Kamaliya in 2010
|Birth name||Natalya Shmarenkova|
|Born||May 18, 1977|
|Genres||pop music, Pop rock, synthpop, europop, eurodance, house music, electro pop|
Mrs. World 2008
|Years active||1993 – Present|
|Associated acts||Philipp Kirkorov, Svetlana Loboda, Konstantin Meladze, Valeria Kozlova, Valery Meladze|
Kamaliya (real name Natalya Shmarenkova; Russian: Наталья Шмаренкова) was born in 1977 in Zabaikallye, Chita Oblast, Russia. When she turned three, her military father was deployed to Budapest, where she danced and sang in the children's ensemble called "Kolokol’chik" (the Jingle). When her family later moved to Lviv, she took classes in violin and opera, and while in school, she took part in as many concerts and shows as possible. Her efforts were noticed and she received an invitation to sing with the Ukrainian folk music group "Halytska Perlyna" (Halych Perl).
In 1993 Kamaliya became the laureate of the Chervona Ruta (Red Rue) Festival and then won the TV-Chance-Stars contest in Moscow. In 1997 she graduated from the University of Culture with a Degree in Variety Art and Mass Shows Direction. At this time, she recorded her first video clip Techno style.
During 1999 and 2000, Kamaliya wrote more than 50 songs, and worked on her album It is Love. In 2000, her song Love You won the first prize as the National Hit Parade's Song of the Year. In 2001 she created the show-center Kamaliya, which not only promoted her, but also organized gala concerts and shows and programs with participation Ukrainian, Russian and foreign stars.
In 2005, Kamaliya took part in the All Ukrainian Charity Tour in support of children with AIDS. The President of Pakistan congratulated Kamaliya on her successful performance at the International Lahore Festival. In 2007 she took part in the Svit talantiv Ukrayiny (All-Ukraine Children Festival), and undertook a charity mission to Pakistan.
In 2003 she became "Miss South Ukraine" and "Miss Open – Odessa".
Mrs World 2008
On June 30, 2008, Kamaliya won the Mrs World pageant. The event took place in Kaliningrad, Russia. She ranked in the top five contestants, which were as follows: Mrs Ukraine, Mrs Belarus, Mrs Vietnam, Mrs Peru and Mrs Singapore.
Kamaliya’s second UK single Rising UP was released on February 26, 2012. The single featured mixes by UK dance ensemble Cahill and US production wizards Soulseekerz. The video for this single was shot in Miami by Paul Boyd, in a luxury villa used in CSI Miami. Rising Up peaked at number 6 in the charts and obtained extensive radio and video play.
Kamaliya's love for animals caught the attention of the animal welfare charity World Society for the Protection of Animals and on February 23, 2012 during a promotional trip to the UK, Kamaliya was asked to headline their annual fundraising party.
Recent notable performances include as a support act to the STEPS reunion tour across the UK. Kamaliya performed as a warm-up act to Shockolady and STEPS on all tour dates bar two (when she was in South Africa to headline Mr Gay World). These appearances coinceded with the launch of her 3rd single 'Arrhythmia' – an Ibiza-inspired dance anthem.
Kamaliya also released her debut UK album Kamaliya onto digital websites and for free with OK! Magazine on 7 August 2012.
Kamaliya's first film role was in the comedy film Muzh Moey Vdovy (Russian: Муж моей вдовы, Husband of My Widow) by Leonid Gorovets. The movie had its theatrical release on April 1, 2010 in Ukraine and Russia. She also appeared in the 2013 American action film Officer Down as Katya.
- "Crazy In My Heart" (2012)
- "Rising Up" (2012)
- "Arrhythmia" (2012)
- "Butterflies" (2012)
- "I'm Alive" (2013)
- "Techno Style" (1997)
- "Kamaliya, With Love"
- "Year Of The Queen"
- "Kamaliya" (2012)
- "Club Opera" (2012)
In 2003, she married British/Pakistan businessman Mohammad Zahoor.
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