Nina Kraljić

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Nina Kraljić
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Kraljić at a Meet & Greet during the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm.
Born
Nina Kraljić

(1992-04-04) 4 April 1992 (age 27)
Lipovljani, Croatia
ResidenceZagreb, Croatia
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • composer
  • voice actress
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active2009–present
Labels
Associated acts

Nina Kraljić (Croatian pronunciation: [nîna krǎːʎitɕ]; born 4 April 1992) is a Croatian singer-songwriter and voice actress. She is known for winning season one of The Voice – Najljepši glas Hrvatske and for being a finalist in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "Lighthouse". Kraljić is the winner of the Croatian Porin award for Croatia's best new act of 2016. Her debut album Samo was released on 30 September 2016.

Life and career[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Nina Kraljić was born in Lipovljani, Croatia on 4 April 1992 to Željko and Irena Kraljić. She has an 8-year-old younger sister Tena.[1] Kraljić's first TV appearance was in 2009 when she entered the Croatian version of Got Talent. She placed tenth in the final stage of the competition. When Kraljić was 14, she left her family to develop her musical expression. She studied opera in music academy and Croatian Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy in Rijeka.

2015–present: Samo[edit]

Kraljić performing "Lighthouse" in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Kraljić competed in the first season of Croatian version of The Voice – Najljepši glas Hrvatske.[2] During her participation she performed the song "Beneath Your Beautiful", "Što Te Nema", and the Macedonian folk song "Zajdi, Zajdi, Jasno Sonce". Her voice was also recognized by Jacques Houdek, who mentored her to victory, with Kraljić receiving roughly 1 million votes in the final round. She later released her debut single "Zaljuljali Smo Svijet" in June 2015, a modern ballad with an ethnic background.

On 24 February 2016, it was announced by HRT that Kraljić would represent Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.[3] On 9 March 2016, she released her 2016 contest song "Lighthouse".[4] On 17 March 2016, Kraljić won the prestigious Croatian music award Porin for the best upcoming artist in Croatia for 2015.[5] She led Croatia to the Eurovision Song Contest final after for the first time after 7 years, coming 10th in the First Semi-Final with 133 points 23rd in the Grand Final with 73 points. Her debut album Samo was released on 30 September 2016. Kraljić presented herself as a songwriter with two songs "Lullaby" and "Lay You Down" in English. On 19 August 2016, she announced a collaboration with the Croatian composer Matija Dedić on the song "Što Te Nema" also featured on the album.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Lota i Tajna Mjesečevog Kamena Lota Croatian dub
2012 Snježna Kraljica Gerda
2014 Snježna Kraljica 2 Gerda

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Supertalent Contestant 10th place
2011 Idi, Diego, Idi! Alisa Marquez Croatian dub
iCarly Sam Puckett
Victorious Cat Valentine
2012 Fawn "Poni" Liebowitz
2013 Marvin Marvin Briana
2013–14 Sanjay i Craig Megan Šljokić
2013–15 Sofija Prva Sofija
2015 Sara i Patka Sara
Henry Opasan Veronika
The Voice – Najljepši glas Hrvatske Contestant Winner
2016 Bella i Buldozi Pepper Silverstein Croatian dub

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CRO
[7]
"Kaži mi"
("Tell Me")
2009 Non-album single
"Zaljuljali smo svijet"
("We Rocked the World")
2015 Samo
"Lighthouse" 2016 4
"Samo"
("Only")
"Snijeg"
("Snow")
"Najljepši dan"
("The Most Beautiful Day")
2018 34 Non-album singles
"Lava" 2019
"Mi"
("Us")
"Se do kad je sveta"
("Till There's a World")

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nina je kraljica, ali producenti prednost ipak daju Marinu..." 24 sata. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  2. ^ Nist, Mladen. "Nina Kraljić pobjednica showa The Voice". tropolje.info. Tropolje.
  3. ^ Brey, Marco (24 February 2016). "Nina Kraljić to represent Croatia". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  4. ^ Brey, Marco (9 March 2016). "Croatia: Nina Kraljić will sing "Lighthouse"". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Nina Kraljić nominirana za Porin". voice.hrt.hr. The Voice of Croatia. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Nina Kraljić ovog petka objavljuje debitanski album". MTV (in Croatian). Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  7. ^ Peak positions in Croatia:
    • For "Lighthouse": "HRTop40 Week 12 2016" (in Croatian). Hrvatska Diskografska Udruga. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
    • For "Najljepši dan": "HRTop40 Week 44 2018" (in Croatian). Hrvatska Diskografska Udruga. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Klapa s Mora
with "Mižerja"
Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest
2016
Succeeded by
Jacques Houdek
with "My friend"