Stanisław Sojka

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Stanisław Sojka
StanislawSojka Chepry.jpg
Stanisław Sojka, 2004
Born (1959-04-26) April 26, 1959 (age 58)
Żory, Poland
Occupation Musician, singer
Spouse(s) Iwona Sojka (divorced)
Partner(s) Ewa Żmijewska
Children 4 (sons)
Musical career
Also known as Stanisław Soyka
Genres Jazz, pop
Instruments Piano
Labels PolJazz, RCA, Zic Zac, ESA, QM Music, Polskie Nagrania Muza, Helicon, Pomaton EMI, EMI Music Poland, Universal Music Poland
Associated acts Janusz "Janina" Iwański, Sekstet Plus, Andrzej Piaseczny, Adam Strug
Website www.soyka.pl

Stanisław Sojka (born April 26, 1959 in Żory, Upper Silesia), also known as Stanisław Soyka, is a Polish jazz and pop singer, pianist and composer.

Beginnings[edit]

He started performing in public as a soprano singer in the Gliwice Cathedral Choir, when he was seven years old. In the same time he also was a violin student of the second grade at the State Musical School in Gliwice. His musical education was continued at the Music High School in Katowice and completed with master's degree in arrangement and composing from the Akademia Muzyczna im. K. Szymanowskiego w Katowicach.

Breakthrough[edit]

Soyka professionally debuted on stage on November 1978, when he performed in concert at the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw in the prestigious "Jazz at the Philharmonic" series. He presented a recital, inspired by classic jazz, soul and R&B with songs of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles and George Gershwin, but also traditional Polish Christmas carols and folklore tunes. That concert was recorded and released in 1979 as Soyka’s debut album entitled "Don’t You Cry". In that year Stanisław Soyka also won the top prize at Lubelskie Spotkania Jazzowe (Lublin Jazz Conference).

Until 1985 he released three more jazz albums and even one with religious music. He has been named the best Polish jazz vocalist by readers of magazine "Jazz Forum", from 1983 to 1988. In the same period of time Soyka recorded also some pop songs for Polish Radio, which later were collected on album Radioaktywny, released in 1989.

Pop career[edit]

In 1986 Soyka signed a two-year record deal with RCA in Germany. He recorded there his first pop and first international album, simply entitled Stanisław Sojka. Among the producers was famous Harold Faltermeyer. Before the album he also produced Soyka's single "Spirit Of The West", recorded for ad campaign of West cigarettes. The album was a commercial flop, but it gave him success in his native Poland. In 1988 Soyka came back to Poland and formed a duet with guitarist Janusz Iwański "Janina" from famous Polish jazz group Tie Break. They recorded and performed together until 1994. In 1991 Soyka recorded his most famous and best-selling album, Acoustic, co-produced by Dieter Meier from Yello. It brought such hits like Cud niepamięci or Play It Again. In 1992 he even was named Best Polish Star of 1991 by readers of magazine "Popcorn" for teenagers. His next album Neopositive from 1992 repeated commercial success of Acoustic, thanks to the huge hit Tolerancja, which became his biggest one in all his career. In that year he also won the Bursztynowy Słowik - Grand Prix of Sopot International Song Festival. Another album, Radical Graża from 1994, was a mediocre commercial success, just like his every next album.

New directions[edit]

In 1995 Soyka decided to compose music for poetry and record his first album with poetic music. He chose William Shakespeare's sonnets, translated into Polish. The album Sonety Shakespeare was released in 1995 and his English version Soyka Sings Shakespeare's Sonnets four years later. Soyka gave its Polish version as a gift to Queen Elizabeth II, during her 1996 visit to Poland. In 2003 he composed music for a poem "Roman Tryptich" written by Pope John Paul II and recorded the album Tryptyk rzymski. He presented these songs live in front of the Pope in the Vatican. In 2001 Soyka recorded one more religious album in his career, Polskie pieśni wielkopostne with forgotten Polish Lenten songs. But Soyka didn't forget about pop music and between those albums released Nr 17 in 1998, Soykanova in 2002 and album with covers Soyka Sings Love Songs in 2004. In 2007 he formed his new band Soyka Sextet Plus. In 2008 Soyka recorded as a guest artist two songs with rapper Gorzki, including one with Bizarre from D12 and one reggae song with composer and producer Krakowski. Soyka's first studio album in five years, Studio Wąchock, was released in October 2009.

Soyka earned two Polish music industry awards Fryderyk Awards: as "Best Male Vocalist" of 1994 (on the first ceremony) and for the "Best Poetic Music Album" of 2003.

State decoration[edit]

Krzyż kawalerski

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
POL
[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]
Don't You Cry
  • Released: April 16, 1979[12]
  • Label: PolJazz
  • Formats: CD, digital download[13]
Blublula
  • Released: May 18, 1981[14]
  • Label: Polskie Nagrania Muza
  • Formats: CD
Soyka Sings Ellington
  • Released: April 19, 1982[15]
  • Label: Helicon
  • Formats: CD
Matko, która nas znasz...
  • Released: September 27, 1982[16]
  • Label: Helicon
  • Formats: CD
Soyka w Piwnicy na Wójtowskiej
  • Released: 1984
  • Label: PolJazz
  • Formats: CD, digital download[17]
Stanisław Sojka
  • Released: August 18, 1986[18]
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: CD
Radioaktywny
  • Released: May 16, 1988[19]
  • Label: Polskie Nagrania Muza
  • Formats: CD, digital download[20]
Acoustic
  • Released: April 19, 1991[21]
  • Label: Zic Zac
  • Formats: CD
Sonety Shakespeare
  • Released: October 9, 1995[22]
  • Label: Pomaton EMI
  • Formats: CD
Nr 17
  • Released: March 30, 1998[23]
  • Label: Pomaton EMI
  • Formats: CD
Soyka Sings Shakespeare's Sonnets
  • Released: November 23, 1998[24]
  • Label: Pomaton EMI
  • Formats: CD
Soykanova
  • Released: October 14, 2002[25]
  • Label: Pomaton EMI
  • Formats: CD, digital download[26]
50
Soyka Sings Love Songs
  • Released: March 8, 2004[27]
  • Label: Pomaton EMI
  • Formats: CD, digital download[28]
16
...Tylko brać
  • Released: September 10, 2010[29]
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD, digital download[30]
7
Stanisław Soyka śpiewa 7 wierszy Czesława Miłosza
  • Released: May 13, 2011[33]
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD, digital download[34]
17
Stanisław Soyka w hołdzie Mistrzowi
  • Released: April 24, 2012[35]
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD, digital download[36]
7
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
POL
[2]
Złota Kolekcja - Cud niepamięci
  • Released: June 15, 1998[37]
  • Label: Pomaton EMI
  • Formats: CD
43
Złota Kolekcja, Vol. 2 - Życie to krótki sen
  • Released: April 21, 2004[40]
  • Label: Pomaton EMI
  • Formats: CD
44
Rocznik 59
  • Released: November 28, 2008[41]
  • Label: EMI Music Poland
  • Formats: CD (Box set)
Poeci polskiej piosenki - Soyka: Absolutnie nic...
  • Released: April 30, 2013
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Collaborative albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
POL
[2]
Neopositive
(with Janusz "Janina" Iwański)
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: ESA
  • Formats: CD, digital download[42]
Radical Graża
(with Janusz "Janina" Iwański i Kompania)
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: ESA
  • Formats: CD
Studio Wąchock
(with Sekstet Plus)
  • Released: October 2, 2009[43]
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD
23
W blasku światła
(with Andrzej Piaseczny)
  • Released: April 18, 2011[44]
  • Label: QM Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download[45]
Strug. Leśmian. Soyka.
(with Adam Strug)
  • Released: May 13, 2014[46]
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD, digital download[47]
22
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Christmas albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
POL
[2]
Kolędy
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Polskie Radio Katowice
  • Formats: CD
Kolędy polskie
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: ESA
  • Formats: CD, digital download[48]
Polskie Pieśni Wielkopostne
  • Released: March 31, 2001[49]
  • Label: Pomaton EMI
  • Formats: CD
26
Tryptyk Rzymski
  • Released: September 15, 2003[50]
  • Label: Pomaton EMI
  • Formats: CD
1
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

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