Ani Lorak

Ani Lorak was born in the small town of Kitsman, Chernovitska oblast, Ukraine. Her father graduated from Music College with diploma of choir conductor and from Philological Faculty of the University of Chernovtsy. Her mother completed studies in the Institute of Culture and worked as a director of the radio station.

Karolina developed the desire to become a singer as early as at the age of four. At that time she had already decided what she wanted to achieve in life. Karolina often performed at various school vocal competitions.

In 1992, she takes part in the popular contest Pervotsvit [Cowslip] and becomes the winner. It should be noted that's where she met her ex-producer Yuriy Falyosa. As a result, at the age of fourteen she signed her first professional contract.

Karolina became known as Ani Lorak in March 1995. She had to invent her stage name when she was participating in the contest of the "Morning Star" television program in Moscow. There was another Russian singer with the name Karolina already enrolled in the competition, so our Karolina saved the situation having read her name backwards. That's how her present stage name Ani Lorak has come into existence.

At the age of 19 she was awarded with title of the Honoured Artist of Ukraine, having become the youngest singer ever to get this rank. She is the winner of a great number of various prizes, has four Gold Discs according to the results of sales of the albums "Tam de ty ye…" [There, where you are], "Ani Lorak", "Smile", and "Rozkazhy…" [Tell me…], winner of prestigious international and Ukrainian festivals and ratings, including the "Morning Star" television contest (Moscow, 1996), and the Grand-Prix winner of the "Big Apple Music - 96" global competition of young singers in New York.

Her artistic self-realization goes far beyond singing. Ani Lorak is a brilliant actress. She played Zemfira in the "Tsygany" [Gypsies] musical, medical service lieutenant in the musical film "Take Your Overcoat", Oksana in the musical film "Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka", Fanchette in the musical film "Crazy Day or the Marriage of Figaro", dubbed the Baby in the Norwegian animated film "Karlson on the Roof" (2006), and later - two characters at once - those of the Kitty and the Little Bee of the Estonian cartoon "Lotte from Gadgetville" (2007).

Ani Lorak provided support in publishing three books for children, they are - "How to Become a Star", "How to Become a Princess", "How to Become a Culinary Star in 7 Days". The singer is also the producer of her own brand. She owns the Angel-Lounge restaurant in the centre of Kyiv.

Ani spends a lot of time on charitable activities. In 2004-2005 Ani Lorak has been a UN Goodwill Ambassador on HIV/AIDS in Ukraine. UNICEF and UN in Ukraine have awarded a commendation to

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