Laura Põldvere

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Laura Põldvere
Laura Põldvere Kyiv 2017.jpg
Laura at Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv
Background information
Also known as
  • Laura
  • Laura Remmel
Born (1988-08-30) 30 August 1988 (age 29)
Tartu, Estonia
Genres
Years active 2005–present
Labels Moonwalk[1]
Associated acts
Website www.lauraofficial.com

Laura Põldvere (interim Laura Remmel (2013–2016); born 30 August 1988)[3][4] sometimes known professionally as simply Laura, is an Estonian singer. She is said to be the most played Estonian artist on Estonian radio in the past decade.[5] She is internationally known for representing Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 as part of the girl group Suntribe and did so again in 2017 in a duet with Koit Toome, singing "Verona." They came 6th from the televoting which was not enough to qualify, Laura & Koit failed to qualify being one of the favourites to qualify and even to win the contest.

Career[edit]

Laura started her career in 2005, when she participated in Eurolaul 2005[6] with the song "Moonwalk". "Moonwalk" came second, but Laura won the contest as the member of the girl group Suntribe.[7] Suntribe represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005,[8] but failed to advance to the final.

Laura also took part at "Eurolaul 2007" for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, her entry "Sunflowers" came third.[9]

In September 2007, Laura released her debut album "Muusa"[10] and started studies in Berklee College, Boston, putting her music career on hold.

In 2009, she returned to Eesti Laul as a solo singer in hopes of representing Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009. Her entry "Destiny" came third.[11] The same year, she released her album "Ultra".[12]

In November, 2011, Laura released her first compilation album "Sädemeid taevast", which consisted of all her singles since 2005 to 2011 as well as a track from her second studio album "Ultra".

Laura once again competed to represent Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, entering Eesti Laul with the song "Supersonic". It placed second in the Superfinal. In Eesti Laul 2017 she competed in a duet with Koit Toome with the song "Verona" and won. They thereafter represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine.[13] The duo failed to advance to the Grand Final in 14th position. Despite being seen as likely qualifiers beforehand being 4th in 2nd Semi-Final by odds and 5th by OGAE voting overall. [14] [15]

Personal life[edit]

Laura was married to pianist Joel-Rasmus Remmel in 2013. They divorced in 2016.

In December 2016, Laura's brother Gregor Põldvere died in Thailand.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details
Muusa
Ultra

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details
Sädemeid taevast
Greatest Hits

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
EST
"Moonwalk" 2005 Muusa
"Sunflowers" 2007
"Muusa"
"581C" 2008
"Lihtsad asjad"
(feat. Raivo Tafenau)
"Destiny" 2009 Ultra
"Pühakud"
"Ultra"
"Südasuve Rohtunud Teed" 2010
"Võid Kindel Olla" Sädemeid taevast
"Kustuta Kuuvalgus" 2011 Ultra
"2020" Sädemeid Taevast
"Sädemeid Taevast" 2012
"Supersonic" 2016 Greatest Hits
"94-95"
"Verona"
(with Koit Toome)
2017 2
"Verona (Italian version)"
(with Koit Toome)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.moonwalk.ee/artistid/laura
  2. ^ http://www.lauraofficial.com/lauracarrotlights/
  3. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/42722266-cda0-4931-8576-15fc89d65cd8
  4. ^ "Tagasi Põldvereks! Laura Remmel lahutab abielu: tundsin juba pikka aega, et hakkan kaotama iseennast...". Delfi. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "AVALEHT". MOONWALK (in Estonian). Retrieved 2017-08-07. 
  6. ^ http://esctoday.com/3246/laura_pldvere_wins_estonian_talent_show/
  7. ^ https://charmoffensive.jux.com/906620#
  8. ^ http://www.rigajazz.lv/en/laura-pldvere
  9. ^ "Eurolaul 2007". eurovisioon.ee. Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "Täna ilmub Laura esikalbum «Muusa»" [Today Laura's first album "Muusa" will appear]. postimees.ee (in Estonian). Postimees. 30 August 2007. Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  11. ^ "Eesti Laul 2009". eurovisioon.ee. Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  12. ^ "Laura esitleb uut albumit "Ultra"" [Laura presents new album "Ultra"]. publik.delfi.ee (in Estonian). Publik. 9 December 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  13. ^ Escudero, Victor M. (4 March 2017). "Koit Toome and Laura to bring Verona to Kyiv!". eurovision.tv. European Brooadcasting Union. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  14. ^ http://esctoday.com/147979/bookies-roundup-punters/
  15. ^ /https://www.eurovisionary.com/baltic-countries-wiped-eurovision-final-2017/
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Neiokõsõ
with "Tii"
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest (as part of Suntribe)
2005
Succeeded by
Sandra Oxenryd
with "Through My Window"
Preceded by
Jüri Pootsmann
with "Play"
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest (with Koit Toome)
2017
Succeeded by
Incumbent