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Yulia Savicheva

Yulia SavichevaYulia Savicheva (born on February 14, 1987) is a Russian singer that performed for Russia in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest which was held in Istanbul, Turkey.

Yulia was born on February 14, 1987, to a family of musicians in the small town of Kurgan in Zauralye. Frequent visitors of her parents` included several Russian song writers and music producers. Yulia`s father, an avid piano player, would compose songs for Yulia to sing. This was the beginning of Yulia`s career as a star.

Her first experience on stage was at the age of four, with the group Agata Kristi. Her dancing there earned her a standing ovation. After this, she began participating in a dance group where, despite her age, she performed as a soloist. A year later, when she was six, the group (in which her father also worked) was invited to work in Moscow. There, she participated in several musical events in the recreation center at MAI. Meanwhile, her mother got a job at the recreation center as manager of the children`s department.

All of Yulia`s free time was spent with musicians in the recreation center or in the theater. Her first major appearance was a lead role in the recreation center`s New Year`s performance, which was her first paid performance and for which Yulia had to learn ballroom dancing. At the same time, she was also studying in school and participating in the dance group "Zhuravushka."

Her creative potential lead to an invitation from L. Azadanova that Yulia join her dance group, and she did so. It was at this time that Yulia began to sing as well as dance. It was following this that, in 2001, the producer Poleiko invited her to play the lead role in the New Year`s performance at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, which she did with such success that she was chosen to play the lead in the next year`s performance as well.

In March 2003, "Fabrika Zvezd" ("Star Factory") started its 2nd season. The producer of the project, Maxim Fadeev, had already crossed Yulia`s path once before when she had worked as back-vocalist on Russian artist Linda`s album, "Vorona" (Raven) in 1996. Although Yulia participated in the contest, she was eliminated in the semi-finals. Despite this, however, her songs went on to Yulia Savichevabecome hits, including "Korabli" (Ships), "Vysoko" (High) and "Prosti Za Lyubov" (Sorry for Loving You); and Yulia later came back to host the show.

In March, 2004, Yulia participated in another contest, "World`s Best," and in May she won 11th place at the Eurovision contest with her song, "Believe Me." Her first album was finally released in 2005 with the title "Vysoko"(High). About half the material on the album was co-written with former musicians from the band "Total."

In August, 2005, Yulia wrote the song, "If Love Lives in Your Heart," ("Esli V Serdtse Zhivet Liubov"), which became the theme for the TV serial "Ne Rodis' Krasivoi" ("Not Born Beautiful") on STS. The song went on to become yet another hit, and she released an album of the same name in November. The album included the title track as well as live versions of songs from her first album. In June, 2006, she released "Magnet", on which Anastasia Maksimova wrote the majority of the songs. This, too, was very successful.

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