Xonia

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Xonia
Xonia.jpg
Xonia, posed photo, 2009
Background information
Birth name Loredana Sachelaru
Also known as Xonia
Born (1989-06-25) 25 June 1989 (age 27)
Melbourne, Australia
Genres Pop, dance, electronic
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actress, dancer
Years active 2008–present
Labels Artist Media Agency
Associated acts J Balvin, Deepcentral, Anthony Icuagu, Adrian Țuțu
Website www.xoniamusic.com

Xonia (born Loredana Sachelaru; 25 June 1989) is an Australian-born Romanian singer, songwriter, actress and dancer.

Biography[edit]

1989–2007: Early life and education[edit]

Xonia was born 25 June 1989 in Melbourne, Australia to Romanian parents.[1] Her full birth name is Loredana Sachelaru but she started promoting herself as "Xonia" since her adolescence.[2]

In 1997, Xonia began showing interest in music and was subsequently signed to a recording contract with a local label in early 2003.[3] Throughout her adolescence she worked with several music producers such as Rob Davis, Doug Brady and Kevin Colbert in order to record her debut album.[4] Simultaneously, Xonia graduated the Australian Ballet School (Certificate III in Dance) and was taken under the mentorship of Robert Sturrock, a well-known choreographer and dance coach.[5] In early 2000s Xonia put aside her musical career and focused on acting; shortly after she had a number of cameo appearances in high-profile TV series such as Noah's Arc, SeaChange, Holly's Heroes and Neighbours.[6][7]

In 2006, Xonia was selected to represent Australia at the international Beauty Contest "Miss Diaspora", where she had the opportunity to perform in front of 20,000 live spectators.[8] Same year later she performed in the Melbourne Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies and was selected to dance with a guest star, the football player Nathan Brown from Richmond team.[9] Throughout 2007, Xonia showcased her choreography abilities while working with pop singer Georgina Ward for her live shows;[10] eventually she was featured as a backup dancer in some of the music videos produced by Ian Smith and Laura Gissara.[11] At the age of 19, Xonia enrolled in at the Hollywood Pop Academy in California, where she studied dance theory for a short time.[12]

2008–present: Career breakthrough[edit]

In early 2008, Xonia started touring the United States, where she sang for the Romanian diaspora at some social events.[13] Eventually she spent some time in New York recording music and working on her original material.[14] Whilst living in America, Xonia received an invitation to participate as a jury member at the annual Miss Diaspora Contest;[15][16] she accepted the invitation and performed on the stage of the Callatis Festival same year later.[17][18] Shortly after this representation, as a reward for her musical efforts, she was given a record deal with Star Management Romania in order to launch her career.[19]

Xonia's debut single, titled "Someone to Love You", was released in late 2009 and enjoyed moderate success.[20] Same year later she was selected to represent Australia at the international music festival the Golden Stag, where she performed two songs: "Dirty Dancer" and "Trandafir de la Moldova".[21][22] Impressed by her vocal ability showcased during the contest, the Universal Romania representatives offered her a management contract.[23][24] Eventually Xonia released a single in early 2010, entitled "Take the Lead", which has received favorable reactions and created a significant buzz on the internet.[25][26][27]

In early 2010 Xonia collaborated with the Romanian pop band Deepcentral on a new single called "My Beautiful One".[28] Xonia is currently working on her debut album with some well-known Romanian music producers including Marius Moga, George Hora, Mihai Ogășanu and Deepcentral.[5][23]

In 2013 Xonia released her new single "Ping Pong" through Red Cover Media Label. Song was produced by F.Charm and written by Xonia herself. Video for song premiered on 8 July. Video consists of Xonia either dancing in empty warehouse with back-up dancers or alone, walking outside the warehouse with two little dancers. In an interview with Cosmopolitan Romania, Sachelaru revealed that "she wanted to change herself, so she started with music". Ping Pong is reggae influenced track with a little bit of urban sound, but it's still very friendly to radio sound. The song was performed on several TV shows and concerts, such as Razboieni, Romanian Top Hits, Show Pacatos and Access Direct.

Discography[edit]

Xonia's biggest hits to date
This mid-tempo record enjoyed moderate success in Romania.

"Take the Lead" had Xonia performing in a rather pop-dance oriented style; its music video received positive media coverage.

This up-tempo record was largely influenced by Romanian dance music.

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Studio albums[edit]

  • TBA

Singles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Xonia prezinta hit-ul "Take the Lead"". apropo.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Românca Loredana Sachelaru, reponia ameninta topurile muzicale!". monden.info (in Romanian). Archived from the original on 8 August 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Xonia, sinonim cu provocarea!". musichat.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Biografie Xonia". profm.ro (in Romanian). Archived from the original on 20 July 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "XoniaMusic Channel". lessonsfreeguitar.com (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "XONIA – o provocare!". myconfidential.ro (in Romanian). Archived from the original on 25 November 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Xonia promite mult pentru 2010". musicmix.rol.ro (in Romanian). Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Artist — Xonia". last.fm (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Biography — Xonia". xoniamusic.com (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "Biography — Xonia". e-diverse.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "Biografie Xonia". xoniamusic.com (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "Xonia in Romania!". codrosu.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  13. ^ "Xonia lucrează la primul disc". jurnalul.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  14. ^ "Biografie Xonia". gold.profm.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  15. ^ "Live Blogging Callatis – ziua 1". divercitycafe.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  16. ^ "Fabrica de hituri George Hora". agenda.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  17. ^ "Xonia ameninta topurile muzicale!". monden.info (in Romanian). Archived from the original on 8 August 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  18. ^ "Xonia - special guest la Festivalul Callatis". myconfidential.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  19. ^ "Romania: Xonia bids for Eurovision 2010". esctoday.com (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  20. ^ "Xonia revine pe scena Festivalului Callatis 2009". estiri.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  21. ^ "Concurenti 'Cerbul de aur 2009′". divercitycafe.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  22. ^ "Live Blogging 'Cerbul de aur 2009′ – Ziua 1". divercitycafe.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  23. ^ a b "Xonia a semnat cu Universal Music Romania!". divercitycafe.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  24. ^ "Xonia intra in portofoliul Universal Romania". monden.info (in Romanian). Archived from the original on 11 September 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  25. ^ "Poze filmari videoclip Take The Lead – Xonia". divercitycafe.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  26. ^ "Xonia: România nu este pregătită pentru o schimbare în industria muzicală". click.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  27. ^ "Xonia vrea să reprezinte România la Eurovision în 2011". libertatea.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  28. ^ "Single Xonia – My beautiful one". divercitycafe.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 

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