Emin (Emin Alagarov)(Vocalist, songwriter, enterprenuer)
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Biography Emin (Emin Alagarov)
The vocalist and songwriter progressed from singing in a covers band in New Jersey to become one of Russia's foremost pop stars. Simultaneously, just a few years after starting a one-man business, he was appointed as a key director in one of Moscow's most visionary corporations.
Now Emin has set his sights on spreading the success of his music to the UK and around the world. With a background as glittering as his, as well as the creative backing of hit maker Brian Rawling (Enrique Iglesias, Cher, JLS, James Morrison), it seems like the world is his to conquer.
Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Emin Agalarov's family relocated to Moscow when he was young. As a teenager, he headed to Europe to pursue his education and to 'open my mind to the world.' Later he moved again, this time to complete his studies in New Jersey, USA.
Life in the States was, he says, 'a great experience as it gave me a sense of independence.'
It was here that Emin's first musical project, as a singer in a band playing classic rock 'n' roll, hit the local open mic nights. 'When you're a teenager in New York, it's amazing to be able to simply go on stage and to hear your guitar ringing,' he enthuses. 'No matter how good or bad you are, people love it!'
The dual demands of school and the band would be enough for most teenagers, but Emin had business interests of his own. His first venture was an online import/export business that sold Russian items to a global market. Selling over 500 items a week, the business grew to the point where Emin had to take on multiple roles. 'If someone phoned up to chase a missing order, I'd tell them that I'd put them through to the distribution department. Really, I'd just put them on hold and transfer them to my cell phone!' he chuckles.
A boutique shoe store on New York's prestigious Madison Avenue was next and its success prompted an offer to form his own company within Moscow's Crocus Group where he'd relish the role of Commercial Director. His projects were diverse; the construction of the Crocus City Mall gave Moscow an upmarket shopping centre bigger than London's Westfields, while his huge fashion portfolio includes Celine, Emanuel Ungaro, Pacini, Uboat and Foci. The company's launch of Jennifer Lopez's J-Lo brand saw twenty-five stores open across Russia in just three years.
As successful as his business career became, something important was absent in his life. 'When I came back to Moscow I didn't have as many friends here as I did in New York,' he recalls. 'I was very busy working, would come home late, be alone and I'd play around on the piano writing songs. When I didn't do it, I'd feel really empty.'
And thus sparked a chain of events that would lead Emin to where he is now. 'Whatever I was doing in my life, I always dreamed of being a singer. It was always about the music' he explains with evident passion. 'I thought that if I don't do it now, someday I'd be forty-years-old and would realise that I hadn't even tried. I would have betrayed my own personal dream.'
The result was his 2006 debut album 'Still'. It sold 50,000 copies, a phenomenal quantity given the extreme prevalence of piracy in the local music industry. Three subsequent albums - 'Incredible' (2007), 'Obsession' (2008) and 'Devotion' (2009) - sold ever increasing quantities as Emin starting filling arena-size venues across Russia.
The ambitions that underpinned his business career would influence his next step: 'I wanted to move onto something bigger and my friends and management in the UK helped me find that direction.' Emin's constant desire to fulfil his potential helped to identify the man who could fulfil his ambition: producer Brian Rawling. Together, the duo worked with great songwriters such as the multiple Ivor Novello winner Paul Barry (Enrique's 'Hero') and Wayne Hector ('Everybody in Love' and 'Beat Again' by JLS).
Importantly, two of the album's key songs - the album title track 'Wonder' and the first single 'Obvious' - were both written by Emin. 'Both of these songs are stories of emotions and feelings for someone you love, someone you miss, someone who's not around anymore,' he says wistfully. 'Every song is a story from my life.'
Based around irresistible melodies and immediate pop choruses, those emotions are reflected throughout the album, most notably on one of the stand-out tracks 'Any Time You Fall' which sublimely combines a tender verse with an uplifting stratospheric hook that recalls the best of Take That's ballads. The yearning 'Don't Go' swirls evocative strings over a compelling, contemporary beat, while 'One Last Dance' and 'You Don't Even Know' raise the tempo to mesmeric effect.
On Emin's new album, his personality and innate charm rise to the surface. 'This album, Wonder, has to reflect who I am right now, both lyrically and musically. I couldn't be happier with the sound and feel of the album.'
Emin's combination of raw talent, hard work and his ability to build a team is set to help him fulfil his dream of becoming a global star. Watch him soar.
The biography is taken from the official site http://www.emin-music.com
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