Nina Kraljić

Nina Kraljić (Croatian pronunciation: [nîna krǎːʎitɕ]; born 4 April 1992) is a Croatian singer-songwriter and voice actress. She is known for winning season one of The Voice – Najljepši glas Hrvatske and for being a finalist in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "Lighthouse". Kraljić is the winner of the Croatian Porin award for Croatia's best new act of 2016. Her debut album Samo was released on September 30, 2016.

Nina Kraljić
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Kraljić at a Meet & Greet during the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm.
Born
Nina Kraljić

(1992-04-04) 4 April 1992 (age 30)
Lipovljani, Croatia
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • composer
  • voice actress
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active2009–present
Labels

Life and careerEdit

Early life and careerEdit

Nina Kraljić was born in Lipovljani, Croatia on 4 April 1992 to Željko and Irena Kraljić. She has a younger sister Tena.[1] Kraljić's first TV appearance was in 2009 when she entered the Croatian version of Got Talent. She placed tenth in the final stage of the competition. When Kraljić was 14, she left her family to develop her musical expression. She studied opera at a music academy and Croatian studies at the Faculty of Philosophy in Rijeka. She is openly bisexual.[2]

2015–present: SamoEdit

 
Kraljić performing "Lighthouse" in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Kraljić competed in the first season of Croatian version of The Voice – Najljepši glas Hrvatske.[3] During her participation she performed the song "Beneath Your Beautiful", "Što te nema", and the Macedonian folk song "Zajdi, zajdi, jasno sonce". Her voice was also recognized by Jacques Houdek, who mentored her to victory, with Kraljić receiving roughly 1 million votes in the final round. She later released her debut single "Zaljuljali smo svijet" (We Swung the World) in June 2015, a modern ballad with ethnic elements.

On 24 February 2016, it was announced by Hrvatska radiotelevizija that Kraljić would represent Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.[4] On 9 March 2016, she released her 2016 contest song "Lighthouse".[5] On 17 March 2016, Kraljić won the prestigious Croatian music award Porin for the Best Upcoming Artist in Croatia for 2015.[6] She led Croatia to the Eurovision Song Contest final after for the first time after seven years, coming tenth in the first semi-final with 133 points, and 23rd in the grand final with 73 points. Her debut album Samo (Only) was released on 30 September 2016. Kraljić presented herself as a songwriter with two songs "Lullaby" and "Lay You Down" in English. On 19 August 2016, she announced a collaboration with the Croatian composer Matija Dedić on the song "Što te nema" (Why Are You Not Here) also featured on the album.[7]

In December 2020, Kraljić was announced as one of the fourteen finalists of Dora 2021.[8] She performed the song "Rijeka" (River) which she co-wrote together with Hana Librenjak and Miki Solus and ended up in second place behind Albina with "Tick-Tock". Kraljić also had some technical difficulties during her performance in Dora 2021 and deleted some of her social media profiles.[9][10]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Lota i tajna mjesečevog kamena Lota Croatian dub
2012 Snježna kraljica Gerda
2014 Snježna kraljica 2

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Supertalent Contestant 10th place
2011 Idi, Diego, idi! Alisa Marquez Croatian dub
iCarly Sam Puckett (Season 2 only)
Victorious Cat Valentine (Season 1 only)
2012 Fawn "Poni" Liebowitz
2013 Marvin Marvin Briana
2013–14 Sanjay i Craig Megan Šljokić
2013–15 Sofija Prva Sofija
2015 Sara i patka Sara
Henry Opasan Veronika
The Voice – Najljepši glas Hrvatske Contestant Winner
2016 Bella i Buldozi Pepper Silverstein Croatian dub

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions
CRO
Samo 8
Čuvaj Me
  • Released: 31 December 2020
  • Label: Dallas Records
  • Format: Digital download

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CRO
[11]
"Kaži mi" 2009 Non-album single
"Zaljuljali smo svijet" 2015 Samo
"Lighthouse" 2016 4
"Samo"
"Snijeg"
"Najljepši dan" 2018 34 Čuvaj Me
"Lava" 2019
"Mi"
"Se do kad je sveta"
"Čista umjetnost"
(with Jacques Houdek)
30
"Zima"
(with Marin Jurić Čivro)
2020 10
"Snaga"
"Čuvaj me"
"Rijeka" 2021 Non-album single

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nina je kraljica, ali producenti prednost ipak daju Marinu..." 24 sata. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  2. ^ Kanić, Petra (19 January 2021). "Nina Kraljić: 'Biseksualna sam. Odricala sam se zbog glazbe, a još imam ožiljke i od batina...'". 24sata (in Croatian). Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  3. ^ Nist, Mladen. "Nina Kraljić pobjednica showa The Voice". tropolje.info. Tropolje.
  4. ^ Brey, Marco (24 February 2016). "Nina Kraljić to represent Croatia". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  5. ^ Brey, Marco (9 March 2016). "Croatia: Nina Kraljić will sing "Lighthouse"". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Nina Kraljić nominirana za Porin". voice.hrt.hr. The Voice of Croatia. 17 February 2016. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Nina Kraljić ovog petka objavljuje debitanski album". MTV (in Croatian). Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  8. ^ Farren, Neil (15 December 2020). "Croatia: Dora 2021 Finalists Revealed". eurovoix. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  9. ^ Komunikacije HRT-a (15 December 2020). "Rezultati natječaja za Doru 2021" (in Croatian). Hrvatska radiotelevizija. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  10. ^ "Nakon rasprave s fanovima, nestali profili Nine Kraljić s Facebooka i Instagrama". www.index.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  11. ^ Peak positions in Croatia:
    • For "Lighthouse": "HRTop40 Week 12 2016" (in Croatian). Hrvatska Diskografska Udruga. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
    • For "Najljepši dan": "HRTop40 Week 44 2018" (in Croatian). Hrvatska Diskografska Udruga. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
    • For "Čista umjestnost": "HRTop40 Week 45 2019" (in Croatian). Hrvatska Diskografska Udruga. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
    • For "Zima": "HRTop40 Week 05 2020" (in Croatian). Hrvatska Diskografska Udruga. Retrieved 17 February 2020.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
N/A
The Voice of Croatia winner
2015
Succeeded by
Ruža Janjiš
Preceded by Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest
2016
Succeeded by