Göksel (singer)

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Göksel on stage
Background information
Birth name Göksel Demirpençe
Also known as Göksel
Born (1971-11-25) November 25, 1971 (age 45)
Origin Istanbul, Turkey
Genres Folk pop, folk rock, classical
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, flute
Years active 1997 - present
Labels Avrupa Müzik (2009-)
Sony Music (2001-2009)
Associated acts Sezen Aksu, maNga, Sertab Erener
Website www.gokselonline.com/

Göksel Demirpençe (born November 25, 1971 in İstanbul), better known as simply Göksel, is a Turkish folk pop/rock singer-songwriter.


Göksel was born in Istanbul on November 25, 1971. In 1988 she applied to Boğaziçi University to study philosophy. However, she quit her studies to become a professional musician. She started to take private singing lessons and began singing for various orchestras. For two years she was a backing vocalist to Sezen Aksu and Sertab Erener, two of Turkey's most acknowledged female singers.

In September 1997, her first album, entitled Yollar (Roads), was released, of which the first single, "Sabır" (Patience), became a big hit.

She released her second album, Körebe (Blind Man's Bluff), in October 2001 under a Sony Music label. Its most successful single was "Depresyondayım" (I'm depressed).

Her third album came out in May 2003 under the title Söz Ver (Promise). That year Göksel gave a successful concert in Babylon with a Greek group, Omega Vibes.

In March 2005, Göksel published her latest album, Arka Bahçem (My Backyard). The album's biggest hit was "Bi seni konuşurum" (I'm only talking about you).

Göksel is also featured in the album of Turkish rock band maNga; their duet called "Dursun zaman" (Time should stop) is very popular with radio stations and appears on the soundtrack of the film Sınav (starring Jean-Claude Van Damme).[1][2]

Göksel's fifth album, entitled Ay'da Yürüdüm (I Walked on the Moon), was released on 13 April 2007. The first single is titled "Yarabbi Şükür" (Thanks God). The album features a duet with Ferman Akgül, the singer of maNga and renowned Turkish rock star Teoman. The song's title is "Taş Bebek" (Doll) and according to Göksel, the song was written (together with Akgül, Alper Erinç and Teoman) to show how much the women have to suffer to be always beautiful. Göksel states that women are designed to do much more useful things than just dolling themselves up for the sake of men, so she wrote this song to remind women that beauty lies inside and not in clothes or make-up.[3][4]

She released her sixth studio album Mektubumu Buldun mu? (Did you find my letter?) in May 2009, in which she performed covers of popular Turkish songs. In September 2009, her previous company released a compilation best-of album, which allegedly released without artist's permission.

On April 28 of 2010 Göksel released her second covers album, seventh over all, called "Hayat Rüya Gibi" (English: Life is like a dream). She did a cover of "Paroles Paroles" (Dalida) named "Palavra" (Lies) and a ballad with the name of "Tek Başına" (Alone).


Year Released Title Label
1997 3 September 1997 Yollar (Roads) Karma Müzik Yapım
2001 4 October 2001 Körebe (Blind Man's Bluff) Sony Music
2003 29 May 2003 Söz ver (Promise) Sony Music
2005 13 March 2005 Arka Bahçem (My Backyard) Sony Music
2007 13 April 2007 Ay'da Yürüdüm (I Walked on the Moon) Sony Music
2009 May 2009 Mektubumu Buldun mu? (Did you find my letter?) Avrupa Müzik
2009 17 September 2009 The Best of Göksel Sony Müzik
2010 28 April 2010 Hayat Rüya Gibi (Life is like a dream) Avrupa Müzik
2012 18 January 2012 Bende Bi' Aşk Var (I have a love) Avrupa Müzik
2015 13 January 2015 Sen Orda Yoksun (You're not there) Avrupa Musik


Year Title Turkish Airplay Chart
2007 "Yarabbi Sükür" 3


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