Vanna (singer)

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Ivana Vrdoljak Vanna Zagreb 15012012 4.jpg
Vanna in concert in 2012
Background information
Birth nameIvana Ranilović
Born (1970-09-01) 1 September 1970 (age 48)
Koprivnica, SFR Yugoslavia
OriginZagreb, Croatia
Years active1990–present
LabelsCroatia Records
Associated actsElectro Team, Ilan Kabiljo

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


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 a co-author and songwriter of all the songs performed by Electro Team. The song "Tek je 12 sati" became a huge hit in 1993,[1] and was popular elsewhere across the former Yugoslavia republics.[citation needed]

In 1998, Vanna left Electro Team to start a solo career[1] and record her first album, I to sam ja. She has since recorded three more solo albums and has won several other awards.[citation needed] She came first at Zadarfest (held in Zadar) three years in succession (1999, 2000 and 2001). Her album 24 sata reached gold.[citation needed]

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 12 May 2001 and finished 10th. She sang the song in Croatian and in English, now entitled "Strings of My Heart".[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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 lives in Zagreb.


  • 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)


  1. ^ a b c d e "Ivana Vrdoljak Vanna" (in Croatian). Večernji list. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Vanna". (in Croatian). Croatia Records. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  3. ^
Preceded by
Goran Karan
with "Kad zaspu anđeli"
Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Vesna Pisarović
with "Everything I Want"