Lauris Reiniks in "Clash of the Choirs"
|Birth name||Lauris Reiniks|
|Born||July 11, 1979|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, actor, TV host|
Platforma Records (2002–2005)
Lauris Reiniks (born July 11, 1979 in Dobele, Latvia) is a Latvian pop music singer, songwriter, television host, and actor. Lauris has graduated from Jelgava Music college, studied, although never graduated, communication studies at the University of Latvia and trained as an actor in Los Angeles, California. He has released eight solo albums and singles in 11 languages. As a composer and recording artist Lauris Reiniks has received more than 20 National Latvian awards and has gained international recognition in the Baltic States. Lauris Reiniks is also the Season 1 winner of Latvian "Dancing With The Stars" show. The millions of views of his music videos on YouTube has unofficially made him a "King of YouTube" in Latvia.
Lauris was born in the Latvian town of Dobele, grew up in a musical family in Tērvete. Lauris' first appearance on television was at the age of 5, singing in a show called Neighbors Meet. As a kid and teenager, Lauris was a soloist in a pop-rock group called “AURI” formed by his father. Together with this band Lauris gained his first stage experience; participating in different children music festivals, contests and other musical activities.
The Reiniks family (mother Dace, father Arturs, sister Ruta) used to be one of the most active singing families in the country. They regularly appeared on a broadcast called "Spiets" (The Swarm) and toured around Latvia with concerts.
In 1988, Latvian Television noticed Lauris and offered him to host a new musical TV show called "Nošu Spēles" (Games of Music Notes).
The show brought Lauris together with the top popular Latvian composer Raimonds Pauls who invited Lauris to participate in several his music projects and record songs. This collaboration lasted for one year when Lauris realized he could write his own music and be an independent artist.
The management company "Aktiv Music" approached Lauris Reiniks in 2000 and offered him a record deal with Platforma Records company. That was a moment when Lauris stepped into the "big" scene of Latvian pop music and started his way to fame.
Music career highlights
This section is in a list format that may be better presented using prose. (August 2011)
Lauris Reiniks' most popular and renowned songs In Latvia are "Sirds Sadeg Neparasti", "Es Neesmu Neprātīgs", "Tik Balti", "Es Tev Apmulsis", "Tev Šodien Vienalga", "Es Esmu Tev Dzīslās" in a hit duet with his sister Rūta, "Pasakā" in a duet with Aisha and his 2010 Baltic smash hit "Es skrienu" (I'm running). Most of his Latvian songs are written in collaboration with Mārtiņš Freimanis who wrote lyrics to Lauris's music. Lyrics for songs in English are written by Lauris Reiniks himself, Dutch writer Edward Van De Vendel and American writer Gordon Pogoda. Most of Lauris Reiniks's hit songs in Latvian also have Estonian and Lithuanian versions performed by the artist himself. Estonian versions have been created in collaboration with Leelo Tungal, the Estonian writer and translator. Lithuanian versions have been adapted working together with Justinas Jankevičius and Deivydas Zvonkus, renowned Lithuanian writers and artists.
- Three times Lauris Reiniks has been a winner of the annual Universality Prize offered by AKKA/LAA the Latvian copyright agency for those songs that have been played most often on the radio and television in Latvia. "Tell Me" (2004) in a duet with Marija Naumova, "Sirds Sadeg Neparasti" (2007) song that had received all major music awards in Latvia already in 2003 and "Es skrienu" (2012).
- He has been a voice of a Coca-Cola commercial in Latvia.
- The 2003 album Lidot savādāk (To Fly Differently) certified Gold ( 8000 copies sold)
- In 2005 the Latvian edition of BBC popmusic magazine Top Of The Pops awarded Lauris with a title of "Latvian National Megastar 2004".
- In 2005 Lauris Reiniks releases a song "And You Came" in a duet with Estonian singer Maarja which becomes a hit both in Latvia and Estonia.
- In 2009 marketing and public relations specialists from 7guru.lv who presented a list of Latvia’s seven most successful pop musicians ranked Lauris second, right after the band Brainstorm.
- His latest 2010 studio album Es skrienu was awarded the "Bestest Pop Album" at Annual Latvian Music Awards 2010. The title song "Es skrienu" from the same album was officially the best selling song of 2010 on doremi.lv – the biggest mp3 shop in Latvia.
- In 2010 Lauris Reiniks's song, video "Es skrienu" very fast becomes a national hit. "Es skrienu" song has been recorded and released also in 8 more languages – Estonian ("Ma jooksen"), Lithuanian ("Aš bėgu"), Russian ("Я бегу"), Italian ("Correrò da te"), German ("Ich Renne"), English ("I Will Run") and Turkish ("Koşuyorum"), hitting the radio charts and dance clubs in all three Baltic States – Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. The German version "Ich renne" has been included in several compilations in Germany, released by EMI Germany.
- With a music video for "Es skrienu" song Lauris has set the Baltic record as the first Baltic artist who has reached over 1 million views on YouTube in less than 2 months. That happened with a Lithuanian version called "Aš bėgu".
- In 2011 Lauris Reiniks' song "Aš bėgu" wins "Song Of The Year" award in Lithuania on TV3 Lithuania show "Vaikų Balsas 2011".
- On June 1, 2011 Lauris Reiniks releases his first album in Lithuania called "Aš bėgu". The album is Lithuanian adaptation of Lauris's award-winning Latvian album "Es skrienu", featuring tracks in Lithuanian from the original Latvian album as well as previously unpublished English versions of Lauris's most popular Latvian songs.
- In July, 2011 Lauris Reiniks releases his first album in Estonia called "Ma jooksen" ("I'm Running"). The album is Estonian adaptation of Lauris's award-winning Latvian album "Es skrienu", featuring tracks in Estonian from the original Latvian album as well as previously unpublished English versions of Lauris's most popular Latvian songs.
- September 2011, Lauris Reiniks "Es skrienu" album certifies Gold (5000 sold CDs) in Latvia.
- February 2012, Lauris Reiniks wins "Radio Hit Of The Year" award with a song "Es skrienu" at Latvian Music Awards 2011.
- August 2012, the French version of "Es skrienu" ("Je cours") is released on YouTube.
- November 2012, Lauris Reiniks releases his Christmas album "Lauris Reiniks Ziemassvētkos" followed by a concert-show in Arena Riga on December 20 (7000 people in attendance)
- 2012-2014 Lauris Reiniks in parallel to his musical and TV activities in Latvia, tours around Lithuania and Estonia with concerts and releases singles in Estonian and Lithuanian. Estonian and Lithuanian versions of Reiniks's Latvian hit songs.
- 2015. Lauris Reiniks releases a new song and video in all three Baltic languages at once. "Rīts pieneņpūkās" in Latvia, "Rytas Pienės Pūke" in Lithuania and "Hommik võilille-ehmetes" in Estonia. The song has also the English version called "Morning in Dandelion Fluff".
- 2017. Lauris Reiniks goes on a sold out National tour around 12 cities in Latvia called "Es domāšu par tevi". The tour is connected with a release of Lauris Reiniks music sheet book of 50 most popular songs, as well as the compilation album of 22 most popular Reiniks's songs of all time.
- 2018 In November 2018, Lauris Reiniks presents his new single called "Viss labi būs" which is a soundtrack and theme song for a romantic comedy "Jaungada taksometrs" (dir.by Māris Martinsons) where Lauris is playing the leading role. The song is also being released in Lithuania and Estonia under titles "Viskas bus gerai" (LT) and "Koos on hea" (EE).
Ever since 1998 Lauris Reiniks has been hosting several TV shows for Latvian Television LTV, TV3 Latvia (Viasat) and LNT Television. Lauris has done several National TV commercials and print ads. In 2010 Lauris gets his first National TV award "Zelta Vilnis 2009" (Golden Wave) in a nomination "TV Personality Of The Year".
Lauris Reiniks has been a host of following TV shows and projects:
- 1998–2003: "Nošu spēles" LTV
- 1998–2001: International children music festival "Saules zaķis" LTV
- 2000 : Eurovision Song Contest 2000 host and spokesperson from Latvia. LTV
- 2000: VIII Latvian school and youth song and dance festival LTV
- 2000: "Rīga 800"; LTV
- 2001–2005: "Kam gaišāka galva?" LTV
- 2002–2003: "Troksnis" LTV
- 2003: "SeMS" LTV 7
- 2004: "Junior Eurovision Latvia 2004" LTV; co-hosted by Rūta Reinika.
- 2005: IX Latvian school and youth song and dance festival LTV
- 2005: "SeMS " LTV 7
- 2007: "Dziedi ar zvaigzni" (Sing With a Star) TV3 Latvia, co-hosted by Iveta Feldmane.
- 2008: "Koru kari" " (Clash of the Choirs). TV3 Latvia
- 2009: "Muzikālā banka 2008" (Latvian Radio 2 Music Awards) LTV
- 2009: "Latvijas zelta talanti 2009" (Latvia’s Golden Talents) LNT
- 2009–2010: "Latvijas ģimeņu dziedāšanas svētki" (Latvia’s Singing Families) LNT
- 2012: "Pelnrušķīte" (Cinderella) LNT
- 2013: "Koru kari" " (Clash of the Choirs). TV3 Latvia
- 2014: "Izklausies redzēts" Season 1 (Your Face Sounds Familiar). TV3 Latvia
- 2015: "Izklausies redzēts" Season 2 (Your Face Sounds Familiar). TV3 Latvia
- 2016: "Izklausies redzēts" Season 3 (Your Face Sounds Familiar). TV3 Latvia
Dancing With The Stars
On April 8, 2007 live on TV3 Latvia Lauris Reiniks becomes the first season winner of Latvian "Dancing with the Stars" (Dejo ar Zvaigzni). He was partnered by a professional ballroom dancer and many time Latin dance champion – Aleksandra Kurusova. In the spring of 2008, an ABC Television affiliate in California, USA presented a story about Lauris as a successful pop musician and winner of the Latvian version of "Dancing with the Stars".
4 years later (2011) Lauris Reiniks is invited to participate in the same kind of show in Lithuania -"Šok su manimi" (Dance with me) on TV3 Lithuania. After 3 episodes, Lauris and his partner Aleksandra gave their place to the eliminated couple and withdrew from the show.
As an actor for film and television Lauris Reiniks has trained at private acting schools in Los Angeles. In 2009 he finished a program at TVI Actors Studio but in 2014 he got certified at "The Acting Corps" and "Speiser/Sturges Acting Studio" 
His acting credits include a role of Rolf in a musical The Sound Of Music in 2004/2005 Olympus role in a musical "Autoplanet" in 2005. As a guest star he has appeared also on "Prāts vai Instinkts" LTV series produced by Riga Pictures (2010). (2011) "Dancis pa trim" (Three to Dance) feature film produced by "Kaupo" film studio where he is playing Edvards, a Latvian soldier during the latter stages of World War II. In 2010-2012 Lauris Reiniks is playing one of the lead roles in the well-known play "Ladies Night" (Kailie Brieži) produced by Domino Teatras and staged at National Theater in Riga.
In 2016 Reiniks joined the cast of TV3 Latvia hit series "Viņas melo labāk" (Women lie better) playing Igors, an ex-criminal who is hired to pretend to be a maniac in order to intimidate Marta, the lead character of the show. In 2018 his character returns to the show's 6th season as a car thief and emotional criminal.
2018 also brings Lauris Reiniks his first lead role in a feature film "Jaungada Taksometrs" (New Year's Taxi) where he is playing Andrejs, the taxi driver and main character of the movie. The romantic comedy is directed by internationally recognized director Māris Martinsons and produced by Kruk Films. "Jaungada taksometrs" is released in movie theaters across Latvia on November 30, 2018.
Eurovision Song Contest / Eirodziesma
- 2001 – Lauris Reiniks in a duet with Linda Leen finishes 2nd at Latvian National selection with a song "I Wish I Knew".
- 2002 – Lauris Reiniks finishes 5th at Latvian National selection Eirodziesma 2002 with a song "My Memory Tape".
- 2003 – along with Mārtiņš Freimanis and Yana Kay a trio F.L.Y. has been created specially for Eurovision Song Contest Latvian selection. With a song "Hello From Mars" they won the National preliminaries and represented Latvia at Eurovision Song Contest 2003 taking place in Riga. The song finished 24th, which was until 2015 the lowest ever finish by a host country performer.
- 2009 – Lauris Reiniks's song "I wish I could pretend" performed by Kristina Zaharova finishes 2nd in Irish Eurovision Finals "Eurosong 2009".
- 2010 – Lauris Reiniks' song "Your Morning Lullaby" gets into the finals of Latvian Eurovision National preliminaries "Eirodziesma 2010" finishing 4th.
- 2011 – Lauris Reiniks finishes 2nd at Latvian Eurovision National preliminaries "Eirodziesma 2011" with his song "Banjo Laura". The Spanish version "La chica del Banjo" of the song is being released a month later.
- Planet 42 (2002)
- Lidot savādāk (2003)
- Tik balti (2003)
- Never Look Back (with F.L.Y.) (2003)
- Debesskrāpju spīts (2005)
- Nakts veikalā (2007)
- Es skrienu (2010)
- Aš bėgu (2011)
- Ma jooksen (2011)
- Lauris Reiniks Ziemassvētkos (2012)
- Lauris Reiniks - Labāko dziesmu izlase (2017)
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