Sandra Nurmsalu

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Sandra Nurmsalu
Sandra Nurmsalu Tartu July 2013.jpg
Sandra Nurmsalu (2013)
Background information
Born (1988-12-06) 6 December 1988 (age 27)
Alavere, Estonia
Genres Baroque pop, alternative, electropop, world
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals, Violin
Years active 2004–present
Labels Moonwalk Records
Associated acts Urban Symphony, Sven Lõhmus, Pink Tank, Virre, Pillipiigad

Sandra Nurmsalu (born 6 December 1988)[1] is an Estonian singer, violinist and lead singer of the band Urban Symphony. Urban Symphony represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 on 16 May. Nurmsalu sang the lead for the Eurovision entry song "Rändajad". The song qualified from the second semi-final from 3rd place and finished 6th in the grand final.[2]

Early life[edit]

Sandra Nurmsalu was raised in Alavere village, Harju County. She made her first musical steps in the music school of Kose, where she learned to play the violin.

Nurmsalu began to sing as part of the group Pillipiigad for seven years and Virre for three. During her teenage years Nurmsalu was also part of the Estonian pop group Pink Tank.

Participation in the youth soloist competition 2 takti ette, held biennially by the Eesti Televisioon and broadcast nationwide gained Sandra national recognition, she finished in 4th place in the competition.[3] It was through her uniquely styled performances during this competition that Nurmsalu's future producer, Sven Lõhmus, first noticed her and from there collaboration started, which ultimately lead to the formation of the group Urban Symphony.[4]


Nurmsalu in 2009.

Sandra Nurmsalu became nationally known through participation in the Eurovision Song contest with the band Urban Symphony. Their début single, Rändajad won the national selection and went on to finish 6th during the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. Since taking part in the contest, Nurmsalu has gained a considerable fan base in Europe.

Nurmsalu performed on the reality-competition show Eesti otsib superstaari (part of the Idol series). Each contestant had to choose an Estonian singer to perform a duet with. Contestant Ott Lepland, later winner of the contest, choose Nurmsalu to perform "Rändajad".

In May 2010, Sandra Nurmsalu and Urban symphony announced a hiatus, so that Sandra could concentrate on raising a child and the other band members could continue their studies and pursue other interests.[5]

Return to Music[edit]

In July 2012 after two years of concentrating on raising her newborn child, Nurmsalu returned to her singing career by featuring on the single "Sel Teel" from the Estonian artist Sinine.[6] "Sel Teel" topped the Radio Elmar chart for two weeks [7] and remained in the chart for 10 weeks. The single achieved success throughout many countries in Europe including France and Germany, where it reached first position on the Deutsche Alternative Charts during week 44 of 2012.

Since her return, Nurmsalu has focused on performing a variety of traditional Estonian songs at musical events throughout Estonia.[8]

In October 2012, Nurmsalu went on tour alongside many other Estonian artists to celebrate 100 years of Estonian film and music, performing concerts at venues in Tallinn, Pärnu and Tartu.[9]

In late 2012, Nurmsalu announced a concert tour named "Rändajad" after her first popular single with the group Urban Symphony. The tour played at venues around the Harju County which she grew up in, including her home town of Alavere.[10] In July 2013 the tour continued with the addition of 2 further band members.

In December 2012, to coincide with her return to the music scene, Nurmsalu formed her own music company named Muusikalind to promote her music.[11]

Nurmsalu performed at the Estonian musical concert Öölaulupidu Järjepidevus where she made the début of her new single "Väike Eestimaa". On September 26, the studio version of Väike Eestimaa was revealed by Moonwalk Studios and included an announcement that Nurmsalu is working on a new album with her former producer Sven Lõhmus.[12]

In December 2013, she was announced in the 20 semi-finalists of Eesti Laul 2014, with her song "Kui tuuled pöörduvad". On 21 February 2014, she advanced from the second semi-final to the final. She placed fifth in the final on 1 March 2014.

She performed at a gala her next single, in december 2014, "Mängurõõm".

Personal life[edit]

Sandra Nurmsalu has been in a relationship with Tarmo Kask, a former physical education teacher and professional gambler since 2004.

On 11 March 2010 it was confirmed that Sandra was pregnant with her first child, a girl, to whom she gave birth on the 26 July 2010.[13] After the pregnancy Nurmsalu decided to put her music career on hold to concentrate on raising her newborn child, who she named Crystal Ingrid Nurmsalu.[14]

Nurmsalu campaigns for animal rights and has voiced her opposition to animal abuse and abandonment.[15]


With Urban Symphony[edit]


Year Single Peak positions Album
Raadio Uuno (EST)
Elmar top (EST)
BEL (Vl)
2009 "Rändajad" 3 1 14 10 68 86 8 117 Eurovision Song Contest 2009
"Päikese poole" 12 1 Non-album single
2010 "Skorpion" 11 8
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.



  • TBA (2014)


Year Single Peak positions Album
Raadio Uuno (EST)
Elmar top (EST)
Digital Download (EST)
BEL (Vl)
2007 "Velvetiin" Non-album single
2012 "Sel Teel" (Sinine featuring Sandra Nurmsalu) 8 1 41
2013 "Väike Eestimaa" 2
2014 "Kui tuuled pöörduvad" 5 3 1 Eesti Laul 2014
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


  1. ^ "Artistide sünnipäevad (Birthdays of artists)" (in Estonian). Retrieved 13 January 2010.  External link in |publisher= (help)[dead link]
  2. ^ "Eurovision 2009 Final Scoreboard)". Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kahest taktist langes välja Sandra Nurmsalu". Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Online intervjuu: vastab Sandra Nurmsalu". Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Ohtuleht. "Sandra Nurmsalu: tahan lapsele kogu aeg olemas olla". Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "New Album "Dreams Come True" Out Now". SININE. 2009-09-18. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Sandra Nurmsalu's Events". Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Suur Eesti Filmimuusika Kontsert". Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Kontsertsari "Rändajad" KEILA KULTUURIKESKUSES". Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Muusikalind ÖU Report". Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Väike Eestimaa". Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  13. ^ MOONWALKstudio. "MOONWALK Studio: Palju õnne Sandra!". Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  14. ^ Ohtuleht. "Sandra Nurmsalu: tahan lapsele kogu aeg olemas olla". Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  15. ^ MOONWALKstudio. "Sandra Nurmsalu saadaks loomapiinajad ravile". Retrieved 28 September 2013.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  16. ^ Estonian Airplay Chart
  17. ^ [1]
  18. ^ Swedish Singles Chart
  19. ^ Finnish Singles Chart
  20. ^ Belgium Flanders Singles Chart
  21. ^ Switzerland Singles Chart
  22. ^ Greek Singles Chart
  23. ^ UK Singles Chart
  24. ^ Estonian Airplay Chart
  25. ^ [2]
  26. ^ Itunes Estonian Chart
  27. ^ Swedish Singles Chart
  28. ^ Finnish Singles Chart
  29. ^ Belgium Flanders Singles Chart
  30. ^ Switzerland Singles Chart
  31. ^ Greek Singles Chart
  32. ^ UK Singles Chart

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
with "Leto svet"
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
(as part of Urban Symphony)
Succeeded by
Malcolm Lincoln and
Manpower 4
with "Siren"