Yana Key biography
During the last years, Yana Kay has become the very top level female
vocalist and performer in Baltic States. It is professionalism, quality
and taste, all together in: the actress with voice and great
personality. Yana is modeling for many top Baltic Fashion magazines,
speaks four languages and major part of her repertoire consists of songs
in English. In addition to Yana's great talent, her personality helped
her to win recognition and success.
Being the author and composer of all her songs, Yana says: "My lyrics
are coming from my heart, but the inspiration is from God ..." The army
of Yana's admirers is growing with each year and each new song. They are
saying Yana is "real", but the truth is that very nice and easy-going
woman in life, when lights are on... suddenly, becomes unstoppable, full
of charm and charisma, heartbreaking lady, spreading positive energy and
giving all herself on the stage till the end.
The talented little girl with a good set of vocal chords started music
school majoring in piano at age 6. Her performing nature was also
searching for realization and at 7, she began dancing in a choreographic
studio and became involved in the entertainment business. Yana graduated
from Music School at age 16 and there was no question on the direction
of future career. The Cultural College of Baltics was the next step for
her, where during 4 years she has studied show business, entertainment,
and become a professional art director and learned how to produce shows.
In the beginning of professional career Yana performed in major
nightclubs using all her dancing and artistic abilities, solo and/or
with accompaniment of a show-dance group. Once, the introduction of
successful show program has lead to the invitation to perform in Greece
at the largest music halls and clubs around the country. Upon returning
to home state Yana Kay has achieved the level that allowed her to work
as a singer on a full time basis.
(1997) the first release of Yana Kay was on the CD MAXI-Single of the
cover version of the number one hit song "My Heart Is Your Sweet Home".
The absolute leader in the Baltic States was consequently recognized
abroad, which started the international assimilation of Yana`s work.
(1998) the second CD Single contains the hit "Let Me Fly With You Away"
as well as a bonus track: "Just Come and Stay With Me". The songs in
different compilations are released in countries like Canada, Venezuela
and others. The both songs as well as all following releases were
written by Yana, implying on her successful growth into songwriter and
The other CD Single including hit "How Can I Forget?" had become even
greater success resulting in expanding releases in various countries
such as Indonesia, Rumania, Russia and Czech Republic. The single has
also contained a reggae hit "Baby Girl" performed by Yana Kay with her
partner FORS. The duet of Yana Kay and FORS was the separate project,
which in fact became extremely popular in Russia. The "Baby Girl" became
number one international hit on major Russian radio stations and FORS
with Yana Kay were invited to receive prize as international stars at
the annual "Smashing Hit FM Award" where participated such mega stars as
Sash! and Tarkan. The event was followed by hard rotation of the "Baby Girl" video on MTV Russia as well as the one-hour live interview on MTV
(1999) the next CD Single of Yana Kay - "I Wanna B" contributes further
to her recognition as a songwriter, composer and the performer on the
international level. The single gets into compilation in China, Czech
Republic, Indonesia, Rumania, Russia, Hong Kong and Mexico.
Yana Kay has been performing together with the leader of European dance
music DJ Bobo during his world tour "Magic". During the visit of the
legend group "Boney M" in Baltic States they performed together with
(2000) Yana Kay participated in the national final for the "Eurovision
Song Contest 2000" where out of 10 songs reaching the final, 3 songs
were written, composed and performed by Yana.
The solo album of Yana Kay "Loveland" has been released in spring of
The album allowed her to spread further to new countries and the most
smashing event was introduction of Yana Kay art in Indonesia, the
country, 200 times bigger than Yana's homeland.
(2001) From the beginning of the year Yana starts working on the new
English album and at the same time makes experimental song in Russian.
Beyond all expectation, the absolute smashing single "Prikosnis" ("Touch
me", in Russian) was born.
Once heard by anyone the song is making turn-around, breaking all
standards and moving to completely new generation hit. "Prikosnis" wins
all the dance floors in Baltics and during amazingly long time was at
the top of all major radio stations.
The success was so obviously big, that people started saying that this
could not be repeated again, but ... they were wrong!!! In September of
the same year took off the second smash hit "Vspominay menja" ("Remember
me", in Russian), which was the anthem of summer 2001.
(2002) is a year of long tour around the country and release of the
Russian album "Vsjo po-drugomu" that by all mass media groups referred
as the most powerful and unique album that includes electronic music
experiments based on UK garage and 2 step sound. Such a talented and
unordinary piece of creation as EVERITHING's DEFERENTLY or Vsjo
po-drugmu in Russian is by all hearts named as the first and at the
moment the only one album of the kind on all the east European market
where Russian language is in use. Big support and "long life" for the
famous Yana's hits is received from the underground music society in
Russia who are playing various remixes and thus, the hits continue
rocking the main Russian underground dance floors.
Yana's video for "Vsjo Po-drugomu" won the best female artist video at
the LNT Music Video Awards 2002. As to continue, at the end
of 2002 - Yana has presented new single called "Ti i Ya" (You and Me),
which is successfully rotating on main radio stations, giving the hope
to all the fans for the soon release of the second album in Russian.
Yana was offered and agreed to become the new face of the Swedish
fashion house "Panos Emporio".
(2003) Yana begins the year with active participation in new project
F.L.Y., representing Latvia at the 48th international song contest
Eurovision 2003. Latvian super-stars trio (Yana Kay, Martin Freiman and
Lauris Raynix), became people's favorite, receiving nick name "Dream
team" is releasing album under the title "Never look back". Yana
successfully combines participation in this project with her solo work
and as a result - in April is coming out new single "Tears in the rain",
written with co-author American lyricist Thom McGair and this altogether
gave a start to writing of new English album, release of which is
planned for the beginning of year 2004. For the song "Tears in the
rain" was filmed a video, but the song itself at summer have risen to
the top positions of all radio stations in the Baltics.