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Alban Skënderaj
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Background information
Born (1981-04-22) April 22, 1981 (age 39)
Vlorë, Albania
Genres Pop, alternative
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2005–present
Associated acts Miriam Cani
Website www.albanskenderaj.com


Alban Skënderaj (born April 22, 1981) is an Albanian singer. He was born in Vlorë, Albania.

Early lifeEdit

Alban Skënderaj moved to Pistoia, Italy at age fourteen, where his parents and three brothers still live. Alban's father was an army official and also the author of various books, poetry and prose. His mother worked in the laboratory of the town's aqueduct. After finishing secondary school, Alban left Albania for Italy. He continued school, studying Hotel Management but dedicated most of his time to his real passion, music. Discovering he could not devote enough time to both, he chose music. He took a guitar course for a year and continued teaching himself to play becoming friends with various musicians.

At age 17 he began writing songs and appearing on stage, taking part in competitions organised by the town where he lived. He also continued singing at various venues with different bands. He preferred writing songs in English and Italian. In festival called Top Fest Albania (Second edition), he won first place with "Vetem Ty" (Only You). A year later he again won first place in the same festival, this time performing in a duet with Kosovar band "Kthjellu"; the winning song was titled "Diëka" (Something). He won "Best Overall Singer" in the Videofest festival for the first time in 2007 with "Ky Ritëm" (This Rhythm). In June 2012 he won for second time in the Videofest festival with his clip "Mirësevjen në shpirtin tim" (Welcome to my soul). He is also part of the jury in the X Factor. In June 2006 he played the role of Romeo in the Albanian version of Gerard Presgurvic's musical Roméo et Juliette, de la Haine à l'Amour. He sought to represent Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Germany in a duet with Albanian singer Miriam Cani.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • 2011: Ende Ka Shpresë
  • 2008: Melody
  • 2005: Vetëm Ty

SinglesEdit

Own Eurovision Song ContestEdit

Miriam Cani returned in the contest in Own Eurovision Song Contest 13, competition which took place in Warsaw, Poland. Together with Alban Skënderaj, they represented Kosovo. The country competed in the second semi-final, but unfortunately failed to reach the Grand Final.

Alban returned for Kosovo in the Own Eurovision Song Contest 16, competition held in Moscow, Russia. He's song "Refuzoj" competed in the third semi-final , but didn't manage to qualify for the Grand Final.

Both, Miriam Cani and Alban Skënderaj returned in the contest for Kosovo in the Own Eurovision Song Contest 22, contest held in Constanța, Romania. Their song "Somebody hurts" competed in the second semi-final, for a place in the Grand Final, the song succeded and went on to win the Grand Final.

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tuna
with I asaj
Kosovo in Own Eurovision Song Contest
22
Succeeded by
Argjentina Ramosaj
with Shpirt i mbytur
Preceded by
Genta Ismajli
with E kam provuar
Kosovo in Own Eurovision Song Contest
16
Succeeded by
Fjolla Morina
with FB
Preceded by
Elvana Gjata
with Me ty
Kosovo in Own Eurovision Song Contest
13
Succeeded by
Leonora Jakupi
with Koha s'na fale
Preceded by
Romania Inna
with "More than friends"
Winner of Own Eurovision Song Contest
22
Succeeded by
Wales Ellie Goulding
with "Burn"
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