Kurt Calleja

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Kurt Calleja (born 5 May 1989) is a singer and pianist from Hamrun, Malta.

Calleja started taking voice lessons with Brian Cefai in 2005. His first TV appearance took place in 2007 and eventually spent some time in London performing in venues like Tiger Tiger Host, The King's Arms, and Bada Bing. By 2009 he was appearing regularly on the TV shows Don't Stop Me Now and Vespri on Favourite Channel.

His national debut in Malta took place at Malta Eurosong 2010 alongside Priscilla Psaila, singing Waterfall by Mark Debono and lyricist Rita Pace.

In October 2010 he won the third edition of the festival Orfeo in Italia in Venice, Italy. No other Maltese performer had ever taken part in this contest before this edition. He was also named Best Male Singer and Most Promising New Act in the same contest. Subsequently, he was invited to sing in Bulgaria, Serbia, Poland and Sweden.[1]

His song Over and Over, co-written with Johan J'amtberg took part in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2011 and finished in third place. It was also featured on Toni Sant's 243rd Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast. A music video for this song was also released on 21 December 2011 at 222, Valletta.

Following his exploits in the 2010 Malta Song, Kurt was invited to perform by the Princess of Malaysia for her best friend's birthday party. Later on he was also asked to perform a supporting act for Zucchero. During the year he also continued to perform in various places around the island whilst having a weekly commitment to the TV show 'Hadd Ghalik. Late in the year he also took up a minor acting role in Déjà Vu to further enhance his visibility and familiarity with the Maltese public.

On Saturday 4 February 2012 This is the Night placed first place in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012, making Kurt the singer of Malta's entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan in May 2012. The song was written by Kurt Calleja in collaboration with Johan Jämtberg and Mikael Gunnerås.

References

  1. Kurt Calleja wins Italian song festival - MaltaMedia.com, 20 October 2010

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