Ester Peony

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Ester Peony
Birth nameEster Alexandra Crețu
Born1994 (age 24–25)[1]
Câmpulung, Romania[2]
GenresPop[3]
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2014–present
LabelsCat
Associated actsVescan

Ester Alexandra Crețu, known professionally as Ester Peony (formerly only Ester), is a Romanian-Canadian singer and songwriter.[4] She will represent Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song "On a Sunday", after winning the selection show Selecția Națională 2019. Having spent her childhood in Montreal, Canada, Peony started to compose music for Romanian artists before gaining recognition for her YouTube covers in 2015. One year later, she attained commercial success in Romania with her single "Sub aripa ta" featuring Vescan.

Early life[edit]

Born in Câmpulung, Romania,[2] Ester Alexandra Crețu and her parents emigrated to Montreal, Canada in 2001.[5] There, she showed special interest in music and started studying jazz singing at the age of eight. Peony relocated to Romania four years later and graduated from the Dinu Lipatti High School of Art in Pitești, where she alternately studied classic singing and classic guitar. In 2013, she enrolled at the Music Interpretation Faculty in Bucharest to study jazz. Whilst starting to compose music for Romanian artists,[4][6][7] the singer also released her debut single "Cuminte de Crăciun" under her mononym Ester in the winter of 2014.[8]

In 2015, she started posting covers on YouTube which got her attention and a record deal with a Romanian label.[6] Peony premiered "Sub aripa ta" later that year with Vescan, which was playlisted by native radio and television stations. She would eventually embark on her first tour with Vescan in 2016.[4] The singer changed her stage name to Ester Peony in 2018; "peony" translates to Romanian as "bujor", which is part of her mother's last name.[5] Peony independently distributed her debut extended play (EP) Dig It in May,[9] on which she acted as one of the main composers.[6][10] In February 2019, she was announced as the Romanian representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel after winning the selection show Selecția Națională with her song "On a Sunday".[6] Peony's victory was met with mixed reactions from the public.[11] She would soon after sign a record deal with Cat Music.[12] The singer is currently working on her debut studio album, set to be released later in 2019.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Peony currently resides in Arad, Romania.[1] As of 2019, she has been in a relationship for around six years with Alexandru Şerbu, the producer of "On a Sunday".[13][14] Peony cites Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Cher, Queen and Michael Jackson as some of her musical inspirations.[15]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Dig It

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Cuminte de Crăciun"[8]
(as Ester featuring Doddy, Vescan and Mahia Beldo)
2014 Non-album
singles
"Sub aripa ta"[16]
(as Ester featuring Vescan)
2015
"Iubire"[17]
(as Ester)
"1000 de motive"[18]
(as Ester featuring Phelipe)
2016
"On a Sunday"[19] 2019

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Oameni"[20]
(Vescan featuring Ester, Alan and Kepa)
2015 Non-album
single

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chivu, Alexandra (17 February 2019). "Cine e Ester Peony, câștigătoarea Eurovision România 2019" [Who is Ester Peony, the winner of the 2019 National Selection] (in Romanian). Fanatik. Archived from the original on 2019-02-19. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Ester Peony a venit la matinalul Digi FM" [Ester Peony came to Digi FM] (in Romanian). Digi FM. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Rumanía apuesta por Ester Peony como su representante en Eurovisión 2019" [Romania sends Ester Peony to Eurovision 2019] (in Spanish). El Periódico. 18 February 2019. Archived from the original on 2019-02-19. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "Ester Peony – Biography". TVR. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Care este povestea din spatele numelui de scenă al lui Ester Peony" [What is the story behind Ester Peony's stage name] (in Romanian). Libertatea. 7 March 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d Groot, Evert (17 February 2019). "Romania goes for Ester Peony with 'On a Sunday'". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 2019-02-18. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Ester Alexandra Crețu Composing Credits" (in Romanian). TicTop. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Cuminte de Crăciun by Ester on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Dig It – EP by Ester Peony on iTunes". iTunes Store. Archived from the original on 2019-02-18. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  10. ^ Vaihan, Matei (18 February 2019). "Ester Peony a câştigat Eurovison România 2019" [Ester Peony had won Eurovision Romania 2019] (in Romanian). Wowbiz. Archived from the original on 2019-02-20. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Reacții controversate după ce Ester Peony a câștigat finala națională Eurovision 2019" [Controversy after Ester Peony won the Romanian National Selection for Eurovision 2019] (in Romanian). Libertatea. 17 February 2019. Archived from the original on 2019-02-18. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Romania: Ester Peony Signs With Cat Music". Eurovoix. Archived from the original on 2019-03-02. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Ce nu se știa despre Ester Peony" [What you did not know about Ester Peony] (in Romanian). Libertatea. 3 April 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Ester Peony "On A Sunday" (Romania 2019) Interview @ Eurovision in Concert 2019". Wiwibloggs. 7 April 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019 – via YouTube.
  15. ^ "Eurovision 2019, intervista ad Ester Peony: "Punto a divertirmi, ma ho un sogno…"" [Eurovision 2019, interview with Ester Peony: "I will have fun, but I have a dream..."] (in Italian). Eurofestival News. 18 April 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Sub aripa ta by Ester on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Iubire by Ester on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  18. ^ "1000 de motive by Ester on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  19. ^ "On a Sunday by Ester Peony on iTunes". iTunes Store. Archived from the original on 2019-02-19. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  20. ^ "Oameni by Vescan on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved 5 March 2019.


Preceded by
The Humans
with "Goodbye"
Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest
2019
Succeeded by
[to be determined]