Monika Liu

Lithuanian singer and songwriter (1988-)

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Monika Liu
Liubinaitė in 2022
Liubinaitė in 2022
Background information
Birth nameMonika Liubinaitė
Born (1988-02-09) 9 February 1988 (age 34)
Klaipėda, Lithuania
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
Associated actsSel

Monika Liubinaitė (born 9 February 1988), known professionally as Monika Liu, is a Lithuanian singer-songwriter. She is set to represent Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy with the song "Sentimentai". She was announced as one of the qualifiers and will be performing again on the Grand Final.[1]

Early life

Liubinaitė was born in Klaipėda, in the family of a music teacher and a musician.[2][3] She studied at Klaipėda Ąžuolynas Gymnasium, attended ballet lessons when she was little.[3] As a student, Liubinaitė moved to Boston and later to London. The performer currently lives in Vilnius.[citation needed]

Career

Liubinaitė began her musical career at the age of five when she started to play the violin. She discovered singing ten years later, and won the Dainų dainelė ("Song of Songs") competition in 2004.[4] After graduating from high school, Liubinaitė studied jazz music and vocal studies at the Faculty of Music of Klaipėda University, and later went to the United States, where she studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After leaving the college, the singer moved to London, where continued to compose songs. She has worked with the famous producer Mario Basanov, collaborated with the electronic music family Silence, recorded the song "Not Yesterday" with the band Sel, and appeared on the LRT television project Auksinis balsas ("Golden Voice").[3]

Liubinaitė's early work has been described as a "strongly electro-pop (and less bizarre) version of Björk".[3] On 23 May 2019, Liubinaitė was announced as a judge of The Voice Lithuania.[5] She has also served as a jury member of The Masked Singer Lithuania during its 2021 season.[6][7] On 20 April 2020, the artist released her second album and first vinyl record Melodija. The record was recorded in the United Kingdom in collaboration with producer Miles James, sound director Christoph Skirl and musician Marius Aleksa.[8]

2022: Eurovision Song Contest

On 7 December 2021, Liubinaitė was announced as a participant of Pabandom iš naujo! 2022, the Lithuanian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, with the song "Sentimentai".[9] The song was publicly released on 18 January 2022, and topped the Lithuanian singles chart shortly after.[10] Liubinaitė performed in the third heat and advanced to the semi-finals and final, ultimately winning the competition, thereby winning the right to represent Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy.[11][12][13]

"Sentimentai" participated in the first semi-final of Eurovision 2022, which took place on 10 May 2022, and ultimately qualified for the grand final, which will take place on 14 May 2022.

Filmography

Discography

Studio albums

Title Details
I Am
Lünatik
Melodija

Singles

As lead artist
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
LIT
[15]
"Hello" 2017 Non-album single
"Komm zu mir" 2019 Lünatik
"Resist No More"
"Falafel"
"No Matter What"
"Sometimes I Loved You Sometimes You Loved Me"
"Detective"
"I Wanna Be a Man"
"I Got You"
"Vaikinai trumpais šortais" 31[16] Melodija
"Troškimas" 2020
"Sentimentai" 2022 1[10] Non-album single
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.
As featured artist
Title Year Album
"Laisvė" (SKAMP feat. Monique, Bjelle, Monika Liu, Kazimieras Likša & Future Cello) 2018 Non-album single
"Ne Vakar" (SEL feat. Monika Liu) 2019 Aš Kaip Žąsis
"Ten, Kur Tu" (jautì feat. Monika Liu) 2022 Meilė
"Gal Ne Rytoj" (Vaida, Aistė Monika Mažeikaitė, Sarukas, Vidas Bareikis, Monique, Džiugas Širvys, Angelou, FC Baseball, Justinas Jarutis, Monika Liu, gintė) 2022 Non-album single

References

  1. ^ "Paaiškėjo nacionalinės "Eurovizijos" atrankos "Pabandom iš naujo" dalyviai". lrt.lt (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  2. ^ Klaipėdos Juozo Karoso muzikos mokykla
  3. ^ a b c d Dainininkės Monikos Liu paauglystė bėgo su smuiku ir tardytojo užrašais
  4. ^ Dainų dainelė | Monika Liubinaitė „Laiminga diena“ „Oh happy day“ (2004)
  5. ^ „Lietuvos balse“ stereotipus laužys ekscentriškoji Monika Liu: „Scenoje noriu nestandartų“
  6. ^ Monika Liu tapo slapčiausio TV projekto komisijos nare: „Svajokite garsiai – svajonės pildosi!"
  7. ^ Naują LNK muzikos šou ves pasaulio Gineso rekordininkas Rokas Bernatonis
  8. ^ Monika Liu pristato pirmąją savo vinilinę plokštelę: gimė iš meilės
  9. ^ Paaiškėjo nacionalinės „Eurovizijos“ atrankos „Pabandom iš naujo“ dalyviai
  10. ^ a b 2022 4-os savaitės klausomiausi (TOP 100)
  11. ^ „Pabandom iš naujo!" – įtempta kova: į pusfinalį keliauja dar 6 dalyviai, vakaro žvaigžde tapo Monika Liu
  12. ^ Bilietas į „Pabandom iš naujo!" finalą – dar 4 dalyvių rankose: žiūrovų ir komisijos simpatijos sutapo, favoritė – Monika Liu
  13. ^ Lietuva nusprendė – į „Euroviziją“ siunčia Moniką Liu
  14. ^ "Monikai Liu ir Karolinai Meschino naujame LNK šou "Aš matau tavo balsą" – neįprasta užduotis". LNK (in Lithuanian). MG Media Baltics. 13 March 2022. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  15. ^ Naujienos
  16. ^ 2020 5-os savaitės klausomiausi (TOP 100)
Awards and achievements
Preceded by Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest
2022
Succeeded by
TBA
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