadri Gursel. Al Monitor, 20 December 2013; accessed 6 April 2015.
- "Turkish Phonographic Industry Society listings". Mu-yap.org. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
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