Vanna (singer)

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Vanna
Ivana Vrdoljak Vanna Zagreb 15012012 4.jpg
Vanna in concert in 2012
Background information
Birth name Ivana Ranilović
Born (1970-09-01) September 1, 1970 (age 45)
Koprivnica, Croatia
Origin Zagreb, Croatia
Genres Pop-Rock
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1990–present
Labels Croatia Records
Associated acts Electro Team, Ilan Kabiljo

Ivana Ranilović-Vrdoljak (born September 1, 1970 in Koprivnica, Croatia, Yugoslavia[1]), better known by her stage name Vanna, is a pop singer from Croatia.

Biography[edit]

As a child, Vanna won prizes in various national children and youth festivals.[1] Her debut was at the 1990 Zagrebfest, a music festival held in Zagreb.[2] In that year she left her hometown to live and study in Zagreb and whilst studying, she performed in a band called BOA.

In 1992 her professional career as a singer was launched. She joined a eurodance band called Electro Team and became an instant star. Not only was she a singer but also a co-author and song-writer of all the songs performed by Electro Team. The band's albums all officially became platinum although is no accurate system in Croatia to monitor number of record sales. The song "Tek je 12 sati" became a huge hit in 1993,[1] and was popular elsewhere across the former Yugoslavia republics.

In 1998, Vanna left Electro Team to start a solo career[1] and record her first album, I to sam ja. Vanna has since recorded three more solo albums and has won several other awards.

She came first at Zadarfest (held in Zadar) three years in succession (1999, 2000 and 2001). Her album 24 sata reached gold.

In 2000 she came second in Dora, the Croatian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest with a song written by Bruno Kovačić and Ivana Plechinger. Being runner-up, she decided to participate again in 2001 and now won with Tonči Huljić's song Strune ljubavi. Shortly after Dora, she gave birth to daughter Jana. Vanna represented Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 in Copenhagen on May 12, 2001 and finished 10th. She sang the song in Croatian and in English, now entitled "Strings of My Heart".

After Eurovision, Vanna released a live album called Vanna u Lisinskom[1] and won Zadarfest again with "Više nisi moj". She won prizes in several other festivals.

In 2012, she had a guest appearance on the track "Za tvoje oči" from the album Praštam of Serbian rock band Neverne Bebe.

Vanna is married to Andrija Vrdoljak, son of Croatian film director Antun Vrdoljak, and they have two children, Luka (born c. 1998) and Jana (born c. 2001).[3] The family live in Zagreb.

Discography[edit]

  • Electro Team (1992, with Electro Team)
  • Second To None (1994, with Electro Team)
  • Anno Domini 1996 (1996, with Electro Team)
  • I to sam ja (1997)
  • Ispod istog neba (1998)
  • 24 sata (2000)
  • U Lisinskom (2001)
  • Hrabra kao prije (2003)
  • Ledeno doba (2007)
  • Sjaj (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Ivana Vrdoljak Vanna" (in Croatian). Večernji list. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Vanna". crorec.hr (in Croatian). Croatia Records. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  3. ^ http://www.vecernji.hr/zvijezde/vanna-zahvalna-sam-suprugu-sto-me-trpi-tezak-sam-suputnik-353869
Preceded by
Goran Karan
with "Kad zaspu anđeli"
Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest
2001
Succeeded by
Vesna Pisarović
with "Everything I Want"