Simonna

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Simonna
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Background information
Birth nameSimona Milinytė
Born (1995-12-12) December 12, 1995 (age 25)
Lithuania
GenresPop, rock
Occupation(s)Singer, actress, social media personality, host
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2002–present
Websitewww.twitter.com/Simonna

Simona Milinytė (born December 12, 1995[1]), also known as Simonna, is a Lithuanian actress and singer. From 2007 to 2011, she participated in numerous music competitions in European countries including Lithuania, Italy, and Turkey. Most notably, Simonna joined the national Eurovision Song Contest in Lithuania as the youngest contestant ever at the time, placed third in the semi-final and seventh in the National Final. In 2008, she released her first album titled 12. In December 2013, she released her second album, which was self-titled Simonna and consisted of 15 songs recorded in both Lithuanian and English. After 2014, Simonna had her music videos played by MTV and received a Vevo-certified channel.

Simonna is a guest star in "NCIS: Los Angeles" season finale episode. In 2019, Simonna started to host her own radio show "Bleav In Sports Gossip" about sports and entertainment industry. Simonna's new podcast airs every week and is available on iHeartRadio, iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, etc. People, Entertainment Weekly, Yahoo Celebrities, LA Times, BBC wrote about Simonna.

Since 2018, Simonna has shifted focus on her acting career. She played a lead role in the 2018 TV movie First Month is for Free.[2] Simonna played an "Influencer girl" in the drama Hollywood Rooftop, which was directed by Brett Leonard.[3] Simonna has also acted in numerous short films. Simonna is a lead in a new short movie "Robot Romance" with Golden Globe winner, Oscar nominee for the Best actress Sally Kirkland. This movie is several festivals. It's the WINNER: DRUK International Film Festival - Short film CRITICS CHOICE AWARD. World Film Carnival - SINGAPORE "Best Short Film"; Virgin Spring Cinefest - Silver Award "Best Short Film"; She was a supporting actress in Crazy For the Boys and horror-thriller The Great Illusion.[4] In the horror-thriller The Blackstone, Simonna played the role of a ghostly woman.[5] Simonna is playing a lead role in several movies, tv series, she is series regular in animation series.

Career[edit]

2007–2011: Career beginnings and 12[edit]

In 2007, in the Kaunas City Song competition in Kaunas, Lithuania, Simonna won first place with her song "Sparnuotosios Supynes". After Simonna's successful performance, the song became a city anthem.

In 2008, Simonna participated in a contest in Pompeii, Italy. Later that year, Simonna participated in the Talent Kaunas 2008 contest, which took place in Riga, Latvia. She won second place performing "Baltic Talents".

In 2009, Simonna participated in the First Republic Children and Youth Vocal competition, performing "Nightingale's Valley" and winning second place. She participated in the St. Petersburg contest '"the path to the stars – in 2009". Simonna won first place in the international talent competition "Kaunas – 2009". She won third place in "Baltic Transit".From 2008 to 2009, Simonna toured Lithuania with several singers from Lithuania in the Olialia Zuzi Fiesta Tour.

In 2010, at the TV festival "TV Start", which took place in Turkey, Simonna won the Grand Prix in the vocal category and won first place in the model category. In the "San Remo" festival in Italy, Simonna became a finalist. Later that year, Simonna successfully completed the New York Film Academy's "Four Week Musical Film Workshop".

In 2011, Simonna was invited to attend TwitChange, a celebrity Twitter auction that included Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria, and others. Simonna acted in the Lithuanian TV series Giminės. Po 20 metų as a guest star.

2012–13: Eurovision Song Contest and Simonna[edit]

In 2012 Simonna applied to the national Eurovision Song Contest in Lithuania with her song "One of a Kind". She finished third in the semi-final[citation needed] and seventh in the national final,[citation needed] without reaching the super-final. She was the youngest national Lithuania's Eurovision Song Contest participant ever.[citation needed]

Simonna released "One of a Kind" as a single. It was written by F. Westin and produced by Bobby Ljunggren and Marcos Ubeda. The song was used for Simonna's Eurovision project and her second album, self-titled Simonna. The song was initially created for the Eurovision Song Contest winner Carola Häggkvist, but when she refused to participate in Eurovision Song Contest again, the producers gave the song to Simonna. In early 2012, the music video for "One of a Kind" was shot in Lithuania.

In March 2012, Simonna signed with US-based management company June Entertainment and manager John Ryan Jr.[citation needed]

In May 2013, Simonna revealed on Twitter new lyrics from her upcoming song.[6] As of June 2013, Simonna was working on a new song with American rapper and songwriter King Kaseem, who was to be featured on the song as well.[7] On July 25, 2013, Simonna revealed that her song was called "The Mountain". On February 11, 2014, Simonna released her new single "My Eyes On You". On February 20, 2014, Simonna terminated her contract with June Entertainment. On February 24, 2014, MTV started to play Simonna's music videos.[8] In December 2013, Simonna released her album Simonna, which consisted of 15 songs recorded in both Lithuanian and English.[citation needed]

2014–2017[edit]

In September 2014, Simonna started studying in New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, California.[citation needed]

In 2015, Simonna decided to focus on her education and take a break from music. In March 2016, Simonna graduated from The Center of Legal Studies[citation needed] and became a certified victim advocate at California State University, Monterey Bay.[citation needed] To celebrate graduation, Simonna released her new hit single "MOONLIGHT"[9] on the Vevo channel.[10] Simonna received an official Vevo-certified channel.[11]

In 2016, Simonna studied communications at Southern New Hampshire University.[citation needed]

Simonna became an official member of the Recording Academy – The Grammy's.[clarification needed][citation needed] Simonna has been in the 56th, 57th, and 58th Grammy's consideration lists.[citation needed] Simonna's new singles "Say to Me", "Rush for Love", and "My Eyes on You" were released on her Vevo channel. Simonna released a trailer for a new music video featuring Harry Potter actor Devon Murray.[12] The full music video was set to release in late 2017.[citation needed]

2018–19[edit]

Simonna received roles in various films. She played a lead role in the 2018 TV movie First Month is for Free.[2] Simonna played an "Influencer girl" in the drama Hollywood Rooftop, which was directed by Brett Leonard.[3] Simonna has also acted in short films "inSANE",[13] "Short Movie", "Trail of Glitter", and "The Third Rainbow". She was a supporting actress in Crazy For the Boys and horror-thriller The Great Illusion.[4] In the horror-thriller The Blackstone, Simonna played the role of a ghostly woman.[5]

Simonna is a guest star in "NCIS: Los Angeles" season finale episode. In 2019, Simonna started to host her own radio show "Bleav In Sports Gossip" about sports and entertainment industry. Simonna's new podcast airs every week and is available on iHeartRadio, iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, etc. People, Entertainment Weekly, Yahoo Celebrities, LA Times, BBC wrote about Simonna. Simonna is a lead in a new short movie "Robot Romance" with Golden Globe winner, Oscar nominee for the Best actress Sally Kirkland. This movie is several festivals. It's the WINNER: DRUK International Film Festival - Short film CRITICS CHOICE AWARD. World Film Carnival - SINGAPORE "Best Short Film"; Virgin Spring Cinefest - Silver Award "Best Short Film";

In 2019, Simonna has been booked for several movies and TV series. She graduated from Southern New Hampshire University and has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree.[14]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details
12
  • Release date: 2008
  • Label: Zuzi Muzika
  • Formats: CD
Simonna
  • Release date: 2013
  • Label: Zuzi Muzika
  • Formats: CD

Singles[edit]

Year Single Album
2013 "Give" Simonna
2012 "One Of A Kind" Simonna
2013 "The Mountain" Non-album single
2014 "My Eyes on You" Non-album single
2015 "Rush For Love" Non-album single
2015 "It's Beautiful" Non-album single
2016 "MOONLIGHT" Non-album single
2017 "Every time you need me" Non-album single

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2019 Short film Robot Romance Robot Bobby also starring Golden Globe winner, Oscar nominee for the Best actress Sally Kirkland. This movie is several festivals. It's the WINNER: DRUK International Film Festival - Short film CRITICS CHOICE AWARD.

World Film Carnival - SINGAPORE "Best Short Film"; Virgin Spring Cinefest - Silver Award "Best Short Film";

2019 Animated TV episodes ”Maui Kitty's Day Play” Kona the dolphin lead voiceover
2019 TV episodes ”NCIS: Los Angeles” on CBS Mistress Season Finale guest star.
2019 Documentary movie ”Mirroring Michael Jackson” Self co-star
2020 - 2021 Movie ” Jesus And The Others” Merneith Supporting
2019 Crime action drama ”Chaaw” Ardnas supporting
2020 Movie “Astronomy Walkers” Astronomy Walker Supporting
2018 HOLLYWOOD ROOFTOP Directed by Brett Leonard(Director Brett Leonard did a movie with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. Virtual reality and 2D - two versions of the movie) Simona Supporting actress
2018 Short film inSANE Detective Casey lead
2018 TV episodes ”First Month Is For Free” Chloe lead
2018 Horror, Thriller “The Great Illusion” (Featuring award-winning actors Selma Blair and Graham Greene) caged girl supporting
2018 Horror, Thriller “The Blackstone” Ghostly Woman Co-lead
2019 Movie “Red Winter” Scarlett O'Hera lead
2019 Movie “Then She Was Gone” Special Agent Elisa Gardener lead
2018 Movie “Crazy For the Boys” Cheerleader supporting
2018 Short Movie “The Third Rainbow” Irene aka “Honey Bunny” lead
2018 Short Movie “Trail of glitter” Sandra lead
2010 AIDA” Musical Film — New York Film Academy workshop Unknown Co-lead
2011 Giminės. Po 20 Metų Unknown 1 episode; guest star

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IMDB – Biography for Simonna". Retrieved 2011-10-19. Date of Birth 12 December 1995 Lithuania
  2. ^ a b "The First Month Is Free" – via www.imdb.com.
  3. ^ a b "Hollywood Rooftop" – via www.imdb.com.
  4. ^ a b "Simonna". IMDb.
  5. ^ a b "The Blackstone" – via www.imdb.com.
  6. ^ "Lyrics of Simonna's new song". July 12, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  7. ^ "King Kaseem will be featured on Simonna's new song". July 12, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  8. ^ "MTV EMA 2018". MTVEMA.
  9. ^ Simonna (1 March 2016). "My new song #MOONLIGHT is out on @Vevo !".
  10. ^ SimonnaVEVO. "Simonna - Moonlight (Audio)" – via YouTube.
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ Simonnalt. "Simonna - Every Time You Need Me (OFFICIAL TRAILER)" – via YouTube.
  13. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8586014/
  14. ^ "Simonna on Instagram". Instagram.

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