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Vitaly Vladasovich Grachev (Russian: Виталий Владасович Грачёв; born 19 February 1979), known professionally as Vitas (Russian: Витас, IPA: [ˈvʲitəs]), is a Russian-language singer. He is known for his unique falsetto which he displays when performing his "turkey call" in "The 7th Element" and his trademark falsetto choruses. His eclectic musical style incorporates elements of techno, dance, classical, jazz, and folk music. His song "Opera #2" and the music video for "The 7th Element" went viral across various social networks frequently, accounting for much of his worldwide recognition.
|Birth name||Vitaly Vladasovich Grachev|
|Born||19 February 1979|
Daugavpils, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
|Instruments||Vocals (countertenor), keyboards, accordion|
|Associated acts||DIVA (ДИВА), Nappy Roots|
Vitas designs his own stage costumes. DIVA (ДИВА) is the name of the band that accompanies Vitas during his concerts. He has achieved notability through Russian television, and since 2005 his career has advanced into Asian markets.
Vitas was born in Daugavpils, Latvian SSR but raised in Odessa, a city in southern Ukraine. He showed an interest in music from an early age. He attended an art school in Odessa, and appeared in various theatrical productions as a teenager.
Rise to fame and early careerEdit
Vitas came to public attention in Russia in December 2000 with the song "Opera #2", which was notable for his surprisingly high-pitched and energetic vocals. In the music video, Vitas portrays an eccentric lonely man with fish gills who lives in a bathtub with jars of fish and plays the accordion naked.
In February 2001, Vitas held his first concert "Opera #..." at the Concert Hall "Russia" in Moscow, and presented his first concert tour, Philosophy of Miracle, which ended in early 2003.
Vitas received an invitation from Lucio Dalla, the composer who created "Caruso", to perform this song together with the author at the concert "San Remo in Moscow" held in the State Kremlin Palace in 2003. Mr. Dalla then invited Vitas to come to Rome to take part in the rehearsals of "Toska", the modern version of Puccini's opera.
In dedication to his mother who died in 2001, Vitas released two albums, The Songs of My Mother and Mama. The Songs of My Mother included classic Russian songs which are sometimes considered to be the "gold reserves" of Russian pop-music. In November 2003, Vitas presented his second tour program, The Songs of My Mother in the Russia Concert Hall, Moscow. Compared to the flamboyant nature of his previous Philosophy of Miracle tour, The Songs of My Mother was more conservative, drawing on classic Russian songs. From 2004 to 2006, Vitas' management, the Production Center "Pudovkin" continued "The Songs of My Mother" tour in Russia and the US, Germany, Kazakhstan, Israel and the Baltic States.
In addition to his singing career, Vitas also starred in a murder mystery television series called "Сволочь ненаглядная" ("Beloved Scoundrel") in which he played a pop singer with an unusually high voice. He also starred in a comedy called Crazy Day.
Development of music and imageEdit
In June 2006, Vitas was invited by CCTV to take part in the grand event "The Year of Russia in China" in Beijing. Vitas performed two songs, "The Star" and "Opera #2", in that program. This marked the start of Vitas' popularity in China.
Vitas' "Return Home" tour started in 2006, which was similar to Songs of My Mother in its conservative atmosphere. The concert performed in Saint Petersburg on 4 March 2007 was later released on DVD on his website as well as officially in some countries, though many songs have been removed. The full concert in Moscow was later released on DVD.
In October 2007, Vitas was signed with now-defunct American label Gemini Sun Records. Gemini Sun has released the Audio Visual Connect Series Vitas compilation CD + DVD set featuring 8 music videos with the corresponding songs also on audio CD, plus a bonus audio track. In 2008, he also released Light of A New Day, a 40-minute track of non-lyrical vocalisation and instrumentation. The song is available as a free download on his website.
The "Sleepless Night" tour includes concerts in China and has a more elaborate presentation than the more conservative "Return Home" programme. Vitas performed his "Return Home" concert in Bucharest, Romania on 25 February 2009. This concert was broadcast on Romanian television networks TVR2 and TVRi, achieving their highest ratings in twelve months. Also, a benefit concert, with Vitas performing "The Star" was held on 12 May 2009 in Sichuan province in memory of the victims of the earthquake that occurred the previous year; a song known as "Mommy and Son" was released in late October 2009 in remembrance of earthquake victims. This is the very first title track of the new album "Mommy and Son" (released on 1 September 2011), which includes new songs, such as "C'est La Vie" (French for "Such is life"), "Once More", "Let the Father Teach!", "Young Rook" and others.
In early 2011, Vitas performed a series of seven Sleepless Night concerts in North America. Concerts were held in New York, Toronto, Chicago, Miami, Vancouver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Vitas also appeared in the 2011 Chinese film The Founding of a Party, playing the role of Grigori Voitinsky. He also starred with Huang Shengyi in the musical One Night To Be Star.
In 2017, Vitas became viral again with the song "Smile", especially in Brazil, where Facebook pages such as "South America Memes" were responsible for memes using footages from his performance of the song at the Songs of My Mother tour. On 5 October, he thanked the pages for his popularity.
Vitas has been known to be secretive about his personal life and has frequently declined interviews about it. He married his wife, Svetlana, in 2006. They have a daughter and a son.
In February 2010, during a concert in Saint Petersburg, Vitas sang the song "Lullaby" for his daughter.
In January 2012, Vitas and his family were interviewed on the talk show "Let Them Talk", also in 2007 being interviewed by Russian interviewer TV show Everybody Is At Home where he discussed his personal history as well as his development as an artist. In March of that year, a distraught Vitas appeared on the talk show again to confront the allegations of a man who claimed that he was Vitas' biological father. After much backlash from Vitas' friends and family and the man's admission of lying, the DNA results proved he was not Vitas' father even though Vitas claimed it. As a show of forgiveness to the man's family, Vitas sang and danced with the man's mother.
Vitas was arrested on 10 May 2013 for hitting a cyclist with his car. Russian TV channels Russia-1 and Channel One Russia reported widely on the accident. These and other TV channels displayed Vitas' driving licence with his personal data, which had been presented to journalists by a police officer. The incident took place just northeast of Moscow, near the VVC Exhibition Centre. The cyclist was not hurt and proceeded to film the situation that took place with the police afterward. The video depicts an unshaven and swaying Vitas being held by authorities; concerts planned in China that year were cancelled.
|Философия чуда||Philosophy of Miracle||2001|
|Песни моей мамы||The Songs of My Mother||2003|
|Поцелуй длиною в вечность||A Kiss as Long as Eternity||2004|
|Возвращение домой||Return Home||2006|
|Криком журавлиным: Возвращение домой II||Crane's Crying: Return Home 2||2007|
|Хиты ХХ века||20th Century Hits||2008|
|**||Audio Visual Connect Series: Vitas (CD + DVD)||2008|
|Скажи, что ты любишь||Say You Love||2009|
|Шедевры трех веков||Masterpieces of Three Centuries||2010|
|Мама и Сын||Mother and Son||2011|
|Только ты. История моей любви, Часть 1||Only You - My Love Story Part I||2013|
|Я подарю тебе весь мир. История моей любви, Часть 2||I'll Give You the World - My Love Story Part II||2014|
|**||Come Just For You!||2016|
|**||Made in China||2016|
|Бит бомбит||Bit Bombit||2019|
|Витас в Кремле||Vitas at the Kremlin||2002|
|Песни моей мамы||The Songs Of My Mother||2003|
|Лучшее от Витаса на DVD||The Best from Vitas on DVD||2007|
|Возвращение Домой в Санкт-Петербурге||Return Home in Saint Petersburg||2007|
|Возвращение домой в Москва||Return Home in Moscow||2007|
|Бессонная ночь Петербург||Sleepless Night in Saint Petersburg||2010|
|Две столицы||Two Capitals||2011|
|Лучшее от Витаса на DVD (2)||The Best from Vitas on DVD (2)||2011|
|Мама и сын||Mommy and Son||2013|
|Лучшее от Витаса на DVD (3)||The Best from Vitas on DVD (3)||2014|
|Опера #2||Opera #2||2001|
|Свет Нового Дня||Light of a New Day||2008|
|That Song (Remix of 7th Element by Drangabeats)||**||2015|
|Делю любовь на доли||I Divide Love Into Shares||2015|
|Roll With The Beat||**||2018|
|Opera #2 (HD)||**||2018|
|Опера №2||Opera #2||2000|
|Опера №1||Opera #1||2001|
|Дождь в Тбилиси||Rain in Tbilisi||Unreleased, 2001|
|Блаженный Гуру||Blessed Guru||2001|
|Птица счастья||The Bird of Happiness||2004|
|Поцелуй длиною в вечность||Kiss As Long As Eternity||2004|
|Берега России||Shores of Russia||2005|
|Lucia Di Lammermoor||Lucia Di Lammermoor||2006|
|Криком журавлиным||Crane's Crying||2006|
|La Donna è Mobile||The woman is fickle||2009|
|Люби меня||Love Me||2009|
|Мама и сын||Mommy and Son||Unreleased, 2010|
|Раз, два, три||One, Two, Three||2011|
|Мне бы в небо (Дуэт с Ксеноной)||I'd Like To Go Up To Sky (duet with Ksenona Ksenia)||2012|
|Я подарю тебе мир||I'll Give You The World||2013|
|Делю любовь на доли||I Divide Love Into Shares||2015|
|Made in China (ft. Sergey Pudovkin)||**||2016|
|Roll With The Beat (ft. Nappy Roots)||**||2018|
|Подари мне любовь||Give Me Love||2018|
|Опера №...||Opera #...||2001|
|Философия чуда или Улыбнись||Philosophy of Miracle or Smile||2002–2003|
|Песни моей мамы||The Songs of My Mother||2003–2006, 2019|
|Возвращение домой||Return Home||2006–2009|
|**||ASIA TOUR 2007||2007|
|**||ASIA TOUR 2008||2008|
|Бессонная ночь||Sleepless Night||2009–2012|
|Мама и сын||Mommy and Son||2011–2013|
|Скажи, что ты любишь||Say You Love (China Tour 2011)||2011|
|История моей любви||My Love Story||2014–2017|
|15 лет с вами||15 Years With You (China Tour 2015)|
|**||Come Just For You (China Tour 2016)||2016|
|Подари мне любовь||Give Me Love||2018–present|
|20||20 (China Tour 2019)||2019|
Awards and achievementsEdit
|2001, 2002, 2003||Best selling single Russian Record Prize||"Opera #2"|
|2001||Komsomolskaya Pravda and Internet Survey "Forum 2001" Musical Discovery of the Year||—|
|2000, 2001, 2002||Three-time-laureate of the festivals "The Song of the Year" (2000, 2001, 2002)||—|
|2001, 2002||Two-time-laureate of the People Prize "Golden Gramophone"||"Opera #2", "Smile!"|
|2001, 2002, 2003||Three-time-laureate of the Musical Prize "PODIUM" for the most stylish achievements in pop music||—|
|2001, 2002, 2003||Russian "People's HIT" Prize||"Opera #2", "Smile!", "The Star"|
|2001, 2003||Radio station "HIT FM" Prize "100 Per Cent HIT"||—|
|2002||National Musical Prize "Ovation" Soloist of the Year||—|
|2004||Russian Internet portal AFISHA.COM||—|
|2007||Order of Service to the Arts||—|
|2007||Best Album – NewsMusic Poll||"Crane's Crying"|
|2011||International Song Writers Contest Winner, 3rd place Music Video Category for "Opera #2". Also won second place in People's Choice vote.||"Opera #2"|
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- Sung in Italian.
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