Sertab Erener

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Sertab Erener
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Sertab Erener, Zenne film premiere in January 2012.
Background information
Birth name Sertab Erener
Born (1964-12-04) 4 December 1964 (age 52)
Istanbul, Turkey
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1992–present
Labels DMC, Motéma Music

Sertab Erener (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈseɾtap eɾeˈneɾ]; born 4 December 1964) is a Turkish pop music singer and also a cross-over soprano with a vocal range that extends to high F.[citation needed] She is one of the most successful female Turkish pop singers in her homeland, and is considered one of the divas of Turkish pop music.[citation needed] In Europe, she is best known for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2003[1] with her hit song "Every Way That I Can", although she has had many other achievements outside Turkey.[citation needed]


Sertab Erener opening 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, Istanbul.

A native of Istanbul, Erener studied opera before beginning her musical career working with Turkish music icon, Sezen Aksu.

She released her first album, Sakin Ol, in 1992, and followed it with four more Turkish-language albums over the next decade. Her album Lâ'l was included by Sony Music in its "Soundtrack for a Century" collection.

In 1995, she sang a Turkish pop version of Colors of the Wind for the Turkish dub of Pocahontas. A year later, she became the official speaking and singing voice of Esmeralda in the Turkish dub of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

After competing unsuccessfully in two national Eurovision Song Contest finals in 1989 and 1990, she was internally selected in 2003 and won the Eurovision Song Contest 2003, representing Turkey with the song "Every Way That I Can", co-written by Demir Demirkan. The song went on to top charts in countries all over Europe, including Sweden and Greece.

In the wake of her Eurovision success, Erener released her first English-language album, No Boundaries, in 2004. Her renditions of "Here I Am" and Bob Dylan's "One More Cup of Coffee" were used in international movie soundtracks. "One More Cup of Coffee" was used in the soundtrack to Masked and Anonymous a semi-biopic of Bob Dylan.

In 2005, Erener released a Turkish-language album named Aşk Ölmez, promoted with songs such as "Aşk Ölmez, Biz Ölürüz" ("Love Doesn't Die, We Do") and "Satılık Kalpler Şehri" ("City of Hearts For Sale"). She also appeared on the movie soundtrack album of Fatih Akın's Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul, with a lauded rendition of Madonna's song "Music".

On 22 October 2005, Erener appeared on Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest, a competition to choose the best Eurovision song of all time, performing the final verse and chorus of "Every Way That I Can". The song finished ninth in a field of fifteen. At the same event, Erener revealed she was to release another English language album.

In 2009, Sertab Erener and Demir Demirkan created a band called Painted on Water[2] and they released a self-titled album in the United States on the Motéma Music label.

In 2010, she sang a Turkish version of Something That I Want for the Turkish dub of Tangled.

In 2012, Sertab Erener recorded Turkish Airlines' "Globally Yours" jingle[3][4] which was used until June 2013.[5]


Studio albums[edit]

Remix albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

Painted on Water (Sertab Erener and Demir Demirkan)[edit]

Sertab Erener and Demir Demirkan, 2009.

Singles and EPs[edit]


Year Single Charts Album
1999 "Zor kadın" 1 Sertab
2000 "Utanma" 4 Bu Yaz
2001 "Kendime yeni bir ben lazım" 1 Yeni
2003 "Every Way That I Can" 1 1 1 5 6 4 10 12 17 21 20 35 72 No Boundaries
"Here I Am" 1 58 6 41 64 106
2004 "Leave" 112
"I Believe (That I See Love in You)" 23
2005 "Aşk ölmez, biz ölürüz" 2 Aşk ölmez
"Satılık kalpler şehri" 7
"Kim haklıysa" 4
"Beni bağışla" 266
2007 "I Remember Now" Drum
2008 "Hayat beklemez" 1 44 Hayat beklemez
2009 "Bu böyle" 1 Rengarenk
"Açık adres" 3
2010 "Koparılan Çiçekler" 2
"Rengârenk" 1
2013 "İyileşiyorum" 1 40 Sade
2014 "Söz" 1
"Öyle De Güzel" 2
2015 "Tesadüf Aşk" 10

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Simon Barclay. Eurovision Song Contest – The Complete & Independent Guide 2010. p. 116. ISBN 978-1-4457-8415-1. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Painted on Water". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  3. ^ "About Sertab Erener". Turkish Airlines. 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  4. ^ "Sertab uçaktan indi, 'Globally Yours' devri bitti!". 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  5. ^ "Sertab Erener Globally Yours Infectious Jingle Removed". Turkey: Haber Monitor. 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Latvia Marie N
with "I Wanna"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Ukraine Ruslana
with "Wild Dances"
Preceded by
Buket Bengisu & Group Safir
with "Leylaklar Soldu Kalbinde"
Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
with "For Real"