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|Birth name||Simona Milinytė|
|Born||December 12, 1995|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, actress, social media personality, host|
Simona Milinytė (born December 12, 1995), 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.
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. Simonna played an "Influencer girl" in the drama Hollywood Rooftop, which was directed by Brett Leonard. Simonna has also acted in numerous short films. She was a supporting actress in Crazy For the Boys and horror-thriller The Great Illusion. In the horror-thriller The Blackstone, Simonna played the role of a ghostly woman. Simonna played lead roles in Red Winter and Then She Was Gone. Simona will be playing a role in an upcoming movie based on the novel 23:27 by H. L. Roberts.
2007–2011: Career beginnings and 12
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, Estonia. She won second place performing "Baltic Talents". Simonna was nominated for a diploma.[clarification needed]
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 '"he 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
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 and seventh in the national final, without reaching the super-final. She was the youngest national Lithuania's Eurovision Song Contest participant ever.
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.
In May 2013, Simonna revealed on Twitter new lyrics from her upcoming song. 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. 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. In December 2013, Simonna released her album Simonna, which consisted of 15 songs recorded in both Lithuanian and English.
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 and became a certified victim advocate at California State University, Monterey Bay. To celebrate graduation, Simonna released her new hit single "MOONLIGHT" on the Vevo channel. Simonna received an official Vevo-certified channel.
Simonna became an official member of the Recording Academy – The Grammy's.[clarification needed] Simonna has been in the 56th, 57th, and 58th Grammy's consideration lists. 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. The full music video was set to release in late 2017.
Simonna received roles in various films. She played a lead role in the 2018 TV movie First Month is for Free. Simonna played an "Influencer girl" in the drama Hollywood Rooftop, which was directed by Brett Leonard. Simonna has also acted in short films "inSANE", "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. In the horror-thriller The Blackstone, Simonna played the role of a ghostly woman. Simonna played lead roles in Red Winter and Then She Was Gone. Simona will be playing a role in an upcoming movie based on the novel 23:27 by H. L. Roberts.
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.
|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|
|2017||"Every time you need me"||Non-album single|
|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|
- "IMDB – Biography for Simonna". Retrieved 2011-10-19.
Date of Birth 12 December 1995 Lithuania
- "The First Month Is Free" – via www.imdb.com.
- "Hollywood Rooftop" – via www.imdb.com.
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- "The Blackstone" – via www.imdb.com.
- "Lyrics of Simonna's new song". July 12, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
- "King Kaseem will be featured on Simonna's new song". July 12, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
- "MTV EMA 2018". MTVEMA.
- Simonna (1 March 2016). "My new song #MOONLIGHT is out on @Vevo !".
- SimonnaVEVO. "Simonna - Moonlight (Audio)" – via YouTube.
- Simonnalt. "Simonna - Every Time You Need Me (OFFICIAL TRAILER)" – via YouTube.
- "Simonna on Instagram". Instagram.