Kerli Kiv Kerli
Kiv.ogg [kerli k.iv](help·info) (born February 7, 1987), better known mononymously as Kerli, is an
Estoniansinger-songwriter who is known for her pop style and her album Love Is Dead which charted in the Billboard 200 at #126 in the summer of
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Kerli was born in Elva, Estonia during the Soviet Union which ended when she was 4 years old. Despite being discouraged, Kerli ped out of
school at the age of 16 to pursue her musical career. As a teen, she studied singing, dancing, acting, and piano. In 2002, she won Fizz Superstar, a
singing competition of three Baltic countries with which she gained a singing contract. The contract was unsuccessful and the media in Estonia labeled
failure as "Kerli Syndrome". Kerli has stated she feels no resentment towards her home country, as she told Neon Limelight in a 2008 interview:
“ No, I don’t feel any resentment. For a while, because I left Estonia and Estonians didn’t hear anything about me so all these Estonian
young singers were like… I guess they’re slowly turning around now and understanding that I really was doing something here. ”
In 2003, she competed in Melodifestivalen but was eliminated in the second semifinals.
In 2004, she was the runner-up in that year's Eurolaul–a televised competition that determines the song that will represent Estonia in the
Eurovision Song Contest–with her song "Beautiful Inside".
In 2005 she moved to the United States where she continued to perform and write songs, ultimately scoring an audition with L.A. Reid, who signed her
to Island Def Jam Music Group in 2006.
2006-2008: Love is Dead and Kerli EP
In 2006, Kerli signed a contract with Island Records. Kerli worked with producer, songwriter, and mixer David Maurice on an autobiographical set of
songs, the first batch of which were released on a self-titled EP in 2007 and her debut album, titled Love Is Dead released on July 8, 2008. The music
video for the song "Love Is Dead" was released by Island Records on February 29, 2008 and the music video for "Walking on Air" premiered on MTV
Overdrive on May 20, 2008. Starting in mid-July 2008, "Walking on Air" got minimal rotation on Top 40 stations. "Walking On Air" was also the free
"Single of the Week" on iTunes for the week of July 21, 2008.
During the 2008 season finale of So You Think You Can Dance?, Fox used Kerli's video for "Walking on Air" for part of a commercial promoting
their new show Fringe. Kerli also performed the song at the 2008 Scream Awards. Kerli's song "Creepshow" was used in the game Burnout Paradise
for its in-game soundtrack and by Fox for its promotion of Fringe's April 7, 2009 return.
She was chosen to perform the theme for the 2008 videogame Quantum of Solace, "When Nobody Loves You". She also can be heard performing track number
6, entitled Bulletproof, on the official soundtrack of Punisher: War Zone.
In June 2009, "Walking on Air" received much airplay in Italy, Austria, and Germany. It was in the KroneHit top 20 chart for the week ending June
2009-Present: Almost Alice and second studio album
Kerli lent her voice to the film Hired Gun, playing the character of Morgan. On September 10, Island Def Jam announced Kerli's iPhone application
and the first song, Saima was released the following month.Kerli re-released the single "The Creationist", which is a duet with the Italian songwriter
Kerli received an European Border Breakers Award for the success of the album Love Is Dead in Estonia. On January 12, 2010, the track listing for
Disney's Alice in Wonderland soundtrack Almost Alice was released and features two songs by Kerli, "Tea Party" and "Strange" which is a
collaboration with Tokio Hotel. On February 19, 2010, Kerli performed "Tea Party", "Walking On Air" and "Strange" at the Alice in Wonderland Ultimate
Kerli has completed working on her second album and it is due to be released in Fall 2010.
Kerli stated she used to smoke marijuana almost daily and that it "opened some doors for [her but it wasn't] worth it".
Kerli currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
* Kerli (EP, 2007)
* Love Is Dead (2008)
* TBA (2010)
01. Love Is Dead (4:36)
02. Walking On Air (4:27)
03. The Creationist (3:38)
04. I Want Nothing (3:59)
05. Up Up Up (3:26)
06. Bulletproof (5:01)
07. Beautiful Day (3:51)
08. Creepshow (3:12)
09. Hurt Me (3:38)
10. Butterfly Cry (4:39)
11. Strange Boy (3:19)
12. Fragile (4:12)