Sandhja

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Sandhja
ESC2016 - Finland Meet & Greet 13.jpg
Sandhja in 2016
Background information
Birth name Sandhja Kuivalainen
Born (1991-03-16) 16 March 1991 (age 27)
Helsinki, Finland
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
Instruments
  • Vocals
Years active 2013–present
Website Official website

Sandhja Kuivalainen (born 16 March 1991), known professionally as simply Sandhja, is a Finnish singer. She represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "Sing It Away".[1] Sandhja was born to an Indo-Guyanese mother and a Finnish father.[2]

Career[edit]

2013–14: Gold[edit]

Sandhja released her debut single "Hold Me" on 15 November 2013 as the lead single from her debut studio album.[3] On 7 March 2014 she released "Gold" as the second single from her debut studio album.[4] She released her debut studio album Gold on 23 May 2014 through Sony Music Entertainment Finland.[5]

2015–present: Eurovision Song Contest and Freedom Venture[edit]

In May 2015 she featured on Brandon Bauer's single "The Flavor".[6] On 30 October 2015 she released the single "My Bass".[7] Sandhja was announced as one of the 18 competing artists in Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2016 on 12 January 2016.[8] She competed in the third semi-final and advanced to the final.[9] In the final, she was declared the winner after winning the jury vote and placing third with the public.[1] She represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, performing first of all contestants in the first semi-final on 10 May 2016 at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden,[10] but failed to qualify for the May 14 final. Her second studio album Freedom Venture, was released on 29 April 2016.[11]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details
Gold
Freedom Venture
  • Released: 29 April 2016
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment Finland
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
FIN DL
[12]
FIN Air
[12]
"Hold Me" 2013 18 12 Gold
"Gold" 2014 71
"My Bass" 2015 Freedom Venture
"Sing It Away" 2016 8 47
"Love Me High"
"We Go On"
(featuring Gracias & Ekow)
2017 Non-album single
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"The Flavor"
(Brandon Bauer featuring Sandhja)
2015 Versetile

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Uusi kotimainen laulajatar Sandhja yhdistelee musiikissaan urbaaneja ja etnisiä sävyjä". Sony Music Finland. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  2. ^ UMK:n mustaksi hevoseksi veikattu Sandhja: ”Lapsuudenkotini oli epämääräinen yhdistelmä kaikkea” (in Finnish) Me Naiset
  3. ^ Hold Me - Single by Sandhja on iTunes
  4. ^ Gold - Single by Sandhja on iTunes
  5. ^ Gold by Sandhja on iTunes
  6. ^ The Flavor (feat. Sandhja) - Single by Brandon Bauer on iTunes
  7. ^ My Bass - Single by Sandhja on iTunes
  8. ^ Escudero, Victor M. (12 January 2016). "UMK 2016 line-up revealed in Finland". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  9. ^ Escudero, Victor M. (20 February 2016). "Finland: Final line-up complete". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  10. ^ Jordan, Paul (25 January 2016). "Allocation Draw: The results!". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  11. ^ Granger, Anthony (29 April 2016). "ESC'16: Three Artists Have Released Albums Today". eurovoix.com.
  12. ^ a b Peak positions in Finland:

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät
with "Aina mun pitää"
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
2017
Succeeded by
Norma John
with "Blackbird"