the past century, in 1988 to be exact, as a young talent, I
was sent to a musical competition called ''My first applause''
that was a part of the ''Demo X'' TV show. Here I was representing
the musical talents from Zadar. I won this competition the first
time, then the second time, and again the third time ... The
word got out that some girl keeps winning on this show. Our
famous composer Rajko Dujmić, among others, somehow heard about
this so one day we got together. My knees were shaking a bit
from the excitement, but he didn't notice. I told him that I
have my own band and he decided he would come and see and hear
us perform one day. So he did and at that point offered us to
do one of his songs. It was the song called ''Rock me''.
I thought to myself ''o my, what is this!!'', but Rajko always
knows what he's doing ... I also met Stevica Cvikić who wrote
countless hits that I was growing up with, falling in love,
crying ... I kept thinking how this is happening to me by some
mistake, to meet such successful people, people that I only
saw on TV until that day!! Wwwooowww! Ever since that day, music
is my life and my life is music ...
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eventually recorded the song ''Rock
I put 348% of myself into it out of the respect and the opportunity
I was given. And guess what? We won at the national contest
in Novi Sad where I met Dr. Nikica Kalođera, Edita Cebalo, Višnja
Trusić and Snježana Vego who along with Rajko and Stevica make
a winning team ... I can't thank you all enough ...
my very first performance night with ''RIVA'',
the sound system broke down and we couldn't even say ''Good
evening ... we are ... khgrkh ... ''A
few years later my band confessed they thought I was bad luck
and were tempted to kick me out of the band.
'' RIVA '' recorded two songs
in English signed by PER GESSLE, a guitar player and song author
of the famous group ROXETTE.
this time we were guests and we performed at most attractive Top
shows in many European TV centers as Eurovision winners. We were
promoting our album in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden,
Belgium and other countries that published our ''RIVA''
album. Even in a distant Japan we were at the top of their charts
for a very long time. We had an arrangement with one Swiss agency
to represent ''RIVA''
throughout the world.
all our concerts that we were giving were humanitarian, for needy
wounded, orphans whose parents died in the war ... ''RIVA''
made big contributions. Our agents in Switzerland did not understand
the situation we found ourselves in so we decided to go our separate
ways. At this time ''RIVA''
as a group decided to pause for a while ... But this pause was
way too long. Each one of us started building our separate lives.
I, for one, went on with chasing my dream and that is music.
Miro Buljan, Zoran Mišolongin, Stevica Cvikić, Fayo, Tihomir Preradović,
Haris Brković, Ivana and Marija Husar. Thank you, I know I gave
you a hard time but you bravely put up with me ...
A new album ''I AM HERE''came
out with ''ORFEJ''.
This album, among other songs, includes: ''BEAUTY''
duet with Adalbert Turner, ''IN
A BLINK OF AN EYE''
from the ''Radio
I SEE YOU AGAIN''
in 2000, ''IT'S
NOT THE TIME''
duet with the ex RIVA member Zvonimir Zrilić from Zadarfest
performed at Split festival 1999.
In 2002, I started working with
Marko Tomasović. The song called ''ICEBERG'' hit the top of the charts in
Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. We were
especially sensitive about this song since it was the first song
that we worked on together. As for most of my music videos, Katja
Restović was the author of an interesting video spot for this
song as well. I love you Kate! I also thank Miloš Milošević who
beautifully swam into my video. Mićo, thank you!
ME IF YOU DARE''
performed at Split festival
AM ON THE ROAD TO SOMEWHERE''
performed at Zadarfest.
the songs I recorded in 2002 were composed by Marko Tomasović,
arranged by Duško Mandić and lyrics written by me. Some truth
from my personal life may be found in these lyrics but most of
it came from my imagination. Which is which? Well, that is for
me to know ...