At Eurovision 2016 she took Croatia back to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in seven years with her song “Lighthouse”.
And now Nina Kraljic hopes to keep the momentum and the good feels going with the release of her debut album Samo (Only).
“We chose the word ‘only’ for the name of the album because it is both simple and humble,” she said in a statement sent to wiwibloggs. “It also leaves a lot of possibilities on the meaning of this word.”
The album stays true to the mystical and ethnic themes she set forth at Eurovision with “Lighthouse” and with her debut single, “Zaljuljali Smo Svijet” (We Rocked the World), which both feature in the album.
English speakers will be able to access all of the music spiritually, and a few lyrically as well. Besides “Lighthouse”, Nina sings “Lay You Down” and “Lullaby” en anglais.
She composed both tracks by herself.
“From the very beginning, I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself – I wanted to create an album which has a complete story behind it,” she said. “I also wanted to send the message that music really is a universal language and it can bring out many possibilities in your life. Now, after listening to the album many times, I believe we have succeeded in it.”
That’s not all!
Kraljic is currently touring with the Slovak pop-rock band, Elan, in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
In 1993, the band represented Slovakia in the preliminary round of Eurovision, but finished in fourth place, thus failing to qualify for the finals in Ireland.
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