Dragan Nikolic

Submitted by on Oct 20, 2015

Željko Joksimović was born on 20 April 1972 in Belgrade and grew up in the city of Valjevo. His first international success came at the age of 12, when he won the title of First Accordion of Europe at the prestigious music festival in Paris (Joksimovic can play 11 different musical instruments including accordion, piano, guitar, drums). He graduated from the Music University in Belgrade and launched his professional music career in 1997. In 1998 he won a contest at the Pjesma Mediterana festival with the song "Pesma Sirena", which led to opportunities to perform at more prestigious festivals in Belarus. The Serbian musician won the "Grand-Prix" award at two festivals in that country. In 1999, Joksimovic signed with City Records and released debut album titled Amajlija. Second studio album Vreteno followed year after, and 111 was released in 2002.

In 2004 Zeljko has represented Serbia and Montenegro at Eurovision Song Contest finishing 1st in the semifinal and 2nd in the final with song "Lane Moje", composed by Zeljko himself, along with lyricist Leontina Vukomanovic. After the success in the Contest, the same year, Zeljko Joksimovic founded MINACORD PRODUCTION. In 2005, he once again composed a song for Serbia and Montenegro’s national pre-selection for Eurovision called Beovizija – the ballad "Jutro" (Morning) which was performed by Jelena Tomasevic. The same year he released his fourth studio album "IV" or "Ima nesto u tom sto me neces". In 2006, he composed the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 song Lejla for Bosnia and Herzegovina, performed by Hari Mata Hari. The song finished in third place, making it Bosnia’s best performance in the contest.

In 2008, Zeljko Joksimovic composed a song that was performed by Jelena Tomasevic for the Eurovision 2008, called "Oro". At the same year he also contest the show held in Belgrade together with Jovana Jankovic, giving him two roles in the contest. Tomasevic’s song finished on the 6th place. After a year of a music pause in 2009 he released his fifth studio album named Ljubavi.

Zeljko Joksimovic was announced as Serbian representative on November 18th. His self-composed entry was presented on a TV special on March 10th. Final mastering of the song was done in New York done by Sound and Mixing Engineer James Cruz who has worked with the likes of Puff Daddy and Beyonce whilst working on the soundtrack of the ‘Lord of the Rings’. On the Baku stage with Zeljko will perform experienced team that includes Ksenija Milošević (was on stage with Marija Serifovic and Hari Mata Hari), Olga Vulović, Miloš Nikolić and Dragan Krstić (took part in Zeljko’s ESC 2004 performance), Dušan Alagić .

Pjesma Mediterana quot;Pesma Sirena", quot;quot; City Records Amajlija. Vreteno small>

quot;Lane Moje", MINACORD PRODUCTION. quot;Jutro", quot;IV" quot;Ima nesto u tom sto me neces". quot;Lejla", Hari Mata Hari. small>

quot;Oro". quot;Ljubavi".

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