Sandhja in 2016
|Birth name||Sandhja Kuivalainen|
16 March 1991|
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". Sandhja was born to an Indo-Guyanese mother and a Finnish father.
Sandhja released her debut single "Hold Me" on 15 November 2013 as the lead single from her debut studio album. On 7 March 2014 she released "Gold" as the second single from her debut studio album. She released her debut studio album Gold on 23 May 2014 through Sony Music Entertainment Finland.
2015–present: Eurovision Song Contest and Freedom Venture
In May 2015 she featured on Brandon Bauer's single "The Flavor". On 30 October 2015 she released the single "My Bass". Sandhja was announced as one of the 18 competing artists in Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2016 on 12 January 2016. She competed in the third semi-final and advanced to the final. In the final, she was declared the winner after winning the jury vote and placing third with the public. 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, but failed to qualify for the May 14 final. Her second studio album Freedom Venture, was released on 29 April 2016.
As lead artist
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"My Bass"||2015||—||—||Freedom Venture|
|"Sing It Away"||2016||8||47|
|"Love Me High"||—||—|
|"We Go On"
(featuring Gracias & Ekow)
|"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.|
As featured artist
(Brandon Bauer featuring Sandhja)
- "Uusi kotimainen laulajatar Sandhja yhdistelee musiikissaan urbaaneja ja etnisiä sävyjä". Sony Music Finland. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
- UMK:n mustaksi hevoseksi veikattu Sandhja: ”Lapsuudenkotini oli epämääräinen yhdistelmä kaikkea” (in Finnish) Me Naiset
- Hold Me - Single by Sandhja on iTunes
- Gold - Single by Sandhja on iTunes
- Gold by Sandhja on iTunes
- The Flavor (feat. Sandhja) - Single by Brandon Bauer on iTunes
- My Bass - Single by Sandhja on iTunes
- Escudero, Victor M. (12 January 2016). "UMK 2016 line-up revealed in Finland". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
- Escudero, Victor M. (20 February 2016). "Finland: Final line-up complete". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
- Jordan, Paul (25 January 2016). "Allocation Draw: The results!". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
- Granger, Anthony (29 April 2016). "ESC'16: Three Artists Have Released Albums Today". eurovoix.com.
- Peak positions in Finland:
- For Download and Airplay charts: "Musiikkituottajat - Tilastot - Suomen virallinen lista - Artistit › Sandhja". Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
|Awards and achievements|
Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät
with "Aina mun pitää"
| Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest